Some of my followers on twitter point out that during mango season, all I tweet about is mangoes. And they are completely correct!! Am I trying to change? Absolutely not! I love my obsession! And I love that you guys are well aware of it. But can you blame me? Is there anything or any fruit more worthy than a toxic obsession than mangoes? There really isn’t! Over the years, every mango season has had us make several mango recipes (which you can check out here) and for this season, we are going to add yet another one.
It is hot and mangoes are in abundance. Therefore the perfect item to celebrate both is my coconut cream mango slushie. Super simple to make and I know you are really going to love this one!
I have been enjoying my memories of Mays past in my Google Photos. Last year in particular was crazy busy for me. I was mid-year in the YouTubeBlack Trainee course. I was neck deep in the process of writing my second book. At this time last year, I had just finished photographing the recipe pictures for the book. I was looking for an affordable printer, as I was self-publishing. All the while, I was still actively creating for my blog and YouTube channel. And I was also crazy crazy exhausted. Last year was really fast paced!! Last May was also icy-cold. I bought my favorite warm knits last May. This year is not as hot as January – for sure- but it has been mild and warm. However with the June-July deep freeze just about the corner, let us take advantage of the mild May we have this year and enjoy one mellow cocktail before temperatures drop.
I love me a cocktail and I enjoy making them at home because it allows one to customize the flavors as per their palate. For today, I give you the loveliest lime raspberry coke-tail.
I drove to Maragoli all by myself for the first time ever late last month. What an adventure it was! The night before departure I was so nervous, but once I got on the road, it was pretty stress free and might I say, ironically both relaxing and exhausting as well. I travelled on a Monday, so the roads were pretty clear and it was so smooth! The usual stop is at Nakuru – halfway through the journey- then the next stop is usually when I get home. My main aim of stopping at Nakuru is to see my perfect nephew, hang out for a bit and then get on with the journey. For my recent trip, I had an early lunch at my sisters’ and I had some pilau, a slaw and roast potatoes. My sister cooks so well! This pilau was exceptionally flavorful, and her twist to it has some whole star anise throughout. It was delicious! While continuing driving out west, I was thinking about how I would better use the star anise I had back in Nairobi. It is so versatile, and goes so well in nearly everything! We used in in several soups in my second book, my sister added it to her pilau and for today, we are making it the main note of our cocktail.
Sunny September is now in full glory and this refreshing beauty is for sure about to star in you home brunches! She is perfect and you are gonna love her!
Temperatures are plummeting. Skies are ever so grey. Misty and foggy mornings have become the norm. While I do miss sweltering months, I have just learnt to settle in the now and enjoy the coziness that icy July brings. I am excited about the perfect knits I have bought. I am excited about wearing and enjoying creamier gourmand scents. I am excited about my makeup staying in place lol. And I am excited about savoring my dawas, my chai masalas and my hot chocolates.
Hot chocolate is an indulgent drink, and having some once in a while has no harm. After all, the beauty of life is to savor and to experience. I hope you love cozying up to this phenomenal zesty and spicy hot chocolate just as I did.
A perfect mug of chai masala can fix literally anything! There is a comfort that it brings, that reminds you of home. Chai masala is a hug in a mug. Chai masala is fun times with family. Chai Masala is joy in your heart and cozy night in. It is comfort and laughter with your mother. It is magical! In my hearts of hearts, I am a strungi (black tea) girl. However once in a while, I do love me some milk tea and when I do brew a mug, it often is chai masala.
Chai is the Kiswahili word for tea. Chai masala hence means spiced tea. There are a billion variations out there but this particular once I am writing about today is one I have tried, tested and perfected. You will love it just as much!
There really isn’t a fruit on the face of the earth that comes close to the splendor that mangoes are! Mangoes are the Beyonce of fruits! Mangoes are the Meg and Harry of fruits. Mangoes are the Kenyan Coast Line of fruits. Mangoes are the Maragoli weather of fruits. They are the best of the best and no matter how you spin it, they will always remain number one! Fruit of the gods!
