Sponge Cake

Typically the first cake most Kenyan girls learn to bake is a vanilla sponge cake. After my mum taught me and I mustered it, I would add to the basic recipe carrots for a “carrot cake”.  Lemon rind and juice for a “lemon cake”. Cocoa for “chocolate cake”. When the cocoa wasn’t enough, a “marble…

Thailand

Thailand was …. new flavours and new ways with food. Thailand was one kilogram of prawns cooked 3 different ways in 20 minutes, it was delicious soups and pad thai and som tam. Bangkok was chicken cooked in barrels, fried eggs with complete meals, unbelievable variety of street food.  Bangkok was the Art and Culture…

Quick and Easy Vanilla Mug Cake

How was your week?  We are back in Malawi! This gives me a chance to share the husband’s pictures from our visit here two years ago. This time though we are here for slightly longer and in the meantime, I do not have an oven.  Constraints, creativity, and all that good stuff has forced me…

Homemade Flaky Pie Crust

Nothing beats the feeling when you make a pie completely from scratch.  However, unless you are a professional baker, pastry can be intimidating.  I shied away for years, but now absolutely love baking pies. The Science of Flaky Pastry Inside the hot oven, the fat layered in the dough melts.  This creates a hole which is…

Classic Rhubarb Pie

It took a while to get this recipe right, hence the different pics of pie and its variations, like the rhubarb pie with a crumble topping. General Ratio: For every 1 cup rhubarb,you will need 1/3 cup sugar and 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour or 3/4 teaspoon of cornflour/cornstarch. Roll out the crust (Homemade Flaky Pie…

Baked Pancake

Good morning. Whenever we go to Lake Nakuru, it is usually a day-trip affair with visitors. On this occasion however, we stayed at Naishi Guest House run by the KWS for my parents-in-law’s 40th anniversary.  The husband got some amazing shots at sunrise. And about food matters, I finally got round to making a Dutch…

One Minute Lemon Mug Cake.

The only thing that stands between you and satisfying that sugar craving is a mug, a few minutes prep time, a microwave and one minute cook time.  Mug cakes are excellent since they are quick and you can make different flavours if you have picky eaters. That having been said, some people have success on…

Lemon pancakes to up your breakfast game

The husband is trying to get me to climb Mount Kenya.  Again.  It was a bucket-list item that I was quite happy I managed to accomplish and cross off.  However, he loves that mountain and has climbed it twice already and is quite happy to go at it again. So we have been walking twice…

Of Flowers and Cake Flour …

I get my love of flowers from my mum.  Every week, she always has a fresh bunch of flowers at home, not for any special occasion, but just because.  I don’t have great pics of them, but for this post I have used beautiful photos of flowers taken by the husband. Cake flour This one…

How to Make Vanilla Extract

  Making your own vanilla extract simply requires vanilla beans and relatively inexpensive vodka (it’s a neutral alcohol).  I get vanilla beans from Uganda or Tanzania (Bukoba).  It used to be a lot more for cheaper, but not really anymore. Talking of Tanzania, this post includes a few pictures of Tanzania from our epic Nairobi…

Deeply Chocolatey & Moist Chocolate Cake

Searching for the perfect chocolate cake recipe is like searching for that classic white shirt or that amazing pair of jeans.  You’ve got to try many before you get to (drumroll please …) the one! This cake does not disappoint and has been my go to recipe for the last 4 years.  I am not…

It’s Salad…It’s Cake…It’s Carrot Cake!!

For this cake, I use the leftovers of a carrot salad that has raisins, chopped apples and crushed macadamia nuts (dressed with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and black pepper).  Waste not want not right?   It is a simple dump everything in a bowl cake. Ice the cake with sweetened cream cheese icing,…