White chocolate bark

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Hey foodies I hope each one of you is well. I have an exciting post today especially for those who have a sweet tooth. I love chocolate but white chocolate preferably white chocolate because of the creamy texture and milky taste. Chocolate brings so much joy into my life and it has been a solace especially during stressful times. It has always been there to offer one the much needed sweetness and happiness that you so badly need. While doing this post I remembered how back in high school me and my friends used to make chocolate , well a version of it though. I am sure most you have tried it , so the three key ingredients we used were sugar , margarine and cocoa. We binged on it every single day , good old memories.

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RAINBOW PANCAKES

Hello there lovers of food , as always I hope each one of is well and eating right. ‘Right’ here I mean quality over everything,  get that value for your money foodies.

This month I was tasked to do a rainbow post. When I heard the word rainbow I was pretty excited because colour and rainbow itself represents happiness, hippie vibe, positivity and being a free spirit.

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Layer it up – Oreo cheesecake

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Layers , layers and more layers,  does it get better than this. Layers has to be the most exciting word for me in 2016. Layer it up (insert Louis Lit’s voice) , get it . Anyway from cakes to confectioneries, layers make everything cool. Layers is a form of food art and incorporating it into a dish is what resonates it as being an art. In that we are able to see it as something that is out of the ordinary  and requires time and technique to pull it off.

For this particular post I am going to show you a recipe that depicts layers. In my foodie head cheese cake would be the utmost example of a layer recipe. I am a lover of cheese , I have a serious relationship with it , it is bae. So cheesecake has to be my ultimate dessert. Its sweetness is hidden in the layers. Versatility is a key principle for this dish , one can be creative in terms of the ingredient one uses for the base and the toppings.

The cheese cake I made is a no bake oreo type of cheesecake.

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You can also bake it  but you need to adjust the ingredients and also add in one or two of it. It is a very quick dessert to make as it requires one to make only the base and filling. It should  take you about 30 to 40 minutes tops because you need to layer it up evenly. I am currently having an oreo high and my taste buds are in oreo heaven. If I wasn’t so much into the word layers this post would have been titled ‘Oreo it up’. You can use as much oreos as you wish.

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SWAHILI COOKING CLASS – PART TWO

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Hey foodies , so today y’all are going to read about chakula cha mkono that I had an opportunity  to learn  when I was in Lamu. It is easy to make and I would suggest you try it at home as the ingredients are common in our households.

 

CHAKULA CHA MKONO

Ingredients

½ kg Wheat flour                                                   ½ table spoon cardamom

½ kg Sugar                                                              1 ½ table spoon cooking fat

One egg

Method

Using a bowl mix flour and water first, then add the egg. Knead it until soft then add a bit of oil, while still kneading and  fold it. Divide it into small portions.

Take one portion and roll it until it forms thin strips. Do the same procedure for every single portion. Combine the strips to make a shape or pattern that fits your desire. Be creative and try different designs. Ummu our teacher had made three  designs prior to our arrival.  Check out the one I posted at the beginning and the end of the post.

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Swahili cooking class – Part One

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Well hello there food lovers, whats poppin. I know I know , I have slacked abit , but that is all because my laptop crashed and of course I couldn’t access my pictures and all. But now its all good. As always gracias for the love , you keep me going and I want to  send nothing but positive vibes your way. So yeah thank you once again.

I am excited to present to you a recipe post, its a first and I am kinda nervous as to how it will turn out.

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During the Lamu food festival the organizers had arranged a cooking class for me and my onja team. It was a chance for us to learn and know how to cook different swahili dishes. Talk about icing on the cake because we were leaving Lamu with the know how of how to cook swahili dishes, some though. They are simple dishes but some I have never heard of. The dishes are good and the ingredients are really easy to find at your local food market. This recipe post will be a three part , the first one will be the swahili pizza, followed by faluda and chakula cha mkono. I hope you enjoy the read.

