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  • 17. Plum Salsa salad

    January 26, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      Salsa or salad, you decide!    Plums, the dark red Santa Rosa variety are once again in season in Kenya. Compared to the ones I have eaten in UK, these plums are very juicy and sweet and a bit tart at the same time. The skin also tastes a bit tart. One of my…

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  • 16. lettuce cups/wraps

    January 25, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      goodness in  crunchy packets   Fresh, crunchy, sweet, just enough saltiness, tangy, a wee bit chilli, aromatic. Wondering if I am practising my adjectives? Well, you would too if you had these delicious lettuce cups. I first had this delicious treat when my kaki made them at her home. Since then I’ve had them…

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  • 15. mexican salad

    January 23, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      a meal on its own Writing about the virtues of a salad is just not enough. You have got to make it and serve it to believe it. Besides providing you with all the healthy nutrients, its a tummy filler, so you eat less of the main meal, its a perfect light meal on…

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  • 14. 25th Anniversary celebration

    January 23, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      The distance between Palatka and Mombasa cannot be travelled in a day. So Arti and Kamaleshkumar, though we missed the surprise party, we too celebrated your 25th anniversary in our own style. A special treat for a special occasion….. plum tart. We had it with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream. Warm tart…

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  • 13. masala (tikhi) puri

    January 17, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      a spicy brunch treat Special Theme: Redo Old Posts BM#78 Week 4 Day 3     Go to any typical Gujarati family for breakfast on weekends and masala puri or tikhi puri with sugary masala tea will surely be served to you. The younger Gujaratis usually do not make them that often as they prefer…

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  • 12. avocado beetroot salad

    January 15, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      green and red, a wonderful combination      Kenya is well known for its wonderful avocados. Soft, buttery emerald green fruits packed with vitamins E and  B, mono saturated fat and rich in potassium. In India avocado is sold as butter fruit. When I was living in Bangalore, during my first visit to the…

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  • 11. Tal sankari

    January 15, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan as its called in Gujarat is the only festival which follows the solar calendar and falls every year on 14th January. This festival is celebrated by many states of India for different reasons. Its the beginning of the harvest season, its the end of the inauspicious…

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  • 10. rosemary,garlic and olive focaccia

    January 13, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      an easy peasy bread   Focaccia is an Italian olive oil bread. It is flat and can be of any shape – round, square, rectangle or as individual portions. The focaccia dough is much softer than normal bread dough. It has a cake like texture and doesn’t need to be kneaded as much as…

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  • 9. spinach masoor dal

    January 12, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      wholesome dal     Whole masoor, flat lentils or puy lentils as they are called are packed with proteins, dietary fibres and Vitamin B1. The colours of these legumes or lentils range from yellow to orange red  to green, brown and black. They are used in making curries, soups and even salads. Today I…

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  • 8. tomato carrot soup

    January 11, 2012mayurisjikoni
     

      an absolute healthy start to a meal I love tomatoes. Its such a versatile fruit and an important ingredient for most dishes whether it be curries or salads. My all time favourite is tomato soup. Ready made tomato soup whether in restaurants or from packets is a bit tangy. So I made a few…

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