Lemon Cloud Pancakes

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,…

Camping Meals – Naivasha Burgers!

(Shout out to Anto for the title!)  In desperate need of a break, we braved the chilly weather to go camping in Naivasha which turned out to be quite pleasant. Ingredients Mince meat/ground beef – one kilo or about two pounds Salt and pepper Mix the meat with salt and pepper and whichever spices you…

No Fail Pizza Dough

Pizza for dinner?  Then this is your game plan when you get home. Walk in the door and activate the yeast.  Key to bringing dormant yeast “back to life” is the temperature of the water.  Too cold and it will barely activate.  Too hot and you will kill the yeast. Change out of your work…

How to Make Homemade Lemon Extract

Food scraps can be used to stock the kitchen pantry with your own specialty ingredients. Take for instance, citrus peels from lemons, oranges, limes, tangerines, grapefruit etc. Most often than not once we have eaten the fruit or squeezed the juice, we discard the rind/peel. Lemon (but it applies to all citrus) peels however can…

Homemade Cream Cheese

Have you seen a gorgeous no-bake cheese cake recipe you would like to try?  Or maybe you simply want some cream cheese for carrot cake icing, a dip or sandwich spread but … you are broke?  Do I sound like a commercial? We are surrounded by people who think outside the box to get the job…

Sweet Savings – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apples – yay!  Apple Pie or cake is in the oven or perhaps you juiced some apples or made a fruit salad.  Time to clean up the mess.  Do not throw away the peels and core. Confession:  I make my own apple cider vinegar because I am into DIY when it comes to caring for my natural hair and…

The Chocolate Icing Recipe You Need

Hi!  How was your week?  Flash back Friday to Swaziland.  Swaziland was not in the itinerary, but when visiting Mozambique for longer than a month, one is required to leave and re-enter the country after 30 days.  Our visa run turned out to be a spontaneous fun road trip to Swaziland. We had lunch at…

Light as Air Orange Chiffon Cake

Looking to get away this weekend?  Away from the city and its hectic demands.  Fresh air and some country living?  I wish!  This is a throw back to Nanyuki, while on our way to Samburu National Park some years ago. But in case you have no such plans, we could attempt to bake this orange…