Our lovely teacher for this class was Ummu . She owns a restaurant called Shela Sea-Suq with her husband in Shela. Lamu pizza is a simple dish and easy to make trust me I made it at home a few days back and it turned out okay. Its a light dish and good for snacking. Ummu was such a great teacher, she was patient and had a good sense of humor. She answered all the questions we asked and stopped when we needed to take pictures of the different steps. So if you guys ever go to Lamu specifically in Shela  pop in, in her super cool restaurant next to the beach.

Swahili Pizza

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Foodie in Lamu : A review of Lamu Palace Hotel

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During the Lamu food festival we were offered different discount rates on food from various participating restaurants we had a chance to dine in. It was enticing of course, doesn’t discounts do that. It is good for business as it attracts foodies from all over.

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On the second day of the festival me and my onja team we decided to hit the streets of Lamu, with the main aim of sampling cuisines served in various restaurants along the sea front.  Also we wanted to chill , talk and enjoy the day together. Onja team is a group of food and lifestyle bloggers who are masters in their craft and generate great content for their readers. It is comprised of  Aika ,Sheila, Kaluhi, Kaz ,Gatuiri , Wangeci , Jayson, Lyra, Sheena and I . I will put up the links to their respective sites after the post. Mind you only seven of us went for the food fest.

Now back to the story , when we got to the Lamu town centre we separated, some individually whilst others in pairs.This is because we all had different ideas in terms of individual approach on blog content. As I and Lyra were wandering here and there we meet up with Fauz Ali who was one of the event organiser and we asked for his help in recommending a restaurant to go for lunch that is luxurious yet standard  with great food and of course next to the sea front.

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He recommended Lamu Palace hotel and we immediately started the short trek  to it.  On our way we meet Kaluhi. When we got to the restaurant the rest of the team were there. We decided to sit on the outside area because we needed the breeze and also just to have a sight of the ocean. Lamu palace hotel is situated on the eastern side of Lamu. The restaurant setting is  really  rad , beautiful and embraces the Lamu architectural designs.

We had almost an hour to eat and relax before we head out to meet our guide who was to take us for a tour deep inside Lamu town. It was part of the  programme for bloggers to experience the culture of the people and to see how  they go about their day to day lives. So we immediately ordered for mains because we were really hungry and we didn’t have time sample other courses.

Mains

Pizza

Gatuiri ,Jayson and I decided to order pizza together. We were feeling pizzaish , if there is such a word. We ordered polo and lamu palace pizza. Both pizzas had a smoky flavour , which I like and you could tell from the crust that they used a good pizza oven or maker and cooked under a good temperature. Both are what I consider simple type of pizzas that one can easily make at home. I loved the Lamu palace one more because I have never tried fish as a topping for pizza.

  • Polo Pizza

It is pizza crust topped with tomatoes ,onions , boneless chicken and mozzarella.

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  • Lamu palace pizza

It is basically pizza crust topped with mozzarella,tomatoes and mixed seafood. Between the two this was my ultimate favourite. The sea food they used was  prawns and fillet.

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On the downside they used a lot of cheese as you can  see it is dripping from the side. It irked me a bit but anyway I enjoyed it.

So I took a couple of pictures of what my fellow bloggers ate and also had a bit of their food just to have a taste. Generally I loved every single dish they had,  the flavours were distinct and mouth watering. Spices were used accordingly and all the dishes were colourful. For the ones that had sauces it added more flavour and texture.

Fish Lamu

It is pan fried fish fillet cooked with pink pepper corn and served with chilli sauce that is lightly gratinated to finish the flavour. Also it was served with salad, great combination I must say.

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Fish meurniere

It is lightly grilled fish fillet which was marinated in lime,  pepper and soya. It was served in a garlic butter sauce, sauteed vegetables and potatoes.

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Grilled fish

Simply grilled  white snapper served with sauteed veggies.

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Overall rate of the food

The food was delicious, method of cooking was also excellent, the execution and the presentation was great . I would rate the food a 8 out of 10.

