• Vegetarian Thukpa Soup

    September 1, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: SIKKIMESE CUISINE As most of my regular readers may have noticed that through the Shhh Cooking Secretly Group we are taking each state of India every month and preparing a dish pertaining to that state’s cuisine. August was when the participating members cooked different dishes from the state of Sikkim. Sikkim, one of the seven sister states of North East India is situated in the lap of the Himalayas. The third highest peak of the Himalayas, Kanchenjunga can be seen from Sikkim. Sikkim was annexed to India in 1975. 11 languages are spoken in this tiny mountain state, English being the official language.Its the home to the second highest suspension bridge in Asia, Singshore Bridge, with a span of 198 meters…

     
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  • Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup

    August 5, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #207 HERBALICIOUS What are herbs? Herbs are plants with seeds, flowers and leaves  where the leaves and green parts are used for flavoring, as part of food, as medicine and also used in some perfumes to enhance the aroma. In cooking, usually the leafy greens of herbs are used not as a main dish but as a part of a dish. So you may say that we use spinach, fresh fenugreek, fresh mustard leaves too and they too are leafy greens so why are they considered  vegetables and not herbs? Well, for one these leafy greens are usually prepared on its own or with other vegetables as a curry or used in salads in big quantities. Usually herbs are used in small…

     
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  • Chatu Batibasa

    May 29, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: ODIA CUISINE May is when participants of Shhhh Cooking Secretly had to find an apt dish from the Odia Cuisine with the ingredients given by their partners.Orissa as it was known before and now known as Odisha, is a state that I’d love to visit one day. When one talks of Odisha then Bhubaneswar and Puri , the land of Jagannath Temple comes to mind. Other reasons to visit the state is for the art and craft, the beaches, the wildlife and Kalinga Architecture, home to both the white and Bengal tigers, to watch Odissi dances and to enjoy the cuisine. Odisha borders four states, Jharkhand in the north, West Bengal in northeast, Andhra Pradesh in the southwest and Chhattisgarh…

     
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  • Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa and Cashew Hummus

    February 25, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME:#184 PEGAN DIET Nope, its not a spelling mistake the word is definitely PEGAN. When Veena who blogs at Veena’s Veg nation suggested the theme, I too thought that she made a spelling mistake as the nearest I could think of was vegan. She quickly clarified that it was Pegan and sent a link for us to read. Last Monday was the day when we all, except Veena of course discovered a new diet  Pegan. I think after the theme was announced most of us spent the evening reading about it and discovering what its all about. Also what followed was endless discussions and I think all of us were trying to figure out what the others are going to make, but all guarded…

     
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  • Stir Fried Vegetables with Orange Sauce

    October 15, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #166 STIR FRY Stir fries are one of the easiest meals to make. Stir fry literally means cooking tender vegetables or meat,  blanched vegetables, or boiled vegetables and meat in a small quantity of oil over high heat. This results in the vegetables becoming a bit crunchy and most of the nutrients is preserved. While some vegetables are easy to stir fry some need to be blanched for a while. What is blanching? Blanching is a cooking method where vegetables or fruits are added to boiling water, allowed to cook for a short time, removed from the hot water and immediately dipped in ice cold water. The way one cuts or chops the vegetables also makes a difference. Certain fish, prawns, shrimps…

     
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  • English Breakfast – OVO VEGETARIAN STYLE

    April 7, 2018mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON – APRIL 2018 #87TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST DAY 5 “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper” As I mentioned in my first post on the breakfast series, breakfast is the important meal of the day. Bearing that in mind, the English Breakfast totally fits the bill of being a hearty and a filling meal. The traditional English breakfast includes bacon, sausages, eggs, beans, toast or fried bread, hash browns or chips (fries), grilled mushrooms and tomatoes along with some tea and fresh juice. Whenever hubby and I go to my dad’s home in London, we usually land up having the full works as my brother would say! Hubby and my…

     
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  • Pasta with Coriander Mint and Cashew nut Pesto

    March 5, 2018mayurisjikoni

    For the past couple of days I’ve been spending some relaxing and fun time with my family at Watamu. Its just sun, sand and sea.  Watamu is a small coastal town just outside Malindi. We’re here to celebrate my aunt’s(foi, bua) 90th birthday which is today. Yes, you read right, 90th. I decided to treat all my 3 aunts to a foot and arm massage at the spa run by Medina Palms. As I was filling in the form of questionnaires for her, when I came to the part of if she’s taking any medication, she says very sadly ‘ yes, the doctor has prescribed Vitamins and Iron pills. Write that down”. So I go but that’s good for health and they only ask if…

     
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  • Mushroom Spinach Curry (Dhingri Palak Sabji)

    February 10, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Healthy Curry Theme: Main Course with Gravy/RiceBM#85 Week 2 Day 1   Its good to back with the Blogging Marathon team. I enjoy the themes. However, I missed December as I was on holiday and January as I didn’t have access to a kitchen. Every month Srivalli gives a choice of different themes and it becomes difficult to choose which ones to do. Keeping the healthy eating decision I’ve taken for 2018, I thought curries would fit that bill.    I know when most of you think of curries, you think of curries with lots of red chili powder, gallons of oil floating on top and basically unhealthy. However, let me assure you that most homes do not make curries that are floating in oil and color. My curries usually…

     
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  • 699.Beans and Veggie Pot Pies

    September 19, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017   #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON   THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES/LENTILS DAY:16 Last Sunday I met up with my best friend to catch up on events, thoughts, basically everything. She had gone on a cruise to Norway and I had loads to tell her about my dad’s stay in Montreal and our visit to Niagara Falls. She runs a kindergarten and though I retired from teaching nearly 10 years ago, we still have a passionate common topic and that it young kids. New academic year so there are bound to be kids who will cry their lungs out before they settle in. Usually every new term with new kids and she says that it doesn’t take a toll on her when kids cry…

     
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  • 697.Caprese Stuffed Portobello

    September 16, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017 #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES DAY:14    Bangalore, Montreal, London, Nairobi are some of the places where I can access a kitchen to try out ingredients that I don’t readily get in Mombasa. Portobello mushroom is one of them. The first time I ever had a portobello mushroom was some years back when I went to Nando’s in Leicester with my sister and her family. Knowing my love for mushrooms she suggested that I should try the portobello mushroom and halloumi burger. I loved the burger and taste of the portobello mushroom. After that I’ve had portobello mushrooms either grilled or as a filling for burgers. However, I’d not made anything with the mushrooms at home. So during…

     
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