While I’m Cooking: Bangladesh

This Saturday I found a Bangladeshi music video by Shorif Uddins... [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHAL_hPVUII] ... and a short slideshow of travel photos [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiKvKZd1pXc] :) … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bangladesh

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Happy Friday, everyone! Here's a few fun facts about Bangladesh: - the country earned it's independence in 1971. - "Bong" is a nickname for people whose mother tongue is Bengali (this applies to people in Bangladesh and some parts of India - check out Desihomecook's comment on this post. - The weather is terribly dangerous. Floods, cyclones, tornadoes, and tidal bores are almost yearly occurrences. According to Wikipedia: In September 1998, Bangladesh saw the most severe flooding in … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Whole Spices

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The people of Bangladesh typically store their spices whole. This is because husks, shells, and pods keep spices' sizzling potential sealed in better than any Tupperware or glass jar. To season food they simply dry roast a small batch of whole spices and then grind them into powder. Preparing spices as needed ensures food with the most vibrant, intense flavor. After all, spices dramatically lose their pungency after only 6 months (sooner if exposed to heat and sunlight). The flavor … [Read more...]