• 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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  • 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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  • 574. Veggie Mini Taco Boats

    July 11, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Mexican is a popular cuisine The Mexican cuisine staples are corn, beans, chili peppers, avocados,tomatoes, honey and chocolate. After the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire,Mexican cuisine has a strong Spanish influence. They introduced meats(beef, chicken, goat and sheep) and dairy products, mainly cheese and various spices and herbs and grains like wheat and rice.Traditionally, the inhabitants of Mexico were nomadic hunters and gatherers. Corn tortillas with bean paste was a common meal. They also ate wild game, fish and local fruits. During the slave trade era the cuisine was influenced also by African and Asian elements. Most rural areas still prepare meals using corn, beans and chili peppers as their main ingredients. Dishes vary from region to region. The most popular food in Mexico…

     
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  • 504. Mexican Bhel

    May 15, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Floods everywhere These days the news is mostly on the floods in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya and how people are getting to work and back home. Traffic delays, flooded main roads, water in homes, power station shut down because it gets flooded, resulting in some areas going without power for hours or even days. Everyone is busy blaming the County. While that is true that the county did not prepare for the rains by cleaning out the drainage, its our fault too. Rubbish which includes plastic bags, plastic bottles, paper, cigarette boxes, food packages etc are all thrown mindlessly on the roads and the roadside. So many times I have seen hawkers leaving dirty and used plastic bags on the roadside, people having…

     
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  • 432. mini taco salad cups

    September 16, 2014mayurisjikoni

    I missed my salads My dream holiday to Italy was worth ever penny. I cannot thank hubby dear enough for organizing the trip. It was the first time we booked the whole tour through Cosmos, and what a wonderful experience. Organized tours have advantages and disadvantages, but the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages as age creeps up on us. We met people from different cultural backgrounds, different countries and maybe some may develop into friendship.During our daily briefings, everyone complained about having to get up really early, but next day everyone would be on the bus 5 minutes earlier all eager to discover Italy through the eyes of our ever smiling and friendly tour leader and our very capable and careful driver. Italy is all…

     
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  • 418. corn and beans quesadilla

    July 21, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Tragedy   The world was shocked on July 17th. The news that the Malaysian Airline MH 17 was shot down while flying over the Ukraine from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur left the world in a state of shock. A buk missile shot it down near the border of Russia and Ukraine. Who is at fault will take forever to find out but in the meantime a nation has to once again in a span of four months face the tragedy of losing yet another aircraft full of passengers. Families and friends have to mourn the dead. None of those passengers had anything direct to do with the fight between Ukraine and Russia and yet they all paid with their precious lives. So many questions cropped…

     
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  • 399.Guacamole salad

    June 9, 2014mayurisjikoni

    cook to suit you     How many times have you heard a group of people discussing recipes and each one thinks that the way he or she makes it is the correct way and the rest are wrong? I have heard this conversation umpteen of times and eventually it turns into an argument. This ingredient is not suitable with so and so, that ingredient is a no no in that recipe, etc etc. The truth is that each of us cook to suit our needs, we consider the tastes of each and every member of the family, their likes and dislikes and then accordingly prepare the dish. We come across a lot of recipes these days and the most sensible thing to do is…

     
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  • 371. Kaki’s irio

    February 15, 2014mayurisjikoni

    nutritious and filling    Much of the African cuisine is not fully discovered as yet by the rest of the world. Though Kenya falls in the Savannah region, many parts of the country grow a rich variety of fruits and vegetables that provide the people of the area with their basic requirements of carbohydrates, proteins and minerals. Colonization by the British Empire and the influx of Indians and Arabs has added variety to the basic dishes prepared in many parts of Kenya. The coast is well known for using coconut milk in most of their dishes, the highlands use lots of potatoes and areas around Lake Victoria use a lot of fish and cassava. Over the years traditional methods and recipes have given way to…

     
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  • 316. veg chimichanga

    August 26, 2013mayurisjikoni

    delicious envelopes It is amazing how the Mexicans can make so many variations with the humble tortilla. I made chimichangas a few days ago as my son loves any Mexican cuisine but without the corn for him. Chimichangas are fried burittos. The filling can vary from meat to vegetables of your choice. I decided to shallow fry instead of deep frying and it worked well as I used home made tortillas. The first time I ever had chimichangas were when my hubby’s cousin Nerali made them eons ago. So when my son Niku asked for something new I remembered the chimichangas and tried them out. I was pleased with the result and this recipe will definitely be one that I would like to make for…

     
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  • 313. Rajma masala

    August 20, 2013mayurisjikoni

    I am getting there  My eldest son had been asking for rajma since he got here. Basically, I was avoiding making them as usually the way I cook them, it does not turn out nice. I remember I made some rajma for Nami’s friends(mostly from North India) in Bangalore and I hardly got any reviews, comments or praises. Here I was trying to compete with North Indian mums for whom making rajma is not a big deal. Nami’s friend’s mum makes yummy rajma and whenever I would ask her how she made them… she would say arre Mayuri, there is nothing special about making them, stir fry onions,garlic, ginger etc etc etc and there your rajma is ready.   So this time, since my son was…

     
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