• Mango Marble Mini Bundt Cakes

    June 4, 2018mayurisjikoni

    When one looks at suggestions for snacks that are about 100 calories per serving, mangoes are never mentioned. There is a misconception that mangoes are fattening. One cup of mango is only 100 calories, 83% of its weight is water. It is packed with Vitamin A, D, C, antioxidants and is full of healthy fiber. Mangoes were grown in India over 4000 years ago. It is believed that the Buddhists took mangoes on their voyages to other lands. By the 10th Century mangoes had reached East Africa and Middle East. Mango design or paisley is featured in textile designs for centuries. Mangoes come in small, medium and large sizes, can vary in shape too and may be either yellow, orange or red in colour and…

     
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  • Orange Saffron Semolina Cake

    May 21, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #145 – CAKES When Preethi who blogs at Preethi’s Cuisine suggested Cakes as the #145th theme for FoodieMonday/Bloghop group I jumped at the suggestion as for quite a while now I have not tried out a new cake recipe. I’ve been baking cakes but the normal eggless one that I bake as people have asked for it. When the suggestion of cake came up, I’m sure no one in our group thought of the forthcoming big Royal Wedding. I baked the cake on Friday evening and added the final touch on Saturday morning, thinking to myself that ‘ok dessert is ready for tonight’. Around lunch time hubby comes home and asked me why I was not watching the wedding. I asked whose and he…

     
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  • 735. Easy Christmas Cake

    December 25, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Merry Christmas Everyone This Christmas I’m celebrating it in the Exotic Tropical Island of Bali… yes the Bali where Julia Roberts finds inner peace and balance of love in the movie Eat, Pray and Love. Spending this holiday season with my eldest son, his wife and her parents. The #124th theme Christmas for FoodieMonday/ Bloghop group has come just at the right time. Last week before traveling I baked an Easy Christmas Cake and some Cookies. So for this post was contemplating whether I should post the cake first or the cookies. The cake won and the cookies will be posted a bit later. The last time we spent Christmas with my daughter in law and her parents was in Dubai. Family time together is…

     
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  • 713. Jamaican Toto Coconut Cake

    October 5, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Coconut and Rum Theme: Surfing Through The Caribbeans BM #81- Week 1 Day 3 A Caribbean cuisine theme would be incomplete without a Jamaican dish. Whenever one mentions the Caribbean, Jamaica is what pops up in my mind and I hear its one of the few countries where a Kenyan passport holder can go to without prearranged visa 🙂 A country that has a diverse population, the indigenous tribe, Africans, Indians, Europeans and Chinese. Under the Spanish rule it was called Santiago but after the British took over, they named it Jamaica. Some famous Jamaicans are Bob Marley, the reggae musician, Usain Bolt the sprinter, Chris Gayle cricketeer who plays for West Indies are a few I know of. Ian Fleming writer of James Bond…

     
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  • 674. Black Forest Trifle

    July 19, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Delish and Evil Theme: No bake Desserts BM#78 Week 3 Day 3 When I saw so many dark ruby red cherries at the market and in the supermarket, I was tempted to bake a black forest cake. Basically a Black Forest cake, is layers of chocolate cake, kirsch soaked cherries, grated chocolate and whipped cream. Kirsch(kirsch wasser) is a spirit made from tart cherries. I would have loved to bake this cake or gateau as its called. However, my family would have probably thrown me out with all the dessert I’m making for the past few days. Remember I mentioned in the last dessert post that I was looking for brownies. Well, its for this dessert. Since I couldn’t bake the cake(who will eat it??)…

     
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  • 629. Eggless Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    March 28, 2017mayurisjikoni

    GUEST NO.6 ON THE BLOG This week my guest on the blog is my sister in law (hubby’s sister) Varaharupa. When I got married, she was a vision of a modern ISKCON devotee with short hair cut, loved dressing up and never saw her without any jewellery. Things changed when she got married, it was only saris and her jewellery. After my marriage, obviously friends and families of my in laws would invite us for dinner or lunch to their place. As most newly weds would want to, I’d want to wear my saris but didn’t know how to drape them well. Varaha would help me to drape them. Her stay in Canada and Vrindavan temples meant that she would meet a lot of foreign…

     
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  • 602. Pistachio and Rose Cake

    January 1, 2017mayurisjikoni

    5th Blogiversary   Above picture from Google  Yes, its a milestone achieved. Its exactly 5 years ago I started blogging. Back then had no idea how to take photos, add photos, link articles, and so much more. Over the years not only have I learnt so much in the technology world but also have learnt so much in the food world. I’ve made some very good friends over the internet and met a few. I’ve learnt so much by joining groups that challenge me to bake, cook, prepare different varieties of food. I can easily say that I try out a new recipe at least once a week if not more. Some have been total disasters and some not approved by family members.   I’ve thoroughly…

     
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  • 595. Apple Squares

    October 31, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Nutan Varsh Abhinandan ( Happy New Year) Today it’s New Year for the Gujarati community. Its also Govardhan Puja day. Back in Mombasa its the day when we dress up in new clothes and go temple hopping… yes you read right not bar hopping but temple hopping. We visit all the Hindu temples in Mombasa, meet friends, relatives and acquaintances. After that it’s lunch at Ajay’s foi’s house. It usually is very hot around that time of the year so after a heavy lunch we need to take a nap. In the evenings we get ready and go to Patel Samaj to meet and greet our community people. Its also the day when I prepare some prasadam for the ISKCON temple in Mombasa. Its the…

     
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  • 499. eggless chocolate banana bundt cake

    April 21, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Celebration As I mentioned in my previous post, April is full of birthdays and anniversaries. Last weekend we celebrated my hubby’s mama’s 77th birthday. I baked a cake for his birthday. It had to be eggless as mamaji is a total vegetarian, no eggs or meat or fish. I had loads of over ripe bananas and thought of using them up. Hot weather means bananas do not stay good for too long. I though of using butter icing and then changed my mind as I thought a 77 year old man deserves a more classy cake. He wanted to serve ice cream as dessert so mamiji requested for a cake that could be served with ice cream. I decided to drizzle the cake with some…

     
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  • 334. fig lemon cake

    November 19, 2013mayurisjikoni

    heavenly The word heavenly can be used to describe both the cake I am about to post and also our stay in Montreal. We absolutely fell in love with the city with all its colours, culture, art and the french influence. People can be passionate and proud about their city and it was so apparent in Montreal. Clean, crisp air and all shades of orange, yellow, red and green were visible everywhere we went. Now I can understand why Canadian rave so much about autumn. The botanical garden was one of the most amazing gardens I have ever seen. Usually whenever we visit any place in India and one of the tourist sights is a botanical garden, we tend to just skip it. Take it…

     
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