It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our mom and the passionate owner of this blog, Rummana Zaman.
If there was anything our mom cherished more, it would almost certainly be her love for cooking. She discovered the joys of cooking at a very early age and sought gratification in watching others enjoy her homecooked meals. Growing up, it was a common occurrence for us to see countless well-wishers fondly recalling the delicious meals they had had in "Rummana's kitchen" somewhere in the past. She was known as someone who not only perfected many popular Bangladeshi dishes, but created many of her own as well. She was so creative and original that it was nearly impossible to predict what delightful meal she would be dazzling us with next.
We, as her children, of course had the privilege of being her experimental subjects throughout our entire lives. She was the kind of mother who was never satisfied no matter how much we devoured her delicious dishes. At the slightest hint of a craving, she would get busy in the kitchen, regardless of time or day. She never stopped showering us with her love through her food.We will always be grateful to her for spoiling us to no end and for simply being the best mother in the world. No meal would ever taste as good for us anymore.
Our mom started this blog in October 2007 as a way to reach out to the wider community, realizing there were many out there, just like her own children, who could use an extra hand in the kitchen. She took a lot of pride in writing down every single recipe, preparing the dishes to be photographed, and sharing the food with family and friends. Her handwritten manuscripts for these recipes reveal the level of care she took in getting every single detail right. She would often proofread the work on the website and correct the most minute details. She wanted to get the recipes just right, with the hope of bringing a smile to the next visitor of her site.
Our mom is no longer with us today. But her memories and her love for cooking will forever be enshrined in the form of her favorite blog. Although she left a number of unpublished recipes in her diary, we simply do not have the willpower to post them without her loving oversight. The very last dish (Taj Kabab) that she posted on the site in December 2013 will remain as the last and the 103rd recipe on this site - just the way she last saw it. Taj Kabab, coincidentally, also happened to be one of her and our all-time favorites.
Lastly, we want to thank you for all your kind support and words of encouragement over the last few years. Our mom loved reading all your comments, especially knowing how much you enjoyed a dish after trying it out from her site. We are sure she will still be watching over from the heavens. So please don't let your comments dry up simply because she is no longer present. And, if you are up for it, please consider making a small charitable donation to your favorite charity, or arrange a simple meal for a few poor, hungry kids in Bangladesh or elsewhere, in our mom's loving memory. Both of those activities, especially the latter, were her favorite.
Please keep our mom, Rummana Zaman, in your thoughts and prayers.
- Rahat, Nuzhat & Shafat