RE-DISCOVERING KENYAN CLASSICS

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Kenyan cuisine offers an interesting variety of meals which are colorful,nutritious and very delicious if prepared well.Most of us are used to having it one way but here are ways to have what i consider Kenyan classics in a different way that will have you enjoying them all over again.

1.Deconstructed Githeri

Instead of having your usual fried githeri,why don’t you make a salad out of it.Refer to my recipe here.

2.Sweet potatoes,arrow roots,yams.

Instead of having them boiled for breakfast why not make them the start of the show at dinner/lunch by cutting them into bite size pieces,drizzle some olive oil,salt and black pepper pop into your oven at 350 F for 35-40 minutes until they turn crisp on the outside and are soft when you pass a poke through them.

3.Sour porridge.

So maybe you do not like porridge,why not try my citrus infused sour porridge recipe here.

4″.Corn on the cob”

Corn is the fancy name given to maize and roast maize with pepper and lemon juice is a Kenyan street food very common in major towns.

During the times when farmers have just harvested their crop and fresh young green maize is in plenty,why don’t you have some boiled maize on the cob.

Boil the green maize in lots of salted water with some of the husks on for 10-20 minutes and feast on this simple delicacy.

The best maize for this is always the freshest where if the kernels are pressed “milk” runs out.

NB:Always remember to remove the “silk” from the maize first before boiling and most of the outer leaves.

Bon appetit!

TOMATO, AVOCADO AND APPLE SANDWICH

You probably think i am nuts but try this and you will not regret it.

I know that previously I have professed my love for a number of food items from coffee to sun-dried tomatoes to practically everything except caviar.

But I love sandwiches,I could have them for breakfast,lunch,supper.

Talking of bread reminds me of high school…..i ate so much bread but that a story for another day.

Here is what my daughter and I had yesterday evening and I had to let her finish off mine,it was that yummy.

Tomato avocado sandwich from depositphoto.com

Ingredients.

2 slices of whole wheat bread.

I half of an avocado

1/2 Granny Smith apple(the tart green ones)

1 tomato

A pinch of salt

dash of black pepper

Preparation

1.On a clean plate lay out your slices of bread

2.Slice the avocado into thin slices lengthwise

3.Using a table spoon,scoop out the avocado slices  and arrange the avocado slices diagonally on one slice of bread.

4.Using a sharp knife,slice the tomato  into round slices.

5.Arrange on top of the avocado.

6.Do the same with the apple ,slicing it thinly and arranging the pieces on top of the tomatoes.

7.Sprinkle some salt and black pepper.

8.Bring the other slice of bread over this filling.

9.Press down lightly and slice diagonally.

10.Get ready to eat!

Bon appetit!

5 HEALTHY SCHOOL SNACKS

Snack box filled with fruit from kidsandfruit.org.auNow after my last post you must be asking yourself what your child is going to eat ,right?

Well here are some healthy and nutritious ideas.

1.Fruits

Pick fruits that retain their quality for long even after being out of the refrigerator for a while.

I am thinking of apples,oranges,tangerines,bananas,mangoes,grapes if you can afford them too are great.

2.Sandwiches

Make sandwiches for your child,toast them if you can and you can include tomatoes,cucumber,shredded chicken or beef pieces,some cheese.Very healthy and tasty too

With sandwiches there is no lack of the fillings ,be adventurous.

3.Nuts

Kenya exports some of the best cashew nuts in the world,peanuts too are good,give a taste of them to your child if they do not have any known peanut allergies.

Sesame seeds or simsim as we call it in Kenya, is readily available in Kenya and often i have seen sesame seed bars on sale .You can even make the sesame seed bars yourself if you feel adventurous enough.

4.Fruit yoghurt

Yoghurt especiialy the one that comes in little tubs and has some real fruit in it is also great,pack it that for your child together with a spoon and its good to go.

5.Popcorn is also another alternative so long as it is not too heavily salted or oily

And last but not least do not forget your childs water bottle.

What other healthy snacking ideas can you add to this list   that your child takes to school?