Birmingham, cultural capital of the UK

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Birmingham (read here more news) is a city in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom and is the most populous city in England besides London.

There are several parks all around Birmingham with the largest being Sutton Park. There are several other well-known parks including Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Winterbourne Botanic Garden.

Birmingham is known for its Symphony Orchestra,Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and the Birmingham Opera Company.

The two major art galleries in the city are the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Among the city’s festivals are the St. George’s Day party, Birmingham Tattoo, Birmingham International Carnival, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The city enjoys a temperate maritime climate which leaves it cool summers and cold winters Food is very important to Birmingham culture with the wholesale market selling meat, fruit, vegetables, and flowers.

The city’s well-known restaurants include Simpson’s, Turner’s, and Purnell’s. There is also a big Asian community and Asian food especially Indian and Pakistani is very popular. The city is served by the Birmingham Airport.

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Chicken Curry, a taste of India at home

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Nothing says exotic like curry and one of the simplest curry dishes to make is chicken curry. The dish is traditionally Indian and is like bringing a little taste of the sub-Continent home.

The curry can be spiced according to your own taste – fiery hot or just mild enough to leave you wanting more.

Chicken curry is best served with either Jasmine or Basmati Rice or Nan, or both.

Gather together 2 cups of Basmati or Jasmine rice, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 medium onion chopped, 1 clove of garlic minced, 3 tablespoons of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 bay leaf, ½ teaspoon of grated ginger root, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 2 skinless chicken breast halves cut into bite sized strips, 1 cup plain yogurt, ¾ cup coconut milk, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and salt to taste.

In a saucepan, heat olive oil over a medium flame and sauté onion until lightly browned. Add the garlic, curry powder, paprika, bay leaf, ginger root, and salt. Stir. Add chicken, tomato paste, coconut milk, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and yogurt. Bring to boil, turn down heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. In a separate pot, cook rice according to directions on package.

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