Lemon Drizzle Cake

After a year in Upstate New York, it’s good to be back home. There is no doubt that the Hudson Valley is spectacular, with tons of amazing trails (at little to no cost). But the African savannah teeming with wildlife is unbeatable. Excuse my sad pictures—my husband is the amazing wildlife photographer. Nairobi National Park…

Simple Banana Bread

It’s been a minute. How goes it? Some hikes are gentle, others strenuous, while others are basically rock climbing. You know it is the latter when its not your legs, but your arms and upper back muscles and sides that ache like a nonsense the next day. However I truly enjoy mild rock climbing to…

Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chunks

(Disclaimer: The pictures were taken at the point when the recipe was worth sharing. However, the text was written the first time the cake was baked.) Recipe development chronicles By no means am I a recipe developer. It’s so much easier to copy recipes or just mess around with flavours. So I’m sharing my angst…

Plum Cake

Seasonal Eating – Kenya’s “Summer” Fruits Along the side of the road there are wheelbarrows with green and purple avocadoes neatly laid. Hanging on strings from wooden beams are the all-year round creamy yellow bananas. Wooden stands built any which way but straight, display the bounty of the mango harvest. Along what is meant to be the…

No-knead Bread

Once upon a time in Kenya, there was  a loaf of bread know as Elliot’s. It was packaged in a waxy translucent paper that you don’t see anymore. Trips to shags (ancestral home) were not complete without a few loaves of Elliot’s and BlueBand. And truth be told, at 4 or 5 pm nothing tasted…

Galettes

What I’ve learnt: A galette is not baked in a pie tin or tart tin. The crust is “unsupported”. It’s also called an open-faced pie. The crust is regular pie crust. So normally when you make this pie crust, it is enough for the top and bottom of the pie, right?  One of the halves…

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 Different Ways

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 Crumble

Mango season We wait the whole year for mangoes. Finally its December and all you want is the pure unadulterated pleasure of a sweet mango. Tearing into the sweet flesh above the kitchen sink, juices dripping everywhere. Or for the more civilized, cut up neatly and eaten with a spoon or fork and knife.  Either…

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…