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Saturday, 24 January 2015

500,000 hits and Luna Cafe

OH MY GOSH. You foodies have blown up  my views to 500,000! I came to post the first post of 2015 to thi surprise. Thank you thank you thank you. I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I enjoy posting. Before I forget please don't forget to support my music by purchasing here : www.armeenmusa.bandcamp.com

Anyway- Here is a post from the end of summer in 2014. I have moved to Dhaka and not a day goes by that I dont miss my home in Boston. Yes! I am in a very different kind of bliss here, surrounded by family and attention and love. But I miss my wandering freedoms, my solitude and Oh I miss the Foooood! Yes I know , I left Boston, because they did not have Bangladeshi food (or reasons as such) but after 2 months of eating it everyday, a small part of me misses the variety and the quality of Boston eats!

To cross of my to-do list I went to Cafe Luna to have the lobster eggs benedict. To work up an appetite I biked to Harvard and then to Central Square in Cambridge.


 

It was right before the Rowing Festival weekend, the last summer day in fact!








 

Lucky for me the Hubway stop is literally outside the little square of shops where Luna is located. Oh man even writing this - I can't believe I wont be able to take a 5 minute bike ride whenever I want :(

Oh well I was lucky to have it when I did. Anyway, back to the brunch- I ordered the lobster eggs benedict- its was $18 and the most expensive thing on the menu- but it was what I had come to eat.

While I waited with a drink at the bar (which I didnt drink because it was not yummy) (I sat there- tables were crowded) I took in the vibe of the little place, slight dark vibe with the blaring sun outside. The bartender and I talked some about our blogs, I actually gave her this page address, so HI to you! (if you ever read it!)


She did some pretty nice coffee art and we chatted for a bit. I rarely talk to people on my alone time meals- but this was nice <3 br="">


And then it came: The masterpiece I was waiting for. I even got some extra hollandaise sauce :P :P (what a cheek I am becoming!)


























It was a beauty to look at. c'est nais pas?


I love the little fruit bowl that I took away with me in a plastic cup (Man, I'm such a demanding customer!) 

Okay I'll admit, the more I ate it, the more I realised that my interest towards brunch food is not very high. The food was good no doubt, hollandaise perfect, crab fresh, but Brunch really not my thing- unelss its at FLOUR. (my favourite Boston Restaurant)

But I loved the vibe of the place, hell I love every place in Boston. I miss you my home.

Leaving you with a photo of looking out a wonderful band I've stumbled upon 





Saturday, 27 September 2014

Happy and Healthy Portions- (Steak)

Wow. Being a foodie and losing weight is Hard. Especially if you are trying to lose weight before your music video shoot but are also leaving your beloved city (Boston) for good (for now at least) and thus feel the need to eat everything.

With so many emotional ups and downs that comes with graduating, moving, packing- I have been feeling lethargic and carb loading a bit. But the great thing about my mind and body is that- I never stay down too long. I was getting sick of feeling guilty and realised that I cannot focus on how many pounds I lost- I have to enjoy my last few weeks here and I can't do that if I'm feeling unhealthy.

So earlier this week I went shopping and got some veggies and meat- and made my little portion meals again- have been feeling better- so much so I started biking again!

Here is my little steak meals: Makes 5

Ingredients:

  • Beef steak - I cooked around 16oz (2 large steaks cut in strips)
  • Rice 2 cups-(I used a medley of brown and white basmati)
  • 3 medium zucchini 
  • Small onion
  • Radishes (as many as you like)
  • Shredded carrots (I bought a pack of it)
  • Corn, beans, peppers frozen pack (1 medium pack) 
  • Onion 1 small
  • turmeric 1/2 tsp
  • curryleaves
  • olive oil (or as you like)
  • garlic paste

Things I did:

I started off my putting the rice in the cooker and heated up the beans/corn combo in a pan with some garlic paste. 

Then I cut my zucchini- i put some in the oven with some garlic salt and the rest I sauteed in a zuccini curry (with curry leaves and turmeric) - THAT recipe shall be posted another day.

I cut some radishes- but midway I forgot about them- so only a couple of them have radishes.




