• Coffee and Walnut Cake

    May 4, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #245 LOVE FOR COFFEE The theme name is so apt when it comes to hubby and me, as we both love coffee. Having said that, I’m a little surprised that I really don’t have that many recipes on the blog where I’ve used coffee powder or granules as an ingredient. However, that has been taken care of to some degree with the coffee and walnut cake that I prepared for the theme.   FoodieMonday/Bloghop Theme Before I get into the whole coffee story a reminder that the FoodieMonday/ Bloghop group members decide on a theme and post a new recipe every Monday. For this week Sasmita who blogs at First Timer Cook suggested that we use Coffee to make our dishes. General…

     
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  • Celery Greens and Apple Juice

    March 16, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #238 GO GREEN What is the Go Green Theme? Go Green as suggested by Aruna, is not related to the environment but to using green leafy vegetables or herbs to create a dish. Greens can be anything from spinach, kale, collard, mint, coriander, basil, lettuce or salad leaves, etc. I chose to use the leafy celery greens as my main ingredient for this theme. Benefits of Including Celery Leaves In  Your Diet Most people tend to throw away celery leaves which is a shame as they have their own health benefits if consumed. Here are some pointers as to why you should include them in your diet: They are low in calories Low in Carbohydrate High dietary fibre Its a good source…

     
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  • Kadha/ Herbal Spicy Tea

    December 23, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #226 GRANDMA’S REMEDIES What is Kadha? Kadha is a mixture of herbs and spices boiled in water for about 7-10 minutes. Lemon juice and honey/jaggery are added, mixed and this herb and spice mixture or tea is a remedy for colds, flus and coughs both dry and chesty. Its usually drunk when its hot or warm depending on who is having it. Usually children are given warm kadha. Kadha Ingredients Ingredients for kadha are usually found in the kitchen. If you don’t have the ingredients then they are easily available from and Indian store or online. If fresh holy basil is not available then use dried one or add more mint. Water Fresh turmeric or turmeric powder tulsi leaves/ holy basil mint…

     
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  • Christmas Gifts from my Kitchen – Hot Chocolate Spicy Mix

    December 16, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #225 CHRISTMAS TREATS FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME With Christmas approaching, I was hoping that my friends from this group would choose Christmas Gifts from your kitchen as opposed to the second option which was Curry Leaves. Don’t get me wrong, curry leaves too is a good theme but perhaps for a later time. For now wanted to jump onto the Christmas preparation bandwagon. Nowadays, Christmas is a festival celebrated by almost everyone even if they are not Christians. My family in UK tend to celebrate Christmas with the same fervor as Diwali or perhaps even more. You just cannot help but get into the joyous celebration mood because of the decorations, carol singing, festival deals in the shops etc.  CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM MY KITCHEN…

     
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  • Apple and Cinnamon Muffins

    April 22, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME:#192 ONE SPICE INGREDIENT   When Sasmita who blogs at First Timer Cook was suggesting themes for #192, I wasn’t paying much attention as I thought I wouldn’t be able to participate. It was when I got back to my hotel in the evening and saw over 50 messages on the group’s WhatsApp, is when I began reading them out of curiosity. With One Spice Ingredient as the chosen theme, I immediately remembered that I had a recipe in the draft that fits the bill. I was about to post this recipe for the minicake theme but changed my mind. I now know why this one got saved.   Sasmita has a wonderful blog with a huge range of recipes from Odia dishes to more…

     
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  • Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

    December 21, 2018mayurisjikoni

    This Christmas I had no intentions of switching on my oven as the weather in Mombasa is just too hot. However, things really don’t go the way you plan it right? Take for example the elaborate plans hubby and I chalked out for 2019. Its a year when we’ll be traveling from one end of the world to the other. So that we have everything organized before we leave for the trip we need visas. That also meant hubby and I had to get our passports renewed to the new electronic ones. We submitted them in mid Oct, presuming we’ll get them by end November, Dec go to Nairobi for visa application and by mid Jan we are set to travel. However, reality is something…

     
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  • Hot Chocolate

    November 5, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #169 MY BEGINNER RECIPE When Amrita who blogs at The Food Samaritan suggested to recreate a recipe that we made for the first time, all by ourselves, it brought back so many memories for me. From the age of 7 or 8 I was already in the kitchen helping my mum. Simple tasks like washing the vegetables, laying the table for meals, smearing ghee over rotis etc. By 10 I was helping her to bake cookies, would get up early in the morning to help her peel tonnes of potatoes when she made chevdo. It then went on to rolling small puris for kachoris, helping her to roast bhakri, stirring khadi, making salads, chopping vegetables, etc. At the age of 12 I left…

     
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  • Iced Chai Saffron Latte

    July 16, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: TYPES OF TEA   What is tea? Tea is the young leaves and buds picked from an evergreen shrub called camellia sinensis. All the different kinds of teas we know come from a specific species of camellia sinensis. There are so many varieties of tea out there that its gets really confusing which one is the best. I say the one that you like, is the best. Tea in many countries is a serious affair. Tea originates from Southwest China where is was consumed  for medicinal purposes. It became popular as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang Dynasty. Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it to Europe during the 16th Century. Its during the 18th Century that the United Kingdom became great…

     
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  • Apple Crumble Cheesecake

    May 13, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A-Z RECIPE CHALLENGE First of all let me wish all you wonderful Mothers out there a very Happy Mothers Day. Its a day of mixed feelings for me as I miss my mum so much and at the same appreciate the fact that she touched my life in uncountable way. Last year a few blogger friends of mine and I got together to create this wonderful tribute to our mums through recipes that we prepared for our mums, what we learnt from them or their favorite food.  Please click on the link to check out the recipes. https://mayuris-jikoni.com/2017/05/13/644-mothers-day/ This year another blogger friend, Sandhya decided to honor mums through memorable recipes. Check out her blog for some heartfelt write ups on mums. http://mycookingjourney.com/a-tribute-to-our-mothers To…

     
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  • French Toast

    April 7, 2018mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON – APRIL 2018 #87TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME – EXPLORE THE FLAVORS – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST DAY 6 “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper” Do you ever get the feeling that in spite of all the planning, organizing and doing tasks on time, some things are never in your control? I’ve had some of the recipes for this Mega Blogging Marathon ready, some are not. The ones that are ready, are in the draft but need to be done up properly before posting. Some are still in my ever so messy book where I jot the recipe down, jot down the measurements and the amendments. Last night finally after all the house chores and other jobs got…

     
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