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Life Lately

Hey food lovers?

I know I’ve been a bit MIA, things have been rather hectic with school meaning that I’ve also been doing very minimal cooking 😦

All in all, I’ve been feeling all your love, through the new follows, the comments, emails and likes. I am very humbled. Despite my lack of cooking, I have been involved in lots of baking projects, I even got a chance to bake a wedding cake. That was a whole different ball game and for sure I know I’ll do a better job next time.

the cakes
the cakes

I plan to resume regular blogging soon with new recipes and hopefully a whole lot more. In the meantime, enjoy trying out the other recipes.

More cake pics

Carrot cake
Carrot cake
rainbow cake
rainbow cake
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White forest cake
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Black forest cake
Baby bump vanilla cake
Baby bump vanilla cake

Love

Gatuiri.

We are One

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The words echoing in our hearts. We are One, in the midst of adversity we choose to stand in one accord.
We thank the Lord for delivering us.

For all who’ve lost their loved ones, we pray for comfort and peace.
For the victims, May the Lord’s peace be upon you.
For the brave soldiers who’ve worked tirelessly, we salute you.
For our President, May the Lord grant wisdom as you lead us and in the decisions you make.
Above all, let’s continue in prayer.

Love Gatuiri

Oregano and Red Bell Pepper Eggs

Eggs must be some of those things that are a staple in the leo tunapika kitchen. seeing that I love baking and making pancakes I am always using eggs. Most of the times, I can finish a whole tray even without having fried or boiled one, imagine. When I remember I to fry them up. This is a simple recipe which can work as an omelette but since my eggs turning skills are still very dismal, I always end up scrambling mine 🙂

Ingredients:

1 medium sized red bell pepper, diced

2 eggs

1 tbsp dried oregano leaves

1 tsp dried parsley leaves

Salt to taste

1 tbsp vegetable oil

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the cast

Start by heating your pan preferably a non stick. Then add the vegetable oil.

Once the oil is heated, add the bell pepper pieces and let them cook down.

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Add the salt, dried oregano and dried parsley.

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In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs.

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Now pour in the eggs into the pan.

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yum
yummy
yummy

Let the eggs cook and if you are a macho egg turner, go for it. As for me, I scrambled the eggs 🙂

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scrambling

 

Enjoy

Done!
Done!

 

Verdict:

These have to be the most delicious fried eggs I’ve ever tasted. The flavour of the bell pepper and oregano was spot on. Allow me to say this Foodgasm!

 

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….

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

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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.

Love,
Gatuiri

P.S my first blog post via phone.

Blogiversary: One Today and Giveaway – CLOSED

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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.

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Be blessed. 🙂 🙂

Love,

Gatuiri – Leo Tunapika?

Foodie Pen Pals: April

My foodie pen pal for the month of April was none other than Cici of Foodie in the desert and the brain behind the Foodie pen pal programme in Kenya. Due to various circumstances we did our deliveries much later into the month.

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She sent over some cookie dough, yeah you read right, frozen peanut butter snickers cookie dough. I already make the cookies and boy weren’t they delicious. I will post the recipe soon.

Frozen cookie dough
Frozen cookie dough

Some fish sauce, I’m yet to use it.

Fish sauce
Fish sauce

Red thai curry paste.

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Some mace, for curries.

Mace
Mace

Fenugreek seeds.

Fenugreek
Fenugreek

Lastly a meat mallet. This will come in handy when making beef or chicken fillet.

Meat mallet
Meat mallet

And that’s it. Thank you Cici for the stash and as I had earlier told you, my hubby loved the cookies, for sure I will be making them.

Tamarind Dip

Thanks to my foodie pen pal for the month of March, Swabra, I have a new recipe up my sleeve. The dips is perfect for bhajias.

The main star being the tamarinds.

tamarind
tamarind

Ingredients:

500ml hot water

1 rind (about 8-10 seeds) of tamarind

1 small onion finely chopped

A handful of chopped dhania

Sugar – depends on your taste buds

In a bowl, pour in the hot water then soak the tamarind seeds.

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Soak till the brown stuff lets out. Then sieve the particles. In related news, I need a proper sieve it took close to forever to sieve.

yeah the sieve i used
yeah the sieve i used

Add the sugar, chopped dhania and onions. Her recipe also had blended carrots and chillis, didn’t have either.

Serve.

tomato dip, bhajias, tamarind dip
tomato dip, bhajias, tamarind dip

Verdict:

Tangy and delicious.

Thanks Swabra :*

Foodie Pen pals: March

Hey foodies,

I have definitely missed blogging and I’m sure some of you were wondering where I had disappeared to, well worry no more, I’m back. I have been busy with school and end of semester exams, so my cooking has been on the minimum. For the times I cook, I’m always in a rush so I end up not taking photos. As per the title this post is long over due. Last month my foodie pen pal was a sweet lady by the name, Swabra.

She sent over a lovely package full of interesting goodies. She also wrote a letter and attached some recipes, some I’ve tried others I’m yet to.

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Cardamon seeds, Tamarind (ukwaju), coconut milk, beef curry mix, rice flour, and pretzel mix. She also sent over some penne from Cafe Deli along Moi Avenue.

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meat curry

I used the curry mix for some beef and served with ugali. It was very delicious. I think the next time I’m at the supermarket I’ll buy a sachet or two.

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The rice flour and the coconut milk are for preparing rice porridge, yeah you read right. I am yet to try the recipe out. I think I’ll prepare this for breakfast this coming Wednesday.

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The tamarinds, are for making juice or dips for bhajias. I already made the dip for some bhajias I had cooked. Goodness, it was delicious. I’ll be posting her recipe soon.

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As for the pretzel/jilebi mix, it’s on my to do list.

For sure, foodie pen pals has exposed me to very new things that I would not normally buy and for that I’m grateful. I love discovering new dishes and thanks Swabra for the new recipes.

For more information about the foodie pen pal programme and how you can participate, visit here.

Foodie Pen pals plus more

Hey food lovers,

Well today’s post  doesn’t have a recipe…I apologise but not to worry it’s something exciting that involves making friends and of course food :-). I believe you have seen my previous post on this but allow me to repeat it. My fellow foodie blogger Cici thought of implementing this brilliant idea of having foodie pen pals. Basically, each month people are paired up and the aim is to get to know the other person’s food likes and dislikes and thereafter sending them a foodie package, yep easy peezy.

Anyway, this is an invitation to all of you out there who may be interested in this program. You don’t need to be a food blogger to participate actually you don’t even need to be a blogger. Just be a food lover. You can visit Cici’s blog and all see what she’s up to, while you are there enlist for the Foodie pen pal.

In the past one month I have received two messages from two different people regarding a cookbook. Thanks Jackie and Nelly for the sweet messages. I felt very humbled to know that people read this blog and even hope to get the recipes in cook book. All in all, I would like to hear your thoughts on this.

Finally, thank you, you and you for keeping it Leo Tunapika? Let’s continue cooking.

Love,

Gatuiri – Leo Tunapika?