We are now winding down mango season! The variety of mangoes the earth blesses us each season is always a blessing! You can eat mangoes just as they are and incorporate them in a million different recipes and enjoy each time! This is a thread of different recipes we have done in the past and today we are doing the final one of ’21. With a day as sunny as today, indulge in my beautiful coffee cardamom mango milkshake.
I am generally an outdoorsy person! I love being out and about getting lost in the wild and getting a good sweat while at it. I love keeping fit. I love cycling. I love hiking. I love a brisk walk. I love a great evening run. I just enjoy movement. I have been wanting to incorporate swimming too, but I am not the best swimmer out there. I have also been wanting to learn, but I have kept postponing. However if 2020 taught us anything, it is to live for the now and just do. I will commit (and I will keep you all updated! ). Seeing that it is very hot and beautifully sunny here in Kenya for the next couple of months, I am commiting to having swimming as one of my many activities I enjoy keeping my body fit and my energy levels high.
Outside of activity, these sunny days also call for the yummiest drinks. Sunny days make me happy because sunny weather itself is an embodiment of happiness and joy! To celebrate and enjoy the beauty that gorgeous January is, let us get into my lime rum pina colada! This is my favorite cocktail I have ever made to date and I am thrilled to share it with you guys!
A few things come close to how soothing a hot glass of dawa on a cold day is! Dawa means ‘Medicine’ in kiswahili. There are two variations of the dawa drink: the cocktail and the tea. Today we are making the tea. Dawa is commonly taken when one wants to soothe a sore throat, ease a cold and for most, just to warm themselves up and inject their body with a bucket load of vitamins. You don’t have to wait till you have a flu to enjoy this, you can just enjoy it anyday, anytime honey! Now that we are in August, the days are a lot milder, though the temparatures are still generally low (low by Kenyan standards at least lol) and the nights are cold and crisp. A perfect glassful of dawa would be perfect to warm you up not only this month but really any time of the year that you want something delicious, nutritious, warming and soothing. There are countless ways of making dawa, and today’s recipe is my take.
I love making my own juices at home. Not only is it waaaaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper, but also, unlike box juice, you get to control the amount of sugar you add and it is also preservative free. I love mango juice. I love the juice combo of mango and passion fruit. I loooove pineapple and mint. I love just passion fruit juice on it’s own. I love orange juice, though it making it freshly squeezed is quite the work out lol! Another one I love and I have come to enjoy making at home is some ukwaju juice! So refreshing! So delicious! And one you too will enjoy having at home!
Finally the sun is out as it really should be in what is typically our hot season! January was shockingly cool, and even more startling, rainy!! I love sunny weather and not that the sun is out in full glory, you bet I will be going for more walks to soak it in. Heck, I am completing this blog post from the back yard, on my leso and in the sun. What I wish I had too is this mango blackberry mocktail, that I made a few weeks back and am literally salivating at, and really missing and I get this post finished for you guys to try it out as well.
This is super simple, but I know you are really going to enjoy this!!
Is it waaaaaay too late into the year to tell you guys Happy new Year? LOL! I hope your year has started off well and you are still so pumped about the year ahead!! I can say I am, and I have been on a break since October, and I am kinda nervous and energized to be back! I am glad you loved the recipes of the year past, and not we do the same greatness for 2020! And no better way to get into it than with the best fruit in the whole world taking center stage: Mango!
I love mango juice and I love switching things up and experimenting with different flavors. I showed you three of my favorite mango juices in early 2019 and now I want to add 3 more and I know without doubt you are going to love these beauties!
In high-school and shortly after, I had a severe milkshake obsession lol. Literally each time I left the house, I gathered my coins and counted them so intently hoping they would be enough. I tried them from all restaurants, and in all flavors. Then as I approached my 20’s, I completely lost my sweet tooth and I have since fell out of love with my milkshakes. Despite that, the craving strikes once every 6 billion years and I indulge myself. I like making my own at home, playing around with different simple combinations and I have enjoyed each one I have made!!
