• 134. brown bread trifle

    August 1, 2012mayurisjikoni

     no one will ever guess     I prefer making easy desserts and ones which are cold, mainly because of the hot weather in Mombasa. This dessert recipe was given to me by my sister in law Arti K and its been my all time favourite. I make it quite often when I have guests over and they all think that the brown layer is made of cake. But it isn’t. Over the years I have made changes to the original recipe by adding more chocolate, less cream, a variety of fruits etc.  The original recipe required stale brown bread, but I use fresh as the stale brown bread makes the layers a bit too dry. It is a bit difficult making this trifle in India…

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  • banana beetroot smoothie

    July 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

    updated : 01/08/2018 Smoothies are a rage all over the world. Smoothies for breakfast, smoothies for in between meals, smoothies for lunch, smoothies for desserts, the options are endless. What is actually a smoothie? Hadn’t even heard of the word smoothies when I was growing up. Smoothies are drinks that usually are pretty thick in consistency, are cold and very filling. Its like having a meal in a glass. What do you need to make smoothies? a) A liquid like water, milk, yogurt, juice b) fresh fruits or vegetables like spinach, beetroot, pumpkin, carrots to name a few c) sweetener can be sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners, stevia etc d) spices which is optional like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg etc e) nuts or nut butters…

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  • Thandai

    June 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    I love milk be it plain, with chocolate, rose syrup, kesar(saffron), etc etc. The options are endless. Thandai is usually made during the Holi festival. I made thandai during Holi but didn’t get a chance to blog it. Can’t wait till next Holi. Anyway anytime can be thandai time. Its a healthy cooling drink to have during the scorching summer heat and also an energizer. I hate the commercially prepared one as it contains colour and essence and not even sure if they are using almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts considering the cost of these nuts. Traditionally thandai is made by grinding all the ingredients using a sil batta which is basically a large flat stone and a stone rolling pin to a paste and then is strained and…

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  • 73. biscuit pudding

    June 1, 2012mayurisjikoni

    a dessert to die for   Biscuit pudding has been a family favourite ever since I got married and entered the V.V.Patel household. Nunu taught me how to make the pudding. She learnt it from a demonstration given at the Friends Club. Its a very simple but rich pudding. Not for people who don’t like nuts and milk. Whenever we made this dessert for a dinner party, we had to make sure that tonnes of it was made so the family could have it again the following day. Bowls have disappeared from the fridge. So if anyone saved it to eat later, they would have to sulk and do with a piece of fruit or no dessert. My family in UK too, love this pudding, though…

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  • shrikhand

    January 9, 2012mayurisjikoni

    It seems Neel is missing home cooked food as he has been requesting me time and again to give him the exact recipe for shrikhand. Exact recipe, how is that possible?  I learnt how to make shrikhand from Nunu my mother in law but I never bothered to ask her for the exact measurements. However, I just learnt how to make it as it was a very popular dish in our family. It is Nunu­­­’s favourite and the kids too love it. Well Neel, since I have started writing the blog, my jikoni is not just for cooking but also a place where I am measuring every ingredient I use for the recipes. Over the weekend, I  made the shrikhand and measured all the ingredients…

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