• Blueberry Iced Tea

    July 11, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A-Z CHALLENGE THEME: A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER B Before I go into my usual story telling mode, I have to explain to you what the A-Z challenge group is all about. Every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. The first letter was A. For July we have to post a recipe with the letter B.  I have chosen to use blueberries. The past few days in Montreal have been unbearably hot. Many states towards the Eastern side are experiencing a heat wave where temperatures are rising to 34°C but it feels so much hotter than that. A couple of days ago we went out as…

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  • 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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  • 672. Strawberry Mug Cake

    July 18, 2017mayurisjikoni

    A quick dessert fix Theme: No Bake Desserts BM#78 Week 3 Day 2    I must admit its all these theme based cooking that is motivating me to either prepare bookmarked recipes or try out new recipes. I’ve come across so many mug cakes but never really bothered to try them out. For the No Bake Desserts theme, we are suppose to make a dessert which we would normally bake in a convectional oven but not bake it in an oven…confused?? Basically no using a convectional oven.     Taking advantage of the abundance of berries available in the markets in Montreal, I decided to make a mug cake in the microwave oven instead of using the convectional oven. I must admit I still love my…

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  • 665. Lemon and Lavender Scones

    July 3, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Spread the Fragrance     Did you that flowers have been used world wide as a part of cooking? Usage of edible flowers can be traced all the way back to the Roman times, its a major part in the Middle Eastern, Indian Sub Continent and Chinese culture. Use of edible flowers became a vogue during the Victorian period usually used to decorate cakes and desserts.         Flower culinary is fast coming back into ‘fashion’ with high end flowers and fine dining restaurants are now using fresh flowers right from making starters, in soups and salads to main dishes and desserts. And not forgetting infused teas and drinks. The options are endless.         Growing up I’d seen my mum and…

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  • 559. Bulochki (Russian sweet yeast rolls)

    May 10, 2016mayurisjikoni

    BULOCHKI#BREADBAKERS  Appetite comes at mealtime – Russian Proverb      #Breadbakers theme for the month of May 2016 was decided by Deepti of Baking Yummies. She suggested that we bake rolls. It took me a whole week to decide whether I wanted to bake some sweet or savoury rolls. My sweet tooth ruled and I decided to bake sweet rolls, Bulochki. While most bakeries use the term rolls and buns as they wish, the general rule is that rolls are usually stuffed or rolled with a sweet or savoury filling whereas buns are generally plain and not filled. However, there are no strict rules. Hard crusted breads are included in rolls like French rolls or Kaiser rolls whereas Hot Cross Buns are classified as buns.…

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  • 531.Baklava Bread Rolls

    November 10, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Baklava Bread Rolls #Bread Bakers Happy Diwali Diwali or Deepawali literally means a row of lights. For Hindus, it is one of the most important festival of the year. It is a time filled with light, love and joy. Rows of diya were lit after Lord Ram returned from his 14 year exile. Diwali has many significant meanings for the Hindus.In the true sense Diwali celebration lasts for 5 days beginning from Dhanteras to Bhai Dooj day.  Diwali means triumph over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance.Lighting diyas signifies light, a gift from God. Homes are cleaned, decorated, new clothes are bought, delicious food is prepared all to celebrate Diwali. Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali when when families and friends get together…

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  • 524. Papaya lemon jam

    October 8, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Its time to jam     One of my hubby’s friend owns a farm. He often comes to supply the surplus produce to the greengrocer that I usually go to if I don’t go to the market. He gives me either vegetables or papayas whenever I go there. Last week he insisted that I take 3 huge papayas. They all ripened at the same time. Now there is so much papaya one can eat. So the next option was smoothie or a jam. Smoothie didn’t sound too exciting, especially when the tummy is full. I am glad I made the jam. Its so easy to make it. I should stop buying the local jam as there is no fruit in it, its too sweet, full…

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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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  • 314. Lemon poppy seed cheesecake

    August 23, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Happy Raksha Bandhan  My post is a bit late for Raksha Bandhan day but these days in a fast hectic life with all modern technology, late posts are normal. Imagine, the rakhi that should have reached the earliest will probably reached last. The distance to cover was just Mombasa Nairobi. My foreign residing brothers and cousins have all got their rakhis but not my local cousin. As they say snail mail, but according to a BBC report, snails are not as slow as we imagine them to be. They can cover large distances in a short period. Coming back to Raksha Bandhan day, its been ages since I have physically been with my brothers and cousins to tie the rakhis. Perhaps next year. When I…

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