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/

 

Until then thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Continue reading “A taste of Afghan in Kenya – Part One”

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

Continue reading “Endless tastes at Marula Mercantile- Part 3”

Endless tastes at Marula Mercantile-Part 2

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Hey foodies , I hope each one of you is well. Pointer for this post is that we should all champion  for quality dining in great food joints.  I repeat quality , more than quantity as a foodie you should try as much as possible to get value for your money.

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I want to say thank you for the tremendous support you have bestowed upon me and my work. It motivates me to work more hard and be creative in presenting to you my readers with fresh and unique content.

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Endless Tastes at Marula Mercantile part one  was the bases for the three part post on this superb  restaurant. The second post will touch on the main course and dessert part.

Main Course

The good aspect about the menu at Marula Mercantile as I had earlier on stated from the previous post is that it is quite approachable and easy to interpret.

For the main course I had a herbed half spring chicken with creamy french beans and baby potatoes.

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When the food was brought by the server to my table I immediately was drawn by the smell of different herbs used to make the dish. The chicken was well marinated as the different flavours of the herbs had soaked in well. It had an organic,crispy and spicy taste to it.

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The herbs smelled like being in a valley during autumn where small buds of  different herbs bloom  producing a sharp, pleasurable and distinct smell. The  mixture of herbs used added texture and overall savor to the chicken. The baby potatoes were great but on the downside i didn’t like the creamy french beans.

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The creamy texture is natural yoghurt ,the combination of the beans and yoghurt did not blend well together. It didn’t resonate well with my taste buds.

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Dessert

This time round I unrelentingly  tried something different. I had a strawberry donut  which was sprinkled with granulated sugar on top with latte.

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I termed the donut as a ball of sweetness. The strawberry sauce  was oozing out on the side . It was soft ,sweet and flavourful  treat.

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The latte was exquisite and did not disappoint at all. The manager  informed me that they use a high grade quality coffee beans and they also use milk instead of water in make their different varieties of cuppas. I was delighted after having my dessert as it was simple and yet refined.

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All done

I hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to like , comment  and share.

For enquiries on features and reviews email me at,  mohaligab@gmail.com

Until the next post

Merci Beaucoup.

Endless tastes at Marula Mercantile – Part 1

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There are many aspects that go hand in hand to enjoy a great meal. From how it is prepared to its authenticity, as it contributes to a memorable meal. I have had a lot of memorable food escapades but the meal I had at Marula Mercantile will be one of my top unforgettable one from all the restaurants I have had a chance to feature.

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Marula Mercantile is a super cool ,vibrant, unique and beautiful restaurant that is located at the heart of Karen. It is a restaurant that can make you really wonder if such a restaurant really exists in Kenya . The owners of Marula have sought to bring a feel of Americana in Kenya from its structure to its long list of delicious cuisines they offer.

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The whole restaurant feel has a good vibe to it and immediately upon getting in my mind quickly reminded that this is a type of suburban , rusty and lone restaurant that I have always imagined dining in. It sets itself apart  from other restaurants due to its ingenuity and unexplained spark. They serve food that can be categorized as refined comfort food but with a twist. There menu is quite approachable and easy to interpret. A motto that they live by and accomplish is that they promise little but deliver long.

Marula Mercantile chefs are of the best of the best in Kenya as it is evident in their well defined and rich cuisines they prepare.

As accustomed when reaching restaurants , I ordered a drink which was Farmers virgin gin and tonic, which I must say was a special drink that really amazed me. It is made of lime juice , soda water , topped with organic produce such as carrot, cucumber, turnips, fennel root, baby tomatoes and rhubarb.

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It was actually my first time hearing about this type of drink. All the organic produced blended well together hence producing a sweet indescribable taste.

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They brought chevda together with my drink which i must say its a smart idea.

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Starter

Starters for me should be something  I have never tried, as it sets the tone for the meal.

So I decided to have butternut squash fritters served with tamarind sauce on the side. This was suggested by the manager and he promised me that I would enjoy it.

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The golden brown fritters upon being placed on the table immediately chanted my taste buds to awaken from a deep slumber . The fritters were sweet, rich, soft and creamy, it was a ball of life.They were really good, I almost ordered a second plating but knew that it would fill me up and ought out of  dining more. The tamarind yogurt sauce added vavavoom to the fritters which really makes you appreciate the benefits of accompaniments. The sauce together with the fritters brought out a more defined taste that is sweet and sour.

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The whole concept of serving the fritters , to the garnishing , to the sauce and plating really shows how the whole concept is well thought out. I would give a 9 out of 10 for the starter as it was memorable.

