• 497. mango avocado salad

    April 17, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Facebook   Everyday I have the radio on while I am working in the kitchen or when I am exercising. East FM  Kenya is one of my best radio stations. The hindi songs vary from the modern to purana geet. What makes the radio station enjoyable is not just the selection of the songs but also the radio jockeys or hosts. This morning while getting breakfast ready Seema and Aleem the morning hosts, were discussing about Facebook. They have a knack of picking very interesting topics for discussions.  I love listening to them.So the discussion was what people use the Facebook for. Some love advertising what they are doing every minute, some love to bombard people with all sorts of quotes and advises. Some use…

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  • 482. Strawberry Mango Mesclun Salad

    March 11, 2015mayurisjikoni

    very tempting    For the month of February, the International Food Challenge was Bordeaux cuisine. The recipes were given by Saraswathi. Bordeaux is the port city on River Garonne in the south west region of France. It is famous for its wine as it sits in the wine region of France. Bordeaux is famous for shopping, wining and dining. We had a choice of French vanilla and rum cakes, Bordeaux cookies or Mesclun salad. Since I have baked a lot for the past two months I decided on making the salad.    What is mesclun? Mesclun comes from the Provençal word mescla (to mix) which literally means mixture. Mesclun is a mixture of young spring time edible leaves. The mixture can have arugula, spinach, endive,…

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  • 461. mango coconut paletas

    December 13, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Blogging block???        All writers, bloggers experience a block occasionally. Whenever I have a bloggers block, I just find it difficult to even write one meaningful sentence. Yet I know I need to get the recipe on the blog to keep my followers interested. You may say but there are so many things or topics one can write about. True, but sometimes the idea is in the head but the hand will not assist in typing out the words. Many have suggestions like keeping a paper and pencil nearby to jot down any ideas or thoughts you may have. But that may not be convenient especially when you are busy.The other advise is to follow a theme so writing becomes easier. Making posts…

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  • 459. Nachos and Mango Salsa

    December 2, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Grandparents Grandparents love to spoil and pamper their grandchildren. In their eyes grandchildren are perfect angels. Right now my daughter is getting pampered by my dad and my 3 fois (aunts). They have gone there for a week. They reached Bangalore yesterday and are already feeding all sorts of goodies to my daughter. She is enjoying all the attention. When I was growing up I really didn’t know my maternal grandparents that much as they were in India and I in Kenya. I met them occasionally when I was studying in Mt. Abu. I grew up in a joint family with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, the works. My grandmother didn’t believe in pampering but I learnt a lot of things from her. My grandfather on…

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  • 457. mango and passion fruit paletas

    November 27, 2014mayurisjikoni

    beat the heat      Extreme weather is some what becoming a norm in the present time.  6 feet of snow in autumn, torrential rains accompanied by landslides and floods, high temperatures, cold gusty winds, cold spells. All this is happening due to pollution, less trees, concrete jungles, thinning ozone layer and so many other factors put together. Usually around Diwali time our apartment gets a lovely cool sea breeze and many a times we have to close the windows so that doors do not bang, vases do not topple over and curtains do not fly out of the window like flags.Sometimes in the evening the breeze makes us feel a bit cold. The cool breeze, day and night lasts till the month of February…

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  • 393.eggless upside down mango cake

    May 31, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Why is it so difficult to get certain basic ingredients?      Now that the wedding is over, its time to invite friends and relatives home to have a look at the photos and dinner. The first family was entertained on Friday. I made mashed avocado and tomato bruschetta, sesame honey chilli potatoes, for starters, salad and pizza. I wanted to make some mousse for dessert. Went to the famous Nakumatt to buy some fresh whipping cream. Came home with the packet, opened it and the cream had turned sour. I went back with the packet, receipt and all. The store policy is that if you return any goods, you must buy another one of the same. That means I had to buy another packet of whipping…

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  • 380. mango paneer salad

    March 7, 2014mayurisjikoni

    deliciously sweet     Mangoes eaten on its own, as dessert, in a salad, aam ras, smoothies, pickles, jams…. whichever way you have it, tastes amazingly delicious. We are so lucky as the mango season is just going on and on. Lovely juicy apple mangoes as they are called here, are sweet and aromatic. Ok, I have intentions of making all my family and friends living in the temperate and freezing zones jealous, but no amount of praises for this fruit is enough. To beat the heat I made some salad and worked around ingredients that were at home. Some people do not like fruit in their salads but I feel that it makes the salad more exotic, appealing and interesting. Textures and taste vary…

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  • 369. Methi keri nu athanu

    February 11, 2014mayurisjikoni

    amazingly easy    I tend to make pickles or athanu as Gujaratis call it with caution. I stick to the normal ones that turn out well like chundo and lemon pickle. A while ago a lady came down to Kenya from US for a holiday. She tasted mango pickle with garlic and fenugreek seeds and loved it. She returned home and began her search on the website for the recipe of this particular pickle that she had tasted. She didn’t find it and her search brought her to my blog. She wrote to me asking if I knew how to make the pickle. My first reaction was…oh no not a request for a pickle recipe! Remember, I am very caution about making pickles. I do…

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  • 344. chundo

    November 29, 2013mayurisjikoni

    chatpata delight My all time favourite pickles are chundo and lemon. Chundo goes well with theplas, parathas, left over rotis, masala puris, plain puris and even as a spread for a sandwich. I find Tarla Dalal’s recipe for chundo absolutely perfect. However, I have made very small changes to by using a raw apple mango. I like using apple mango because firstly its not a stringy mango and because even when it is raw its not overtly sour. This means that I use a little less sugar than required. So whenever the mango season begins (we are lucky to have two seasons in a year), I make chundo. Small quantities remain fresh and I store it in the fridge for freshness. CHUNDO (SWEET MANGO PICKLE)…

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  • 301. onion mango chutney

    July 18, 2013mayurisjikoni

    For my Manju foi My memories of our annual visit to Mombasa with my family are memorable. We would normally drive down to Mombasa at night from Nairobi with my dad’s friends and their families. On the way we would get to see wildlife on near the road in abundance. Sadly, this is not the case anymore. We never had to go into the National parks to see lions, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, buffalos and so many other animals. A journey by road or rail and one saw almost everything. During our visit to Mombasa, we would stay at my aunt’s (foi) place for a few days before we would head for the cottages or hotel on the beach. My foi’s family was big as…

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