• 636. Watermelon Bruschetta

    April 17, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Antipasti Italian meals are usually served with a starter. Starters or antipasti (singular antipasto) usually consist of cured meat, pickled vegetables, mushrooms, cheeses, olives, peperocini, pickled meats etc. These are suppose to be colourful, attractive and usually should be able to change the mood of  people or gathering who will dine together. Anti means before and pastus means meal. Therefore its the starter or appetizer. Antipasti is usually served in individual plates or as bite size where diners pick it and enjoy it. It can be cold or warm or hot. There is much confusion between the crostini and the bruschetta. Crostini are usually made from small bread slices like an Italian baguette.The bread is toasted and the topping are more rich. Bruschetta is usually…

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  • 628. Turkish Kahvalti Buns (Turkish Breakfast Buns)

    March 27, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Healthy Seeds Our 85th theme for #FoodieMonday#Bloghop group is #Nigellaseeds. Nigella seeds, kalonji, black cumin, balck caraway,fennel flower,charnushka, onion seeds, Roman Coriander as they are called taste like a cross between onion, oregano and black pepper. It however has no relation to onion, cumin, fennel or caraway. They are seeds from the plant Nigella Sativa.Its widely used by the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East including Turkey. Nigella seeds are roasted and ground and used in curries, vegetable preparations. As whole seeds they are used in pickles, flat breads and  other breads. Use the roasted seeds in salads, sprinkle them on egg dishes, add a few seeds to relishes or chutneys. The famous panch phoran spice mixture from Bengal is a mixture of kalonji, fennel,…

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  • 572.Cucumber and Orange Salad

    June 16, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Summer Treat When the Shhh Cooking Secretly Group decided on the theme Summer Treats at the beginning of June, it was pretty hot, not only in the Indian Sub Continent but also in Mombasa. A few days later and the weather changed. I hear its raining in many parts of India, France was flooded and though we don’t have any rain, its become a little cooler here. My partner Anu Kollon, blogger at Ente Thattukada gave me orange and cucumber as my secret ingredients.Check out her blog for some lovely Kerala dishes. The options with those two ingredients were to make a smoothie, ice lolly or a healthy salad. I decided to make the latter. I served the salad for dinner with home made flat bread.…

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  • 379. feta olive and basil bread

    March 6, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Toothache 🙁     Since mid January, I have been having some teeth problems. Can I blame my 50+ age, approaching menopause or genes? Since childhood I have been pretty regular with brushing, flossing, mouth washes etc. By the way after all these years of bombarding people with adverts of the benefits of mouth washes, some health gurus claim that mouth washes are actually bad for our teeth. Whatever, its just given me an excuse to stop buying those expensive, coloured, gum burning liquids and go back to the salted water gargle. So during my umpteen visit to the dentist, I came across a recipe of bread with feta,olives and basil in a home living magazine. Mentally noted what the filling was all about and…

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  • 339.watermelon cucumber salad

    November 27, 2013mayurisjikoni

    beat the heat Salads are much welcome as a light meal or for lunch during the hot season. Hot weather means yummy sweet watermelons and cooling cucumbers. I love combining both cooling agents to create a delicious, filling and friendly on the tummy salad. Balsamic vinegar brings out the flavour of the watermelon and the feta cheese compliments the cucumber perfectly. I read in one of those health blogs that when one eats watermelon after a meal, it makes you burp but eaten on an empty stomach it prevents burps. The reason given is that other foods and fruit in the stomach is a bad idea as it creates gas. Well, how true this is I don’t know, but having this salad as a light…

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  • 327. quinoa tangerine salad

    September 11, 2013mayurisjikoni

    healthy, healthy, healthy It has been a while since I have posted a salad recipe. I am at the moment in the process of closing down my house for 6 weeks. For all those who have been following my blog, remember all the hassle we went through to get our Canadian visa, we finally are travelling on Saturday. Since Mombasa is a hot and humid place, things do not stay too good and fresh for a long time, so things like powdered spices, flours etc have to be stored in the fridge. While going through my kitchen cupboards I came across quinoa (keenwah) which I must have bought a while ago to try. Quinoa is not grain but edible seeds which have originated from the…

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  • 241. greek salad

    March 19, 2013mayurisjikoni

    a cooling down remedy At the moment it is so hot that either a cold dessert or a nice cool salad is all I want to eat. I wish I could just eat ice lollies, ice creams, sorbets and nothing else. However, bearing in mind all the calories I would add on the the already excessive ones, I opt for the salads. Not that I am complaining as I love salads. A few days ago I made a huge bowl of greek salad for dinner. Healthy, crunchy and believe it or not got most of the ingredients in spite of the hot weather and shortage of vegetables. GREEK SALAD for 4 or 2 as a meal 2 medium tomatoes cut into chunks 1 cupful of…

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  • 216. beetroot mango feta salad

    January 24, 2013mayurisjikoni

    odd combinations….delightful taste   When I got back from the market on Tuesday, Rachel my maid was helping me to sort out the veggies and fruits. She found some beetroot in the basket and just sighed and said in kiswahili that this lady loves beetroot, she buys it every week. I find adding beetroot to salads a great idea and my hubby and I both love them. For the salad recipe given below, I added boiled beetroot to mango and to offset the sweetness from both, I added feta cheese. Colourful and appetizing.  Before I blog the recipe all my followers out there, please please please take some time to add comments to the recipes you have tried out. Please put them on the blog…

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  • 128. tangy taste

    July 27, 2012mayurisjikoni

    I love olives but the only variety we get are the normal green or black bottled stuff in Mombasa. Wish we could get the huge kalamari type which I go crazy about when I go to UK. If I have been given the task of making a salad at Edgware, half the olives go in my mouth and the rest in the salad. During summer there are occasional market day stalls at Broadwalk and during one visit, I came back home with a full stomach. The stall keepers encourage you to taste everything so you get enticed to buy. Breads, cheese, olives, nuts, sweets, meats etc etc. What a delight. Ofcourse we came back with a whole load of breads, olives and cheeses. Oh well…

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  • 119. melon salad

    July 18, 2012mayurisjikoni

    healthy green I simply love fruit, any fruit in my salad. I just have to find a new fruit in the market and it turns into a salad. Ajay was complaining that I don’t give any of the fruits breathing space. Well that’s not entirely true, had custard apple and jamun the other day on its own without turning it into a salad! Jamun got saved as I couldn’t be bothered to remove the chunky seeds and make a mushy mixture in the process. Anyway, if like me you love fruity salads, then try out the melon salad. Very fresh and healthy and loved the different hues of green. Use any melon of your choice, honeydew, musk melon or cantaloupe.Basically they are all the same…

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