• 669. Pikelets

    July 12, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Poor Man’s Crumpets Theme : Oceanic Cuisine BM#78 Week 2 Day 3 Pikelets (pronounced piek-lets) are known as the poor man’s crumpets. Its believed that they didn’t have crumpet rings to make perfect round crumpets. Instead, they dropped small amounts of batter on the griddle to resemble crumpets. Pikelets are mini pancakes, famous in Australia and New Zealand usually made for breakfast. They are eaten with butter, jam, honey, fresh cream, peanut butter, Nutella(modern toppings), fruits or even topped with cold cut meats. They can be eaten hot or cold. Its believed that pikelets were packed into kids lunch boxes too. With this recipe of pikelets, I’m taking you to Australia as my 3rd recipe for the theme Oceanic Cuisine. For this theme we were…

     
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  • Lemon and Lavender Scones

    July 3, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Updated on 22/05/2020 While the recipe for Lemon and Lavender Scones remains the same, I’ve updated the information and write up in a more organized fashion. Spread the Fragrance Did you that flowers have been used world wide as a part of cooking? Usage of edible flowers can be traced all the way back to the Roman times. Use of edible flowers became a vogue during the Victorian period usually used to decorate cakes and desserts. Flowers and their extracts are still play a major part in the Middle Eastern, Indian Sub Continent and Chinese cuisine. Flower culinary is fast coming back into ‘fashion’ with high end flowers and fine dining restaurants  using fresh flowers right from adding them to starters, soups, salads to main…

     
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  • 659. Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Cups

    June 22, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Peaches and Cream Day Did you know that 21st June is celebrated as the National Peaches and Cream Day in USA? Well, I didn’t know till Sarah Ellis initiator of Fantastical Food Fight suggested that for the June theme we should prepare something with Peaches and Cream theme. It also marks the beginning of the summer solstice. Its more popular in the south as peaches are in season in June in the states of Georgia, Florida, California and South Carolina. How this day came about is unknown. As the name suggests this dessert is very easy to prepare. Its peaches served with whipped fresh cream. The simple dessert is so delicious that I was tempted to just make this simple dessert for the post. What…

     
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  • 654. Gallo Pinto

    June 11, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Rice for Breakfast! Theme: Explore Latin American Cuisine BM #77 Week 2 Day 2 My exploration on the internet (what would we do with google?) took me to Costa Rica. As I mentioned in my previous post I had to restrict myself to ingredients that are available in Mombasa. What caught my eyes was an interesting breakfast dish that most Costa Ricans have and that is Gallo Pinto. It translates as ‘spotted rooster’. The mixture of cooked rice and cooked beans together gives the impression of a spotted rooster. It is believed that there is no one version that all the Costa Ricans enjoy. They all have their versions of the breakfast dish. all you need for this dish as the core ingredients are old…

     
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  • 641.Shakshuka

    May 8, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Where Are The Yolks???? Mondays come too fast. Imagine we’re already into the 5th month of the year. Time flies. The 91st theme for #FoodieMonday #Bloghop group was decided by fellow member and blogger Nisa. She asked us to prepare something that will not take more than 20 minutes. With #20minrecipes as the theme, I thought smoothies, salads, energy balls. All these barely take 5-10 minutes. It probably takes longer to gather up the ingredients. I thought one more salad and my group would say ‘oh no not another salad,’. Smoothies ??? No its a bit cold to have them. Did I mention its finally raining? Energy balls… I swear I had some medjool dates but can’t find them in the overstuffed fridge. In Mombasa…

     
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  • 616. Kabalagala (Ugandan Pancakes)#BreadBakers

    February 14, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Kabalagala (Ugandan Pancakes)#BreadBakers So many different types its unbelievable I didn’t have any theme in mind when I volunteered to host the month of February for the Bread Bakers group.As Christmas got over and the year was ending I knew I had to think of a theme pretty soon. I went back to the rules for participants and there the word pancake kept staring at me. The only pancakes I know are the usual Indian ones like dosas, uttappams, chilas etc and of course the typical fluffy American style ones dripping with melted butter and honey or maple syrup. Did a bit of research (what would we do without Google?) and hey presto the world opened up to me with a variety of pancakes I’d…

     
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  • 604. Khamiri Green Peas Puri

    January 9, 2017mayurisjikoni

    2017 -BEGINNING WITH OBSTACLES    Just as the new year began, like everyone we prayed for a peaceful, trouble free and happy year. Well, happy we are as positive things in ours lives make us happy. However, the year hasn’t really begun too well for hubby and me. From the time we left India, we’re facing problems one after the other. First obstacle – I go to my bank in Mumbai to get one of my debit cards activated. Tried it out at an ATM and it worked. Then the tech savvy in charge of cards informs us that our cards have a raised limit. He tinkers on the computer and tells us all is well. We are happy and leave the bank. Next day…

     
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  • 601.Oatmeal Banana Quick Bread

    December 29, 2016mayurisjikoni

    A satisfying beginning to the day    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is breaking a fast; a fast you undergo from the time you had dinner to the time you have breakfast. Importance of breakfast has been stressed by athletes, dietician, doctors, physical trainers. Breakfast provides the necessary fuel required for the brains and body after the overnight fast. Meals usually consumed for breakfast provide important nutrients like iron, calcium, B vitamins, proteins and fibers that are necessary to function during the day. A balanced meal of carbohydrates, proteins and minerals and vitamins is what most breakfast meals provide us with. Eating cereals, eggs, lean meat, fruits, vegetables, milk products take care of the required balance meal.    Eating a…

     
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  • 597.Colocasia Root(Taro root) Flatbread /Arbi ke Paranthe#BreadBakers

    November 8, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Colocasia Root(Taro root) Flatbread/Arbi ke Paranthe#BreadBakers When Karen Kerr of Karen’s Kitchen Stories set the November theme to use any root vegetable in our bake I thought “oh no just baked with potatoes last month!” What now?? Thought of carrots and couldn’t think beyond that. Thrice a week a vendor comes to our apartment complex to sell fruits and vegetables. He brings colocasia roots every time and I just tend to pass by them and pick up other vegetables. So this week, I actually stopped to buy the colocasia roots as now my mind had progressed from carrots to something different. By the way, if you want to learn how to use sourdough and make exotic and different kinds of breads then make sure you…

     
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  • 590. Spinach stuffed tomatoes

    September 26, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Enjoying the cold weather I am thoroughly enjoying the cold weather in Bangalore. Makes me feel more energetic. While my family is posting pictures of still hot summers in UK, hubby is saying that weather is getting hotter in Mombasa, Bangalore seems to be getting colder. We get the occasional showers and its pretty windy where we are living. Cold weather means cups and cups of hot drinks, mostly green or herbal tea or plain hot water.(can’t drink those in Mombasa!) I love sipping on mint tea. The ‘sabjiwala’ who comes thrice a week to our complex to sell vegetables and fruits has a policy of not giving small bunches of coriander and mint. I have to buy a fat bunch and land up using…

     
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