I really enjoy all the food we eat when we go upcountry. While all the food we eat as a country in general is very fresh, organic and delicious, the food grown in the green rolling hills of Maragoli is simply on a special level of different. The farm produce ,too, is better! I love the eggs, the milk tastes better, the fleshy chicken is so much richer. Each time we go visit my guku (grandmother), we almost always leave with some chicken and a full mgomba wa matoke! And the matoke does taste a lot better! When the craving strikes, only matoke from the western part of the country really delivers in terms of flavor. Speaking of cravings, today is one of those days! Today we add another recipe to the many we already we have; and that is my thyme and tandoori masala matoke!
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!
What a brilliant year 2018 has been!! For me, it has been the year of becoming, settling into myself and growing into my full potential. It has been a year of self growth, coming face to face with uncomfortable truths about myself, learning and unlearning those that are malleable, and becoming an overall better person. It has been a year where I have become deliberately present for my friends, and finding time to catch up in the midst of work, starting families and travel. It has been a year of delicious financial gain and tangible growth of my brand. There has been plenty of self-assertion and no taking of bullshit especially from twitter trolls. It has been a wild, thrilling ride of self discovery that I am thankful for- because it has set the stage for the incredible person I am blossoming into in the years to come!
To send off this brilliant year is an equally brilliant recipe- my lemon pepper chicken thighs in my honey ukwaju bbq sauce. Crazy easy to make and it is so good that your eyes will be rolling to the back of your head with each juicy, meaty bite!! Let’s get to it!
I am definitely a crepe person. But it does not hurt to once in a while betray what you feel is connected to your soul and cross over to the pancake side once in a while. Because of the density of pancake batter, it leaves more room for adding more ingredients without necessarily weighing it down. I was in a major dilemma when I conceptualized this recipe since I had a butternut in my pantry that had been sitting there for 60 years as though it is paying rent. I spoke about this dilemma on twitter, and while most very helpful suggestions for recipes pointed towards making a butternut soup, I wanted to do something different with mine. I have already made a bomb butternut soup, and this time, I crawled outside what is farmiliar and that is how my three spice butternut pancakes!
Easy to make, deep layered flavors, and soft and spongy too! You know how we roll; #KK recipes will never let you down baby!
I love tall, hairy men. We all have a type, and that is my type! There is something about that form of raw, uninhibited embodiment of masculinity that just gets to me. I think that’s why I really loved how Captain America in Infinity war – the beard!! He is really good looking either way, but I feel facial hair adds a bit of spice, ya feel me? I have made it my weekend habit to re-watch all marvel movies. I enjoyed them when they premiered in the past and still love them today! From all Iron Man & Captain America series, to both Guardians of the Galaxy volumes, Avengers , X-men…Everything! I am waiting with baited breath for Captain Marvel next year! I haven’t quite enjoyed Ant Man, and Ant Man and The Wasp, but all the rest are worth re-watching ! And of course, watching along with something delicious makes it all worth while!
My garam masala coconut milk soup is among my favorite soup recipes! Such amazing full flavors that I know without doubt that you too will deeply enjoy as well!
Today is such a gorgeous day, isn’t it? I am typing this as I sit by the window with the bright, warm morning rays on my legs. I am looking at the jacaranda tree outside, whose flowers have just bloomed, and part of why October in Nairobi is always so so beautiful. I am typing this as I watch The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, which has been part of my nightly routine, but just now decided to squeeze in one episode before I wrap up this post and head off to work on November’s recipes. Weren’t the cartoons us 90’s babies grew up on the real deal? I mean we were served with such delicious variety and I just can’t help but re-live all of them! Power Puff Girls, Courage The Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd and Eddy, Dexter’s Lab… I mean those were real cartoons! And I have to say, I will always love them, and I refuse to ‘grow up’ coz the heart likes what it likes y’all!
Speaking about good things, today’s recipe is among those that will always be in vogue. Always delicious. Ever so versatile! And an eternal classic!. I loved making these masala fries recipe and hope you love this one as much as I do!
For some weird reason, luquat season always passes me by. My head hangs over my shoulders as I type that this year has been the same :(((((((. I had such GRAND planed for this years loquat season, which falls on August and September in Kenya. I has plans for sauces, for cakes, for dips and yes, for pospicles as well. I couldn’t get some, but will, I was determined to get my popsicle game up and running. Now that it is super bubbling hot in Kenya, no better snack to have as we cool down than a popsicle. My sad loquat tale aside, I picked myself up and set off to prepare some sunny popsicles that would be so complimentary to a beautiful day such as today!
