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One Pot Pasta

Quick lunch /dinner recipe that will leave your taste buds asking for more.

This is a dish I have prepared on several occasions. It’s debut on the blog was as pasta motukanio which is a vegetarian version.

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Ingredients:

1 onion chopped

3 cloves of garlic minced

2 tomatoes sliced

1 zucchini /courgette halved then sliced lengthwise

1 green bell pepper sliced

5 sausages sliced

250gm pasta of your choice (I used short cut pasta)

Water / Vegetable, Chicken or Beef broth

A handful of dhania finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

I used beef sausages
I used beef sausages

In a sufuria, heat the oil then fry up the onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

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Once lightly browned, add the sausages.

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Cook till browned.

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Add the veggies.

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Cover and let it cook down.

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DSCN3314Now add the water/broth. Add just enough to reach the level of the pasta. Cook the pasta according to the time specified on the pack or till al dente.

Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Turn off the heat and add the dhania and stir.

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Serve and enjoy. Feeling Β a bit naughty, grate over some cheese πŸ™‚

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Guest Post: Chicken Masala

After being dared by my short and noisy workmate I decided to cook chicken masala .

Ingredients

Β Shalimar one sachet

2 tablespoons cooking oil

2 tomatoes cubed

2 onions chopped

3 potatoes cubed

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon Royco

Half a chicken

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Place some oil in a pan

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add the onions and cook till brown

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add the potatoes and cook for 2 or 3 min

IMG-20131010-00396add the tomatoes

IMG-20131010-00397Add the tomato paste and royco

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add the shalimar and stir the mixture till a paste forms

add the chicken pieces

the shalimar
the shalimar

IMG-20131010-00399add a glass of water and cook for 30 min under low heat.

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Serve with rice, potatoes or ugali.

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About the author: Anthony Kadima, is a budding almost actuary who has a hidden passion for cooking.

Creamed Spinach

The other day I attended an ‘itara’ – it is one of those celebrations that lead up to a wedding, where the bride’s family go to see where the bride will be married i.e the groom’s parents’ home. The catering was so on point and for the first time ever I got to taste real creamed spinach. Creamed spinach is a dish many hotel claim to serve but I can guarantee you, it’s just a rip off, just ordinary cooked spinach if you ask me.

Anyway, after the wonderful experience, I got inspired to find out how to make it. As usual I searched for a recipe online and was pleased to discover that one of my favourite food bloggers Ree of The Pioneer Woman has one. Ree is such a funny writer and I always enjoy reading her recipes.

This recipe may look a bit complicated but I guarantee that it’s foolproof πŸ™‚ I sorta halved her recipe since I was just cooking for hubby and I. If you are planning to cook for more people I suggest you follow her quantities.

the cast of characters
the cast of characters

Ingredients:

For the cream sauce

Butter about 50 gms

3 tablespoons plain flour

1 small onion finely chopped

3 cloves of garlic finely minced

1 cup milk

Salt and pepper to taste

A pinch of nutmeg

For the spinach

Spinach – enough for 4 people (hard to say quantity, I bought 3 bunches for Kshs. 10 each)

2 tablespoons butter

In a sauce pan start by making the white sauce. Melt the butter, do this on low heat.

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Sprinkle over the plain flour and start whisking, I don’t have a whisk so I just used my handy dandy wooden spoon.

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Cook for five minutes, stirring frequently till golden brown.

Add the onions and garlic.

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Cook the sauce for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. It will start to thicken

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Now, saute the spinach. Here I got hubby to assist with both the sauteeing and the photography πŸ™‚

In another sufuria, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. You may be required to add in the spinach in batches. Luckily my sufuria was large enough so it sufficed.

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Add the spinach.

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How deceptive the spinach is, it fills up the sufuria only to wilt and reduce in after a few minutes of cooking. Ensure not to overcook the spinach, it should still have a crunch to it.

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After

 

Back to the sauce, at this point, I got a bit worried cause mine had really thicken, nothing like Ree’s , don’t fret though. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and add the pinch of nutmeg.

