Mandazi, Mahamri…fried dough

As much as I love my oatmeal or granola with yogurt in the morning, there are times when all I want is a mandazi to go with my coffee.  Mandazi is basically fried dough and who can resist fried dough? Especially if that fried dough has sugar! Americans have their donuts and East Africans have…

Sausage and Tomato Bake

I was watching Jamie At Home the other day and he was showcasing three recipes using different types of tomatoes.  I love the show because the recipes are easy and more importantly, he uses fresh ingredients picked fresh from his garden!  This particular dish uses sweet cherry tomatoes and Italian Pork Sausages but if you…

Vegetarian Cannelloni

The other day I wanted to surprise the Mr with a dish that I used to make him when we first met.  When you’ve been with someone for a long time, sometimes you run out of things to surprise them with so you have to keep reinventing stuff you already made.   The simplest thing…

Yeast Donuts (Doughnut!)

I’ve been busy these last couple of days and I was too tired to post anything of significance.  My kitchen was a war zone for three days straight, I got a new oven (yay!), got high on fumes from said oven and somewhere in between that, my younger brother became a first-time dad! Oh yeah…

Yeast Bread

I just adore the smell of freshly baked bread! Its the kind of smell that actually roots you to the spot and has you closing your eyess! When I was in college, I used to bake a sun-dried bread but to be honest I haven’t done much bread baking until about a month ago.  I’ve…

Mangoes with Chili (Maembe na Pilipili)

You know food has a funny way of sending you down memory lane.  One of my fondest food memories is one that a lot of Kenyans my age will relate to – Mangoes with Red Chili Powder.  I know, sounds crazy right?  Okay, at least I know Mexicans know what the hell I’m talking about…

Pumpkin Muffins

What to do when you have a huge pumpkin staring at you in the market? Buy it then think of all the recipes that you can make to justify the purchase!  When I was living in the US, I don’t ever remember buying a pumpkin from the market because guess what?  We always had Libby’s…

Pasta & Peppers

My sister has a farm in the black cotton hills of Ngong and a couple months ago she put up some greenhouses that are doing pretty well.  She is a new farmer so she has been trying everything that she thinks will grow up there in the hills. One being bell peppers – the red and…

Butternut Squash Soup

Today is one of those dreary days when all I want to do is curl up on my couch with a hot water bottle at my feet and a good book. And of course something hot to warm up my belly. My go-to meal when I really don’t want to cook is either soup or…

Crepes

  Crepes are one of those perfect foods that could be dressed up or dressed down to suit your mood and time of day.   I love sweet crepes for breakfast, lunch or dinner but once in a while, I need a savory filling such as sauteed mushrooms.  This is one of those foods that…

Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog! “New” because I have one other blog (http://nairobifullcircle.blogspot.com/) that I started writing when I relocated from the US to Nairobi in 2008.  This one is dedicated to my love of food so that means I’ll write about my experiences EATING…shocker:-) My friends know what I mean by that!  I plan…