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Monday, 6 July 2015

Bengali Greek Salad- Video Recipe

The day has come. Thanks to EVERY single one of you readers, especially those on the Facebook page who have so incredibly encouraged me to do this, I am launching my Video Recipe Series on "Healthy Living in Dhaka!"

 


I have to give a small tribute, to this art- the art of cooking. Since my father passed away, sometimes more than music, the blog, the cooking, the planning has all been a great help, a great stress reliever. Sometimes I have to spend the whole day doing the tons of duties that I've inherited, and then I remember that I'll go home and make my own sehri, and it has cheered me up.


For  many of you who won't know My dad passed away 3 weeks back. About my dad, there's much to know about him including the fact that he loved loved loved food. He loved to cook, in addition to these duties I have inherited some kitchen equipment and lots of recipes books. And he really loved salads. So to start off in his memory, I present "The Bengali Greek Salad."

I coin the term Bengali because in the video I have stated you can substitute the Feta Cheese with Poneer. In the photo series though, I have only feta- sorry it was a boo boo on my part.












Ingredients 

For the Salad:


  • Poneer (1/6 of a circle) OR Feta cheese (half a packet)
  • Onions 1/3 cup (or more if you like more)
  • Tomatoes (regular or grape) 3/4 cup
  • Olives 3/4 cup
  • Cucumber - 2 small or 1 large
  • Lettuce 3 small stalks
  • 1 green capsicum

For the dressing

  • 2 small cloves of garlic
  • Lemon juice 3 tbsp
  • olive oil 7-9 tbsp (you choose
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar/ red wine vinegar
  • Italian Herbs (fresh of Jar) 1 tsp

Procedure:


Chop up the lettuce and make a bed of it in a large bowl
Peel the cucumber, and slice in the middle and cut into small pieces
Slice tomatoes and capsicum and add.
Add sliced onions (you may wish to marinate in balsamic vinegar to get a less harsh taste)
Slice olives and add (or buy presliced ones if you are lazy like me)
Cut Poneer/Feta into large cubes and add.





To make the dressing:
Cut up garlic into tiny tiny pieces
Add lemon juice and oil
Add a dash of vinegar and the herbs and whisk.
The mixture should become a bit creamy.













Add the dressing to the salad and mix. Et Voila- a yummy #happyandhealthy salad. I am currently eating this at Iftaar. It's also Big enough for 2 people if you add another course!






Have to give out a shout out to The Fabricators - amazing work with the video, thank you so much. We had a blast making this. Also to Shihab Khan for the Photo of me, and, Aurna for volunteering <3 p="">


This whole video process has been so exciting and fun, has really helped me in my healing <3 p="">







Hopefully there will be more videos and recipes. Please keep reading, watching, listening.

The song featured on the video is "Besame Mucho" a cover by myself and Zak Dylan Wass from our EP "Finding Fall"- You can buy it on itunes/amazon/googleplay etc. Or just click here and buy from my site. http://armeenmusa.bandcamp.com/track/besame-mucho

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Prawn salad for Sehri

Dealing with my fathers death has been hard and strange. We all deal with grief so differently. For me the easiest time was when I was by the sea. 

Oh well I shall post more on coxs bazar another day. But being back in Dhaka I have worked hard to get back to my healthy eating and living.

Ramadan is a great discipline that really helps with that. This is what I ate for sehri. 


A prawn salad with what I had left in the fridge.


Ingredients- 
Lettuce
Prawns lights fired in salt and chilli poneer (3 big pieces)
Kidney beans 1/3 
Corn 1/3 cup
Cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup
Feta cheese 

AND TOSS:


Okay I will now drink some water and hope for a great fast.

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Support my journey of soul searching- music and love! Good night lovely ones. 

Shaak Chingry (prawn and greens) Recipe

Today is my 2nd day fasting and thankfully came home early enough to prepare my own iftaar.

Of course my first iftaar yesterday was all the fried stuff accompanied with biryani! The worrying thing is that, that is "normal" - fasting is much harder when eating such oily things everyday!

Anyway- I will hopefully be doing more recipes this month to inspire myself and you guys to eat healthy especially during this beautiful month of cleanse.

Today I tried something inLOVE BUT HAVE never made myself. Shaak Chingry! 


Ingredients:

1 bunch of Kolmi Shaak (use any greens you like)
1/4 kg Chingry (Prawn)
4 green chillis
Pinch of holud (turmeric)
1 onion
Salt as preferred

Directions

Chop onions and sautee In a bit of olive oil.
Chop up the prawns and add to the onions.
Cut 2 of the green chillies and add to the mix
Add a pinch of turmeric and some salt and let the prawns cook
Once the prawns are done add the greens and rest 2 chillis and stir.
Turn off the heat and the greens cook in the warmth of the pan (usually a minute or 2.)

Serve with some rice or roti as you please. I am having Brown Basmati for my Iftaar :D




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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Egg Salad and Honey Mustard Dressing

I am on a ROLL people!

3salads in 3 days. 

Today's salad is based on Egg.

I took out cheese today- to keep the focus. However I did make my own honey mustard dressing!! 
Anyway first things first. This is a salad for two, I had company today. Yay!

INGREDIENTS:

2 boiled eggs (I always keep 5/6 boiled eggs ready- such a great snack)

1 green pepper (and I added some left over red and yellow I had)

1/3 cup beans (I would have used 1/2 but I was out)

1/2 cup corn

A bunch of lettuce 

1 small tomato

1/2 avocado

Having said that- egg goes with a lot of things. These ingredients are kind of incidental because of what I had leftover. But I recommend always having a crunch in your salad- (pepper- celery- carrot- nuts) something creamy (avocado or egg) . Textures make a big deal you know?

Now for the dressing. I was up till 7am watching Pioneer Woman make dressings. Damn so good! I didn't have the exact ingredients. But I did a make shift honey mustard

A few tbsp of olive oil
A few drops Apple cider vinegar
A few drop of Balsamic vinegar 
2 tbsp of honey infused mustard
1 tsp of honey 

It came out pretty okay! 


I poured the whole thing on the salad and tossed 


Okay Hokies. That's me signing off. Btw I'm thinking about the VLOG AS I MENTIONED ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE.

Oops sorry for the caps, don't know what happened there! Anyway don't forget to support my music, listen to my songs, love them as your own.

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