Yummy Spice Cookies

Happiness is the smell of fresh cookies in the oven. Happiness is the anticipation of said fresh 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…

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…

Easy Apple Crisp

Foods that make us happy Comfort food has the ability to wrap its aromas and mouth feels around you and give you little bursts of joy. Do you sometimes eat something and right there on your seat do a little happy dance usually with your shoulders? Emotional brain To start off, the smell when this…

Passion Fruit Meringue

What it has A buttery crust, a tangy but sweet passionfruit curd, and melt-in-your-mouth meringue that balances it all out. It comes in three parts Egg whites for the Swiss meringue Pie crust Passionfruit curd Roll out the pie crust on a dish. Bake blind—without anything in it. In a separate bowl, add egg whites…