I made 2 versions with some grilled zucchini and radishes and some with sauteed zucchini 




Per plate:
 



  • 1/3 cup of rice  - 71 calories
  • 1/3 cup of corn/beans - 47 calories
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots - 15
  • around 3oz of beef - 164
  • 1/2 cup of zuccini - 41
  • sprinkled radishes (5 ish calories)
Total 336 Calories- Its quite filling and low cal and YUMMMM.









Here is my song for the day: my awesome bandmate Ava Sophia released her debut single


She's amazing so CHECK HER OUT! (also on itunes etc)


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Pesto Recipe (Parsley & Mint)

My dear friends Shumi and Vivek bought me this superb processor for my birthday. (haha my friends know me so well!) I have been having a blast using it- mainly for spices. But I wanted to use it to make a dish, explore this cool toy!

Miranda's Heart www.mirandashearth.com is the awesome initiative that joins people from all over Boston once a month for music, food and art! If you guys have seen the video of my latest single "Graceland" you have seen one of the events which featured my music and thus became the premise of the video.



Each month the feature is on something special, and August was Food! The theme was "First time Recipe" - ie we all made something for the first time! It was Amazing- everyone's dishes were to DIE FOR. (That will be my next post- today is just mine) So I made Mint and Parsley Pesto for the lot with some Pita Bread.

The reason I used these ingredients is because I had them hehe.

 

So I had 2 bunches of Parsley, 1 mint, walnuts ( I hear pine nuts are the in thing for pesto but I didnt have any!) and garlic, olive oil.



So I put the Garlic, nuts and leaves in the processed. (Please note : I used 5 cloves of garlic but you should use 2 as mentioned in the recipe below, cos it was too much aaah)






After a few seconds of Pulsing I added the olive oil and parmesan and then zhhuuuuuu (that's me trying to be a food processor)



So while thats pulsing listen to this song we covered in Radio Shadhin this January- Aah my life is incredible :D




After  spooning the side parts down a few times and pulsing- here is the Finished blend.



Add a tiny sprig of Mint and VOILA!



Recipe:
  • 1 cup packed mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish
  • 2 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
Procedure:
In a food processor, combine the parsley, mint, garlic and nuts and pulse until coarsely chopped. Pour in the olive oil and add the grated Parmesan; process to a puree. Season the pesto generously with salt and pepper.

It's so quick and simple I love it!! 
Seriously I've been using it with EVERYTHING. In my quinoa bowls, with bread, my friend Sandra was over from NYC and we had this with Pita bread as our late night snack and hangout session.

Till next time lovers <3 div="">

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Crabmeat Sushi Recipe

I write this in woe. It's a coincidence or not, that I was actually at a sushi restaurant in Harvard square having an incredible meal with my friend Zoya when she suddenly got a message on her phone that Robin Williams had passed away.

Robin Williams, I hadn't thought of him for a while, after being a devout fan in my childhood. Have been weeping a few days, his suicide made no sense for awhile. But my friend JB and I talked about it, and here's what it is: he had an illness and it killed him, like many other people's illnesses do.

PS, if you my friends are suffering from depression please remember it really is a disease - seek help <3 p="">
Okay okay, I know what you really want see are my recipe pictures. So here it is- home made crab meat sushi.

So I started off with decorating the ingredients so I could take some pictures for you hungry bunnies!

(Crabmeat, Scallions, Sprouts, Avocado, White Rice)





Step 1: Cut up the crabmeat (100 gm) and mix with 1 tsp of Spicy spoon

Step 2: place white rice the in the middle of your nori sheet and layer avocado, crabmeat and sprouts



Step 3: pack ingredients, dab your fingers in water to wet the sides of the NOri sheet and roll it tightly


And cut in half or as many pieces as you like (I do half becuase its quick to eat and I'm lazy)






Song insert for the week: My first single Bhromor was recorded 10 years ago when I was in high school! I'm getting old- now I'm a double graduate 






 So for Lunch I had two sheets and this was my calories count:
  • Crabmeat 4oz - 100 calories
  • Avocado half0 80 calories
  • Spicy mayo 1sp - 20calories 
  • 2 Nori sheets - 10 calories 
  • Green sprouts- 30 calories
  • White rice 1/4th cup- 60
  • Soya sauce 2 tbsp (to dip in ) - 20 calories
Total : 320 calories . That's pretty decent for lunch. If I'm having this for dinner I'd have 3 sheets worth to be honest. I just try not to add too much rice. :)

Okay peeps, home made pesto coming up NEXT. Love you