Rita’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Rita is a genius at gluten-free baking. And not just gluten-free baking, but gluten-free on a budget. Major problem—she is a truly creative cook and so almost never makes the same thing twice. I have been forcing her to write down her recipes so that I can copy and post them here (more coming soon…

Homemade White Bread

This bread is soft and fluffy and the perfect in between of not a light yet not a dense bread. This recipe is simple, makes two loaves and the rise time is about an hour. Previously, I was always scared of baking bread. But after several years of making pizza dough and getting comfortable with that,…

Shortbread Cookies

Nice, Marie, Digestives, Shortcake … which were your favourite biscuits? Mine were House of Manji’s Shortcake biscuits, and number two were Digestives.  Of course, everyone loved Chocolate Biscuits, but they were so expensive. Then Kenyan shelves began to stock “Eet sum mor.” Now this could purely be a coincidence but many who liked shortcake biscuits…

Passion Fruit Curd

Sometimes you can eat something unfamiliar and you love it upon trying it.  It could be the flavour —  the taste and smell of it.  But it could also be the texture — that unbelievable way food feels in your mouth. Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate.  A crisp apple or lettuce. Crunchy biscuits/cookies. Light pancakes. Dry arrowroot/nduma/taro root….

Pilipili

Pilipili. Peri peri. Berbere. Chiles. Chillies. Peppers. We love it, the health benefits are plenty, and so I share in this post the different kinds I have in my kitchen. First off, the Ethiopian berbere.  It is a blend of paprika, fenugreek, garlic and ginger among other spices.  Berbere is so flavourful and makes cooking…

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…

Vanilla Microwave 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 you get 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…

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…