Aug 17

Children’s Cooking Classes

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So I’ve been holding cooking classes in my house for this holiday and it has been quite interesting. This is one of those things that you do once or twice but never take it seriously so this time I said I have to do it. I live in Nyayo Embakasi, lovely estate with lots of young families, perfect place to start. I advertised and got a couple of students and started.

Honestly my experience this time was a bit different, I think mainly because I was dealing with children who were not family and also who did not know each other. I had different age groups; 4-6, 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Now the you children are quite nice to deal with, you always start with telling them to wash their hands then sing a nursery rhyme or two or a Sunday school song, you then laugh a little before you get down to business. The first class we made a chocolate mug cake and some sandwiches where we shaped the cheese and veggies like animals

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How cool right???? The kids had lots of fun with this but the only mistake I did was trying to show them how to do all the preparation themselves, I should probably have done half of it prior as this is what I did with subsequent classes. Now because I did not do all the prep my class went longer than the stipulated 45 mins to 1.25 hours. We all know how kids below 5 get when asked to do something for too long, jumpy fidgety and they just want to play, at this point you feel like you can place them in a free ads in Nigeria and SELL IT!! OLX style just so that you can get some quiet then buy them back later after they make a tour of Nigeria and play all they want they can come back and cook some more. But since I could never do that my conscience would not even let me I had to be patient, I encouraged them to sing and in no time we were back to cooking. The kids love it, only problem came when it was time to eat the veggies that was a struggle but all in all we loved the experience and the parents were happy too. HERE is the timetable I had this holiday, but I can always do one on a Saturday in my house or yours. Do contact me if you’re interested. I also do classes during chamas or just when you are having a girls

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Jun 22

From Moth to a Beautiful Butterfly

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Foodie has moved We have metamorphosed into a beautiful new website called African Kaya that incorporates more than just food. we now have the whole home and just a touch of fashion. I am so excited about this new phase and I hope you will continue to support me as I grow and continue to spice up your kitchens and now spruce up your homes.

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See you there!!

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Apr 28

Lemon Wedge Roasted Chicken

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Who does not love the combination on lemon and chicken?  Actually lemon goes well with almost everything.  Tea, rice, fish, beef, porridge etc lemon is like garam masala makes any dish tastier.

When I saw tbis recipe on pinterest I thought “oooh wow” I just had to try it. The Creole Contessa has incredible recipes.  You should visit her blog.  I tweeked the recipe a bit because I had no creole seasoning.  Ok, I lie, I tweeked it a lot :) hope u enjoy it.

HAPPY COOKING!!

INGREDIENTS

1 chicken
2 lemons,  zested juiced and cut into slices ( try use imported lemons if u do not like it too sour)
6 cloves of garlic, crushed
6 tablespoons of oil
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons thyme
1 tablespoon chilli (optional)
Salt to taste

METHOD
1. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together save for the garlic,   lemon, lemon juice and rind. Mix in the chicken making sure u get the marinade all over the chicken including under the skin.

2. Place the chicken in a greased oven proof dish then pour the lemon juice, rind and garlic on top of the chicken.  Place the sliced lemons all over the tray and marinate overnight or for at least 2 hours. 

3. Pre heat oven to 210 degrees and bake the chicken for 45 mins. Serve with Honey and Ketchup roasted baby potatoes

HAPPY EATING!!!

Hope you are ready for a big change coming soon!!

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Apr 07

Roasted Honey and Ketchup Baby Potatoes

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I have always confessed about my love for potatoes. Yes I just had to be a cliche kikuyu girl. I can add them to anything. This recipe is pretty simple. It asks for baby potatoes pretty sure you can use normal sized potatoes too. If you do try please let me know. What I love most about these potatoes is the flavour. Its different. It not your everyday baked potatoes, there is something about them thats just fabulous, tasty and good to your taste buds. HAPPY COOKING!!