I loved how my strawberries and cream popsicles turned out! So flavorful! So fruity! So creamy! And so so sooooo delicious! You will love these beauties and thank the heavens that they are so easy to make!
I remember the first time I ate a kebab. I remember standing very eagerly in a sweaty, packed Kenchic, in a queue that never seemed to move any faster, and my tummy that couldn’t rumble any harder. I remember passing my chance to have fries, topping up the cost with my mearger coins just so that I can buy my kebab. I remember smiling once my kebabs were wrapped and handed to me. And I remember this day in particular, not because I enjoyed my kebabs, but because I fell really sick there after. I moved form hunger pangs to running stomach really quick! My first kebab experience was pretty horrific, and such experiences really leave a mark in your psyche! I must admit, since then, I never ever EVER order kebabs form fast food joints. However, there is always a way around every issue. And for e and my kebabs, I decided to learn how to make mine at home. That way, I am 100% sure of the sanitation, their freshness, and a huge bonus being, I have complete freedom regarding the spices herbs and flavors I would like to have! Now, they are one of my fave snacks ever!
The kind of kebabs we have here in Kenya are different form the ones from other nations but delicious nonetheless. Today I am gonna show you how to make them, both in today’s video and this blog post. You are gonna see how easy they are to make! <3
I loooooooooove eggs!! I love eggs in all the shape and forms they come in. If you open my chest, my heart is in the shape of my egg. That is just how deep the love is lol. Eggs are my second love after potatoes. They are my favorite breakfast item and thank God they can be incorporated in other meal groups as well. Upon request of one of my readers, this is another egg recipe that is gonna be a favorite in your home as well. This one you will love, just as you fell head over heels in love with my chicken curry recipe and my ukwaju whole tilapia curry recipe.
This egg curry recipe has such beautiful full flavors, courtesy of spices we can get right here. It is speedy to make, making it perfect for weeknights and when you want to impress guests on short notice. <3
I am one of those people who eats according to what their soul desires. I cook depending on my mood. And for that reason, I have never really abided to a meal plan. What I cook on a particular day is almost 100% dependent on my mood and what I have in my freezer and fridge. I am also one who does not feel shy or guilty for that once in a while indulgence. As long as it is within my recommended daily caloric count, yes, I can eat anything and everything. It is the overdoing that makes a certain food bad. A once in a while treat is completely ok guys <3! That said, my current OBSESSION is my cajun chicken wings with my pineapple tangawizi bbq sauce. How mouthwatering does that sound?!!! It is very easy to make, and this pineapple tangawizi bbq sauce is right up there on the list of one of my all time fave creations!
I hope you love this one as much as you do and slip this recipe among your chicken wing recipes for those days you want something delicious to have!
My aunt came home from Maragoli with the largest ever mgomba wa matoke I have ever seen. I was so happy since I love how matoke from the western parts of the county taste like, and I embarked on making matoke every other day of that week. I made them just as my mom does, then razed through the recipes I has earlier made for the blog and once I was done, I decided to get my creative juices flowing and create something totally new. As I was brainstorming, I realized I have never made peanut sauce matoke. Memories of a not so pleasant one I tried at an acquaintances home came flooding back into my head. That was the reason I was so wary of than combination. Since I always say everything in this world can be made delicious, I decided to get over my silly fear, do some testing of my own and develop flavors that would work for me , and those that you too, would enjoy!That being said, today I have for you my glorious coconut milk peanut sauce which you will fall head over heels inlove with!!
Veg pilau is highkey just as bomb as any meaty pilau dish? Don’t you agree? I know you do! While there is completely nothing wrong with enjoying meat and meat in your pilau, sometimes a little break from what you have all the time is so refreshing! I have postponed making veg pilau for my blog for such a long time, even though I make it at home so often. But here we are with a new delicious blog post and a dope video to go with it as well.
This recipe is crazy easy! I love how it takes a really short amount of time to cook but the flavors are so explosively good!!! I decided to go with peas, not only for color but I just love how they taste and with mushrooms as well because their earthy flavor and their ‘meaty’ taste adds a great feel to the entire dish. And if you have been following me for a long time, you know I am crazy about my mushrooms! Let’s go!
I am kinda warming up to this cold weather (pun intended). I am, in my heart of hearts, a girl who is really into hot weather as I feel that kind of weather really energizes me. But I also love the cozy feel that cold weather brings. I love how evening walks are a lot more bearable with this weather. I am enjoying a less dusty Nairobi. Loving my knits and my boots. And most of all, loving all the delicious soups I am making now which I am excited to share with you in the coming weeks.
