EGG FREE PUMPKIN CUPCAKES

My son and eggs do not mix well. After planting 2 seeds of pumpkin  that months later brought fourth 8 really huge  pumpkins,i was left twiddling my thumbs on what to do with the rest of them . Then i had one of  those now of my now rare light bulb moments……i decided to try…

MY BETTER THAN A THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING

All you need for this dressing are these four things : The salad dressing is great with your favourite vegetables or with pasta. I had it with some blanched broccoli,grated carots,tomatoes,red onions and julienned cucmber slices…deliciously scrumptious is all i can say. I prefer these recipe rather than go buy a bottle of ready made…

TURMERIC

In my mind nothing defines Indian cooking like turmeric. India  is the home of curries,we would not be enjoying the tastes of India if it wasn’t for this spice that when  used in spice blends  gives dishes  their distinct  yellow colour. Though it is  widely available in powder form,the turmeric root resembles the ginger root. Its has no noticeable…

RED “HOT” MANGO FRUIT SMOOTHIE

Nothing screams December is here, better than mangos…in Kenya atleast. Mangoes are everywhere you turn,in fruit stalls, in wheel barrows being pushed by street vendors,you see them in all shapes and sizes and colors everywhere you look. And they come cheap. They remind me of the lond December holidays i had as a kid and…

GINGER INFUSED HOT CHOCOLATE

There are two types of food,there is “all the time” food and then there is “sometimes” food All the time food is nutritious food like vegetables,fruits an everything your body requires to function and then there are sometimes food like this hot drink that should be taken..sometimes. Now since its winter inKenya and  some parts of the…

SWEET POTATOES(NGWACI)-THE UNSUNG SUPERFOOD

Ngwaci’s or sweet potatoes are a super food and next time you are in the market, do not ignore this super food and here is why…… In Kenya we grow three kinds of sweet potatoes ,white,purple and red skinned ones whose flesh will either be yellow or white. The yellow fleshed sweet potato variety is the…

CREAMY COLESLAW

Coleslaw is a quintessential American salad that i love to bits. Made from shredded cabbage,carrots and onions it is very easy to make and will have you loving cabbage all over again. I have added my own twist to regular coleslaw by adding a dash of color with the inclusion of red cabbage,a German twist to…

SPICY PEA CARROT RICE

If there is a time in history I would love to have lived in,it has to be during the   days when the spice route was all that and a bag of chips. Trade in spices began about 3,600 years ago and  lasted up until the 17th century.Read more on the spice route here. The spice route covered…

CUMMIN INFUSED GREEN GRAM STEW

The green gram/ mung bean or ndengu as we call itin Kenya  is a very common item in the cuisines of South eastern Asia . The bean is believed to have originated from the indian subcontinett and spread to toher parts of the world. It  is a very good source of protein especially for vegetarians but it also contains…

GHEE -Everything you need to know

I recently wrote a post about how to cook traditional Kenyan vegetables and one of the comments left on the post suggested i fry them in ghee as it would take away the bitter taste. I tried it and it worked! Normally I use ghee for my pilau or add 2 tablespoons to my chapati dough,the rest of the…

CHAI TEA

Tea is one of Kenya’s main exports and our farmers especially in the tea growing region of Kericho have been smiling all the way to the bank in the past week. But did you know there is a difference between tea as we know it and chai? That preparing great chai is an art and…