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 one girl who loves loves loves loooooooves Muhogo (cassava). Growing up, I never enjoyed it. In my mind, muhogo was for old people. And I have now grown up and become that “old person” who 7 year old me would be shook to learn adores muhogo. Muhogo is versatile. It has an inherent soft, earthy taste to it which on its own is so delicious. However, it is also versatile enough to take up favors of other ingredients so well making it a joy to cook with! I often re-make these muhogo fries we made in 2016. They are tasty as a snack and also as part of a full meal. I also love muhogo wa nazi literally any time of the day, and paired with any meat of choice, it becomes super filling too.
In an age where we are moving more into consuming foods that are sustainable, muhogo (cassava) is definitely top on the list of one of the foods the world is warming up to. Maragolis and most people from western Kenya eat muhogo all the time, and in different ways. We love it whole in different forms. We also mix in the flour for unga ya ugali and ya uji. I got my hands on the flour and decided to make something sweet and gorgeous. Let us get into my perfect lemon and blueberry muhogo pancakes.
Rest is such an important part of not only one’s well being, but also a fountain to keep the creative juice flow going. Most of the recipes I post are born out of mindless experimentation in my down time, which I later on sharpen, refine and post for you guys months down the line. This sweet chili tangerine french bean recipe is one of those. It was the week before christmas of 2020. The work year had come to a close and the days were long, lazy, brilliantly sunny and sweaty. The mood was festive and the tongue simply demanded new, delicious things to experience. I love a plate with all food groups, each element bringing something to the table. I wanted something zesty, fresh and filling to have with my snapper and rice. My sister had bought french beans which I saw she had no plan on preparing. I just decided to make something exciting out of them. The sweet, hot, salty, nutty, zesty flavor that was borne out of this made this one of the best things I ate last December!
I was excited to share this with you guys last year, and the day is finally here!! You will love this one!
I always say, the most assured way to know that a recipe is excellent is by looking at the reactions of the people you made it for look like. If the plates, or bowls (as it is in this case) are cleared then that is a clear indicator that said recipe is a winner. When I was making this custard, I didn’t even know what I was going to name it. I didn’t even know what I was going to make but what I knew for sure was the flavour notes I wanted to taste in my mouth. I wanted something creamy something fruity something with character and something that is light yet indulgent enough for a dessert.
The flavours I put together for this custard are easy to bring together. And the complexity of every note that explodes on your tongue is unforgettable. My sisters inhaled this and cleared this within seconds. Everyone was completely quiet while eating and that was a clear sign that this was a winner. I am so excited to share this with you guys today. I hope you enjoy this as we wind down mango season. This shall be the second of three mango recipes I’m going to share this year. this was the first and you can check out the rest we have done since I started blogging compiled and linked in this Twitter thread. That said let’s get into this beaut!
As Kenyans, we really do enjoy having mbuzi (goat) at any and every huge occasion; or quite honestly, even at a small gathering of friends. Oh we have a wedding? Let us choma 10 goats! We have a graduation party? Goat ribs will definitely be part of the buffet! We are going to Lake Naivasha with a group of friends? You can bet on your life that that evening we will be chomaing some mbuzi! We love love love love mbuzi and it is one of my favorite red meats! I understand the hype!
We often have our goat as a choma (roast). However with ever expanding city life or when times the weather does not allow, we cannot always choma. This braised mbuzi recipe is one that will allow you to braise your ribs and enjoy them. It also allows you to choma if you so feel like. Either way you decide to swing, you will really and deeply enjoy this one! The marinade is out of this world good and paired with a chimichuri.. guys! You will fall inlove with this mbuzi recipe!
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!
December was really a month that I had my creative juices flowing!!! I guess I really did needed down time because a rested mind is a creative one. I love the holidays so much because not only is it rest time and a valuable time but time for a little bit of indulgence. I have always been a mindful eater, but over the holidays I let loose a little bit. Just a teeny tiny bit. Because everyone is at home too, we experiment a lot and what we make is always a feast! I first flirted with the idea of marrying Amarula and Mango last month as I shared with you on twitter; but just didn’t know how I’d do it. After some hopping off and on some ideas, I settled on todays beauty of a recipe and I am excited to share with you guys!
