Happy 2nd Anniversary + E-Book Introduction

When I stand Before God at the end of my Life,
I Would Hope that I would not have a single
bit of my Talent left, and Could say;
“I used Everything you Gave Me”
Erma Bombeck 1927-1996

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cup cake with cheece froasting

It’s my Blog’s 2nd Anniversary!!!!

2 Years ago, I decided to embark on this Journey of sharing my simple and Authentic Kenyan Recipes on this Blog. I have to admin that, It’s been an Adventures one and with lots of lessons I never knew I’d have to learn.

When I first started, I did not have a slightest idea of how much work there is to have a successful food blog! All that I wanted was simply take a few photos and share my easy Recipes. But to my surprise, there was more to that. I’ve had to learn a lot about Blogging, Food photography, Food styling, Editing, technology, which key words to use e.t.c and… I am still learning!

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Kaimati – Kenyan Fried Sweet Dumplings 3 Ways

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Kaimatis are an indulgent Kenyan Coast specialty where by, gooey dough balls are coated with sensational syrup. In addition to tasting heavenly, they are also extremely easy to make.

In many Households, these delicacies are mostly prepared during the Holy Month of Ramadhan as a dessert or a delightful snack, but they can also be found on the humid streets of the Kenyan Coast as street food anytime of the year.

The first time I tasted Kaimati was when I was 6 years old. I had just came home from school and instead of finding my usual snack ready (coconut biscuits with a glass of milk) there was something new in our wooden bowl. Something have never seen before or rather tasted. The little golden brown dough balls looked extra ordinary harmless, but something in them was telling me; “I-dare-you-can’t-stop-me-at-ONE!

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Dating my Fiancé; Roasted Rack of Lamb

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Liebe geht durch den Magen” A German sayingthat in English translates to;                                                                                    “The way to the Heart is through the Stomach”

Happy New Month Everyone!

Strange how time passes-by quickly! It seems like only yesterday we celebrated Valentines Day and today it’s already 5th of March!

The whole of last week, I was down with a very bad cold  (am better now though  otherwise I wouldn’t be typing this) and since I could not do much, rather than lay in bed with an XXXL pack of Kleenex, hot-water-bottle and a flask of lemon-ginger-honey-tea to sooth the flu, my fiancé was such a big help. He went shopping, did the vacuum, fixed us quick dinners and…. even prepared me a detoxifying bubble bath with lavender and tea tree essential oils.

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Oven Baked Whole Red Snapper + Happy Valentine

oven baked red snapper

On a thursday afternoon, I visited one local Indian market recommend by a friend to get some fresh fish. At first I wanted to get Tilapia, but as they unpacked fresh fish, I couldn’t get my eyes off this gorgeous fresh-looking whole red snapper stirring at me with its clear bright eyes, telling me please pick me ;-). Bought. The fish monger gladly cleaned, removed scales and gutted it for me. Now I couldn’t wait to get home to prepare it.

For this beauty of a fish, I decided to only use the most simplest marinade I had at home. Just like my mum used to do it, actually she still cooks her fish this way for as long as I can remember. Since Kenya has got the most tastiest fish from Lake Victoria all the way to Indian Ocean, we know how to preserve the natural taste of it by only using the most affordable, quickest and easiest marinade you can think of. If you happen to oder fish in a local restaurant anywhere in Kenya, put smile on and ask the waiter/waitress what marinade had been used on the fish, you’ll be surprised because mostly only salt and lime juice is used, yet its taste lives you craving for more. Thats what i exactly used on the this recipe with just a little bit of a twist.

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Kenyas Best Tomato Sauce + A give Away

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I know, I know, it has been a while now, since I posted something new! Work has gotten me tied up for the last few months. But from now on ill be posting something new regularly. 😉 …I promise.. “wink wink.

Now, who does not love a tasty Tomato Sauce? I bet none!
I have tried a lot of recipes on how to prepare a tasty tomato sauce and each time I still come back to this one!

Flash back a few months ago, my Sister, my mum’s best friend with her 2 lovely adorable children and I all gathered at my Mum’s for a weekend. We joked around, made fun of each other, talked and laughed out loud with my mother, being the funniest one in the family,  telling us all the new jokes in town! It was such a lovely experience.

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Kahawa Chungu – Authentic Kenyan Bitter Coffee

Kahawa Chungu, Bitter Coffee

Each time I think of Kahawa chungu or best known as Bitter coffee, the first thing that runs into my mind is the story of a Thousand and one Nights!

It all started a few months ago, after I finished reading “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. This was the 3rd time I was reading this book, and each time the story becomes more and more interesting! It is like I cannot get enough of it! I wonder if this is just me, or, this also happens to other people when they find their favorite Authors and can’t get enough of their stories?

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Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Tikka Masala is boneless chucks of chicken marinated in spices and youghurt then cooked in spicey sauce. In the Kenyan cuisine, this dish defers slightly depending on which part of the country one is. In Nairobi and other parts of upcountry regions, cream is basically used to season the sauce while in the coastal regions, coconut cream is used with various spices.

Below is a simple recipe on how to enjoy Chicken Tikka Masala at home!

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Enjoy….

Kenyan Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients

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Kenyan Tomato – Avocado Salad

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Ingredients

2-3 large fresh garden tomatoes, washed and slices

A handful of cherry tomatoes

2 medium avocados, peeled and cut into bite size chucks

1 red onion, thinly sliced (Optional)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

Fresh basil, parsley or coriander for garnishing

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Avocado

Tomato avocado

Instructions

In a salad bowl add slices tomatoes, avocados and red onion (if any)

In a separate bowl mix olive oil with lemon juice and toss the mixture into the salad Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Kenyan Creamy Coleslaw Salad

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Being one of my favorite Salads, Coleslaw is also one of all-time salads in the Kenyan Cuisine.

It can be served as a starter or as a side dish to a BBQ chicken, roasted Goat or Fish.

Below is a simple recipe for a creamy Coleslaw to enjoy at home.

Ingredients

1 head of cabbage, finely chopped
2-3 carrots, washed, peeled and finely shredded
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small celery stick or 1 apple, finely shredded
8 tablespoons mayonnaise
4-6 tablespoons granulated sugar (Depending on how sweet you would like your Cole Slaw)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon white vinegar
¼ cup milk
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Fresh persley or any other herb of your choice for garnishing

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Biriani – Biryani

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Biryani just like Pilau is a rice-based dish known for its unique aroma and flavor. It is basically cooked with spiced chicken, mutton, beef, fish, eggs or vegetable. This exotic dish is among the specialties along the Kenyan Coast.

Below is a chicken Biryani recipe, enjoy!

Ingredients for Chicken Biryani Sauce

8-10 skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into large pieces
5 potatoes, peeled, washed and quartered
2 hard boiled eggs
½ cup of vegetable oil
Juice of 1 lime
180 ml natural yogurt
2 tablespoons grated raw papaya (optional)
4 medium onions, diced
4 fresh tomatoes, sliced or blended
1 Can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
4 tablespoons of biryani mixed ground spices
1 tablespoon fresh ginger paste
1 tablespoon fresh garlic paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste and fresh ground pepper
1 cup of chicken broth or hot water

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