• 625. Peanut and Fruit Salad (Chaat)

    March 15, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Peanut and Fruit Salad(Chaat) #Fantastical Food Fight Trying to eat healthy When you’re a food blogger and food is your passion, its pretty difficult to stay away from all those tempting recipes out there in the cyber world and cook books. I get tempted to try out so many recipes and the more calories it has the temptation level is that much higher! Recently I joined this group called Fantastical Food Fight. I got tempted to join after I saw the absolutely tempting cookies made by Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories. After I oooooogled at the photos till I was drooling, she suggested that we should check out what other members of the group had made. I scrolled down and recipes had me salivating. Just…

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  • 603. Exotic Fruit Salad

    January 2, 2017mayurisjikoni

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Write it in your heart that every day of this new year is the best day.  A new year has begun, time to reflect on what we achieved last year, what we didn’t and  what we would like to achieve. Like every year I continuously make a resolution to lose weight, which so far I haven’t; not get so emotional if my kids don’t call regularly, which is pretty difficult to stick by and have more patience with my hubby’s weird, out of this world ideas. However, I still get angry and try to retaliate them with all my energy 🙂 This year I’ve not made any resolutions as I forget about them even before the 15th of January. Desserts, chocolates, good…

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  • 591. Idli chaat

    October 3, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Chaotic life Have you noticed how life in India can be so chaotic. Forget about getting problems sorted out in an orderly and calm fashion. Everyone thinks that the more you shout, the louder you are the problem will vanish. Shouting, loud accusations and chaos does not bring about solutions. However, after a bout of all this ‘hangama’ life carries on till we experience the next round of shouting which gets louder by the second and then suddenly peace and quiet rules. Has the problem been solved? Not at all but for many spectators it is entertainment. But isn’t the chaotic life that attracts so many to India again and again? I am grateful that I’m right now sitting in my apartment where the surroundings…

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  • 588. Amiri Khaman/Gujarati Sev Khaman

    September 19, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Angels are often disguised as daughters The week just goes by so quickly. Every day I wake up and say to myself,  2more months, few more weeks before the wedding and so much to do. Yesterday when we were discussing with my future son-in-law and his mum what happens after the wedding ceremony, so it was like bidaai (farewell to the bride) will happen and we take Nami (my daughter) with us. I wanted to burst into tears at the moment, as reality is fast approaching that she will belong to some other family. I had to be really strong and keep a smiling face, but am sure that if hubby dear would have been with me I surely would have burst out crying. As…

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  • 495. healthy bhel

    April 14, 2015mayurisjikoni

       Easy communication WhatsApp has improved communication tremendously. You just need to be connected to an internet or wifi and voila… you’re good to go. Its become easier to communicate with friends and family who are far from us or when we are travelling. So the typical messages sent are  ‘leaving for the airport’, ‘reached the airport’, ‘done with security and immigration’, ‘having coffee’, ‘boarding plane’, ‘boarded’. Then for a while its peace and quiet. As soon as one lands, the first task is to find out if there is free wifi at the airport. If there is messaging begins again. ‘Lovely airport’, ‘immigration line very long’, ‘waiting for baggage’, ‘reached our destination’, etc etc. While for most of this is really good because we…

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  • 460. dahi papdi chaat

    December 10, 2014mayurisjikoni

    new serials The new serials which have just begun or are coming up on some of the Indian channels are based on a variety of different themes as opposed to the usual saas bahu drama. I am glad that Indian television is growing by leaps and bounds. It is trying to cater for all ages. Though some of my favourites are family based like Diya aur Baati Hum, Balika Vadhu, Yeh Hai  Mohabbatein. Yeh Rishta kya kehlata hai, I am enjoying the new ones like Everest, Nisha aur uski cousins and Udaan. Kailesh Satyarthi a child’s right activist and Malala Yousafzai an education activist have won the Peace Noble Prize. While their cause has become more apparent and in the limelight of the whole world…

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  • 439. Pomegranate and Cucumber Raita

    October 7, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Cooling and filling       Last Friday and Saturday were very hot and humid. I made my regular lunch on Friday… roti, sabji, dal and chaas, but didn’t feel like having that. So opened to the fridge to make a smoothie but got some yogurt and cucumber in my hand instead. So the smoothie was side lined for a yummy raita. I prefer the banana cucumber raita  but didn’t have bananas. So I made it with pomegranate and cucumber. It was a cooling and filling treat. Suddenly the weather took a turn on Sunday and its been raining till now. Watching the rains from my window is fine but getting out is yucky! Today, I had to go out to do some veggie and…

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  • 291. pomegranate mousse

    June 20, 2013mayurisjikoni

    a pink treat I got tempted to buy some pomegranate last week but they were not sweet and the inner part of all those nice dark red pearls was a bit hard. Hubby dear refused to have it with his cereal in the mornings as he said the hard bit was getting stuck in between his teeth. So there was no question of using it up in salads too. I juiced the seeds thinking that I will mix it with something else to make a nice smoothie. The smoothie never happened but instead I made a nice refreshing mousse. So when will I get another batch of sour and hard pomegranates? An excellent dessert for pure vegetarians as I have used agar agar instead of…

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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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