I came back to Nairobi from Maragoli for my Christmas holidays with my spirit fully recharged! I enjoyed every single second of my stay in shagz and I spoke about it in my last YouTube video. Besides the very obvious refreshing and magical stay in upcountry, I also really enjoy travelling to the west. Most people, especially those with rural homes close to the city do not fair well with long trips, But I love it. I love the transition of landscapes from the dusty acacia fields of Naivasha, to the rolling tea farms of Kericho, humidity of bustling Kisumu and then finally to the strickingly sunny, green hills of Maragoli. Travelling back was a breeze too- and of course we had to get some plums on our way back among other groceries. We bought plenty, and besides incorporating some as part of my pork marinate or eating them on their own, I decided to make a mocktail which is simply perfect for this weather we are currently experincing.
Super simple and super tasty in typical #KK fashion!
And now, March is upon us! Happy New Month #KNation!
I have a love hate relationship with our hot season. I dislike the dust and the crippling heat especially when one has errands, but there are also plenty of things I celebrate about it. I love that even at night, it is warm, and I do not have to worry about carrying a coat. I love that more sunshine in all it’s intensity, favors taking beautiful pictures and videos. I love that my little dresses and shorts can now come out and plaaaaaay! I love that it is during this time of year that mangoes are overflowing in every single corner of the country and being my favorite fruit, you can bet that I am over eating them each day and trying as much as I can to incorporate them in everything!
Today, I give you a cocktail that has flavors reminicent of, chili mangoes, my favorite childhood after-school snack (still love it though<3). Bold, out of the box, full of flavor and of course, delicious!
I love my morning jogs!!! I slacked a little bit towards the end of last year when I made the morning November rains an very very valid excuse for me not to go. However, once the rains stopped, I was back on it so hard!! Running in the flood of brilliant January morning sunshine is such a magical experience. Lemme just say this, I am not a fitness junkie, I know almost nothing about fitness, but all i know is, I feel super fantastic, light and good after a sweaty jogs and that is all that matters to me so I run with it, pun intended! *waves pompoms in the air*. I used to hate doing laps in highschool, and I find it funny that nowadays it is what I really love. That does not mean it is breezy! About 3/4 way of my 6 km jog I usually always regret. I get so tired and my lungs start burning because of breathing too hard. I ask myself why it is really worth it. I imagine how easy it would be if I could just teleport back home. I picture myself getting back home and replenishing my energy with fresh juice. I imagine myself finally freshening up, having my breakfast and getting work going. And when I do get home, the sweaty run is always worth it!
I have in particular loving my plum ukwaju juice, for all times of day, but specifically after my runs. And today, I will share my fave with you! <3
I had gone to drop off my tripod stand at my friends place as she needed to use it for a certain project over the weekend. Like the true millenial, I called Mwende to let her know I was juuuuuuust around the corner. “Ukifika, ingia tu! Gate iko wazi” (When you arrive, just come in. The gate is open.) I did not intend to stay too long, but because I had not seen her in quite some time, I was willing to be a bit more flexible. She was seated right by the window, in the flood of sunshine streaming in, and her book – The Year Of Yes- turned on her coffee table as she reached out for her watermelon and limes. She picked a slice of melon, squeezed some lime juice over it and munched away. “Jaribu!” (Try it!!) She told me, passing the plate of melon my way. I really loved it. After driving for 30 minutes and boiling in Nairobi traffic for almost the same time, this was a much welcome refreshing treat! I did not intend to stay too long, but a ton of laughs later, a million juicy stories later, a dance off and a fresh cake later (imagine we even decided to bake! smh! #derailed :D) I am happy I did extend my stay.
Inspired by my dear friend’s favorite sunny day treat, today I share with you my now favorite sunny day drink!!
