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We would rather call it a 'family outing' -- choroi bhaati, as it is known in Bengali, for “picnics” are grand affairs on the local scene. People go out to picnics in droves in buses that also carry a huge stock of chicken, beef and rice to be cooked and devoured at the spot, somewhere nearby.
Our notion of picnics is an outing closer to home and in the warmth of family bonding. How about a day out -- just the family, Frisbees and a basket full of light food -- a stark contrast to the oil frenzy we are so accustomed to.
This week we introduce new recipe columnist Rukhsara Osman, who along with celebrated chef Tommy Miah provides picnic recipes featuring light food that is easy to carry and serve in an open setting. We also chime in with our ideas about the dos and don'ts of picnics.
Picnics are supposed to be fun events -- for you, your partner, the children and not to forget the elderly. Let Star Lifestyle show you how.
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By Rukshara Osman
'Choroi Bhaati' or picnics are ideal during winters in Bangladesh. The pleasant weather calls for a long drive out of the city, away from the noise, the indoors and the television; just to have an alfresco meal with your friends and family. Somehow dishes eaten outdoors taste better and are more memorable than the same foods eaten indoors.
The flavours and colours become etched in your mind, along with the experience of a lovely day spent in nature. Plan a picnic meal that is easy to pack so, no matter where you decide to spread out your blanket, it is fuss-free enough to eat while you're sitting on the ground. It's a simple task to clean up, but still enjoyable for everyone attending.
Tangy potato salad
Mix the vinegar, olive oil, kashondi, mint, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl; add the potatoes and spring onions. Toss gently to coat. Let stand until cool, about 20 minutes.
Fold the cheese into potato salad before packing into the container.
Method for Mint-o-lade:
Combine the spice mix with the yoghurt, lemon juice, garlic and salt in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat.
Heat a pan and heat some oil. Add the chicken into the pan and fry them until they are done, approximately 15-20 minutes.
Note: chicken can be refrigerated this way for up to 3 days before continuing with the rest of the recipe.
Lay a chapatti, add the chicken strips and wrap it tightly. Secure with a toothpick.
How to entertain kids at a picnic
This generation of sun-hating, dirt-averse, indoor-bred children can be a challenge to entertain during a family picnic. Those PS3s and other hand held consoles can spoil the whole idea of an outdoor day of basking in the sun and running among nature. In order to show your kids the glamour of the good old days, here are some non-electronic and non-board game entertainment ideas which can keep the kids both engaged and entertained during a picnic.
Throwback to the old
Rules of the game
In fuultokka you need to designate two team leaders who will give themselves secret names (such as belli and kolli) which the other players will then be asked to choose from and the teams formed accordingly. The team leaders will than designate secret names to each member of the team and choose a player of the opposite team who will be blindfolded and receive the 'tokka' from a member of the opponent team. The chosen player's duty is to identify who delivered the 'tokka' and points are provided depending on the success and failure of the guess.
Finally, for rumalchut you need to sit in a circle with a 'thief' carrying the rumal and circling the sitting group. The thief will drop the handkerchief behind one unsuspecting player whose responsibility it then becomes to throw the cloth back at the thief before the thief runs around the whole circle and takes the empty position of the tagged player.
Picnics need not be a chore for the parents where gadgets can be a relief in keeping the kids busy. It can easily become a shared joy where both parents and children can run, jump and cheer together in an attempt to win the game in question. It can become that memory of the children which they themselves will one day share with their own and that experience of the parents through which they can relive their childhood for just one more day.
By Raisaa Tashnova
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