It’s Friday afternoon and I can feel the gentler pace of the weekend creeping in. Too often my weekends are poles apart from my weekdays. While the week is full of chaos and running from home to work and back, my weekends are spent in a slow motion. The slowdown brought by the end of the week changes everything. As I approach the weekend, everything in me inside and out slows down as well. I am openly and willingly admitting that, naturally I am a slow person. And I love it. The art of slow living gives me such inner peace that sometimes, if assigned to do something I fall in love with the process more than the final product.
A few weeks ago, my friend (and neighbor) came over at my place for an afternoon tea and a catch up session.
The last time we actually had a decent girly talk and a good heartily laugh was before she had her baby! And hey, that was 9 months ago!! Not that we live far from each other, but we seemed to be too busy with our daily life’s that we didn’t realise how time had passed by quickly. Of course, we kept in touch through phoning and texting, but that is not the same as tapping it in the air in person after a good gossip.
Yesterday was our anniversary (5 years and 7 months yeah!) I still cannot consider how time passes by quickly. It seems like we just met yesterday yet at some point I feel like have known him all my life and even the life before!
Since I had the day off, I wanted to prepare something special yet healthy and of course not time consuming (we all have that issue of time, I bet, don’t we?) I had potatoes in my pantry – I always have potatoes somewhere around the kitchen since there are so many things one can do with them– and after debating with myself of weather to do some quick potato salad or baked potatoes, someone inside me was yearning silently but with an increasing frequency for something spicy! While I was tempted to do Kenyan Chips Masala, I decided to give the recipe a few twists of my own hence making it healthier.
At long last, the long awaited e-Cookbook is here ! Hurray!!!!! 😉
I am more than overwhelmed to announce that my first eBook; The Best of the Kenyan Cuisine – Authentic Recipes for Family and Friends is finally here! After months of hard work, I finally managed to put everything together.
Exactly two years ago I started this blog and today, Am here with my first eBook!! I really didn’t think I’ll come this far. A number of times I’ve received inquires from my readers If I had a Booklet and my answers were always No until one day, it hit on me that I could actually do a collection of the best of the Kenyan Cuisine.
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
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!
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!
“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.
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.
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.
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?