Be on the look out  for the second and third part on Marula Mercantile feature. I hope you all liked it, kindly share and comment.

Until then……

Thank you so much.

Nairobi Pizza Festival

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Nairobians got a chance to participate in the most buzzed about food event in Nairobi, Nairobi Pizza Festival.This was brought to you by Eatout Kenya in partnership with Carlsberg. Its main goal was to bring you a pizza experience never seen before.There were 34 participating restaurants within Nairobi.The festival ran from Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October. It was a wonderful week since pizza lovers hopped from one restaurant to another to enjoy slices of pizza. So the offer was for the price of one you get two pizzas. Don’t we all love discounts, then you and I can relate then.

During the week my friends and I were super excited about picking up different restaurants to go to. After a hard deliberation and constant bickering we finally settled on Artcaffe especially the one at Garden City Mall. We all know Artcaffe serves yummy pizzas and the anticipation to munch on them was on another level.

Mojito

Upon arrival at Artcaffe I immediately spotted my all time favourite magazine, Yummy Magazine. This months issue was all about the pizza fest , page after page  had stories that related to pizza.They really created a pizza frenzy month with this issue.

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My friends and I ordered the pollo and spicy beef sausage pizza.

Pollo

The Pollo is a combination of spiced chicken, mozzarella ,grilled red onion, fresh coriander and barbecue sauce. It was quite good and I enjoy every slice of it. All the ingredients blended well together. On of the things that stood out for me and I usually show appreciation for is the thin soft crust , which I must say Artcaffe is credited for serving.

I didn’t quiet like excessive use of huge chunks of red onion , as it overwhelmed the pizza. But all in all I enjoyed it.

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Spicy Beef Sausage

It is made of mozzarella, pomodoro sauce ,spicy beef sausages, tomatoes and thyme. The sausages were really tasty, even though they were a bit  spicy. All in all it was a burst of yumminess with rich flavors.

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To end my pizza experience I had a pineapple and mint juice which was quiet refreshing.

Pineapple and mint juice

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I hope you enjoyed the post and feel free to share, comment and don’t forget to subscribe.

Unitl  then….

Merci Beaucoup.

A taste of British cuisine at J’ Fresh Kitchen – Part 2

Hey foodies, hope you enjoyed reading the first part of my experience at J’s fresh kitchen. If not kindly read the previous post as it will offer more insight about this fantastic restaurant i got a chance to feature.

Main course

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The ultimate chuck steak burger was my pick for the main course. This I must say I enjoyed a lot . It is made up of grilled seasoned minced prime beef, crunchy pickles , lettuce , tomatoes and provolone cheese. It is accompanied with paprika chips. The paprika chips were really good because they were crunchy and paprika is one my favourite spice. It was garnished with diced coriander to give it a nice appearance.The presentation of the whole dish was off the wall. They used thyme to hold the burger in place because it was big. The thyme in the middle not only works as a supporting structure but also adds flavour to the burger.The provolone cheese is a Italian type of cheese that has a mild flavour as compared to the ordinary type of cheese which has a strong flavour. All burger lovers out there you should try this and I promise you will be glad you tried it.

Dessert

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One of the servers advised me to try the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. I agreed and i would like to commend her  because it was top notch. The pudding comes with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice-cream on the side. Its presentation is absolutely pristine as icing was used to add more colour to the dessert . The whole dessert was like heaven in the mouth. It was soft , rich, sweet ,with a caramel taste and it easily melts on your mouth. It is usually served warm and the vanilla adds more flavour and to the rich content of the pudding.
I decided to end this experience with a cuppa.  Americano Coffee with milk on the side was the final stroke for me and it was absolutely amazing.

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The customer services at J’s is exceptional. I would give a 9.5 out 10 , because they ensure customers are catered for and answer any queries you have about a certain dish. They even go the extra mile to ensure you enjoy yourself by constantly checking up on you.

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The decor at J’s can only be described using three words, simple, unique and vintagey-feel, if such a word ever existed but I hope you get what I am trying to say.

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J’s Fresh Kitchen is a restaurant I would recommend to you guys. It is beautiful, and has good food and I am sure you will enjoy it.

Shout out to the manager for letting me do the feature without any restrictions especially in terms of photography.

I do hope you guys enjoyed this post. Kindly like ,comment and share.

Until then….

Merci Beaucoup.

A taste of British cuisine at J’ Fresh Kitchen – Part 1

Entrance to J’s Fresh Kitchen

Greetings, hope you are all enjoying this beautiful month of August and to those who are on holiday like me do have a blast. I have been busy doing features and also setting up collaborations that I will soon present it to y’all, so be on the look out for that.This post like the previous one will be a two part. The first part will be the introduction and will focus on the first course of the meal which is the starter .The second part will be the main course, dessert, customer service and the decor.

