• 296. mashed avocado and tomato bruschetta

    July 5, 2013mayurisjikoni

    refreshingly yummy Every time I see an interesting recipe I store it under the ‘to try’ section. That section is getting filled pretty fast. So I thought I better start working on them before they pile up and get lost in some part of the computer. Normally, what gets a person to check out the recipe? The most tantalizing is the picture, then if its your favourite ingredient followed by how appealing the recipe appears. I have made bruschetta very often but what caught my attention was the appealing green and red colours. I came across this recipe when I was browsing on Pinterest. The recipe is by ambitiouskitchen.com. The combination of avocado, tomato, onion and garlic was out of this world. Obviously, I made…

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  • 282. tropical pasta salad

    June 5, 2013mayurisjikoni

    A complete meal Lunch in our house is normally the main meal and dinner is usually light. The days when hubby dear has come home late for lunch, we have a very light meal like soups or salads. Two days ago, I made a pasta salad and put everything I could find in the fridge. Yes, there are times when I have a bit of this and a bit of that left in small containers. After adding so many ingredients, this salad was by no means a light meal. But the fruity taste was like nice soothing music playing on the tongue. Sounding poetic…. no, that little spark I had a few years ago has gone off…. no inspiration to write poems. These days the…

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  • 267. grapefruit avocado salad

    May 18, 2013mayurisjikoni

    have you had your salad today? Salads should be featured every day for both lunch and dinner or at least for one of the meals. Salads provide us with the essential nutrients, roughage or fibre required and are tummy fillers. Yesterday, I was with a group of women and one of them commented that not fruits can be included in a salad. I chose to differ as I can make any fruit into a salad go with a main dish or have has lunch. This started a discussion where someone pointed out that if any tropical fruit we get commonly in Kenya were to feature in a salad served by a posh restuarant here or abroad, we would happily order it, eat it, pay a…

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  • 174. corn and tomato salad with avocado dressing

    August 31, 2012mayurisjikoni

    A colourful salad Avocados are in abundance at the moment and I am adding it to my salad practically every day. Today, I thought of making a dressing using the avocado instead of just chopping it and adding it to the salad. I love avocado dressing. Its a great alternative for mayonnaise or other egg based dressings. I was lucky to get some plum tomatoes from Nakumatt. We don’t get these delicious tomatoes often here. Whenever I am in UK or India, I prefer using plum or cherry tomatoes for my salads. However this does not deter me from making the salad whenever these tiny tomatoes are not available. I just use the normal ones. This salad is so colourful that anyone would get tempted…

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  • avocado cheese salad

    August 28, 2012mayurisjikoni

    I love adding cheese cubes , crumbled cheese , grated cheese to my salad. The day hubby sees cheese in the salad, he comments ” someone’s favourite is on the menu again!” Not that he wouldn’t eat the cheese, am sure he too loves it. Cheese makes the salad more fun…. can you imagine the mixture of different tastes…. its like music for the tongue. Enjoy this simple and lovely salad. Yes, avocados are still in season and not joking at all but now they are huge, they are actually the size of a hawaiian paw paw.  I am serious.  I’m sure you’ll love this salad as much as I love it. Its filling, different and loaded with all the essential nutrients required. You can…

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  • 156. Veg tacos

    August 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Niku loves this Many homes cook so many different cuisines that sometimes the original recipe is lost and an adaptation is made to suit the tastes of individuals and families. The first time I ever made tacos was with my kaki and we followed Tarla Dalal’s recipe to the last dot. In her original recipe there is a green tomato sauce. Plans of making tacos revolved around the availability of the green tomatoes. Of course after so many years, green tomatoes have gone out of the window and I make my own version of veg tacos. Instead of salsa I make a wholesome salad. That was a tricky but clever way to get my young kids to eat salad. Usually the tacos are made from…

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  • green salad with avocado dressing

    August 10, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Sometimes its nice to have a simple salad without many ingredients. I find that  the salad recipe I am about to share with you, is a good accompaniment to pasta, burgers or sandwiches. I love buying the mixed green salad leaves we get these days at Nakumatt or Tusky. Taking advantage of this because as soon as the hot season begins the salads will disappear from Mombasa. People normally go nutty about nuts but I am going nutty about avocado. Just can’t get over the fact that they are still available in abundance. GREEN SALAD WITH AVOCADO DRESSING 4 Servings A bag of green salad leaves (approx. 4 to 5 handful) ¼ cup torn mint leaves Dressing: ½ cup mashed avocado ½ cup thick yogurt…

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  • 116. cherry tomato and avocado salad

    July 16, 2012mayurisjikoni

    cherry, plum or grape? Finally we get to see some cherry tomatoes in Mombasa. Cherry tomatoes and avocado and hey presto a salad is ready. Making the best use of the fine avocados till the season lasts. Add plum tomatoes or grape tomatoes if you get any. Basically any tomato will do. If you like, dress it with mayonnaise or any other creamy dressing. I prefer my simple vinaigrette dressing till I get down to making my own mayonnaise. Rucola, rocket, aragula are just different names for the same thing. Usually used in salads or in pasta dishes, it is rich in folate, magnesium, potassium and calcium.It belongs to the mustard family, hence the slight peppery taste.    CHERRY TOMATO AND AVOCADO SALAD 2 Servings…

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  • 98. roasted potato and avocado salad

    June 21, 2012mayurisjikoni

    2 favourite combinations Avocados are in abundance at the moment in Kenya so I am taking full advantage and making more and more salads with avocado. I don’t like avocado milkshake as I prefer to have it with salt and pepper. My two favourite together, avocado and potato. Lovely combination and a great salad for all those who are getting their jikos ready for BBQ. This is one salad where I have not prepared a separate dressing. As you go through the recipe you will understand why.   ROASTED POTATO AVOCADO SALAD 4 Servings 12 baby potatoes 1 medium avocado ½ cup cucumber chunks 3 tbsps olive oil 1¼ tsp salt 1 tsp coarse pepper powder 1 tsp dry rosemary 1 tsp lemon juice 1…

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  • 67. mango avocado and bean salad

    May 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Very tropical   The temperatures are soaring, its just too hot to have heavy meals. I just want to make a quick salad and be out of the kitchen in a jiffy. For today’s salad, I mixed avocado, mango with beans. You would think that avocado and mango would be a weird combination but when I made this salad it actually tasted really great. If you are a lover of both avocado and mango then this salad is just right for you. I did not add any form of sweetness as the mango was sweet. This salad has to be prepared just before serving as both the avocado and mango tend to turn black if kept cut for a while. Adding fruits, seeds, nuts and herbs…

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