• 718. Pearl Millet and Almond Cookies (Bajra Cookies)

    October 12, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Include Millet In Your Diet Theme: Cookies For Your Sweet Tooth BM#81 Week 2 Day 3      Today has been such a horrible day for me. I wait till 9a.m. for the maid to turn up. I had planned so many Diwali cooking and baking items but didn’t get even one done. She turns up after 9 and goes and sits down. I was a bit annoyed so didn’t say anything. After a few minutes I hear long sighs… what a brilliant way to attract attention. I go to her and she tells me she is sick. So I tell her to go back home and rest and come back when she is well. She continues to sit there. The softie me asks her if she needs a cup of…

     
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  • 717. Rose and Cardamom Cookies

    October 11, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Cookie,a must with tea or coffee Theme: Cookies For Your Sweet Tooth   BM #81 Week 2 Day 2    Isn’t it intriguing that when one has tea or coffee during mid morning or in the afternoon, one feels like having a cookie with it? I do. I usually want to have one small cookie with my afternoon tea. My siblings and I grew up having biscuits as we called them back then with our glass of milk. I enjoy dunking my cookie or biscuit in the tea, milk or coffee. A few places in the world will automatically serve a small cookie along with some coffee. I like that special treat whenever I get it.    I enjoying baking and cookies was what I learnt how to…

     
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  • 716. Khara Biscuits

    October 10, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Savory Cookies are yum Theme: Cookies For Your Sweet Tooth BM #81 Week 2 Day 1      Since yesterday, the power fluctuation has been so annoying. The power keeps on coming and going every 10-15 minutes. On top of that there was no internet since yesterday! How can one get work done without reliable power or internet. We have become so dependent on power for everything. Be it housework, office work or any other kind of work, power is required. Where other countries take power supply for granted we here in Kenya still have to  treat it like a luxury but everything is done on computers! I think if Kenya wants to be recognized as a great reliable, friendly country its got to tackle so many issues and one of…

     
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  • 709. Besan Nankhatai (Chickpea Flour Cookies)

    September 30, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017 #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES DAY:26      Today is the last day of the Mega Blogging Marathon and what an experience it has been for me. Planning, researching, deciding, drafting and commenting. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this marathon. I’ve made new blogger friends, learnt so much about different regional cuisines from them and we have nearly 442 protein rich dishes between 17 bloggers. That certainly takes care of protein intake from starters to desserts. At this juncture I must thank fellow blogger Veena of Veena’s Vegnation. She casually asked me why I was not taking part in the Mega Marathon and I replied I don’t think I can post a recipe for every day for a month with only Sunday…

     
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  • 583. Karachi Cookies

    August 16, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Only Bakes Challenge#1    I love baking mostly breads,cakes, muffins and cookies, a few pies and adding to the list a new passion, scones. To share my love for baking I started ONLY BAKES group on Facebook. I invited my family members, friends and a few blogger friends to join the group. I started the group in February 2016. Initially I had just a handful of people who joined the group. Slowly, some members and blogger friends like Saswati, Jolly, Nisa, Gayathri, Shobha,Avin, Latha began to post their bakes on the page. For a couple of months I thought,”Gosh, I’ve started a group and its got just a few members.’ Then suddenly membership requests began to pour in and now there’s no looking back. Right…

     
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  • 546.Thandai cookies

    March 16, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Happy Holi In recent years, many of the Gujarati communities in Kenya tend to organize Holi celebration functions, fun and frolic with colours, pichkaris, water filled balloons, delicious food and cool drinks. When I was growing up, I had not even heard of Holi. My first experience was when I went to school in Mt.Abu and got hit by a water filled balloon. It really hurt. Those days the balloons were filled with plain water. Now people fill them with coloured water.  I cannot remember anything special being made at home on Holi or any special celebrations. When I got married and came to Mombasa, no special celebrations were organised by most families and communities. The popularization of Indian Television series world over brought all…

     
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  • 492. banana oat cookies (eggless)

    April 6, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Where is Peace?   Why is it so difficult to understand other people? Little mistakes, circumstances, difference of opinion, different race, different religion, different cultures all make us misunderstand each other. Our daily lives are filled with these misunderstandings. Whether a minor action or major, people tend to misunderstand it and don’t even bother to find out the reason for that particular action. Misunderstandings leave you feeling low, angry, unhappy, cheated, and above all unwanted. Many a times we just stand up again again and again to strive through live. Humans are a resilient lot, but how much can one withstand injustice, ill treatment and misunderstanding? The world is increasingly becoming a place where fellow humans are becoming less tolerant resulting in bad actions, bad…

     
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  • 472. wholewheat jaggery and ginger cookies

    January 18, 2015mayurisjikoni

    I love these secret ingredients Challenges come in our lives for a reason. They teach us, make us stronger and wiser. Some challenges can be pleasant and some very difficult. However we all have to face them and get through them. Our cooking challenges are not scary or difficult to face. They are fun and exciting. Every month I look forward to the shhh cooking secretly challenge. As soon as the participants are paired I eagerly wait not only to get my two secret ingredients but also to give my two ingredients. Unfortunately out of the 6 I have participated in so far, only one partner has cooked with the ingredients I gave to her. Not really complaining… they may have not cooked the dish…

     
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  • 468.dark chocolate orange shortbread

    January 8, 2015mayurisjikoni

    The festive spirit Yes, I know I am a bit late. Festivities are over and everyone is back to their own routine with new targets and resolutions. However, I had to write about the festivities which gets most people in the happy, celebration mood whatever religious background or beliefs they have. Everywhere around the world holiday mood begins with Christmas and ends with New Year celebrations. Parties, holidays, fireworks, decorations, special food, presents… the list is endless. I have experienced Christmas festivities in England. What I remember the most are precious moments with family. Though it did not snow during that time, the scene of dark nights with bright blue lights sparkling from every home. I remember my cousins sprinkling the table with Christmas confetti…

     
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  • 467. Kerstkransjes -Dutch Christmas Cookies (eggless)

    January 6, 2015mayurisjikoni

    a lovely way to decorate a Christmas tree   For the month of December, Saraswathi challenged the International Food Challenge group with some Dutch recipes. Bitterballen, boterkoek, kerstkransjes and gevulde speculaas. I chose to make kerstkransjes as I wanted to take some festive cookies to Dubai for my daughter in law. She loves home baked cookies. Baking these cookies was a delight as I loved the way they turned out—- so festive looking. Kerstkransjes literally mean little Christmas wreaths. These cookies are tied with ribbons to decorate the Christmas tree. The best part is that these cookies can be decorated with sliced almonds, sugar granules, chocolate, sprinkles. Actually whatever you fancy. They are nice fillers for Christmas goodie bags or even as a present. The…

     
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