Confessions of a cookaholic – July

In this year of covid-19, cooking meal after meal has us all looking for new ideas or inspiration for a fresh twist on an old favourite. Below are a few meals I enjoyed cooking in the month of July. Please take good care of yourselves and take what you need. Thank you for stopping by….

Red Velvet Cake

Ok, granted, my pictures don’t do this cake justice, but let’s take a moment and talk about the red velvet cake. Even its name is seductive: Red Velvet. It’s not one of those that just sits by the sidelines waiting to be noticed. It is pretty and dramatic. This in-your-face deep-red cake contrasts beautifully with…

Confessions of a cookaholic – June

Hi, my name is Sandi and I am a cookaholic. According to the internet, I am not alone. Richard Atkins writes, “Now you may already be able to guess what cookaholism is but, like many other addictions, there are some clear symptoms that can be used both as warning signs of emerging cookaholism, and to…

Mahamris, Coconut Cardamom Doughnuts

History of mahamri This pastry has its origins along the East African Coast and is part of Swahili cuisine. It is believed that Swahili has been spoken along the East African Coast for a thousand years. Swahili culture is a mix of African and Arabic cultures, but also has influences from the Turkish Ottoman, Portuguese…

Random: tiny homes, lentils, and more …

Here are a few fun links from the web. Have a lovely weekend. There are the usual tips on how to make a small space feel bigger: leggy furniture, light coloured walls, hang curtains high, add mirrors etc. This Japanese video provided practical visual tips for choosing furniture for a tiny space that blew my…

Random: interiors, waffles and more …

Here are a few random links from the web. Have a lovely Sunday. Fun conversation starter – which would you rather have for the rest of your life: peanut butter or butter? Rearrange a room for a free refresh This home is beautiful without following trends How to style your home What to do with…

Soft Milk Bread Rolls

To quote Biko Zulu “I love writers who use very simple words and make deceptively simple, beautiful sentences.” Alexander Lobrano, writing for Saveur (May 2, 2016) creates that kind of beauty. “It started, of course, with baguettes. I’d finish one on my own in a day: half for breakfast, sliced horizontally and toasted, a process…

Random: carbonara, tortillas and more …

This is a new series that shares some fun links from the web, as well as troubleshooting or diving deeper into a recipe or cooking technique. The best flour tortillas recipe on YouTube. Guaranteed delicious roast chicken. For the dry rub, whatever you have will work. I mix cayenne, cumin, and paprika. Spaghetti carbonara has…

Chocolate Brioche

The CO-VID 19 pandemic has us stuck at home and many are baking bread. So here comes another bread recipe for you to try. Something a little more adventurous than the selection seen below: We have enough time to try it out and get creative with it. This post was inspired pre-corona though. It was…

Camping Meals – Kimana

There are certain personalities that love lists and have lists for everything. I am one of those personalities. And one of my favourite lists to prepare is a camping trip menu. This was the tentative one for a trip we took with my husband, my favourite brother-in-law and our too-cool-for-school-friends, Ben and Shiroh. Saturday breakfast:Everyone…