• Orange Saffron Semolina Cake

    May 21, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #145 – CAKES When Preethi who blogs at Preethi’s Cuisine suggested Cakes as the #145th theme for FoodieMonday/Bloghop group I jumped at the suggestion as for quite a while now I have not tried out a new cake recipe. I’ve been baking cakes but the normal eggless one that I bake as people have asked for it. When the suggestion of cake came up, I’m sure no one in our group thought of the forthcoming big Royal Wedding. I baked the cake on Friday evening and added the final touch on Saturday morning, thinking to myself that ‘ok dessert is ready for tonight’. Around lunch time hubby comes home and asked me why I was not watching the wedding. I asked whose and he…

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  • Mango and Yogurt Smoothie

    May 20, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #88 THEME: KID’S DELIGHT – HEALTHY DRINKS – DAY 3 I constantly to get to hear mums complaining about kids not eating. They tend to force feed toddlers and as a result meals becomes a constant battle between the mother and child. Your lunch time may not be your child’s lunch time. When my kids were growing up, my mother in law and I followed one rule, feed the children when they were hungry. No child can go without food. At some point they do feel hungry. Make meals an enjoyable part of their lives and not a chore or a battle. The other rule we followed as the kids grew up was, they ate what we ate. No special meals to…

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  • Banana Peanut Butter and Oats Smoothie

    May 18, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #88 THEME: KID’S DELIGHT – HEALTHY DRINKS – DAY 2 As I mentioned in the Day 1 post for healthy drinks for kids, I want to refrain from using artificial flavors, additives, colors and today to the list I add harmful fats like hydrogenated vegetable fats. These are found in baked goods, restaurant foods, sold as margarine, finds its way into products like peanut butter, other nut spreads etc. Peanut butter in moderation is good for health. Making peanut butter at home is so easy. Roasted peanuts are processed in a food processor till it becomes a smooth paste. Its that simple. Why should kids have peanut butter included in their diet: Its rich in protein. Has good fat. Keeps one full…

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  • Strawberry Finger Millet Smoothie

    May 17, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:BLOGGING MARATHON #88 THEME: KID’S DELIGHT – HEALTHY DRINKS – DAY 1 For the next 3 days I will be preparing healthy drinks for kids. Yes, I know I don’t have kids at home, mine are all grown up. Usually its this fact that prevents me from taking part in the monthly Kid’s Delight theme that is organized by Srivalli. However, for the month of May, I participated in this event. The good part is that fellow members who host this event can decide on the theme. I will be hosting the kid’s delight healthy drinks from 16th May to 16th June. There is a specific reason why I chose healthy drinks. When we have so many options of serving healthy home made drinks be…

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  • Black Bean and Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

    May 16, 2018mayurisjikoni

    There was a time when I was sticking to soups and salads only for dinner and that was going pretty well for a long time. However, the disheartening thing was that I was not losing any weight. Light dinners felt good as tummy was not bloated, didn’t feel lethargic and generally felt good that I was eating something healthy. I really should get back to that routine and yes have realized that counting calories is as important as exercising. No diet promises the easy way out. It’s after a long time I’m posting a salad recipe today. A few weeks ago, making salads with greens was not possible as it was difficult getting greens. Now that the rains have begun, its possible to find extra…

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  • Misal Pav

    May 14, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Have you ever taken a shot of the food for blogging and forgotten to add one of the main ingredients? It happens to me often. Usually it may be a side dish or a condiment which is not such a big deal. However, when I was taking the shoots for misal pav I knew I was forgetting something. Just couldn’t remember, even when I checked the pictures (yes now have learnt to do that, at the beginning was not in the habit of checking them). Its only when we set down to enjoy the famous Maharashtrian Street food that I realized the pav was missing. I had guests so couldn’t go and do the whole set up again. I managed to take a photo of…

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  • Apple Crumble Cheesecake

    May 13, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A-Z RECIPE CHALLENGE First of all let me wish all you wonderful Mothers out there a very Happy Mothers Day. Its a day of mixed feelings for me as I miss my mum so much and at the same appreciate the fact that she touched my life in uncountable way. Last year a few blogger friends of mine and I got together to create this wonderful tribute to our mums through recipes that we prepared for our mums, what we learnt from them or their favorite food.  Please click on the link to check out the recipes. https://mayuris-jikoni.com/2017/05/13/644-mothers-day/ This year another blogger friend, Sandhya decided to honor mums through memorable recipes. Check out her blog for some heartfelt write ups on mums. http://mycookingjourney.com/a-tribute-to-our-mothers To…

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  • Zaletti

    May 12, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #88 THEME: REGIONAL CUISINE -DAY 3 Tomorrow is my best best best (note the x3 best) friend’s 60th birthday. Today a lunch was organized by her and her hubby for their friends, as she put it people that have made a difference in her life. I baked a orange saffron semolina cake for her. Well, not going to talk about the party but as I was sitting right across her, I admired how she was glowing in her pink outfit and I just couldn’t believe she is 60! Still very active, no aches and pains to complain about, a recent dazzling grandmother as she likes to call herself. Slim, confident, disciplined, a good singer, can make any party lively. We’ve been friends…

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  • Rustico

    May 11, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Event: Blogging Marathon#88 Theme: Regional Cuisine-Day 2 Today we’re going to the heel of Italy, to the region called Apulia or Puglia. This region has the Adriatic Sea to the east, Ionian Sea to the south-east and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf Taranto to the south. This region produces olives, tomatoes, aubergine, asparagus, artichokes and mushrooms. Salento a region of Apulia is right at the tip or the heel of the boot. Today’s recipe is from Salento area. Rustico (plural is rustici) is a puff pastry filled with sauces and cheese. Its baked and usually enjoyed as a mid morning snack or as an evening appetizer. Two discs of pastry are used to sandwich the sauces and mozzarella cheese. This pastry was very delicious…

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  • Zege

    April 30, 2018mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON – APRIL 2018 #87TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFASTS DAY 26  Today is the last day of the Mega Blogging Marathon. This has been the second time I’ve participated in the MBM. Its a dedication of full 26 days to get posts according to the theme out on time, and also to comment on the participating bloggers blog too. It just turns into a lot of comments to write but we do get some extra time to complete the commenting. Participating in this Mega series has taught me a lot. I get to learn a lot more about different cuisines, get to know more about different countries and also the main important lesson is it teaches me to…

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