Sweet Mashed Black Beans
Sweet Mashed Black Beans
16th May 2018
Category: Sugar
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If there's one food item that has been misused in our culture it's the black beans, locally referred to as Njahi. You will never miss it in any Kikuyu event. It's like the trade-mark of our culture and over time, instead of it being a luxury food item, it's now become a food item that people generally steer away from during weddings. Now, Black beans cooked by a Kikuyu (like my ...

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The perfect fruit platter
The perfect fruit platter
11th May 2018
Category: Sugar
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Is it me or are there times when you simply don't feel like cooking? Or your stomach 'feels' like eating something light? I've experienced such moment countable times, especially when the day was long and tiring or something unpleasant happened. In such times, the best thing I've learnt to do is to come up with a go-to fruit platter that I can adjust depending on the fruits in season. Speaking of fruits ...

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Tasty Coconut Mahamri
Tasty Coconut Mahamri
02nd May 2018
Category: Sugar
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The Swahili culture is among the richest cultures in as far as gastronomy is concerned. As a child, I always loved being around a Giriama neighbour who's house emitted a complex combination of aromatic spices! Mama Marsha was a lovely lady with long lush white hair and very interesting children. If I remember well, she was among the first people who used to sell ice-cream shaped like cups or ice-cream in thin long plastic ...

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All About Arrowroot (Nduma/Taro Root)
All About Arrowroot (Nduma/Taro Root)
25th Apr 2018
Categories: Everything Nice, Breakfast
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I had highlighted the benefits of having parents who are farmers on another post and among the things my parents grow is arrowroot, locally referred to as Nduma. Weird enough, someone saved my father’s name as ‘Mr. X wa Nduma’ on Truecaller! Kenyans *smh*!! Let me clear the air, my paps is an accountant by profession, a real estate agent by proxy and a farmer by choice :-D! Oh… and a really good father ...

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Tasty Lentil Soup
Tasty Lentil Soup
18th Apr 2018
Categories: Spice, Soups
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The most amazing thing about being a creative millennial is that we easily get bored with eating the same boring food over and over again! This was the case with my friend Ithan, who has been complaining about being bored with the predictability of his meals from rice and ugali to spaghetti or chapati with a very limited variety of sides to have them with. 

I also get bored with the same old starches and ...

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Baking without an oven
Baking without an oven
11th Apr 2018
Category: Everything Nice
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The art of cooking and baking using an oven was invented as early as the discovery of fire. Back then, our foremothers would dig pits, place hot pieces of charcoal in the pit, cover the charcoal with ash and place vegetables on top of the ash. They would then cover the vegetable with hot ash before re-covering the pit with soil. It is therefore not unusual that my father (currently in his 70’s) speaks ...

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Baked Green Bananas
Baked Green Bananas
02nd Apr 2018
Categories: Everything Nice, Snacks
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The most amazing thing about having parents who are farmers is that we get to benefit from their bumper harvest! What is even more amazing is that my husband's parents are also farmers, so, double the harvest :-D! I am currently working on my own small garden and I'm hopeful that it will grow into a farm of its own.

Having parents with farms also means that at any given time, my mum ...

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Croutons
Croutons
26th Mar 2018
Categories: Everything Nice, Soups, Salads, Snacks
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A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine and I were shopping at a local supermarket when we met a lady trying to figure out which bread to buy. I think the most bizarre thing wasn’t that she was trying to figure which bread to buy but that my friend placed me in a rather uncomfortable situation of trying to give credible information on which bread she ought to buy! I am generally ...

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Tofu for beginners: Part 2
Tofu for beginners: Part 2
15th Mar 2018
Categories: Everything Nice, Spice
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If you're new to tofu and you'd like to read more about it, I'd recommend you go through this post over here.

In today's post, I'll show you how to prepare tofu and share a really nice recipe that I use occasionally.

For starters, tofu generally has a lot of moisture and the first thing you should do once you've purchased your tofu is to remove some of the ...

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Tofu for beginners: Part 1
Tofu for beginners: Part 1
14th Mar 2018
Category: Everything Nice
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As a child growing up, I’d never heard of people who chose not to eat meat or drink milk. It was unheard of to see a person who didn't want anything to do with animal products. So, it was even stranger when I saw people on TV eating what they referred to as meat substituted. Come 2018 and being vegan or vegetarian is a whole world of its own offering really amazing foods ...

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About Me
About me
Food has always fascinated me and one of the things I love doing is ensuring that I just don't create food for consumption but create art that I can indulge in using all my senses. Join me in this culinary experience!