• 475. sweet potato, beans and corn wraps

    January 27, 2015mayurisjikoni

     amazing kids   Last Saturday our Lions Club of Mombasa Bahari hosted yet another successful poetry recital competition for children between the ages of  4 to 7.  Please do take some time and visit the website. Poetry recital not only helps a child to develop confidence, but also improves their diction, voice control, helps them to learn new vocabulary, helps with memorization skills and prepares them for public speaking.Like reading, poems too are the mind’s adventure for the children. Reciting and understanding the poems also helps them to pretend and perform actions and expressions accordingly. This year the poems given to the 6 -7 year olds were a bit long, but surprisingly they managed to memorize it within 2 weeks. We tend to underestimate a…

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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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  • 432. mini taco salad cups

    September 16, 2014mayurisjikoni

    I missed my salads My dream holiday to Italy was worth ever penny. I cannot thank hubby dear enough for organizing the trip. It was the first time we booked the whole tour through Cosmos, and what a wonderful experience. Organized tours have advantages and disadvantages, but the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages as age creeps up on us. We met people from different cultural backgrounds, different countries and maybe some may develop into friendship.During our daily briefings, everyone complained about having to get up really early, but next day everyone would be on the bus 5 minutes earlier all eager to discover Italy through the eyes of our ever smiling and friendly tour leader and our very capable and careful driver. Italy is all…

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  • 418. corn and beans quesadilla

    July 21, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Tragedy   The world was shocked on July 17th. The news that the Malaysian Airline MH 17 was shot down while flying over the Ukraine from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur left the world in a state of shock. A buk missile shot it down near the border of Russia and Ukraine. Who is at fault will take forever to find out but in the meantime a nation has to once again in a span of four months face the tragedy of losing yet another aircraft full of passengers. Families and friends have to mourn the dead. None of those passengers had anything direct to do with the fight between Ukraine and Russia and yet they all paid with their precious lives. So many questions cropped…

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  • 392.eggless conchas

    May 30, 2014mayurisjikoni

    sweet bread from Mexico     Conchas (pronounce the ch as in chair) are traditional sweet buns from Mexico. Also known as pan dulce, these sweet rolls have a slightly hard crust and a soft,slightly chewy,sweet inner part. Once you take a bite into the crust, it melts like magic in your mouth. Usually eaten for breakfast, these sweet rolls were a delight to prepare. Though I have to master the correct consistency of the sweet pastry(paste, topping) on top, the taste was heavenly. These sweet buns are known as conchas because of the shell like shape of the pastry created either by making the lines with a sharp knife or with a conchas cutter.    I recently joined the baking eggless group started by…

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  • 316. veg chimichanga

    August 26, 2013mayurisjikoni

    delicious envelopes It is amazing how the Mexicans can make so many variations with the humble tortilla. I made chimichangas a few days ago as my son loves any Mexican cuisine but without the corn for him. Chimichangas are fried burittos. The filling can vary from meat to vegetables of your choice. I decided to shallow fry instead of deep frying and it worked well as I used home made tortillas. The first time I ever had chimichangas were when my hubby’s cousin Nerali made them eons ago. So when my son Niku asked for something new I remembered the chimichangas and tried them out. I was pleased with the result and this recipe will definitely be one that I would like to make for…

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  • 287. vegetable empanadas

    June 14, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Going all the way to Mexico for lunch Empanadas are stuffed pastry or bread which are fried or baked. Originally from Portugal, this dish is being made in various countries, using fillings that are suitable for the local palate.  Emapanadas are very similar to the Italian calzone, the pies from many countries, curry puffs, patties, gujiyas or googras from India. The list is endless. The type of pastry made for this dish varies from country to country. Some add egg, some add more fat and some add yeast. Since I did not want to make an egg pastry I decided to browse the internet for a correct yeast pastry for the empanadas. I decided to use a Mexican filling. Fillings can be anything right from…

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  • 230. mexican vegetable soup

    February 19, 2013mayurisjikoni

    an excuse to have some extra cheese Whenever I want to make some soup for dinner, Nami doesn’t want to have any of the creamy smooth type of soups. She prefers the wholesome, full of vegetable types and so had to hunt for recipes to fit that category. Some with lentils are perhaps like making dal without the masala. But, I have got to share this recipe with you as the soup was delicious, wholesome and satisfying.      MEXICAN VEGETABLE SOUP 4 servings   1 cup cooked red kidney beans 1 cup cooked yellow corn kernels 1 medium onion, diced (approx ½ cup) 1 medium tomato, diced (approx ½ cup) ½ cup diced zucchini ½ cup diced sweet pepper, any colour of your choice 2 cups…

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  • 156. Veg tacos

    August 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Niku loves this Many homes cook so many different cuisines that sometimes the original recipe is lost and an adaptation is made to suit the tastes of individuals and families. The first time I ever made tacos was with my kaki and we followed Tarla Dalal’s recipe to the last dot. In her original recipe there is a green tomato sauce. Plans of making tacos revolved around the availability of the green tomatoes. Of course after so many years, green tomatoes have gone out of the window and I make my own version of veg tacos. Instead of salsa I make a wholesome salad. That was a tricky but clever way to get my young kids to eat salad. Usually the tacos are made from…

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  • 153. veg enchiladas

    August 17, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Mexican fusion Enchiladas is a mexican dish made of tortilla and stuffed with any sort of filling right from meat to vegetables. Originally made of corn tortilla, which is  a flat round bread much like a chappati was rolled around a meat or fish. Over the years it has been made in  lots of ways with different sauces, toppings and fillings. The first time I had enchiladas was at my cousin Sailubhai’s house years back. Chandrabhabhi had made them when she invited us for dinner. Since then I have made enchiladas using ingredients available at local market. Use any filling and sauce to make these yummy and filling delights. I have to make the tortillas at home as we do not get ready made ones…

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