Roasted Honey and Ketchup Baby Potatoes

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 500 grams baby potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup (you can also use mustard, Dijon mustard, choma sauce, sweet chilli)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoons cayenne [pepper
  • Salt & Pepper
  • juice of 1 Lemon

Instructions

  1. Parboil the baby potatoes with the garlic powder till almost cooked. Pre heat oven to 200C
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the oil, ketchup, honey, cayenne, lemon juice salt and pepper You can adjust all the quantities of the ingredients to suit your taste,
  3. Add in the baby potatoes and gently stir, making sure they are all coated with the honey ketchup mixture.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes,turning halfway or until the potatoes are golden brown
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Mar 24

Mama Cici’s Mbuzi Fry

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There is nothing better than my mamas cooking. Well, unless its my mama cooking outside in the wood fired jiko.

Anytime we see mum preparing to cook outside we know its going to be a great night for our taste buds. Mum always makes mbuzi fry and tumbukiza outside and on rare occasions maybe dry fry beef and it’s always such a delight. So yesterday after church I called mum up and told her I was going to see her and I wanted mbuzi for dinner. Mum agreed and she even taught me how to make this simple yet delicious meal. I really hope you will enjoy it and that it will bring you as much laughter and good memories as it was brought to our home. HAPPY COOKING!!

Mama Cici’s Mbuzi Fry

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 legs of lamb, chopped
  • 6 large onions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 hoho (green capsicum), diced
  • chillies, optional
  • 2 bunches dhania (coriander) chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 kgs potatoes, diced (optional)
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Fry 3/4 of the onions with the oil in a large cooking pot till translucent, add the chopped lamb and cook till browned. Add salt and about half the water, stir and cover and let it cook on low heat for about 30 mins.
  2. check on how done the meat is and if you are using potatoes and chillies add them at this point. Let them cook for 10 mins the add the tomatoes sliced halfway and the hoho . If you need more water feel free to add a little. let the tomatoes steam for about 10 mins the removed the skin and stir making sure you fully incorporate them.
  3. Add the dhania and let it cook for a further five mins and take it off the fire. Let it stand for 5 mins then serve with Ugali. Happy Eating!!
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Mar 20

Decorating with Baskets

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I totaly love a house thats well decorated. Especialy one which has pieces that are extremely outside the box. I love it when different pieces come together to form this absolutely amazing look. like the baskets above. How amazing is do they look?

I love the use of “African” looking pieces that are incorporated and made to look modern and chic. I’m not so sure how this is stuck on the wall but I am assuming you can use glue, the kind sold in the hardware shops or section in the supermarket. Here are a few ways you can use baskets to decorate you home .

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Mar 20

Frozen Banana Ice Cream

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I have told you time and time again how much love I have for Pinterest. It is amazing, the new things you discover up there or the new ideas you get are so worth the hour I spend there daily. For those of you who are still too backward and don’t know what Pinterest is where on earth do you live???? Pinterest is a social networking site where you share photos (pin) of things you find interesting (hence pinterest). It can be anything food, drinks, cats, cars, motor bikes, movies, your dream house, wedding ideas, party ideas, ANYTHING!! You save this in your own folders and you can later refer back to them. It’s like an online idea diary. I LOVE IT.
So I found this recipe on there and I thought that it sounded so impossible. I mean how do you blend frozen bananas and come out with a creamy substance? Doesn’t that defy logic? Shouldn’t you get a juice or flacked/shaved ice particles?? Turns out my science is wrong. Once the frozen bananas have been blended for long enough what you end up with is a creamy frozen dessert. Totally SUGAR FREE!!! How cool is that??? I loved this dessert not only coz I like bananas but mainly because it’s healthy. So on a night when you really want some ice cream but you are trying to watch your calorie intake, make this and your craving will be dealt with and your waist and hips will thank you later.

