• Watermelon and Halloumi Salad

    May 27, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #197 GET IN SHAPE The #197th theme for FoodieMonday/Bloghop group, Get in Shape is nothing to do about us getting into shape with some healthy diet or workout. However, as Kalyani suggested, its all about presenting food in a geometrical fashion. Kalyani blogs at Sizzling Buds. Her blog is full of vegetarian recipes and many are vegan. Her endeavor to present world cuisine in a more healthier manner for her family is commendable. When the theme was suggested, I got excited. I would have loved to bake a bread or tart to really give due credit to this theme (you know the type where slices are arranged in concentric circle or even or semi circles on a square pie), but limited resources meant…

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  • Moong and Celery Leaves Soup

    January 12, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: HEALTHY WELLTHY CUISINES THEME: 59 HWCG #WINTER DELIGHTS AT HW Having a hearty bowl of hot piping soup is the most comforting food one can during winter to ward off the cold. As I have mentioned before, I per say do not experience winter where I live. However at the moment I’m in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Usually Dec to March is suppose to hot but the weather here is cold, though the sun comes out. My brother in law was teaching me how to make a sourdough bread(previous attempts have failed as the dough became too soft!) where handling the dough is much easier and the does not require too much kneading. He also has after much experimentation made the dough…

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  • Pasta Sauces Collage

    March 10, 2018mayurisjikoni

    A simple dish of boiled pasta can be made into a tasty, delicious, satisfying meal with the addition of different sauces. FoodieMonday/Bloghop group members made 9 different lip smacking pasta sauces for the their #134th theme which was PASTA SAUCES. Click on the name of the pasta sauce and it will take you directly to the recipe. Spinach Sauce  Spinach Basil Almond Pesto Basil Pumpkin Seed Pesto and Tomato Sauce Roasted Pepper Sauce Three Cheese Sauce Lentil Bolognese Coriander Mint and Cashew Nut Pesto Marinara Sauce Alfredo Sauce  

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  • 697.Caprese Stuffed Portobello

    September 16, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017 #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES DAY:14    Bangalore, Montreal, London, Nairobi are some of the places where I can access a kitchen to try out ingredients that I don’t readily get in Mombasa. Portobello mushroom is one of them. The first time I ever had a portobello mushroom was some years back when I went to Nando’s in Leicester with my sister and her family. Knowing my love for mushrooms she suggested that I should try the portobello mushroom and halloumi burger. I loved the burger and taste of the portobello mushroom. After that I’ve had portobello mushrooms either grilled or as a filling for burgers. However, I’d not made anything with the mushrooms at home. So during…

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  • 448. watermelon iced tea

    November 2, 2014mayurisjikoni

    too hot The past few days have been so hot and humid. I am completely zapped of any energy by afternoon. Usually around this time of the year it begins to get hot but at the same time we get a lovely breeze too. However, this year things are different. The weather is changing. It’s all to do with global warming. Our greed for better homes, infra structures and better goods is all destroying our environment. Trees are disappearing at an alarming rate. 3 years ago when we moved to the apartments we are living in at present, we could see lots of trees from any of the windows you may choose to look out from. More building and second hand car yards are destroying…

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  • Eggplant Mini Pizza

    September 24, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Eggplants and Italy During my holiday to Italy, I was a bit disappointed that the choice of food for vegetarians was very limited. All I could think of was Margherita pizzas, pasta with tomato sauce, pasta with mushrooms or cold grilled vegetables. However, mostly  it would be grilled eggplants, zucchini and pepper. No garlic or onion flavour and forget about getting any chilli flakes. I seriously wouldn’t have complained if  they would have served Eggplant Mini Pizza. Pizza hut and Dominos spoil us by giving us endless satchets of chilli flakes. Italian restaurants in India and Kenya give us chilli oil, yummy chilli sauces, pestos that are chilli. However, visit any restaurant in Italy and its difficult to find any of those extra condiments… no…

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  • 419. orange basil juice

    July 22, 2014mayurisjikoni

    fragrant and cooling    Basil is a herb which is highly fragrant. Walk into a greengrocers shop and you will be able to smell basil if he/she is selling it. Related to the tulsi (holy basil) family, it tastes different from the tulsi. The name basil is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn which means royal. The name denotes that in the ancient culture it was considered a noble and sacred herb. Basil reduces swelling and inflammation, is rich in antioxidants and has anti aging properties. It has anti bacterial properties and is a rich source of Vitamins A and C, iron, manganese, calcium,potassium and magnesium. Basil is widely used in herbal teas,sandwiches,soups, with chicken, fish, pasta, meat, in salads by adding the leaves…

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  • 379. feta olive and basil bread

    March 6, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Toothache 🙁     Since mid January, I have been having some teeth problems. Can I blame my 50+ age, approaching menopause or genes? Since childhood I have been pretty regular with brushing, flossing, mouth washes etc. By the way after all these years of bombarding people with adverts of the benefits of mouth washes, some health gurus claim that mouth washes are actually bad for our teeth. Whatever, its just given me an excuse to stop buying those expensive, coloured, gum burning liquids and go back to the salted water gargle. So during my umpteen visit to the dentist, I came across a recipe of bread with feta,olives and basil in a home living magazine. Mentally noted what the filling was all about and…

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  • 188. basil garlic bread

    October 5, 2012mayurisjikoni

    full of herbs Baking bread is a delight. I just cannot describe the feeling when a perfect loaf comes out of the oven. When I baked basil garlic bread, I couldn’t wait for the loaf to cool down a bit. The aroma was too overwhelming and made me feel soooo hungry. Yes, arm muscles were at work again but its worth the effort. So, how many of you have tried baking  bread at home? BASIL GARLIC BREAD 2 small loaves or 1 big one 3 cups plain flour or bread flour 1 to 1¼ cups warm water ( lukewarm) ¼ tsp sugar 1 tsp salt 2¼ tsps instant dry yeast 2 tbsps olive oil ½ to 1 tsp minced garlic 2 tbsps of coarsely minced…

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  • 137. basil mint lemon drink

    August 6, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Niku’s recipe          Whenever my son Niku comes down home for a holiday, its fun to have him in the kitchen working with me. Not only do we bond while cooking but I also  get to learn a lot of things from him. A slight change here or an addition there makes a whole difference to a recipe. Just a few days ago he made a simple but absolutely delicious lemon drink. I would go through the whole procedure of allowing the herb to steep in hot water, but he just whizzed this recipe within 5 minutes. If you have the ingredients in your fridge, then this drink can be served without any hassles to unexpected guests.     BASIL MINT LEMON…

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