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Monday, 17 November 2014

Mawwhat?? Ersatz Dhakai Bakharkhani (BBB November 2014)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Dhakai Bakharkhani; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) November 2014

The BBBabes are travelling to Bangladesh and while there, making ghee and mawa (aka khoya). Well… most of the BBBabes are making ghee. One of us is lazy and is simply using melted butter. :lalala:

Dhakai Bakharkhani My motto is: Always put off for tomorrow what could easily be done today.

And suddenly, tomorrow has arrived!! I don’t know why it takes me by surprise every time. :lalala: (Sigh… late again.)

This month the BBBabes have been making Bakharkhani. Or is it Bhakarkhani? Or maybe it’s Bakar khani?! Or perhaps Baqerkhani. That’s the beauty of translating a Bangladeshi word into Western spelling. There are so many permutations!

However it’s spelled, it’s generally agreed that the actual bread is wonderful. And some people claim that it’s a healthy snack too!

It is a healthy dish, which contains some good nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
-About Bakarkhani,

One of the things required for making this flatbread (heh – that’s one way of getting out of spelling it), is mawa. Or khoya, if you prefer, as T does.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Almost-Wordless Wednesday: but, it was going to be perfect!!


Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Don’t let looks fool you….
Ken Forkish Bread
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Sunday, 2 November 2014

What we did with this year’s Hallowe’en pumpkins

Filed under: food & drink — ejm @ 11:57 EST

summary: Hallowe’en pumpkin carving; Golden Nugget squashes are difficult to carve but after they are baked, they taste fabulous; Sorauren Park Pumpkin festival; (click on images for larger views and more photos)

pumpkin This year we decided to buy a large Hallowe’en pumpkin and a small Golden Nugget Squash to use as Jack-o-lanterns. Even though the pumpkins get composted, it still seems like such a waste.

We were going to buy a Pie Pumpkin, but we couldn’t find any anywhere. Even the jack-o-lantern pumpkins were on the scarce side by the day before Hallowe’en, the time we finally got around to buying pumpkins. But when I saw a lovely Golden Nugget squash marked at $1(!!), I couldn’t say no. (continue reading…)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Dumplings, the right way

Filed under: food & drink — ejm @ 19:07 EST

summary: comfort food: chicken stew with dumplings; evil bots still preventing commenting (click on image for larger view and more photos)

Now that it’s getting chilly, I’m craving soups and stews

dumplings We roasted a chicken the other day and, of course, made stock. Wonderful, flavourful, aromatic stock.

Then as we breathed in the life-giving fragrance, we talked about what we’d make with the stock. I kept vying for chicken stew with leeks and dumplings and couldn’t understand why T kept turning his nose up at it. (continue reading…)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Caramelized Onion Bread (BBB October 2014)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Caramelized Onion Bread, based on a recipe in Canadian Living Magazine; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting; information about World Food Day; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) October 2014

I regained access to my blog this afternoon. Fingers crossed that it sticks this time. Because I may get locked out at any time, I rushed to post this, hoping it will stay visible. Unfortunately, commenting is still disallowed. Please bear with me until the malicious bots get tired of their evil game here and move on to plague some other unsuspecting innocent blogger….

feed the hungryHappy World Food Day! Please remember to do your part to make everyone’s World Food Day happy….

Caramelized Onion bread

This month, it was Katie’s (Thyme for Cooking) turn to choose the BBBabes’ project. Here is her thinking about the recipe she presented to us:

I decided I [w]ould find an extremely simple bread that I would have fun making (and eating) and all of you Babes could make it with one hand tied behind your back and the other holding a glass of wine. […]
I wanted something autumnal, savory, pretty even.
-Katie, message to BBBabes

Katie found a wonderfully autumnal, savoury and pretty looking bread recipe that was published in Canadian Living Magazine. She thinks she chose a simple bread. Silly her.

Nothing is simple in OUR kitchen!

I confess that I have often scoffed at Canadian Living recipes, but is that really fair? No, not really. It could have been simple, as Katie thought. But as usual, I managed to make it complex.

Still, with the few tweaks {cough}, this bread is not only easy to make, but it’s lovely(ish) to look at and delicious to eat. (continue reading…)

Monday, 13 October 2014

green bean sabzi (WFD 2014)

Filed under: food & drink,hunger,Indian,posts with recipes,vegetarian — ejm @ 16:33 EST

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feed the hungrysummary: recipe for green bean sabzi; reminder about those in need and that October 16 is World Food Day; FAO’s World Hunger Map 2014 | Prevalence of Undernourished in the Population; list of some of the aid organizations working to feed the hungry; (click on images for larger views)

green beans sabzi The other day, we were surprised to see that green beans were priced at around $2/lb (yes, I know; Canada supposedly went metric eons ago. But, don’t get me started that most stores have not managed to make the switch…). Other vegetables were also priced on the high side even though we are celebrating Thanksgiving and the local harvest.

But we love green beans (so does the furry black fiend) so we bought some anyway.

And then as we were paying, we remembered that California is undergoing a drought. And so is Central America.

So. The next time you gasp in horror that your garden tomatoes didn’t do so well because it didn’t rain as much as you thought it would when you went away on holiday, it would be a good idea to do a reality check.

Here’s what drought really means:

Central America is seeing one of the worst droughts in decades. Images in the media are filled with stunted corn crops, parched land, and starving cattle. The El NiƱo affect has meant that rains came late and insufficiently. […] In a region where subsistence farmers depend on their harvest for both their family’s food and for income, this means that many families don’t have enough to eat until they can produce the next harvest.”
-Elizabeth Scambler, Drought, food security and migration in Central America, September 17, 2014

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