I hope this year has kicked off well for all of you. For me, it started of calmly and I have a sense of nervousness and anxiety which I am slowly shaking off, and most likely, as a hang-up from the rough year that 2020 was for me and for most. I am slowly easing into it and acclimating into the feel of everything and I am hoping for a beautiful one ahead. There are so many exciting things happening on the work front which I am excited to share with you all when the time comes. I am also so excited to be back to regular posting and creating both for my blog and channel! The recipes scheduled for this year are out-of-this-world-good and you will fall inlove with each one!
For today, we are making some delicious creamy lime chili omena. Let’s get into it!
We woke up to a grey, misty, drizzly Wednesday morning. We are in mid-august and currently experiencing the dying embers of the cold season and boy it’s kicking out butt!! We are now going to cosy up to the weather and enjoy all things comforting! We are going to enjoy some dawa as we go through our work day! We are going to prepare some rich and creamy coconut milk and peanut sauce matoke for some hearty, delicious lunch. And all through the weekend, we are going to enjoy my guinness braised cumin beef short ribs!! I filmed this in May this year (I do all my content months in advance) and it has been such a joy enjoying it since then till today and I am certain you too shall thoroughly enjoy it too!!
I shall be taking a brief break until around October as I heal from a jaw fracture. Can’t wait to film new YouTube and blog content then. In the meantime, I will be very very much present and active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook so do follow me on there if you are yet to. That said, let us get into this beautiful beauty!
I have been working from home since 2015. While I have already found what works and what doesn’t for me, it has been quite a thrill to see everyone else find their own balance during this lock-down period. It has been exciting finally seeing people recognize that work done from home is still work. It has been amazing to see people realize and acknowledge & experience what my peers and I have been saying for ages: that working from home does not mean one is free all the time, but it means just that- work has to and is being done. It has been so great to welcome people into my world and to also help them get acquainted with striking the balance and establishing work boundaries especially when they can be so very easily be blurred while working from home. Besides helping people learn the ropes on WFH, I have also found immense joy in the increase in people trying out my recipes! With the lock-down and people reacquitting themselves with home cooking, I have seen you guys blossom into the most glorious home cooks! The banana bread craze came and died down, and I am happy my recipe too was among your favorites to have!
Things are slowly opening up, but the baking does not stop! As we ring in the cold season in Kenya, let us have something warm baking in our kitchens! You will totally love my cinnamon and ginger pumpkin bread!
The air smells like change. The past six months have been quite a wild ride – it feels almost as though we are living through a wild TV show with huge plot twists and random plot-holes lol. On the grander global scale, we are really living in unprecedented times. We are living in times where people are increasingly demanding for equality, as they should; and matters such as race, skin tone, nationality, tribe and class shouldn’t be determinants of how one should be treated. The Corona Virus is changing and shaping how we transact, interact and how communities show up to and for each other. We are watching in real time some countries come apart at their foundation, while others shine, take care of their citizens and take the lead (Hi Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern, I know you are reading my blog ily!). On an individual scale, many are turning inward and learning to do a lot for themselves and enjoying it- be it braid their own hair or finally learn how to bake- this global halt has allowed us to learn a thing or two or get reacquainted with a hobbies we used to enjoy but fell out of love with at one point or another. Change. There is so much beauty, terror and opportunity for expansion in change. I hope you all are becoming and coming into the best versions of yourselves. The last half of the year imetukaranga, I hope the last half will be kinder to us!
Speaking of change, here in Nairobi, we have bid clear blue skies for grey ones. We are now transitioning into our cold season and best believe I have you sorted when it comes to the coziest, most comforting, most delicious soups! I have one for you today!
My sisters’ and I usual snack during breaktime in Primary School was either a mandazi or a fruit or some biscuits with some juice. It was just a small snack 10 o’clock to keep us kinda full as we waited for lunch a little later at 12.45. We just carried whatever we could find at home, and we always had something to have- which was such a blessing. Once in a while, dad would buy us swiss rolls to carry for break and we loooooooved it so much. When Langata Uchumi Hyper was in it’s prime, their bakery was the world!! Literally everything they made was excellent! Don’t even get me started on their delicious power sandwiches *wipes excess drool*. Dad would bring the swiss roll log home and we would slice it and share among ourselves. It often didn’t make it to the next day, but when it did, it made snacking during breaktime so damn good!
For today, I am taking my childhood favorite and putting a twist of my own. Listen, you will fall head over heels in love with my chocolate swiss rolls with the richest rum whipped cream filling!