Menu

The menu is really easy to go around and easy to interpret. There is a combination of both the modern style of food and the traditional swahili cuisines that we know but with a twist. However it is a bit pricey so be sure to check out their menu in advance online just to be better prepared. I compared the prices to that of restaurants in Nairobi and it was pricey so be wary of that. The menu serves both continental and coasterian dishes.

Decor

Lamu palace hotel has a very distinct and beautiful decor / setting. It has embraced the essence of the swahii and arab culture with the modern decor.

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It is eccentric and oozes originality especially with particular pieces they have for instance on the below picture you will a see skeleton hangings on the wall.  Would, you believe me if I was to tell you that that is a backbone and jaws of a whale.

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There are several pieces you can’t miss in any restaurant that is located at the coastal region of Kenya, for example the miniature  dhow, paintings , wooden swahili furniture and the beautiful hand painted jars.

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All the decor pieces are appealing and have a vintage feel to it. For that I will give it a 7 out of 10.

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On the down side the arrangement and flow of the different pieces were out of place and the only wow factor was at the entrance where they had a painting of a sultan , swahili style furniture and the section where they had a boat , whale bones and turtle shells (which I didn’t get a chance to photographer).

Customer service

The customer service was great as the waiters were really friendly and welcoming. They answered all our questions pertaining to the different dishes we had ordered.  The manager was absolutely amazing too as she checked up on us on several occasions. However, the food takes time so it is best you get in early before doing your other activities or check out their menu online and order in advance. But be sure to be there on the agreed time before the food gets cold. On customer service I am giving it a 8.5 out of 10.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and be sure to be on the look out for my next post which will also be a review of another restaurant in Lamu. Be sure to check the rest of onja team sites.

Aika – http://pendolamama.co.ke/

Gatuiri – http://leotunapika.com/

Kaluhi – http://www.kaluhiskitchen.com/

Kaz- http://www.kathyskitchen.co.ke/

Jayson – http://www.jaytakeapic.com

Lyra –  http://lyraoko.com/

Sheena  – http://sheenaskitchen.com/

Sheila – https://rabalasdelights.wordpress.com/

Wangeci – http://africankaya.com/

 

Until then thank you for reading.

Merci Beaucoup.

 

Foodie in Lamu: A review of Lamu Food Festival

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Hey lovers of food , I hope each one of you is well. I know I have been MIA for a while now, because I have been super busy with school and a whole lot of irrelevant stuff, but thank you for sticking with me. Lets kick start this post now and I hope you enjoy the read.

So about four days ago I got an opportunity to attend the Lamu food festival. For those who do not know about it , it is a food fest that happens once annually in Lamu. Combine food and festivities and out comes a bust, of fun filled eating experience. The main goal of the festival is to showcase the different swahili cuisines that they have to offer, also participating restaurants and celebrating the rich culture of Lamu.

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A taste of Afghan in Kenya- Part 2

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Afghan house part one was a success all thanks to you my fellow readers. Isn’t it amazing how social media presents us a  gateway to dine in fantastic places and to discover scrumptious international cuisines that we never thought existed in Kenya.

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I for one always take time to scale all my social media handles and look through restaurants I have not had a chance to feature and arrange for one. To cut the long story short I  am delighted present to you a taste of Afghan part two be sure to like,share and comment. I hope you enjoy it and i’ll post their social media handles down below after the read.

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Mantu beef dumplings

Mantu beef dumplings is a very well known Afghan dish that is mostly served during special occasions.

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The first process of making mantu is first making mini pockets of flour. The pockets should be really thin. Minced meat is then cooked with a wide array of spices and a generous amount of onions, all this are added for flavour.

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Then the dumplings dough is then filled with the already cooked minced meat and it steamed for a while.When ready lentils is placed on top of the mantu and garnished with fresh coriander.

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It is best served with either  yoghurt sauce, hummus or  split pea sauce.The mantu was appealing , tasty and memorable. The yoghurt quite complimented the dish, you can never go wrong with it as a dip.