Froezen Banana Ice Cream

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • • Frozen Bananas ( to freeze just peel the banana and wrap in cling film, you could also chop it before freezing)
  • • Vanilla essence
  • • Optional: peanut butter, Nutella, cocoa

Instructions

  1. Put the bananas and vanilla essence in a blender and blend till smooth then put in a container and freeze for at least 1.5-2.5 hrs. Scoop to serve
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Feb 27

Kashata

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I find that Kenyans have very few deserts or sweets that we can call our own. Unlike the French or English. Now this Swahili sweet will take your taste buds right back to when you were in class 2, you remember those days when you’d save money from your break or lunch so that you could afford to buy either kashata, mabuyu or cool after school? They cost just 1 shilling but those days that was quite something. And they came in all colors and in our heads we thought they were different flavours. Ohhh the good old days of pur innocence.
When I saw people asking for this recipe sometime last year on a facebook group I just had to look around for it. Hope you will love it as much as I did and I hope it will make you feel like a child again. HAPPY COOKING!!

Kashata

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup moist grated coconut (or one desiccated coconut moistened with 2 tbsp of milk or water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamon
  • ½ teaspoon food color (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the food color, water and sugar on medium heat till the sugar dissolves, continue heating the mixture till it thickens and becomes a syrup, it should be thick and should feel sticky between your fingers and leave a string when you pull your fingers apart. While this is happening add 2 tablespoons of water to your desiccated coconut
  2. Add the coconut to the sugar syrup and mix well ensuring that it is well incorporated, keep stirring and let it cook till it has reduced in size and it begins to clump up together, sort of foaming balls.
  3. Grease a cake pan or line with parchment paper. Using a spatula put the coconut mixture into the pan, patting down to about an inch.
  4. Let this cool for about 8 minutes and slice. Slice using one motion. Let this cool further before your serve
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Feb 25

How To: Homemade All purpose Surface cleaner

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Whoever said good things don’t come easy did not have this method of making a cleaning agent. Its so easy to make and the best thing is….. you can use it in virtually every single part of your house, from the bathroom to your windows to your kitchen. and you do not have to worry about dangerous chemicals. How cool is that?

What you need

* An empty spray container (available in all supermarkets)
* 1 cup water
*1 cup vinegar
* rind of citrus fruit or
* 16 drops essential oil eg peppermint, lavender, lemon etc or
* herbs and spices eg rosemary, cinnamon, cloves, mint

Method

1. Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water ( 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups water with 2 cups vinegar) in a container and mix well. Simple. its ready to use.

2. Prepare as you did in 1 then add the essential oils. shake well. This will smell better than the 1st method. You can also use vanilla extract or essence

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3. Soak the rind in vinegar for at least 2 weeks and up to a month. discard the rind and mix the vinegar with water in a spray container. its ready to use

4. use whole spices and/or herbs and soak the vinegar for at least 2 weeks. Do not use ground spices

5. You can mix and match the herbs, spices, rinds etc to your liking.

NOTES
* The main purpose of the rind, essence, herbs etc is to give a scent to the cleaners so as to mask or to elimonate the smell of vinegar. Though this items sort of mask the smell, the scent of vinegar isn’t complelty eliminated from the cleaner. When sprayed the cleaner still smells of vinegar but as it dries the citrus or herbs used become stronger.
* Do not use this vinegar cleaners on granite or marble tops as the acid can make them fade. you can use them on any other surface.

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Feb 17

Oven Roasted Chicken with Onions

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There times when one really can not be bothered to cook. Times when even boiling an egg is too much work. well that was me two weekends ago. I really just could not be bothered. It was a Sunday after church, i was sleepy and hungry so what I did i called Mr. Man into the kitchen and told him today would be the day I’d teach him how to fix something quick easy and tasty. He mixed up the marinade, we were to hungry to wait for the sauces to sit so he popped it into the oven and we sat then ate. EASY!! life should always be that easy. HAPPY COOKING!!

Oven Roasted Chicken with Onions

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 51 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 table spoon of oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Mix the garlic, salt, pepper , lemon juice and oil in a large bowil
  2. Make sure your chicken is completely dry by patting down with a kitchen towel, once dry add to the marinade and marinate it for at least 2 hours or overnight if you can ( I sometimes cook immediately)
  3. Place in a baking tray and cook for 25 mins, turn the chicken and add in the onions mixing them with the juices and oil already secreted. Cook for a further 15 mins then serve. I served mine with
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