• 673.Vegan Mixed Berries Ice Cream

    July 19, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Just the right time to have ice cream    It has been really hot for the past few days in Montreal. Its humid and just the kind of weather all Canadians enjoy. People are out walking, jogging, having picnics, swimming, sailing, lazing in the sun. Hubby and I want to be indoors as the sun is too much for us. My dad is here, his first visit to Canada. He is from London, so he too is enjoying the really sunny hot days. When I run for the shade, he thinks I’m mad. So I had to remind him that I get more than enough sun back home in Mombasa, so I’d rather enjoy the cool or cold weather.    Anyway, its the right theme…

     
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  • 616. Kabalagala (Ugandan Pancakes)#BreadBakers

    February 14, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Kabalagala (Ugandan Pancakes)#BreadBakers So many different types its unbelievable I didn’t have any theme in mind when I volunteered to host the month of February for the Bread Bakers group.As Christmas got over and the year was ending I knew I had to think of a theme pretty soon. I went back to the rules for participants and there the word pancake kept staring at me. The only pancakes I know are the usual Indian ones like dosas, uttappams, chilas etc and of course the typical fluffy American style ones dripping with melted butter and honey or maple syrup. Did a bit of research (what would we do without Google?) and hey presto the world opened up to me with a variety of pancakes I’d…

     
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  • 601.Oatmeal Banana Quick Bread

    December 29, 2016mayurisjikoni

    A satisfying beginning to the day    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is breaking a fast; a fast you undergo from the time you had dinner to the time you have breakfast. Importance of breakfast has been stressed by athletes, dietician, doctors, physical trainers. Breakfast provides the necessary fuel required for the brains and body after the overnight fast. Meals usually consumed for breakfast provide important nutrients like iron, calcium, B vitamins, proteins and fibers that are necessary to function during the day. A balanced meal of carbohydrates, proteins and minerals and vitamins is what most breakfast meals provide us with. Eating cereals, eggs, lean meat, fruits, vegetables, milk products take care of the required balance meal.    Eating a…

     
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  • 525. 4 Ingredient banana oat bars

    October 10, 2015mayurisjikoni

    It is healthy!     Our Home Bakers Challenge for the month of October was Oat Bakes, recipes selected by fellow blogger Rafeeda of The Big Sweet Tooth. All the recipes were tempting to bake but for a change I chose the healthiest one. No sugar and no fat, yes you read right no sugar or fat. So you can imagine the bake without even fat. It was a big chewy but what I like about these bars is that it can be a snack for in between meals, a sweet treat after meals or can have it for breakfast. I know what I am going to carry with me when I am travelling next time especially by Ethiopian Airlines. As I mentioned before, long…

     
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  • 521. yeasted banana sandwich bread

    September 24, 2015mayurisjikoni

    magic fruit    Who would have ever thought that banana can be used along with yeast to make a delicious bread? I didn’t…. till Aparna of  ‘We Knead to Bake’ challenged us to bake one for September. I thought “that’s going to be a sweet bread, so how come its a sandwich bread?” However, the bread was not sweet and besides the slight banana taste, its like any normal bread but with a soft inside and crispy crust. As soon as the loaf came out of the oven, I wanted to slice it straight away because of the delicious aroma. However, had to resist the urge but after 20 minutes just had to slice it. The warm bread was an excellent accompaniment to a wholesome…

     
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  • 499. eggless chocolate banana bundt cake

    April 21, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Celebration As I mentioned in my previous post, April is full of birthdays and anniversaries. Last weekend we celebrated my hubby’s mama’s 77th birthday. I baked a cake for his birthday. It had to be eggless as mamaji is a total vegetarian, no eggs or meat or fish. I had loads of over ripe bananas and thought of using them up. Hot weather means bananas do not stay good for too long. I though of using butter icing and then changed my mind as I thought a 77 year old man deserves a more classy cake. He wanted to serve ice cream as dessert so mamiji requested for a cake that could be served with ice cream. I decided to drizzle the cake with some…

     
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  • 494. banana ice cream

    April 13, 2015mayurisjikoni

    NO SUGAR, NO CREAM        You maybe wondering what I am talking about. I am talking about an ice cream where you don’t need to add any sugar or any whipping cream, no sweetened condensed milk. I came across this recipe in an Eating well article. The original recipe used just the bananas, but I added milk to give it a more creamier, softer texture. You really can’t make out that this ice cream is not made from any cream or condensed milk. Easy to make, can also make it in minutes if you get unexpected guests. However, I do recommend a very strong blender for this task. You know the magi mix type or even the steel jug type which we normally…

     
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  • 492. banana oat cookies (eggless)

    April 6, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Where is Peace?   Why is it so difficult to understand other people? Little mistakes, circumstances, difference of opinion, different race, different religion, different cultures all make us misunderstand each other. Our daily lives are filled with these misunderstandings. Whether a minor action or major, people tend to misunderstand it and don’t even bother to find out the reason for that particular action. Misunderstandings leave you feeling low, angry, unhappy, cheated, and above all unwanted. Many a times we just stand up again again and again to strive through live. Humans are a resilient lot, but how much can one withstand injustice, ill treatment and misunderstanding? The world is increasingly becoming a place where fellow humans are becoming less tolerant resulting in bad actions, bad…

     
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  • 450. banana walnut bread (with eggs)

    November 4, 2014mayurisjikoni

    soft and spongy    I bought some bananas on Sunday and by Monday some of them were over ripe. Its the heat ! Over ripe bananas and muffins, cake, bread is all I can think of. Initially, I just wanted to peel the bananas and freeze them for future use. The idea of the hot oven heating up the kitchen wasn’t too appealing. However temptation of baking was greater than the feeling of avoiding the heat.    This is one of the first breads I had learnt how to bake when I was barely 21. I got the recipe from my mother in law’s friend. I tried it the first time and it was a hit. After that have baked it so many times. I…

     
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  • 440. Ghee kera

    October 14, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Nami’s banana nu shaak!   In the Gujarati language there is a saying ‘ena ghar ma ghee keda chhe’, meaning that that person is pretty much well off, wealth wise. When I was growing up, Saturday would be the day of the week that along with the usual full lunch of dal, shaak, rotli and bhaat, we would have some sweet dish like shrikhand, lapsi, meethi sev or ghee kera. When my kids were growing up, I would give them ghee kera often with roti but on the condition that they would also eat the vegetable we had made. My daughter Nami called it banana nu shaak. After the kids left home, I don’t make it that often but today I made some. Brought back…

     
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