I was nestled on the couch one rainy Saturday mid morning, in my very heavy, very warm, very soft orange sweater. In my hand was some hot chocolate I had just made. Not Milo. Not Drinking Chocolate. But real hot chocolate. I had opened the blinds since I wanted to watch the clouds roll in and catch the first drops fall to the earth. It then started raining. I shut the window and looked at each drop race it’s way down the glass. Do you guys sometimes just pause and watch it rain? I do! As the rain’s intensity eased, I returned to my couch grabbed my hot chocolate and slowly seeped it as I caught up on Biko’s blogs. I cried my eyes out and felt my soul shatter when I read There Were Birds But They Didn’t Sing. I laughed and reflected on the silly stereotypes we impose on our brothers and sisters as curated by our colonialists when I read Yes, You Are Tribal. And chuckled when I read Letter to My 20 Year Old Self, and also drew some valuable life lessons. What a whirlwind of emotion! That was a perfect Saturday mid morning for me, courtesy of my awesome read, my warm orange sweater, and of course, my hot chocolate fit for the gods themselves!
So let me show you how you are gonna prepare it so that you too can bask in it’s glorious flavors! <3
I remember posting a throwback pic of my cumin bhajia with tatziki on Instagram and I asked you which drink you would have it with.You all mentioned you preferred drinks and I mentioned that my drink of choice would always be a passion fruit mojito. While many of you were loyal to the drinks they mentioned, some of you also wanted to have the recipe for my mojito, coz let’s be real, even if you have not had it, ginger passion fruit mojito just sounds delicious . And as I promised, today I am sharing with you how I make mine!
With the cold weather behind us and sunny September in it’s full glory (ok, it’s still raining from time to time but that will not stop us from having our mojito, right? RIGHT??), it’s the perfect time to share my best ever drink as today’s recipe- ginger passion fruit mojito!
I talk about food a lot (obviously! :DD). As someone who loves eating, food is often a topic of conversation. I was having a food conversation some days back with one lady and she happens to be raw vegan. I personally find that way of life very healthy but on the same token, quite challenging to live by 100%. One needs plenty of dedication! I was in awe of her! She made it seem so easy! She made it seem as though those juicy plums or that leafy cabbage could indeed solve all the world problems. I listened as she spoke on and on, once in a while getting distracted by a beautiful birthmark she had on her neck, and you could tell that she was neck deep into the raw vegan lifestyle. She then asked me which smoothies I loved. For a moment, I hesitated. I hesitated because I did not think my smoothies would live up to her standard. But I went ahead and told her taking comfort in the fact that we are different and like different things and that was ok! To my surprise, she was actually really feeling my smoothies! That got me excited and actually saw that as a stamp of approval from the fruit queen herself! She was going to try them but of course switch some ingredients to be more inline with her lifestyle, but I will share them with you just as I like them :)). Here are my three favorite smoothies.
Nairobi heat can make you question your entire existence. I love sunny weather that Jan-Feb-Mar brings, but once it turns torturous, I start questioning my own likes LOL. On the day I made this drink, I was having one of those unlucky-stuck-in-the-sun days. I had forgotten my hat at home, neither did I have an umbrella since I left it after I had switched bags that same morning. So that meant I had to do my errands in the sun. The matatu I boarded to get me home only had empty seats on the sun facing side. So after roasting in the CBD, I further baked away in the matatu. The stretch between my bus stage and home is 20 minutes apart, and much of the walk has no shade, so yes, I arrived home severely roasted and 60 shades darker. All I wanted was to shower and gulp down something refreshing and energizing. Because we had plenty of fruits home that day, I decided a mocktail was due. And boy didn’t I enjoy every eager gulp of this!!! As we enter the final weeks of mango season, please make and enjoy my mango melon mocktail. You deserve it!! <3
Hey there! My name is Kaluhi and I love food! Through my blog, I am happy to share with you my self-taught recipes, steeped in nostalgia and the happiest of memories. I hope each recipe you try out is as addictive as the previous one and is shared on a table full of love and hearty laughs!
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