• Vietnamese Spring Rolls

    July 9, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #152 ASIAN CUISINE When Amrita who blogs at The Food Samaritan suggested Asian cuisine, we immediately knew that she wanted to challenge us to some south East Asian cooking and not the Sub Continent cuisine we all are so comfortable with. I jumped for joy as I immediately knew what I wanted to make. I had been eyeing the rice paper ever since I had seen it at the supermarket in Montreal. Its ingredients like these that excite me the most as I don’t get them back home in Mombasa. So when did I see them? Last year! When did I get a chance to use them? For the #152nd FoodieMonday theme, all thanks to Amrita. Yesterday hubby, my son, his girlfriend…

     
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  • Black Rice Salad

    June 18, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #149 SALAD Now that all the Eid festivities are over, its time to get back to some healthy food. Though we don’t as per say celebrate Eid, we just can’t help gorging on the goodies that Muslim friends send home. Usually its sweet stuff and a taste here and a taste there and before you know it, sweets are eaten after lunch and dinner. I don’t know whether its just me or does it happen to all of you, let go off  a regular diet and meal plan for a couple of days and I feel like I’ve added a ton of weight! Today, I just had to tell my maid to take all the sweets (mithai).. no more temptation. I’m probably…

     
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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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  • English Breakfast – OVO VEGETARIAN STYLE

    April 7, 2018mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON – APRIL 2018 #87TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST DAY 5 “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper” As I mentioned in my first post on the breakfast series, breakfast is the important meal of the day. Bearing that in mind, the English Breakfast totally fits the bill of being a hearty and a filling meal. The traditional English breakfast includes bacon, sausages, eggs, beans, toast or fried bread, hash browns or chips (fries), grilled mushrooms and tomatoes along with some tea and fresh juice. Whenever hubby and I go to my dad’s home in London, we usually land up having the full works as my brother would say! Hubby and my…

     
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  • 705. Huevos Rancheros (Mexican Style Breakfast)

    September 26, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017   #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON   THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES DAY:22 As I was going through my files, I came across this recipe in the draft. I had completely forgotten about it. I had prepared this delicious and filling breakfast dish for the Blogging Marathon theme Breakfast for the month of August which I had to back out of as I got too busy with guests. It was during one of my visits to Jean Talon market in Montreal that I came across a stall that had made fresh corn tortillas. These were made with white corn and not the usual yellow corn. I bought a packet as I had planned to make Huevos Rancheros. Oh well, perhaps this recipe was…

     
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  • 691.Veg Protein Burrito Bowl

    September 11, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017 #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES DAY:9 Why is it important to include protein in our diet? Before I can explain the importance of protein, its imperative to know that proteins are of two kinds – complete proteins and incomplete proteins. Complete proteins means all 9 amino acids, the building blocks of protein are present such as meats. Most plant based proteins do not have all 9 amino acids present so it becomes important to mix your plant based proteins to get the maximum amount of protein requirement. We must include protein in our daily diet for the following reasons: All the cells in our bodies are composed of protein. These cells need protein to maintain and repair themselves. Every day…

     
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  • 680. Avocado and Nut Bread

    August 30, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Back Home Traveling back home is always heart breaking for me. Our trips abroad are usually to visit family. Its always a joyous time when we travel to them but heart breaking when we have to get back. This year we spent nearly 2 months in Montreal and I so didn’t want to come back. I miss my son(shhh hope the other 2 kids are not actually reading the post!). I miss him more so because he’s still single and not really ready to mingle so forget about having a soul mate, best mate etc etc. We don’t have any relatives or family friends in Montreal. The couple we had have moved to other cities. He has his friends, but not really close ones. He…

     
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  • 663.Baked Falafel Salad Bowl

    June 26, 2017mayurisjikoni

    A fulfilling bowl Theme: Healthy Weekday Lunches BM#77 Week 4 Day 3    When its really hot and humid in Mombasa, the last thing hubby and I want for lunch is curries, parathas and rice. I try and make exciting salads which are filling and yet healthy. As I’ve mentioned before I like my salads to be as colourful as possible. I like falafel but having it with pita bread can be heavy on the stomach during the hot season. I hate frying food during the hot season and will only fry if I have guests over. I baked the falafel, but it was refusing to turn that nice golden colour. I didn’t want to keep on brushing more oil on it. However, the baked…

     
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  • 648. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

    May 22, 2017mayurisjikoni

    A big green berry Yes you read the title correct. Botanically speaking an avocado is a berry and thus classified as a fruit. It is a single berry fruit. There is much confusion as to whether it is a summer fruit or spring and nowadays its available in winter too. However, in Kenya where we don’t really have our climate divided into 3 or 4 seasons like winter, spring, summer and autumn, avocados are available mostly throughout the year. Some countries classify it as a summer fruit. So as far as I’m concerned summer fruit or not I decided to use it for our 93rd theme on FoodieMonday Bloghop group. The theme is Summer Fruits suggested by our group member Pushpita. It certainly isn’t hot…

     
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  • 639.Pesto Roasted Potato Salad

    April 30, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Where are all the vegetables?       Our Shhh Cooking Secretly group (started by Priya Suresh) decided on #Summer Salads as the theme for the month of April. Summer has come early in India. Here in Kenya we are suppose to have the long rains. However, due to drought conditions, vegetables are scarce and forget about getting exotic herbs, mixed salad leaves and all that. I was partnered with Shobana Vijay of Shoba’s Delights. I gave her pasta and mango to come up with a summer salad.She prepared a mango avocado pasta salad. Check it out here.      She gave me potatoes and herbs like basil or thyme as my secret ingredients. I couldn’t find any fresh basil or thyme at the shops…

     
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