Xi’an Chinese Restaurant

As much as I love cooking and trying out new recipes, I equally enjoy eating out. Eating out has its benefits like not having to ask “Leo Tunapika?” , or clean up after all the cooking. Other benefits are, I get to sample different foods and get inspirations on which recipes to try out next. Admittedly, hubby and I hardly go out to eat mainly because we are busy munching on snicker bars at the movie theatres. We are such movie buffs, I digress.

Some few weeks back my pal sends me a link about a dinner/lunch deal on rupu. After a few emails back and forth we decide on buying the deal and boy aren’t we glad we did. We set a date for lunch on a bright Sunday afternoon. The restaurant, Xi’an Chinese, is located on Muthangari Road off Gitanga road. The great thing is that it’s also accessible via public transport, just take a number 46 bus at Kencom and alight at the junction of Muthangari and Gitanga. Then walk down the road about 180 metres and you’ll spot this sign.
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The restaurant has both an indoor and an outdoor sitting area. The outdoor area is perfect for lunches as one enjoys the afternoon sun and the reflection of the sky upon the clear water of the swimming pool.

the outdoor
the outdoor
the pool area
the pool area

The lunch was to consitute a platter with chicken satay, chicken lollipops and golden fried prawns with an accompaniment of either fried rice or noddles. We also found out that we were to get a pitcher of sangria alongside the meal. Since we are all teetotalers we settled for a glass of fresh juice which the waiter, Wycliffe, later told us was on the house :-). Before I let the photos do all the talking, I have to say this is a place I’ll definitely visit again. The food was exquisitely done, the seasoning perfect, the reception was very warm and the ambiance is great. Since we were four, we ordered an another plate of cashew nut rice.

the cute menus
the cute menus
Mango juice - yummy
Mango juice – yummy
the platter
the platter
cashew nut rice
cashew nut rice
my plate :-)
my plate 🙂

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After clearing the table, Wycliffe then offers us ice cream… on the house again. How kind can these guys get? Oh well, we obliged, who doesn’t love ice cream?

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Overall it was an afternoon well spent, great food and greater company. Special thanks to Wycliffe for making our experience more enjoyable.

So, this Madaraka day why not give the sufurias a rest. Go try some Chinese at Xi’an, you will not be disappointed.


Chicken Quesadillas

Don’t let the foreign name fool you, these babies are totally easy to make. The best thing is that you can stuff the tortillas with just about anything. Quesadillas are a mexican delight where a tortilla is filled with mostly cheese and other ingredients then folded in half and served. Before I go further, I need to decipher the foreign terms, tortillas, are closely related to what we know as chapatis. Actually they are one and the same if you ask me. One thing though, when cooking the tortilla, cook lightly on each side for a minute just to get it lightly browned.


3 flour tortillas

1 medium red onion sliced

5 slices of cheddar cheese cut into strips – if you have a block of cheese, grate it instead

dried oregano leaves

Half of an avocado, optional

For the chicken

Boneless chicken breasts

1 red onion roughly chopped

3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

1 inch thick of ginger, roughly chopped

1 sprig of rosemary, optional

750 ml of water

salt to taste

I started by poaching the chicken breasts. In a saucepan, pour in the water then throw in the onions,garlic, ginger, rosemary and the chicken. No need to cut the chicken first.


Cover and bring it to a simmer.

As the chicken is cooking, I made the tortillas.


After about 20 minutes of boiling the chicken will be done. Remove from the stock and shred it into bit size pieces. Store the stock to use it in stews or steaming rice.

hubby shredding the chicken
hubby shredding the chicken

From here, get ready to assemble the quesadilla.

Take one tortilla, line one half of the tortilla with the cheese strips.

cheddar cheese
cheddar cheese

Then add the sliced onions, coriander and the chicken shreds. Sprinkle some oregano.


Then add another layer of cheese.

Gently place the tortilla with the stuffing on a hot skillet. Fold it in half, press hard. Cook both sides for about a minute or so or until the cheese melts.


Repeat the above steps for the rest of the tortillas. I added some avocado slices in one of the quesadillas.

Once all done, cut them into wedges and serve with some guacamole or kachumbari.


Dinner is served :-)
Dinner is served 🙂


To say this meal was amazing would be an understatement. I shocked myself. Simple yet delicious. I dare you to try this out. I’ll definitely make more of these babies and even try different ingredients, I’ll also try and so a post on how to make tortillas.

Hubby loved them, he downed four of them 🙂

Giveaway Winner

Wow!! Thanks for your amazing responses. It was very humbling to read of the many recipes you have tried out. Great to know of the many foodies out there.
Now, for the winner….


The magic bowl with the many names. I got hubby dearest to pick out our dear winner.
And the winner is ….


Congratulations Sheciaccessories!!!
Kindly email me you number to leotunapika@gmail.com

Thanks a lot, for the others who didn’t get to win, watch this space, something sweet may be coming your way soon.


P.S my first blog post via phone.

Hubby: My Nutty experience

I love fruit salad, I have made this a few times.

My highlight was the cashews, they are yum yum.


2 ripe bananas sliced

A handful of red seedless grapes

2 slices of pineapples diced (I used canned)

1 red apple diced

A handful of fried cashew nuts


In a salad bowl mix all the ingredients.

