Crepes

Sensual Cooking Not that kind of sensual. Sensual as in the senses. As in cooking while consciously or unconsciously engaging our physical senses. So much so that it becomes instinctive. For instance … Smell Do you recognize the smell of almost done cake and know when to start checking? When dry frying the chicken for…

One Cake Recipe Five Variations

So this cake started out as a banana pineapple cake. Which is what is photographed. However, I learnt a few things along the way. Number one: Grating the pineapple is better for pineapple flavour than dicing it. When I diced it, it was more of a banana bread. But I really like the photograph of…

Mango Pear Crumble

Mango season After waiting what feels like the whole year for mangoes, come December all you want is the pure unadulterated pleasure of a sweet mango. Biting into the flesh above the kitchen sink, juices dripping. Or all neat and cut up nicely. It doesn’t matter. By the time January is rolling into February there…

Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Cookies Brown butter wasn’t in my culinary radar until about three months ago. I’m now on a brown-butter-everything-craze. My current favourites are brown butter banana bread and these cookies from joythebaker. Butterscotch This will sound weird but I love the taste of butter. (Sorry if you think this is gross.) Butter on toast. Hollandaise…

Yummy Spice Cookies

Happiness is the smell of fresh cookies in the oven. Happiness is the anticipation of said cookies with a cup of tea. Happiness is also being able to quickly reach for an all-purpose gluten free flour. A blend you don’t have to think about when wanting to bake breads, cakes, cookies or pancakes. Gluten free all-purpose…

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Prelude Even as a child I was not a morning person and would be rushing out the door almost late for school. Mum too would be rushing. However before sending her offspring out into the world, she would inspect my brother and I. Mum could quickly see what needed rectifying. (I think it is a superpower…

Homemade Muesli and Granola Recipes

Typical Kenyan breakfast What was your daily breakfast? Tea and bread were a constant. Eggs if you had the time. And if we got fancy on the weekend, sausages, pancakes, mandazis (beignets) or mahamris, cornflakes or weetabix. Muesli and Granola I began to eat muesli and granola as an adult, but I prefer muesli. Both are healthy,…

Homemade Biscotti

Random smells We are driving in Industrial Area, in the midst of the chaos that is Nairobi traffic and road construction dust. Matatus, motorbikes and people selling kitchen towels and bananas are everywhere. Suddenly we enter the twilight zone of smells. That yummy smell that can only be sugar, butter and baking. House of Manji…

Pineapple Upside Down Coconut Cake

Buy or borrow books In which category do you fall? All my life I have been an avid reader. My home is filled with books. But (insert the current crime-scene music that everyone is adding to their Instagram stories and a horrified emoji), the truth is I have actually bought very few books. Mainly because I…

Gluten-free Fluffy Pancakes

A moment on the lips … And the hips won’t lie.  You have been warned … Peeking into Rita’s cupboards  She has a variety of flours, all neatly labelled. There are containers with rice flour, cassava flour, coconut flour, arrow-root (taro) flour, buckwheat etc. She happily experiments and mixes them up—usually eyeballing it (anapima na…

Coconut Cake

Want to bake something different? Coconut cake is delicious but I find it needs to be eaten a few hours after it has been taken out of the oven—at its moistest. The next day though, even though it is still delicious, it is a bit dry. What’s with the weird designs in the cake pictures?…

Coconut Banana Muffins

The request More recipes that have coconut, banana and lemon or lime. These muffins were meant to have lemon icing to complete the trinity of tropical flavours. Sadly, lack of time happened. So instead of lemon glaze, I quickly cut up lemons as garnish. The source I found this recipe on Pinterest from a Spoonful…