• Nectarine and Blueberry Crisp

    July 9, 2020mayurisjikoni

    Nectarine and Blueberry Crisp is a comforting, warm, juicy, light, bubbly, baked summer dessert with a crispy crunchy topping and so delish with ice cream. EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : AN INGREDIENT BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER N You may wonder why am I so gung-ho about making a dish that has an ingredient beginning with N. Well its all because I’m part of the group called A-Z Challenge. After letter M we took a break…a long break but we’re back. The group started by Vidya Narayan who blogs at Masala Chilli and Jolly Makkar who blogs at Homemade Recipes. The whole deal is that we have to use an ingredient that begins with a specific letter and it should be its English name.…

     
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  • Beetroot Blueberry Pops

    June 29, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #253 MUNCHKIN MEALS DISH: BEETROOT BLUEBERRY POPS This Week’s Theme on FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group: This week’s theme was suggested by Narmadha who blogs at Nams Corner. Her blog is a treasure trove of kids friendly recipes, bakes and Indian Cuisine recipes. Do check out her blog. Narmadha’s suggestion for the munchkin meals was to try and make them as healthy as possible. Desserts are always difficult to make them kids friendly with no sugar. That’s when I thought of Beetroot Blueberry Pops. Kids Friendly Meals When my kids were growing up making meals for them was never stressful. Back then we didn’t have restrictions, no don’t give that and don’t give this. When my kids started pureed food it was always made at…

     
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  • Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd

    May 25, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #248 LEMON LOVE For this week’s theme, I’ve made a Lavender and Lemon infused panna cotta with lemon curd. Lemons are bright yellow citrus fruits with an acidic juice. Lemons are an integral part of many dishes, from just a dash of the juice to including whole lemons. FoodieMonday/Bloghop Theme This week’s theme was suggested by Waagmi who blogs at Cooking is Funn. Her photography speaks volumes, making every dish appear delectable. She suggested we use Lemon to prepare our dish for this week’s theme. Most of us are still cooking with basic ingredients that are available in our pantries. Keeping lemon in mind I would love to try out Waagmi’s simple and yet tempting Eggless Lemon Cake. Lemons Since I was…

     
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  • Date Paneer Cheesecake

    May 11, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #246 P FOR PANEER My Paneer Dish : Date  Paneer Cheesecake I must have had the recipe for date and paneer cheesecake jotted down in my recipe book for ages. If I’m not mistaken I must have jotted it down from the Elle Magazine (India Edition) that my daughter kept on buying during her college years. Right now we get the best choice of Dates during Ramadan month and it would be really sad if I didn’t take the opportunity to try out the dessert. Sweet dates were enough to add a little sweetness to the dessert. Most of us are still under lockdowns, stay at home, self isolation, etc etc as times are getting more uncertain as to how the Corona…

     
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  • Pineapple Slush

    April 20, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #243 LITTLE CHEFS FoodieMonday/Bloghop Theme As many parents find themselves and their kids at home because of the worldwide spread of Corona Virus, parents are taking this opportunity to introduce their kids to other skills than those learnt in the classroom. Cooking and helping around the house are some of them. Bearing this in mind this week’s theme suggested by Priya is recipes that kids can put together either partly or entirely by themselves. For this theme I’ve chosen to make the ever so easy Pineapple Slush. Memories….. While I don’t have little kids in the house and didn’t want to ‘borrow’ neighbors kids because of the social distancing, I had to think about 25 year back! Why, well I had to…

     
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  • Thandai Makhana Phirni

    March 9, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #237 HOLI ON MY PLATE What is Holi? Like most festivals in India, Holi, the festival of colours too celebrates good over evil like other Indian festivals and also makes the beginning of spring. There are other reasons that Holi is celebrated. To read the traditional story as to why Holi is celebrated, click here. Modern day celebrates are more now as fun festival rather than the religious implication. How did colours become such an intrical part of Holi Celebrations? It is believed that the use of colour was started by Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna and Holi When the mischievous and playful Lord Krishna was young, he was very jealous of  Radha’s very fair complexion as he was very dark. Complaining to…

     
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  • Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding

    February 17, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #234 SUPER NUTS AND SEEDS FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group FoodieMonday is a group of 12 enthusiastic food blogger who prepare a dish for every Monday based on a chosen theme. Through this group, not only have I learnt a lot more about different regional cuisines from the members but we tend to hold productive discussions about ingredients, cooking methods, recipes and in this manner share cooking related knowledge with each other. Theme Suggestion Using seeds or nuts or both is this week’s theme. You may think, that’s a pretty easy theme. However, it was not as easy as one may presume. Did you know that almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts, pine nuts, walnuts are not true nuts but seeds? Pecans, chestnuts are true nuts. Swaty suggested…

     
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  • Lemongrass and Ginger Jelly

    February 9, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER L My Choice for L is Lemongrass When it comes to the letter L, one can be spoilt with the number of ingredients one can use right from lemon, lime, lima beans, lentils, licorice, lettuce, lady’s finger, long pepper and the list can go on. In spite of all those choices, I chose to use lemongrass. The slightly lemony and strong fragrance  of lemongrass is my favorite. Why am I focusing on Letter L? Frankly, its all because of the challenge set by the group A-Z Recipe Challenge, whereby each month we take a letter and make a dish using that letter. The name of the ingredient  used should begin with the…

     
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  • Nuts and Jaggery Brittle

    January 13, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #229 SANKRANTI SPECIALS Happy Makar Sankranti to all my friends, followers and family What is Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Lohri, Maghi, Bihu, Thai Pongal, Suggi Habba, Makara Sankramana all fall more or less on the same day. These are all harvest festivals celebrated according to each one’s tradition and culture. Makar Sankranti, is dedicated to the Sun God Surya. It also marks the end of the winter solstice and beginning of longer daylight. While most communities will celebrate Makar Sankranti according to their tradition and culture, it is largely associated with kite flying and delicious food. Importance of Sesame Seeds and Jaggery during Makar Sankranti Most of Makar Sankranti treats will have sesame seeds and jaggery in them. Usually I make…

     
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  • My Best, My Worst and Everything In Between – 8 Years as a Food Blogger.

    January 2, 2020mayurisjikoni

    MY BEST, MY WORST AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN – 8 YEARS AS A FOOD BLOGGER Since I began my journey as a Food Blogger, my Blogging Anniversaries have come and gone without much celebration or pomp as it usually gets shadowed by new Year Celebrations. As a matter of fact, I started blogging on 2nd January 2012. As some of you may know, there were a couple of reasons I began the blog: A place where family and friends could access recipes world over To create recipes and jot them somewhere, recipes that I learnt from my dear mum, my mother in law who we fondly call Nunu and my aunt, my kaki to me. Having stopped working as a teacher, I had to put…

     
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