• Turmeric and Garlic Pull Apart Bread#BreadBakers

    June 12, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BREAD BAKERS THEME: NATURALLY COLORFUL BREADS When Mireille who blogs at Schizo Chef suggested the above theme, I couldn’t see beyond  beetroot. I wanted to bake a bread with beetroot puree. However, that didn’t happen as twice during my trip to the market I forgot to buy beetroots. Staying in Mombasa has its few perks amongst the many disadvantages, one of them being that vegetable and fruit sellers come to my doorstep. Two wonderful ladies who balance heavy plastic basins filled with vegetables and fruits on their heads, have a medium size basin full, tucked in between the arm and chest and a full kikapu (baskets made from dried palm leaves) carried in their other hand come practically everyday. They both sell seasonal fruits…

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  • Atta ke Bhature

    May 30, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: HIMACHAL PRADESH CUISINE Himachal Pradesh is a northern state in the Himalayas with snowy peaks and plunging river valleys. Its neighbors are Jammu and Kashmir to the north, Punjab to the west, Haryana to the southwest and Uttarakhand to the southeast and Tibet to the east. ‘Him’ in Sanskrit means snow and achal means land, therefore the name snow laden land. Famous for scenic hill stations like Shimla, Dalhousie,Manali, Dharamashala, Kullu to name a few, it’s also famous for many pilgrimage places and the Hindus call it “Dev Bhoomi’ abode of the Gods. Coming to the cuisine of Himachal Pradesh, it is influenced by Punjab and Tibet.  The state is blessed with a range native fruits, vegetables, herbs, dairy products…

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  • Bread Rolls

    May 28, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP  THEME:146TH BREAD RECIPES Breads have become such an important part of our daily diet, be it for breakfast with some butter, jam, eggs, as a sandwich for lunch, with our soups and sometimes some curries. As a snack we enjoy freshly baked rolls, buns, or snacks made out of bread. Bread is a versatile food. There have been several controversies out there indicating that bread is bad for health. I guess its only bad if you’re overeating. A couple of slices is fine. Today’s theme chosen by Kriti who blogs at Krispy Kadhai, is bread. Sometimes I like how members think. So Priya asked as to whether we have to bake a bread or make anything using bread? So that opened up a…

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  • Fennel and Poppy Seed Rolls#BreadBakers

    May 8, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Its disheartening at times that some bakeries sell seeded breads that are expensive only to find the seeds only on top and none inside the loaf. Seriously, its like me getting a plain bread and sprinkling some seeds on top. Here in Mombasa, there is only one ‘the bread place’ and its a bit pricey. Occasional indulgence in the variety they offer is allowed. Sometime back we tried out their seeded bread and it was absolutely delicious,with seeds inside and outside the loaf.  I like that slight bite you get from the seeds with each morsel of bread. When I suggested the theme bread with seeds, I had so many recipes in mind that I wanted to bake. However, the one that stole my heart…

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  • Pandesal

    April 20, 2018mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON – APRIL 2018 #87 BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS  – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST DAY 16 “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper”   As we’re fast approaching towards the end, a few of my recipes are not ready and am fighting for time to make them. I had an idea what I wanted to make but some got left undone as I went away on a family holiday. Now with daily routine, water issues, inviting guests over for dinners and tomorrow have to make idli sambhar for my Lions Club dinner (nearly 20 people), I’m yet to make my breakfast dish with Q.  The only way I can see myself making that tomorrow in between steaming idlis and simmering…

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  • 733. Gingerbread and Oatmeal Bread#Breadbakers

    December 12, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Gingerbread and Oatmeal Bread#BreadBakers Theme: Whole Grained Holiday Breads Whether people would like to admit it or not, December brings about an air of festivities for all. The celebrations begin with ThanksGiving and will end with New Year celebrations. Shops are decorated, Christmas sales are on, friends and relatives share decorated streets, trees, homes photos. One cannot help but get drawn to this seasonal celebration. I consider myself very lucky that I get to enjoy Diwali, Eid and Christmas. As a Hindu living in a predominantly Christian Country and a strong Muslim part of Kenya, I get drawn into celebrating all three festivals. When Kalyani of Sizzling Tastebuds suggested Whole Grained Holiday Breads, I tried looking for recipes where I could use whole grains. There…

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  • 726. Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread#BreadBakers

    November 14, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread#BreadBakers Theme: Pull Apart Breads Pull Apart Bread has been on my ‘to do’ list for a long time. I’ve done mini ones in a muffin pan, but wanted to bake one in a bundt pan. However, the bundt pan part didn’t really work out but the pull apart bread got baked. My daughter keeps on insisting that she’s not going to eat much carbs, so initially I tried baking half the recipe to give a small loaf. First all, its the first time I’m halving a basic bread recipe so forgot that I should add less salt. The small miserable looking loaf didn’t come out too well and it was salty. However, my daughter liked the idea of tiny…

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  • 721. Sourdough Pita Bread

    October 29, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Happy with my “Princess”    A weird title, right? Well, Princess is the name I’ve given my sourdough starter. At first I thought it like a weird idea to name the starter. Everyone who successfully makes a sourdough starter at home names it. I was wondering why. Now I know. You actually nuture it like a pet. Feed it and make sure its in the optimum environment.     Most days Princess is happy sitting idle in the fridge but on occasions I take her out and actually make something. This time round I made sourdough pita bread. I used a combination of wheat and plain flours. The pita bread turned out super yummy. I love the slight sour taste and did I mention it was…

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  • 715. Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread#BreadBakers

    October 10, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread#BreadBakers Breads with Preferments      When Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories announced breads with levain, I was excited. Here was a theme that was going to push me to make my own sourdough starter. We were allowed to use other starters like biga, poolish, soakers, tangzhong etc. I left those options if only I failed with the sourdough.      Last year my brother in law from Nairobi had given me a bit of the starter from his batch. I brought it back to Mombasa and fed it till it was nice and bubbly. I tried making a sourdough bread and the mass of dough was just too unmanageable for me. The bread failed in a big (major!) way. The sourdough went…

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  • 712. Guyanese Butterflaps

    October 4, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Cute bread rolls Theme: Surfing Through The Caribbeans BM #81- Day 2 Today we are visiting Guyana. Its a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. Before you think I’ve got my facts wrong about the Caribbeans, Guyana though not an island in the Caribbean, it is a part of the Caribbean region mainly because of its strong cultural, historical and political ties with the Anglo Caribbean countries and the Caribbean community. The official language is English and the other widely spoken language is Creole. A state with a diverse population consisting of people from Africa, Europe, China and India along with the indigenous people. Colonised by the Dutch and English, people were brought to Guyana to work on the plantations and rice…

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