• Stir Fried Vegetables with Orange Sauce

    October 15, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #166 STIR FRY Stir fries are one of the easiest meals to make. Stir fry literally means cooking tender vegetables or meat,  blanched vegetables, or boiled vegetables and meat in a small quantity of oil over high heat. This results in the vegetables becoming a bit crunchy and most of the nutrients is preserved. While some vegetables are easy to stir fry some need to be blanched for a while. What is blanching? Blanching is a cooking method where vegetables or fruits are added to boiling water, allowed to cook for a short time, removed from the hot water and immediately dipped in ice cold water. The way one cuts or chops the vegetables also makes a difference. Certain fish, prawns, shrimps…

     
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  • 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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  • Beetroot Energy Balls

    February 5, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Healthy Red    Mondays comes just too fast.Imagine we’re already into the second month of the year. In just a month, the other Presidential Election candidate, who lost the second round of election that took place in Nov, was ‘sworn’ in as the ‘People’s President’. In their battle to win the powerful chair, the country is still battling with basic needs. High Food Prices, clean drinking water, better roads, proper sanitation, a cleaner environment to name a few issue needs urgent attention. So many issues to tackle. Mombasa has trash dumped all on roadsides and the hills are going taller by the day. I wish the politicians would for once with dedication just get on with what their tasks are instead of wasting time and useful…

     
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  • 735. Easy Christmas Cake

    December 25, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Merry Christmas Everyone This Christmas I’m celebrating it in the Exotic Tropical Island of Bali… yes the Bali where Julia Roberts finds inner peace and balance of love in the movie Eat, Pray and Love. Spending this holiday season with my eldest son, his wife and her parents. The #124th theme Christmas for FoodieMonday/ Bloghop group has come just at the right time. Last week before traveling I baked an Easy Christmas Cake and some Cookies. So for this post was contemplating whether I should post the cake first or the cookies. The cake won and the cookies will be posted a bit later. The last time we spent Christmas with my daughter in law and her parents was in Dubai. Family time together is…

     
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  • 733. Gingerbread and Oatmeal Bread#Breadbakers

    December 12, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Gingerbread and Oatmeal Bread#BreadBakers Theme: Whole Grained Holiday Breads Whether people would like to admit it or not, December brings about an air of festivities for all. The celebrations begin with ThanksGiving and will end with New Year celebrations. Shops are decorated, Christmas sales are on, friends and relatives share decorated streets, trees, homes photos. One cannot help but get drawn to this seasonal celebration. I consider myself very lucky that I get to enjoy Diwali, Eid and Christmas. As a Hindu living in a predominantly Christian Country and a strong Muslim part of Kenya, I get drawn into celebrating all three festivals. When Kalyani of Sizzling Tastebuds suggested Whole Grained Holiday Breads, I tried looking for recipes where I could use whole grains. There…

     
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  • 702. Peanut Butter and Jelly Pudding

    September 22, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017   #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON   THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES DAY:19    When I was planning what protein rich dishes I was going to make, peanut butter was on top of the list. I was planning to make a peanut butter and banana sandwich, but then I came across this delicious pudding recipe. It was also full of chia seeds so one recipe took care of both the protein rich ingredients peanut butter and chia seeds. What I really like about this pudding is that one can even have on days that you are fasting. I know many people fast all 9 days of Navratri without consuming grains, pulses, salt and vegetables. So here’s just the right kind of pudding to energize you and make…

     
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  • 670. Date Coconut Energy Balls

    July 17, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Shravan…. A Holy Month    Shravan or Saawan is the holiest month in the Hindu Calendar. Many Hindus fast for the whole of the Shravan Maas or month. Different Hindu Communities begin the fast on different dates. Some begin the fast immediately after Guru Purnima and some later on in the month. This holy month then culminates with Raksha Bandhan, a festival where the sisters tie a rakhi or thread on the wrists of their brothers. Some people fast the whole month i.e. every day for the whole month and some fast every Monday of this holy month and are called the Shravan Somvar Vrat.          Why is this month so important to the Hindus? According to the Hindu Mythology, when the Gods…

     
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  • 655.Orange Cranberry Muffins(Eggless)

    June 12, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Baking is therapeutic I nearly skipped the 96th #FoodieMonday #Bloghop theme Baked as I am just too busy and didn’t have time to bake. Weddings are fun but at the same time stressful. Bangalore traffic makes the tension worse as one has to be on the road nearly 1 hour or more to reach the venue on time. I was feeling sad when Waagmi chose baked as the theme. I so wanted to bake something (I’ve missed the 2 cookies theme!) but knew it was not going to be possible. I thoroughly enjoy baking. I find its so relaxing and fun. If all the ingredients are at hand, then its pretty easy. Baked goodies make great presents for any occasion, a nice treat for picnics,…

     
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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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  • 634.Mini Panettone#BreadBakers

    April 11, 2017mayurisjikoni

    My favourite Country When Anshie, blogger at Spice Roots asked members of Bread Bakers  group to bake breads from Italy as the April theme, I was really excited. I love the country and Italian breads with all that olive oil, roasted tomatoes, cheese, bell peppers. I’ve been wanting to try out panettone for such a long time, so I got the opportunity to bake it for this theme. Panettone bread is usually baked as a Christmas breakfast or dessert treat in Italy. Full of fruit and wonderful aroma of orange, its suppose to like a cake but with yeast. Panettone means pane de tono— bread of luxury.Its believed that this rich Italian bread has originated from Milan. When yeast was considered a luxury item, this bread…

     
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