• 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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  • 600. Date Bread

    December 26, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Season’s Greetings to all Hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas holiday. It’s really satisfying to be back to blogging after over a month. My daughter is married and happy with her hubby and new family. Must say it has been a roller coaster ride for us preparing for this wedding. We call my daughter ‘The drama queen of the family’ and drama certainly happened ever so often. Don’t get me wrong it was not her creating the drama, but events or mishaps which would be followed by drama from the ‘queen’. The first such incident was when special earrings she had ordered from a designer all the way in Ludhiana arrived let’s say just for one ear and not two! That’s the time…

     
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  • 575. Date Chai Muffins- #BreadBakers

    July 12, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Date and Chai Muffins#BreadBakers Natural Sweeteners While browsing on Facebook one night, I saw a message from Stacy the initiator of Bread Bakers group, requesting members to host the coming months. Quickly, she found hosts for August to December 2016.The only month left was July! For a long time I wanted to host but what put me off was the too technical sounding google documents and htmls and all those alien technological terms. There are files explaining how to go about it, but a mental block was making the whole task sound just too difficult. Knowing that in July I would be spending time with my son in Montreal, I quickly “whatsapped” him asking if he will help to create the document. “Of course mum,”…

     
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  • 529. Barmbrack or speckled bread (báirín breac)

    October 26, 2015mayurisjikoni

    a bread for Halloween  The We Knead to Bake group started by Aparna was challenged to bake a Barmbrack for October. Just the right sort of loaf as Halloween is just round the corner. What is a barmbrack? It’s an Irish bread usually baked to serve on the night of Halloween.The Celtic festival Samhain, meaning end of summer and All Hallows’Evening was merged as one. Its believed that souls of the dead walk the earth on that evening. Barmbrack is an Irish sweet bread. Barm comes from the word beorma meaning a yeasty fermented liquor and brack comes from the Irish word brac meaning speckled. Speckled because the sweet loaf is dotted with dried fruits like raisins, sulatanas, cranberries, apricots, mixed peel etc.In Gaelic its…

     
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  • 324. homemade spices

    September 7, 2013mayurisjikoni

    exotic aromas Making home made spices is delightful and in the process we can make them in the proportion that we want. Adding a bit more cinnamon, less cloves, just enough jeera etc. The recipes are just a rough guideline and eventually one develops their own unique masala or spice mixture. I have had several requests for home made spice recipes. So finally I have managed to compile the recipes and its time to share them with you. The trick is to roast the spices over very low heat so that they do not get burnt. Let the spices cool before you grind them. Dhana jiru is used a lot for most gujarati dishes. DHANA JIRU 1 cup dry whole coriander (dhana) ¼ cup jeera…

     
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