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in goes the cashews
in goes the cashews
grapes to add some colour
grapes to add some colour
some apple action
some apple action
in goes my favorite
in goes my favorite

Finally, pour in the juice and mix in everything.


Serve chilled.

This is my first post ever.

Gatuiri’s hubby 🙂

Blogiversary: One Today and Giveaway – CLOSED


Hey foodies? Leo Tunapika? is one today!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am to come this far. When I started this blog, I didn’t think it would make it this far. It has been a wonderful year and and I’m sure there are many more to come. I am very grateful for YOU, yes you. Taking time to read, comment and even try some of the recipes. I feel so blessed.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you.Thank you, Krystin, Amanda, Millie, Nancie Mwai, Dexxe, Apopo, Hellen Wanjiku, Regymach,Montana, Jaylowvuli, Ruth, Ceptine Maore, Savvy Kenya, Foodie in the desert, Shazium, My dear bakes, Wambui wa Wamz, Tess, Lydz, Mowthaka, Ndanu, Linda Kimaru, Wangui Muindi, Maryanne Shiku, Morgan, Tugi, Kiwi, Ciku Kiarie, Sheciaccessories, Katt, Kevmotz, Loice, Dharma, Veronica, Miss babes, Cynthia Mumbi, Dee, Dee 2, Paps Kyambi, mademoiselle rogue, Charity, Chef Raphael, Eva Murigu, Ecks, Matching89, Mummy tales, Leah, Annie, Damah, Muthoni, Samora, Rosal, Liz, Aika-Grace, Liz Litali, Cathytahila, Odhiambo, Sharzville, Virginia, Shamilla, Leah Ndugi,Zanna Wambui, Greatrnk, Nzilani wa Kim, Stella Mbungu, Hannah, Grace Wachira, Pierra Ntongai, The good wife, Aisha and Mwangi wa Gatuiri aka Hubby. I am humbled by the responses I’ve received over the past year. The inquiries and sweet emails, thanks. I’m almost at a point of tears, happy tears of course.

I also want to appreciate my hubby for being my number one fan. Thanks hun and also for my official food taster 🙂

Now onto the fun part, to celebrate the blog turning one, I’m doing a giveaway. A carrot cake giveaway. The rules are pretty simple, just leave a comment telling me which of my recipes you’ve tried out. The winner will be selected at random and announced on 24th May. The giveaway applies to Kenyan residents only.

The giveaway closes on 23rd May 2013 at 1100hrs.

Cheers!!! Here’s to many more.


Be blessed. 🙂 🙂


Gatuiri – Leo Tunapika?

Spaghetti in Sausage Sauce

This is a quick dinner that I whipped up this past Sunday. It’s pretty simple.



For the sauce

1 medium onion chopped

3 cloves of garlic finely chopped

1 teaspoon of chopped ginger

1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

3 tomatoes diced

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Salt to taste

5 beef sausages sliced into 2 cm rings

250ml water

A handful of coriander/dhania finely chopped

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

In a big sufuria boil water and add salt. After the water boils add the spaghetti and cook till al dente.


As the spaghetti is cooking, In a saucepan heat the vegetable oil then cook the onions,garlic and ginger. Season with salt.


After the onions are translucent add the tomatoes.



Cover and let the tomatoes cook down.

Once cooked, add the water, turmeric powder and black pepper.


Add the sausage slices.

beef sausage
beef sausage

Cover and let it come to a gentle boil. This will ensure that the sausages cook.

Remember the boiling spaghetti, drain the water and set aside.


Once the sauce has simmered, stir in the coriander. Turn off the heat.


Finally pour the sauce over the spaghetti and mix it in.


Serve and enjoy.


Very delicious.

Peanut Butter Snicker Cookies

One word: Amazing!!!

These cookies are delicious. All lovers of snickers chocolate bars out there you gotta try these cookies and they even have peanut butter. I didn’t make the cookie dough though, oh I’ve just rhymed cool 🙂 . Anyway, my foodie pen pal Cici of foodie in the desert sent me the frozen cookie dough. I just sliced the dough and baked them. I made the cookies for Labour Day breakfast.

Here is her recipe:


1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup peanut butter (she used smooth)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 * 56 g bars of snicker bars, chopped then frozen on a wide plate so they do not touch


1. Pre heat oven to 160°C

2. Sift flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, using a paddle attachment on an electric beater (you can used a wooden spoon also), cream peanut butter, butter and sugar on medium for about 3 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla and slowly add the flour. Once the flour is well mixed and had reached dough consistency fold in the snickers using a wooden spoon.

4. Put the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden the snickers again so they do not melt. You can also freeze the dough at this point for up to 6 weeks.

5. Scoop the dough using a tablespoon or your hand and roll into a ball, place on a cookie sheet and flatten with a spoon.

6. Bake for 12-15 minutes (12 minutes gives a chewy cookie, 15 minutes gives a harder cookie)

Since I had the dough, this is what I did.

After letting the dough thaw for a short while, I sliced it into 1 cm rings.

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Line a baking tray with some parchment or grease proof paper. Lay out the rings.

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Pop them in the oven and voila.

These cookies were very delicious. Hubby loved them.

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