My name is Tahmina, a Bengali woman, daughter, sister, and most importantly mom to two beautiful cats with a lot of attitude. Picking Flours is where I share my love of eating and cooking, with you! All my kitchen creations, my experiments, and my tried and tested, all time go-to recipes, right here for you to discover and recreate.
I could talk about food all day. It really is my favorite thing in the world. I am the kind of person who googles restaurant menus and drools over them before I have even seen the restaurant in real life. I love trying new dishes, and it thrills me even more if I can recreate them in my kitchen. My current favorite cuisine to experiment with is Middle Eastern, and I could not be happier. You can expect to see at least a few of my takes on classical Middle Eastern recipes. Don’t worry, I will be covering other cuisines too.
The thing with foreign cuisines though, is that a lot of the times, I do not even recognize some of the ingredients on the traditional recipes. Or even if I do, they are not readily available in the local stores. If you live in Dhaka, and dabble in cooking non-Bengali dishes, I am sure you have you have encountered this problem as well. Even when you do find the sought after ingredients, they are not in their freshest form, and often cost a fortune. So I’ve decided to post recipes that use readily available everyday ingredients.
Sometimes that calls for substituting ingredients for something a little different, a little more Bengali, and I think that’s okay. This allows me to explore dishes from all over the world, while adding some of my own heritage to it. I have no formal training in cooking, unless you count hours of watching Nigella Lawson, Laura Vitale, and David Rocco cook. So all the recipes you see featured in Picking Flours, aren’t necessarily what they traditionally should be, but what I came up with after about fifty times of trial and error, and finally decided that they taste good.
Generally I am someone who feels her way to the right amount of each ingredient in a dish, like my mother, and her mother, and perhaps every other Bengali mother out there. But for your sake, I have measured out all the ingredients I use in my dishes, down to cups and teaspoons. So try your hand at these recipes, and do let me know how they turn out!