September 2013 Trivia Time

1. Some horticulturists suspect that the banana was the earth’s first fruit. Banana plants have been in cultivation since the time of recorded history. One of the first records of bananas dates back to Alexander the Great’s conquest of India.

2. In Ireland, children who celebrate their birthday are given ‘birthday bumps’ by holding them upside down and bumping them gently on the floor for every year of their life. An extra bump is added for good luck.

3. You have no sense of smell when you’re sleeping, and you can see your nose all the time but somehow your brain always ignores it!

4. Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.5. How long do bills last? A US $1 bill or a $10 bill last for an average of eighteen months. Five dollar bills last around fifteen months, and twenties kick around for two years. The larger denomination bills can last up to eight years. Good thing that the average coin lasts for 25 years, since new pennies cost over 1.67 cents each to make.

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Recipe of the month – Shikh Kabab Recipe

The recipe for Seekh Kebab

The recipe for Seekh Kebab

Ingredients:

Chunk of beef, boneless – 1 kg
Ginger paste – 2 tsp
Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Cardamom paste – 2 packs
Cinnamon – 2 sticks
Chili powder – 1 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Nutmeg paste – 1/2 tsp
Mace paste – 1/4 tsp
Pepper paste – 1/2 tsp
Poppy Seed paste – 1 tblsp
Yogurt – 1/2 cup
Mustard oil – 1/4 cup
Salt – to taste

Method:

Clean the boneless chunk of beef of all layers of fats and veins. Now, make thin slices from the chunk. Each slice around 3 cm wide and 15 cm long. Make as many slices as possible. In a big hollow bowl, add in all the ingredients. Mix and knead really well. Massage with both hands at times to marinate well for 10 minutes. When done mixing, cover and let marinate for 7 to 8 hours. After 8 hours, take the bowl with the meat. Make a hollow in the middle of the meat using your fist. That is, punch down the middle part of the meat and make a hollow well. Add 2 tblsp oil to the hollow part. Now, light few chunks of coal and keep it in the oil (in the hollow part of the meat), and cover the bowl. Once there is no more smoke, take the slices and sew in to skewers (shikhs). When all the meat slices have been sewn, put the skewers on the grill, preferably coal stoves. Baste the kebabs with some stored mustard oil once in a while. Turn the skewers when one side is done. Grill each shikh for about 20 minutes.

Serve hot!

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Festivals of the Month – Durga Puja & Eid-UL-Azha

Durga Puja Festival in Bangladesh

Durga Puja Festival in Bangladesh

Bangladesh – Durga Puja & Eid-UL-Azha
Durga Puja – Bangladesh
Country: Bangladesh
City: All Cities
Event Type: Celebrations & Puja all over Bangladesh
Venue: Various venues in Bangladesh
Date & Time: 14th October 2013 Monday – Entire Day

Eid-UL-Azha festival  and celebrations

Eid-UL-Azha festival and celebrations

Eid-UL-Azha – Bangladesh
Country: Bangladesh
City: All Cities
Event Type: Celebrations & Prayers all over Bangladesh
Venue: All temples in Bangladesh
Date & Time: 15th October 2013 Tuesday – Entire day

USA – Columbus Day Parade
Country: United States Of America
Event Type: Parade
Venue: Subway (to Starting Point)- A, C, E, 1, N, R Trains to 23rd St. (at all different aves).
Date & Time: 14th October 2013 Monday – 11:30 am onwards
Entry Fee: Free entryUK – Antique and Collectors Fair 17th October 2013
Country: United Kingdom
Event Type: Fair
Venue: Holyhead Road Betws-y-CoedConwy LL24 OAD UK
Date & Time: 17th October 2013 Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Entry Fee: 50 pence

The National Zoo of Bangladesh

Dhaka Zoo - The National Zoo of Bangladesh

Dhaka Zoo – The National Zoo of Bangladesh

Dhaka Zoo is the largest zoo in Bangladesh situated at Mirpur, about 16 km from the centre of Dhaka city. It is the National Zoo under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, started as a menagerie at the High Court premises in Dhaka in 1964, and moved to its present location in 1974. In the same year it was ceremonially opened for public on June 23, the zoo occupies an area of about 75 hectares.

The National Zoo of Bangladesh - Dhaka

The National Zoo of Bangladesh – Dhaka

It has two lakes named ‘The Nothern Lake’ and ‘The Southern Lake’ which are of about 13 hectares receiving thousands of waterfalls every year in winter. Dhaka National Zoo Lakes have always been a prime destination for visitors as they possess great variety of fish like rohu, catla, mrigal, kalibaus, catfish etc. The Nothern lake being bigger than the Southern lake, is the most preferred lake for fishing by the visitors.

Many fascinating animals in the Dhaka zoo - Tigers, Lions, Hippopotamus, Monkeys and Pythons

Monkeys and many other animals in the zoo

The total number of vertebrate fauna in the zoo is about 2,150 in 191 species. Included in these animals are about 551 mammals under 64 species, 1,543 birds under 90 species, 73 reptiles under 15 species, and about 104 aquarium fishes under 23 species. To attract visitors besides many fascinating animals, there are 15 tigers, 21 lions, 9 hippopotamus, about 200 monkeys and 33 pythons. Moreover, some rare and interesting animals such as the rhea, peacock, zebra, elephant, African grey parrot, water buck, impala, emus, baboon, chimpanzee, gayal, black bear, tapir, mandrill, and estuarine crocodile provide additional entertainment to visitors.

Various animals in the zoo

Wild animals in the zoo

About 3 million visitors visit the Zoo every year. Except Sunday the zoo remains open on other weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (October-March) and from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (April-September). It also remains opens to the visitors for certain hours during government holidays. The beautiful natural environment of the zoo offer almost all recreational facilities to the visitors, a large part of which is constituted by students and children. There is an information center at the entrance. The visitors can seek any necessary information there. Even wheel chairs are available for old and disabled persons. The zoo has an advisory committee headed by the Minister, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.

Children visiting the Dhaka Zoo

Children visiting the Dhaka Zoo

The Zoo authority has taken initiative for projects of upgrading the zoo like – Safari Park, so that the animals may move openly and people would visit them within the protection of the cage. Another plan is providing battery regulated client cars for old people and children. The other plans include developing the children park of the zoo, to thrive the zoo museum and starts zoo education. A new dolphin corner and a butterfly garden will be set up at Dhaka Zoo to attract more visitors. A visit to Dhaka Zoo is not only entertaining, but educational too, as visitors get to know more about animals found in Bangladesh, as well as animals from other parts of the world.

Attracting over 3 million visitors to the Dhaka zoo annually.

Attracting over 3 million visitors to the Dhaka zoo annually.

Chicken Tocino

Filipino Dish - Chicken Tocino

Filipino Dish – Chicken Tocino

Chicken Tocino is a sweet chicken dish, which is an all-time Filipino breakfast favorite. It is a simple and easy to prepare Filipino food which involves marination of the meat overnight in a sweet mixture of pineapple juice & sugar. The marinated product can be stored in the fridge for a longer period, and cook only the desired quantity. You can fry the meat easily and enjoy the dish especially during breakfast along with fried rice and egg. The combination of which is what we call ”tosilog” in Philippines – which means Tosino, sinangag, and itlog.

Ingredients:
1 lb chicken breast fillet
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 tbsp banana ketchup
1/2 tsp iodized salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Cooking oil for frying

How to Prepare?
Slice the chicken into flat, thin pieces, set aside.
Combine all other ingredients and stir well.
Marinade chicken in the mixture.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Turn at least once.
Pan-fry in cooking oil.
Serve it with steamed or fried rice.