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…

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…

Crepes (Kenyan Pancakes)

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…

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…

10 Tips for a Fluffy Sponge Cake

This cake goes by many names. Yellow cake. Basic cake. Butter cake. Sponge cake. Vanilla cake. Victorian sponge. And the list could go on. By whichever name you know it, in this post I share tips that result in a light, delicate flavourful cake. Typically the first cake most Kenyan girls learn to bake is…

Dutch Baby

Good morning. Whenever we go to Lake Nakuru, it is usually a day-trip affair with visitors. On this occasion however, we stayed at Naishi Guest House run by the KWS for my parents-in-law’s 40th anniversary.  The husband got some amazing shots at sunrise. And about food matters, I finally got round to making a baked…

Ridiculously Fluffy Pancakes

  After a busy, long week, nothing says relaxed Saturday or Sunday morning like pancakes for breakfast.  It stirs within most of us happy childhood memories. Random confession: for the life of me, I cannot make round chapatis, round pizza not even round pancakes.