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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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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.

meat curry
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.


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.


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.


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.


Gatuiri – Leo Tunapika?


My 2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog.

I just want to thank, all of you for stopping by this blog, reading, commenting  suggesting and even trying out the recipes. I am humble. Looking forward to an even tasty, spicy and flavourful 2013.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


PS: You’ll notice that the person with the most comments is my hubby. *blushes*

Foodie Pen pals: November

So there’s this program called Foodie Pen pals. Basically it’s like the pen pals we had in school, the only different and fun part is you don’t just share notes/letters you also share food stuffs. Exciting.

Cici of foodie in the desert stumbled on the blog with the original idea and thought it would be awesome if we’d try such a thing in Kenya. After all the legal nitty gritties we started the Kenya edition. She got the details of interested people and paired us up.

This month, I was to send Wairimu of Deeper than my Kitchen a foodie package while i received one from Millie of Millie’s Little Palace.

Anyway, so Millie emails me and asks for my info and she tells me that the package will arrive on Monday 26th at 5:30. She lives in Thika, so she sent the package via Chania bus courier services.

After work, I head to town, the Chania bus offices are at Tusker, some building on the 1st floor. After looking for the stairs for like 5 minutes I finally locate and go up. The place looked strange, I even whispered a prayer. I locate the offices,l give my ID and viola I’m given a package. It felt heavy. 🙂 I immediately call Millie and thank her for the package.

On my way home with hubby, I can’t help but wonder what’s in the package. I decided to open it, For those who know me, you must know I love opening gifts. You should have seen me after my wedding. I opened those wedding gifts like crazy.

The smile on my face after seeing what was inside was a sure sign that I loved everything.

Apricot jam, raisins and canned pineapples

After getting home, we opened one can of the pineapples. Excitement!! Very delicious!

Canned Pineapples

Due to my excitement, I forgot to take a photo of the goodies whilst in the packaging but here is the paper bag in which they came in,

Thanks Millie

I can’t wait to use the apricot jam. As for the raisins, you’ll get to see them in one of my baked goods.

Thanks Millie for the package.

I can’t wait for next month’s pairing.

In case you are interested in joining the foodie pen pal programme you can visit here.