Picture yourself hosting friends for a delicious lunch. It is a potluck lunch and everyone is bringing something. You made sure you book chicken as the dish you would be making. You have the perfect recipe, and you are not only excited to show off the magic you are about to put together, but equally excited to feed your friends some great food. They arrive on time. The food is laid out. The wine is corked open. Some amazing music is playing. The sun is out. Laughter cracks across the room and the vibe is right. The chicken you made is the first thing to be cleared, and everyone is asking for the recipe you used. You take all the compliments, and you tell them “The recipe I used is Kaluhi’s Mala marinated kuku choma with a mango habanero bbq sauce. Get on it!!!”. You send them the link of this blog post and the video, and this recipe becomes the signature dish you guys make each time you link up. You own delicious tradition!
This is kuku choma recipe is without doubt so easy. But as always, one you will fall head over heals inlove with!
I know I have said this so many times in the past hadi nawabo, but let me repeat once again: If I was to live on one kind of meat for the rest of my life, it would 100% be fish. Any kind of fish, be it inland caught or sea fish, it is always a guarantee that it will always taste so good! The variety also makes the eating experience so good too coz there is no getting bored with fish! I love my chicken, I love my lamb, I love my fish and I really love my pork, but fish is my best ever!
So to wrap up 2019, our final recipe of the year is my brilliant, very flavorful lime, coconut milk tilapia fillet! Perfect for weeknights and equally as perfect for when you have guests over!
Heh! Si this year imekimbia!! Just one moment ago we were celebrating the new year and here we are wrapping it up. 2019 for me has been a year of immense mental self-improvement. It has been the year of the shadows of my inner child being dredged up and demanding to be dealt with and healed. 2019 has been the year I finally started savoring and deeply enjoying being single. 2019 has had me make some big girl purchases and making big girl investments *aggresively flexes muscles*. Overall, it has been a dope ass year and I am looking forward to the remaining 7 weeks!
As we take in this month, take stock and reflect, let us do that while enjoying something super delicious!! On my table today is the beeeeeeest ever beef pilau! I know you will love this!
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!!
One of the many things I love emphasizing on when one asks me what can make them successful building an online brand is consistency. Consistency in posting, consistency in quality, consistency in you social media presence. I have been consistent for about 6 years, and for that I am proud! But also, rest also counts as part of productivity. One cannot be creative when they have mental fatigue. Work is amazing, but so is rest. And for one to keep going, times off to rest are extremely important. I developed this recipe in late June 2019, filmed and typed out the everything too in preparation for my break. You are now reading this post in August and I am currently on a break. Planning ahead makes sure you guys still have recipes to try out and I have peace of mind while resting knowing the work front has been covered.
Because my body and mind was tired, I went with one of my fave lazy meals. It being a lazy meal does not mean it will be boring!! Fast, easy to make and I know you will loooove my chicken and french bean fried rice!
A great soup is really life changing!! They are stupid easy to make, no matter how you look at it, and what I love most is how easy it is to develop flavors. I have about 15 soup recipes on this blog, each one having it’s own character and selling points. I cannot choose one favorite one coz it feels like choosing a favorite child lol. But what I can say is, I love my kitunguu matawi white wine creamy mushroom soup because of how herby it is! I love it because of the mushrooms and how filling they are. I love the creaminess! I love the mild booziness. I love everything about this!
I loved walking home from school. Every other day, we took the bus, but on Friday, we would forgo a bus ride and instead use the fare for buying snacks and treats along the way. We would grab some sukari nguru ya 3 bob in Otiende, then viazi karai or bhajia for 5 bob at Akiba and with what’s left over- some mahindi choma or ice near SouthLands. 10 bob could really be stretched a long way, and everything we got was very much worth the walk. Now as adults and with full knowledge of how to make all these tasty things ourselves, we do just that, of course with tiny but super delicious twists. Hope you are ready for my rosemary and garlic viazi karai.
I am finding so much joy in making salads nowadays! I love developing my own flavors and putting together fresh ingredients and surprise my pallete. I have gone through fruit seasons, and with that, delicious salads too. For mango season, my mango bacon salad with this bomb mango ginger vinaigrette, for pear season- my pear tree tomato salad with pear ginger vinaigrette. Now that we are smack in the middle of citrus season, let us delve deep into my red cabbage and orange fish salad.
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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