The third edition of Taste awards Kenya is finally here and I was excited to see the list of nominated restaurants. One of my favorite restaurant which is J’s Fresh Kitchen was nominated for the newcomer of the year and the most popular continental restaurant category. It has always been my top five restaurants to visit and i grabbed the opportunity when they agreed to be featured by yours truly.

J’s Fresh Kitchen is located in Karen just across St.Christopher School near Nakumatt Karen. The restaurant has a structure that looks like a big gazebo but I was later informed by the manager that it was built to look like a nice and cool shack. The whole design and structure is beautiful  and it has a nice vibe and feel to it once you enter. Soft soulful music is played as you dine.

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This time round I decided to try out a three course meal. At first I was hesitant because I easily get full and I was afraid I would not be able to make it to dessert. But luckily I made it to the very end and I enjoyed every bit of it.The head chef at J’s was trained by Chef Gordon Ramsey a well known Scottish born British chef . Most of you know him form his TV shows such a Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares.

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Upon arriving at the restaurant I immediately ordered my all time favourite drink which is a Mojito, as i waited for my meal.

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Starter

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I chose minestrone soup with toasted bread on the side. Minestrone Soup is a popular dish in Britain and it is usually served during winter. The ingredients to make the soup are celery ,zucchini, small shell pasta , canned white beans and parsley. All this ingredients blend well together and it brings out a nice aroma that quenches your palate. Although I am not a big fan of soups I truly enjoyed every spoonful of it to the very end. However, I would advise you to try and choose a more lighter starter because the soups are usually served in a big bowl ,hence it may fill you up and decide not to try the other courses. Alternatively, you can order a beetroot carpaccio which is a roasted beetroot puree , french goats cheese ,marinated cherry tomatoes and balsamic reduction . It is much lighter . Balsamic reduction is prepared by heating balsamic vinegar to get a thick syrup that is often used for salad dressing.

Hope you guys enjoyed and be on the look out for the second post on J’s Fresh Kitchen.

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Merci Beaucoup.

Culinary Combat the ultimate cooking show in Africa

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In Africa food programmes have always been monotonous and in short of the much needed ‘umff’ to propel it to become a success , like shows in the Western and European countries. Luckily, Culinary Combat is set to change this. A new cooking series brought to you by Chromatic Pictures Africa in collaboration with Zuku Tv is soon coming to your screens.  The show is set to premiere on November 2015.The anticipation and excitement from food lovers and general viewers is on a wider scale, as it will spike a new fresh concept in relation to how food is being televised in Africa. Through this, it will pave way for other great ideas to come to light and it will greatly contribute to the food industry as a whole.

There are key notable reasons as to why Culinary Combat is the ultimate cooking show.

One is that the title of the show oozes uniqueness. It is a catchy name that will capture the minds of people and make them curious to learn what it is all about. The viewers will be eager to watch it and experience what it has to offer. This clearly shows that the naming of the show was well thought out and from this it acts as a confidence builder that the whole show will provide nothing but great content.

Secondly, the show is not like your regular type of televised food show. The cast of Culinary Combat are the who’s who in the food industry. They are well trained chefs, who have mastered their craft and are extraordinaires in cooking and presenting well executed dishes. The chefs are going to battle it out and due to the competitive theme of the show it is going to be physical. On might mistake to be wrestling but luckily it will be on a cooking level. Every single one of them is going to prove that they are better and that their skills can’t match the rest, in-order be crowned the overall title. Only twelve chefs will take part in this show. Continue reading “Culinary Combat the ultimate cooking show in Africa”

Divine Cupcakes at SugarPie Cupcakes – Part 2

Hello my wonderful readers. I hope you enjoyed the previous post and I want to say thank you for all the support you give me.

This post is going to be short and it will mainly focus on the frosting part.

As from the previous post each cupcake had its own particular frosting.Each frosting has a common base but the ingredient added at the end is what sets it apart from the rest.

The whole process of frosting starts with sieving icing sugar into a bowl. After that butter is then added and it is mixed together to produce a fluffy mixture. Other ingredients such as coffee, chocolate,cheese, passion and peanut butter are then added to complete the frosting. Piping is done for the various types of cupcakes. In the end it is worth it ,as every bite of SugarPie Cupcake leaves you with memorable taste.

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For every cupcake there is a specific ingredient added to produce the required frosting.In this case for instance melted  chocolate and in the final step after mixing to produce chocolate frosting.

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Continue reading “Divine Cupcakes at SugarPie Cupcakes – Part 2”