Friday, November 07, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hospital Food in Selected Countries

 Rice and a selection of curries

Massachussets, USA
 Salad, chicken soup and crackers

 Schnitzel, spƤtzle (a dumpling noodle dish), salad and cake.

Jakarta, Indonesia
Noodles, chicken, eggs, broth and rice porridge. You are supposed to mix the ingredients together to make a soup. 

New York, USA
Salmon patties with saffron cream sauce, rice, pumpkin, asparagus and banana bread. 

Dubai, UAE
Spaghetti, side salad, bread, vegetables and cake 

Tokyo, Japan
Pickles, miso soup, rice and chicken (we think). 

Elsewhere in Japan
A bento box filled with fresh vegetables, meat, fish, noodles and tempura. 

A piece of bread with butter, pickle and sausage. 

Untoasted bread, salad and a burger patty. 

Sydney, Australia
Pumpkin soup, apricot chicken, peas and mashed potato. 

Malvern, Australia
 Lamb tagine with sandwiches, broccoli, corn, fruit and bread.

Fried chicken and noodles. 

Great Britain
 Minestrone soup, beef and onion pie, steamed vegetables and a banana.

Richmond, Canada
Sweet and sour pork, bok choy, white rice and a side of honeydew melon. 

 Mashed potatoes, meat and cabbage stew, vegetables, milk and a pastry.

Paris, France
Smoked salmon salad, chicken and courgette, baguette and a slice of pie.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Humayun's Tomb

Located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, Humanyun’s tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.  He passed away in 1556 and his wife Hamida Banu Begam supervised the construction of his tomb from the year 1562. This spectacular piece of architecture took almost 9 years to complete. Humayun was the second Mughal Emperor to rule India, after his father, Babur being the first.
The architect of the project, Mirak Mirza Ghiyuath, was Persian and hence the architecture of the tomb has a Persian influence. It is not only the first garden-tomb of its kind in India but is also the first classic example of Mughal architecture.

The tomb was constructed at a cost of 1.5 million rupees (15 lakh). The tomb is situated at the banks of Yamuna River. It was chosen because of its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah which is the mausoleum of the famous Sufi saint of Delhi. Humayun’s tomb is also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.

Along with the tomb of Humayum the compound also has the tomb of his wife, Hamida Begum and also of Dara Shikoh, son of the late emperor Shah Jahan. It is also the burial ground for many other Mughals. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It also boasts the Charbagh gardens, a typical Persian garden which was never seen before in India.

The mausoleum is a 140 feet high structure with a central dome. The tomb itself stands on a platform and in the centre of a square garden which is divided into four main parterres by ramps, in the center of which ran shallow water-channels. They were filled with water to keep the gardens green and natural at all time. The main gateway of Humayun’s tomb consists of a large square enclosure and Humayun’s tomb can be seen at the center.