• 610. Plum Hand Pies

    January 31, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Red Theme/ Valentine’s Day preparation For the month of January The ‘Shhh cooking secretly ‘ group decided to make something using red coloured food so as to give an idea to our followers what they can prepare for Valentine’s Day.My partner for this month was Amrita Iyer a food blogger whose blog is full of colour and mouth watering recipes. Check out The Food Samaritan to find out exactly what I mean. The colour red signifies many things. Love, warmth, danger, power,passion, determination, anger and desire.Red also draws our attention to danger. So as you can see its got its positive side and the negative too. Today we’re going to think of the positive things, it means life, love and passion. As I always say…

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  • 547. Fruit Jelly

    March 20, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Happy Holi everyone It’s #Foodiemonday #bloghop day already. A group of 12 that post every month on different themes. We are still continuing with the Holi festival as Holi is just round the corner. Last week it was thandai based recipes and this week we are allowed to cook with a riot of colours. Choose one, two or many. I am waiting to see what my co members of this group come up with. I decided to work with 2 colours orange and red for the 32nd theme #FestivalofColors.  It had to a quick and easy recipe as I had travelled to Malindi for my Club’s(Lions Club of Mombasa Bahari) medical camp.Please do check out our website http://www.lionsbahari.com/ The sweltering heat was made bearable by the lovely…

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  • 530.Coconut barfi

    November 4, 2015mayurisjikoni

    A hard nut to crack! When one thinks of coconut, the first thing that comes to the mind is the cool healthy coconut water. However, there is more to a coconut than just the water or the succulent flesh. Coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut oil, grated coconut, coconut flour, are all used in cooking in many countries. Right from sweet to savoury dishes, coconut is used to add flavour, creaminess and a bite to any dish. Curries, desserts, cookies, cakes, salads, drinks etc, name it and coconut is used. Coconut milk is used in place of dairy produced milk by vegans. Coconut water is rich in potassium and is considered a natural hydrator. Coconut flour is made from the flesh of the coconut. It can…

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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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  • 510. baked sakarpara

    June 2, 2015mayurisjikoni

      SWEET SQUARES   Almost all the yummy treats or snacks that are available on the Indian Sub continent are fried. Every Indian home you will find jars or tins of these snacks ready anytime. I too love these snacks or farsan as they are called. However they are very high in calories and as a result we have to eat them with caution. However, many a times you will hear people say that 1 – 2 tbsp of the snack does not satisfy them and before they know it they have had a whole bowlful of the snack.  One of the snacks I really like is sakarpara. Sakar means sugar and para is diamond. So its basically diamond shaped sweet dough fried. However, there is…

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  • 506. orange marmalade

    May 21, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Little Joys      Every time I log off from my hotmail account, the MSN new page appears. Its an interesting mixture of news, quirky happenings, lifestyle, finance, home etc. A whole package to take care of what interests you. Yesterday I read an article on what things kids of these days miss out on because of technology. Very interesting and I remember there was joy and a sense of achievement too when we used these things because that’s all we had. For example, kids of today probably wouldn’t know how to use a directory. Remember when we had to browse through the phone book to find contact numbers? I remember just for fun we use to see how many Patels were listed in the…

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  • 464. cardamom chocolate fudge

    December 22, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Disasters in the kitchen! Many recipes that food lovers come across on other blogs, the internet, recipe books, magazines, television, etc tempt them to save it and try it out some fine day. I too have saved, bookmarked, copied recipes and try them out as and when I can. Many have turned out to be disastrous. While some can be saved or consumed, others have had to be binned and I hate that. I’ve had nankhatais where the photos portray lovely dome shaped cookies and when I baked them they were flatter than a pancake! Caramel custard that sank as soon as it come out of the oven as the recipe called for whipped eggs and high temperature! Dhoklas which refused to rise.However the photos…

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  • 440. Ghee kera

    October 14, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Nami’s banana nu shaak!   In the Gujarati language there is a saying ‘ena ghar ma ghee keda chhe’, meaning that that person is pretty much well off, wealth wise. When I was growing up, Saturday would be the day of the week that along with the usual full lunch of dal, shaak, rotli and bhaat, we would have some sweet dish like shrikhand, lapsi, meethi sev or ghee kera. When my kids were growing up, I would give them ghee kera often with roti but on the condition that they would also eat the vegetable we had made. My daughter Nami called it banana nu shaak. After the kids left home, I don’t make it that often but today I made some. Brought back…

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  • 232.Mamri

    March 5, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Election fever is on Once again disappeared for a whole week…. no blogging and friends were wondering if I had run out of recipes. Hardly the case. It’s just that I went to meet my son in Dubai and spent a whole week getting dazzled by the tall buildings, all the gold and diamonds and the endless number of restaurants. I got to taste bao (chinese steamed bun), nice soft and less salty halloumi cheese and goat cheese. I would have tried out a lot more variety of food but the serving portions are huge. Its amazing how you can find practically any sort of cuisine in Dubai. Dubai as a holiday destination is fine but I think to stay in connected with the rest…

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