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Paneer curry

Paneer curry is basically  cottage cheese cooked with different vegetables , spices and it is smothered  with coconut milk and served with naan or rice.

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I was a bit skeptical at first to try the paneer because I have never before heard that cheese could be used to make curry. The whole dish  was absolutely great as the chunks of the paneer  were soft and the flavours rendered my taste buds with the much needed excitement  that I wanted.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

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The funniest thing happened while I was taking the picture, the chunks of the cheese are white even after cooking which of course has a bit orange colour to it. But every single time I was shooting the colour of the dish would only  appear orange. So don’t let the pictures fool you.

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Well this brings us to an end of Afghan house feature. I can’t thank enough the owners of Afghan for letting me do this post and for being kind to me. I must say I am the first blogger to do a post on them so I am truly  happy about that. Their food is totally great and I would highly recommend y’all to try it out. Afghan House have officially acquired a spot the Hub Karen so do pay them a visit. Check their social media handles right below:

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/afghanhouse

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/afghan.house.3

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/afghan.house/

 

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A taste of Afghan in Kenya – Part One

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We all yearn for a great dining experience that will truly leave a mark on us.The great thing about this is that we will truly stick to that particular restaurant for your food fix.  I am sure we have all had the same experience of wanting to go to restaurants that have never disappointed us. More so all of us look for new craving escapades on different social media sites. Restaurants have pages on social media in order to expand their brand.

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So about two months ago I came across a restaurant on Facebook called Afghan House. I immediately went through their pictures and I must say I was impressed. The presentation of the different varieties of food they serve was truly captivating and it sparked my taste buds. I contacted them about doing a feature and the response was so great because they immediately accepted it. So I was invited to sample and have a feel of their menu. Afghan house serves Afghan food, a few Indian cuisines and Turkish baklava.

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Afghan house was started about two years ago and judging from their social media presence they have a tremendous following , that can be also evident through their engaging followers. Afghan house does not have a standing restaurant yet but they are in the works to open one soon. However  they do catering , household deliveries and pop ups in different established restaurants. They found a niche in the Kenyan restaurant market and they have been doing well. I went to Cafe Four in Warwick  Centre Gigiri, where they had their pop up for that particular month.

I was super excited to taste their dishes and ofcourse take pictures. For this first part I will focus on two main dishes that is qalbi rice and turkish baklava.

Qalbi rice

Qalbi is composed of lamb meat ,raisins and carrots cooked in sesame seed oil. The sesame seed oil adds a distinct flavour to the whole dish. After the meat is cooked rice is added and stirred for equal distribution of spices and it is then cooked under low heat. It is served with salad on the side.

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Qalbi rice

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The meat was soft as it sort of melts on your mouth and when you pinch it the strands of the meat separate. Also, the meat was generously marinated ,I forgot to ask the spices they used but wholly it was mouth watering it was done to perfection.

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The rice was delicious and all thanks to the raisin. The raisins  added a fruity and sweet flavour to the whole dish and I enjoyed every bit of it.

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Baklava

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The Turkish baklava is one of the most memorable desserts I have ever had. The baklava is a rich and sweet pastry and I would highly recommend you to try it. The baklava comes in different types mostly it is distinguished by the filling used, so there is walnut , pistachio almond and coconut baklava. Afghan House is soon to introduce chocolate baklava.

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Endless tastes at Marula Mercantile- Part 3

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Hey foodies , so the final part on Marula Mercantile is finally here. I am grateful (as always) for all the emails, comments and views I have received especially because of the previous post , it means a lot.

The third part on this delightful restaurant will mainly focus on the different varieties of produce that Marula Mercantile has and the decor.

Marula Mercantile serves a wide range of freshly baked pastries such as brownies, pies, cookies and cakes. They usually make it early before opening , so everyday they have a fresh batch for their customers.

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Banana cocoa nib muffin 
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Chocolate crinkle cookies
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Assortment of different varieties of pastries
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Chocolate brownie bar

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