As it’s National Vegetarian Week, did you know?
Cauliflower is an excellent source of dietary fibres, vitamins C and K as well as vitamins of the B group and minerals such as manganese, potassium and magnesium. Cauliflower has low caloric value and can be used as a substitute for rice and potato. Cauliflowers can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled.
In The Sreepur Village we teach our mothers ‘Sack Gardening’ which, combined with literacy, really helps cauliflowers and minds to grow.
As the greater part of our mothers is from flood-prone northern and eastern regions of Bangladesh, and as the majority lack nutrition awareness, our sack gardening programme helps them to meet their nutritional needs for their children throughout the year and in times of natural disaster.
Research has shown that 8 – 10 rice sacks of grown vegetables, like cauliflower, can feed a family of four as well as reduce the family’s monthly food expenditure.
Follow us this week and we will share with you a Cauliflower Balti recipe by Bengladeshi-born British Celebratory Chef Tommy Miah and ambassador of The Sreepur Village.
Out of the blue, at the tender age of 13, Chia found herself sitting on a bridal stage, about to marry a man who was 35 years old. Her parents had arranged the match, finding the man from their nearby locality in Bhairab.
He was a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businessman who occasionally sold vegetables and fruits on the street. Chia's aspirations and youthful dreams were abruptly interrupted by this sudden marriage. Instead of books, she found herself with kitchen utensils in her hands. She went from feeling like a princess to becoming a servant overnight.
Sumi's journey is a testament to her resilience and determination to create a better life for herself and her child. Her success serves as an inspiration to all those facing adversity, reminding us of the transformative power of support, training, and the opportunity to rebuild one's life.