• Mexican Hot Chocolate

    January 30, 2022mayurisjikoni

    EVENTS: SUNDAY FUNDAY & FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEMES: NATIONAL HOT CHOCOLATE DAY &  MY BEGINNER RECIPE Mexican Hot Chocolate is so creamy, chocolatey, spicy and a comforting hot drink especially during the cold season. Usually authentic Mexican Hot Chocolate is made with tablets of rustic table chocolate. It is a tablet of dark cocoa and cinnamon. I hear that the Abuelita by Nestle is really good. Since I didn’t have the Mexican Chocolate at hand, I used Lindt 85% Cacao  Dark Chocolate. Added cinnamon, cayenne powder, a bit of brown sugar and cream for a luscious, creamy dreamy  hot chocolate. While Mexican Hot Chocolate is my all time favourite drink during the cold season, I sometimes like to enjoy hot chocolate without any cream. For those days, I…

     
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  • Maple Panna Cotta With Roasted Figs

    January 23, 2022mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: BIRTHDAY PARTY POTLUCK RECIPE: MAPLE PANNA COTTA WITH ROASTED FIGS Maple Panna Cotta With Roasted Figs is a super creamy, silky, exquisite, easy to make dessert. The roasted fig adds so much flavour and texture to the overall dessert. I’ve used the light amber maple syrup which tends to be sweeter than the darker ones. Maple syrup not only adds sweetness but also adds a caramel like flavour. What Is Maple Syrup? Maple Syrup is actually made from the maple tree sap or the xylem sap. Usually maple water or maple sap is tapped from red,sugar or balck maple trees. The maple water or sap is colourless. It is collected and boiled to remove the water content. Lighter colour maple syrup…

     
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  • Curried Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    December 29, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: HEALTHY IDEAS RECIPE: CURRIED CHICKPEA STUFFED SWEET POTATOES Curried Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes is a healthy, delicious, filling and easy to make healthy, gluten free meal. Enjoy it for lunch or dinner and it is a perfect hot meal for the cold season. Basically, I prepare a thick chickpea curry and stuff baked sweet potato with it and serve with some plain thick yogurt. Actually, I love sweet potatoes whether they are the whitish oriental variety or the orange flesh ones. The Oriental variety is commonly available in Kenya and India. However, sometimes they are quite small and not really ideal to stuff them. Usually, those ones I bake or boil and enjoy with some salt, chilli powder and generous…

     
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  • Mughlai Egg Curry

    November 21, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: HOLIDAY DINNERS THAT ARE NOT TURKEY OR HAM RECIPE: MUGHLAI EGG CURRY Mughlai Egg Curry is an aromatic, rich, creamy, delectable curry that one can proudly serve during any festival or holiday. Spices, nuts, dried fruit makes this so different from the normal onion tomato curry based versions. What is Mughlai Style Curry? Mughlai Style of cooking or cuisine as it is more popularly known as, makes use of nuts, dry fruit, a variety of spices, dairy products to prepare food. Though a variety of spices are used, the overall flavour of the mixture is aromatic, delicate and not chilli hot. Curries or sauces tend to be thick and creamy. Mughlai Cuisine and India Northern India was ruled by the Mughal…

     
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  • Kalakand With Cottage Cheese

    October 27, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: DIWALI DHAMAKA RECIPE: KALAKAND, WITH COTTAGE CHEESE Kalakand, with cottage cheese turns out as good as the one with paneer. Moist, soft, delectable barfi, perfect for Diwali. And the sweet treat comes together within 20-25 minutes. It is allowed to set for 2-3 hours and it is ready to be enjoyed with friends and family. CAN I MAKE IT AHEAD? Yes you can. Make sure you store it in an airtight container and leave it in the fridge. I promise you it stays moist for over a week. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COTTAGE CHEESE AND PANEER? While in India we often call paneer as cottage cheese in English, it is not nearly the same. While paneer consistency can depend…

     
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  • Apple Ginger & Turmeric Jam

    October 16, 2021mayurisjikoni

    Recipe: Apple Ginger & Turmeric Jam Apple Ginger & Turmeric Jam is very easy to make and delicious. This home made apple jam with a bit of fresh ginger and turmeric has no artificial colouring or preservatives. Apple Picking At Vergers & Cidrerie Denis Charbonneau Sunday 19th September The previous day my son asked us to be ready by 9a.m. as his girlfriend and he had planned a surprise trip for us. When we got ready, it was a bit chilly so we dressed accordingly. We sat in the car and kept on guessing where they were taking us to. As we got nearer to the venue, road signs for Mont Saint Gregoire appeared and we thought we probably were going for a hike. Then…

     
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  • Ginger & Lemongrass Tea

    September 12, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: GORGEOUS GINGER RECIPE: GINGER & LEMONGRASS TEA Ginger & Lemongrass Tea is a soothing, comforting, invigorating and delicious way to enjoy tea. Aromatic and healthy, making this tea is so easy. With the cold season just round the corner, it is time to buy some fresh ginger and add to your tea. HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER & LEMONGRASS TEA Enjoying at least one cup or mug of Ginger & Lemongrass Tea a day has many health benefits: aids digestion relieves tummy cramps prevents nausea remedy for cols and coughs prevents bloating anti inflammatory properties WHAT IS GINGER? Ginger is not a new ingredient for me as it is widely used in the Indian Cuisine. In fact I use it on a…

     
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  • Baked Lentil Kebabs

    September 1, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: KABAB TIME RECIPE: BAKED LENTIL KEBABS Baked Lentil Kebabs with flavours from the Middle East and the Indian Sub Continent are soft, delectable and easy to make. In brief, these kebabs make a wonderful starter and are easy to make. Also nutritious and best part is that they are gluten free and vegan. Serve them with any chutney or dip of your choice. What Are Kebabs? In fact, Kebabs are known by several different names all sounding the same – kebaps, kababs, kebob, kabobs.  Indeed, Kebabs originate from the Middle East where chunks of marinated meat and vegetables are strung on skewers and cooked over charcoal grills. As a matter of fact, the word kebab in Arabic means grilled or…

     
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  • Maple Roasted Peaches

    August 29, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: JUST PEACHY RECIPE: MAPLE ROASTED PEACHES Maple Roasted Peaches, healthy, flavourful, so easy to make and best part – has no refined sugar. Served with some greek yogurt it makes a fruity summery light dessert. Sprinkle granola and it becomes a delightful fun breakfast. Roasted Peaches can be served with ice cream, but with a diabetic hubby, I wanted to make it without refined sugar. The dark robust maple syrup gifted to me by my son and his girlfriend is perfect for this kind of recipe, not too sweet and very tasty. From start to finish, this dish takes about 35 minutes. So it is a dessert that you can prepare while you’re enjoying your dinner. During the weekend mornings, by…

     
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  • Cherry Tomato & Avocado Salad

    August 22, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: MAIN COURSE ACCOMPANIMENTS RECIPE: CHERRY TOMATO & AVOCADO SALAD   Cherry Tomato & Avocado Salad is a very easy, healthy and flavourful salad that comes together in a matter of minutes. A versatile salad, you can use any dressing of your choice. Also can use salad leaves of your choice and add other ingredients. Recently, at a supermarket I frequent, both baby tomatoes and avocados were on offer. Yes, here in Canada am learning to look out for offers and some of them are pretty good.. get 2 for the price of one, 2 or 3 will cost less than if you buy one at a time. Such offers are a rarity in Kenya. With heat warnings and hot summers, I…

     
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