For today, I made this delicious, silky, absolutely delicious sweet potato soup! It is so flavorful, rich and crazy easy to prepare. I was quite suppressed that quite a number of my audience, especially on twitter, he have never had some sweet potato soup. If this is your first time coming across sweet potato soup, this is for you. If you have always loved sweet potato soup, add this one to your collection <3
The air is now cold , thin and still in Nairobi. The sun may peak past the clouds from time to time, but the chilly weather has made it’s presence felt without doubt. For a nation whose people are so used to balmy weather and whose people are, literally and figuratively, born with sunshine in their hearts, 17°C is a bit icy for us Kenyans lol! However on the bright side, this kind of weather makes way for more baking. More indulgent treats. More of our kitchen smelling of warm spices and less of grilled meat. More cake! More crepes! More freshly baked cookies! And this year, I am definitely baking a lot more and stepping into what I may not be used to, but into where I shall learn and grow and without doubt, enjoy! You can bet I will take you on this adventure; and for this gorgeous Wednesday, I give you my amazingly delicious Pink Lady® Apple chai masala oat cookies!
Maybe I cook tilapia abit too often. Maybe I am too obsessed with this fish, as I am with all others. Maybe I can eat tilapia all day errday and not get bored. I love this fish and I hop on every chance I can get to prepare it and go hard! I love fish! I love tilapia!
This particular recipe was inspired by one my mom makes for us at home. She executed hers so well and I think I did almost as good with mine LOL! I of course added a few tweaks to mine and threw in some of my favorite ingredients and completely enjoyed it! I know you will love my chili lemon garlic tilapia too! I had fun filming the video, and went into great detail as well so do not forget to watch it too (and subscribe <3). Let me introduce you to what is about to be your latest obsession:
I love the amazing inspiration I get form my fellow Kenyan foodies for all the recipes I try out. One of my faves is @soni.side.up (you have to follow her guys!!!). She is hella creative, so funny as well and one of my favorite people whose opinion on restaurants shapes where I will or will not visit. That’s how dope she is! I love her very fun, very witty #WouldYouRatherWednesday polls which I always have to be part of! Last week, she had a pasta week, where each day she would either be dining out in Nairobi’s best and hidden Italian restaurants for pasta and also made some of her own at home. Her escapades inspired today’s recipe and made me want to be more adventurous with my pasta and eat more of it.
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!
Nowadays I have been eating very little meat. Not for any particular reason, or any particular goal in mind, I just found myself having almost none in my servings even in two weeks. But when I do feel like having some, I make sure I make it DELICIOUS! Now I am falling back in love with my meat and I am having plenty of lamb and chicken now. My current favorite ways of cooking my chicken are my kuku wa kupaka (if you have not tried out my recipe yet, what are you waiting for?) and chicken curry. I was shocked when I realized I have not shared this recipe with you guys yet, and decided this month would not end without you having a taste of this awesomeness. It is so easy to make, does not take mush time and it is explosively delicious, in true Kaluhi fashion. This is about to be your newest favorite!
Do you have those things that you postpone doing for such a long time and when you finally do it, you wonder why you put it off for so so so long? Yea, I know you can relate! You guys have been asking for a biryani recipe literally since the day I started this blog, and for some reason, I kept on putting it off. I am not a procrastinator, so I have no idea where aversion towards putting this behind me came from LOL! Better late than never, right? Since we said we are doing better in 2018, this biryani recipe is my gift to you. My love letter to you. My life promise to you. I’m sure you get the point now :DDD
This goat biryani recipe literally bubbles over with explosive flavor. This is the only biryani recipe you will need because not only is it easy, but hands down the best you will ever have. Cook this and show it off to your friends, because you are about to be the biryani pro in your crew.
Breakfast is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite meal times. I have no concrete reason why, but I just love the ease and beauty that morning hours bring with them. Now that it is January and it is nice and bright, I love having breakfast sitting by the window, the house in complete silence ( I love silence), and just watching how beautiful and tranquil everything looks when kissed by the morning rays. It is a sacred time for me, where I listen to myself, center myself, and nourish my body before setting out to perform the day’s tasks. As much as I can, I try make my breakfast delicious and exciting. After all, being the first meal, and I like for it to set the tone for the day.
I did an Instagram Story for this very recipe last November and you guys COMPLETELY fell in love with it. A few tweaks later, I decided to put it on the blog and on YouTube as well so that you can have it forever <3, and those who missed out on it can also enjoy it!
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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