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Cinnamon Toast

Cinnamon Toast

Its amazing how food just has a special way of evoking memories from the past…  Have you ever woken up one morning and as you are staring into the ceiling and trying to recollect you last nights dreams, you are suddenly distracted by the thought […]

The Madaraka Culinary Express

The Madaraka Culinary Express

Happy Madaraka Day! Kenya is celebrating 54 years of internal self rule! That’s right! 54 years of making our own decisions ranging from all things politics, business, medicine, and of course, food. After all, food is the TRUE backbone of a working economy. They say […]

Simba’s Top 10 Favourite Herbs & Spices

Simba’s Top 10 Favourite Herbs & Spices

 

We often hear the term “herbs and spices”. As any worthy chef or cook knows, herbs and spices are essential ingredients in many dishes. They add flavour, aroma, colour, texture nutrients and bring life to any meal. With a bit of experimentation, you can reach a bliss point of taste and aroma that will take ordinary dishes to a whole new level.

I have compiled a top 10 must have list, with some helpful advice for each herb or spice.

But, Have you ever taken a moment to think what the difference is between the two are?

Both spices and herbs are parts of plants (fresh or dried) that are used to improve the flavour of foods. The variance amongst the two is the location where they are obtained from a plant.

Herbs are obtained from the leafy and green part of the plant. Examples of herbs include basil, Tarragon, Thyme, Rosemary, Coriander and Mint.

Whereas Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds. Spices are usually dried before being used to season foods. Some examples are cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and pepper.

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Simbas’s Cocky Cocktails!

Simbas’s Cocky Cocktails!

You need to be sitting down for this one! Are you sitting down? Good! Because, I have a list of things that Still, Sparkling or Flavoured  water can’t do. Now, have you ever had such a good day that all you wanted to do was […]

Kenyan Style Pancakes – Crepes

Kenyan Style Pancakes – Crepes

Nothing beats Sunday morning pancakes. Make delightful, light, crispy, buttery, and thinner than regular pancakes from scratch. A favourite in any Kenyan household using only 10 ingredients you probably already have. Below is my favourite recipe, the Kenyan way, for your delight!

Authentic African Cooking

Authentic African Cooking

Since the rebirth of this blog, I knew that the best starting point would be exploring Kenyan food. It’s the food I know best and there is no better place than home because home is where your heart is and the way to the heart is through good food!

I’ve spent some time researching and brainstorming on Kenyan food and with the little I know I feel like I am now ready to take up the challenge. I’ve never been the type to plan to the last detail, I tend to paint the final picture in my mind and work towards it, filling the gaps as I go, and this is very evident in my cooking. I’m spontaneous!

As part of my research, I came across missmandithrowdown (find her new site here)and I was inspired, encouraged and motivated to start this series. I’ll call it: Exploring African cuisine: Authentic African Cooking.

In this series I shall be sharing authentic African dishes cooked to perfection using my personal tricks and techniques from different parts of the continent.  

This series and blog in entirety is inspired by different people, cultures, traditions, places, or just what’s around me.  And I encourage you to try my recipes, give feedback and share them.

I will try and keep it as simple as possible. I’m optimistic that you will find my recipes interesting and they will entice you to learn and explore the inexhaustible creative side to the art of African cooking.

 

Enjoy,

– Chef Mondo!

 

Simba’s Back!

Simba’s Back!

  AN ARTIST AND HIS MUSE… Cooking is an art! And as is with every art, as someone once said (I’ve never really known who this ‘someone’ is and under what authority he/she says these things), “Every artist needs his muse!” Same goes for chefs […]


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