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things are THICK

Now spoon over the sauteed spinach stirring it in gently.

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The thickness of my sauce didn’t mess up the outcome. Such a relief.

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In case you find it a bit too creamy for your liking add more sauteed spinach.

Serve immediately.

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I dare you, try this creamed spinach recipe and for sure you won’t regret it.

Thanks Ree.

 

 

 

 

 

Fried Bananas

Sometime back hubby and I had gone for dinner at my parents home and mum had prepared some boiled bananas that complemented the beef and veggies very well. I had never thought of preparing them like that, with new ideas in mind I purposed to try it out. Fast forward a few weeks later, I get a bunch of unripe bananas from my pal Judy.

This recipe is pretty simple and requires minimal ingredients πŸ™‚ I chose to fry mine instead of boiling so as to add a nice touch to the taste.

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secret ingredient

Ingredients:

4 medium sized onions sliced

8 unripe bananas, peeled and washed

water

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Serves 3 people

Tip: When peeling the bananas, to avoid the sap from sticking onto your hands, you can either wear a polythene bag as gloves then peel or apply some vegetable oil on your hands. πŸ™‚

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In a sufuria, heat the vegetable oil then add the onions.

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Patience is required to ensure the onions cook down well, we want them translucent not burned, so do it on low heat. Season with salt and pepper.

Once cooked add the bananas and coat with the onions. Cover for a few minutes to let the flavour of the onions infuse the bananas.

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Add some little (emphasis on little) water to get the bananas cooking. As the bananas cook down the water will also evaporate.

Cover and let the bananas cook.

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You will know the bananas are done when they flake easily when pierced by a fork.

Yum
Yum

 

Serve with your favourite stew and veggies.

Fried bananas, chicken in coconut sauce and creamed spinach
Fried bananas, chicken in coconut sauce and creamed spinach

I served with chicken in coconut sauce and creamed spinach. The recipe for creamed spinach will be up on the blog tomorrow πŸ™‚

Verdict:

This was one delicious meal. I have to say this, I surprised myself.

 

 

 

Brrr! Butternut Soup

It’s getting pretty cold in Nairobi and soup is one of those things to help keep the cold away. It’s funny that I hardly make soup despite the recipe being pretty simple. So the other day my friend Rachael chats me up on gtalk asking for a recipe for butternut squash and a few days later I decide to make some.

Ingredients:

1 medium sized butternut squash peeled, seeded and cubed

3 medium sized carrots cubed

1 red apple peeled, cored and cubed

1 medium onion chopped

3 cloves garlic sliced

1 inch of ginger chopped

1 cup chicken stock

2 cups water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

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As I have said making soup is pretty easy. In a saucepan heat the vegetable oil and fry the onions, garlic and ginger. Let them cook down for a few minutes.

Throw in the butternut, carrots and apples. Stir them and cover to cook for a few minutes. You may be wondering why I added in an apple but after reading various soup recipes with apples added in so I decided to try it out πŸ™‚

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Add the liquid.

The chicken stock I used was from the water I had poached the chicken for theseΒ quesadillas and since it had seasoning I didn’t need to season my soup. Cover and let the soup simmer until the squash is tender. This will take about 30 minutes.

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Once cooked pour the soup in a blender or food processor. Ensure to cover the blender since the soup is hot.

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Pulse it until pureed. At this point check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Serve in a soup bowl, garnish with some fresh coriander. I didn’t have some so I sprinkled over some dried parsley.

Enjoy with some bread rolls and remember to keep warm.

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Verdict:

According to hubby the soup was beyond awesome. I loved it, I’ll definitely make it again.

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.

Ingredients:

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.

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poaching

Cover and bring it to a simmer.

As the chicken is cooking, I made the tortillas.

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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.

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cheese
cheddar cheese
cheddar cheese

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

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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.

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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.

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Dinner is served :-)
Dinner is served πŸ™‚

 

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 πŸ™‚

Spaghetti in Sausage Sauce

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

Ingredients:

Spaghetti

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.

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

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After the onions are translucent add the tomatoes.

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red

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Cover and let the tomatoes cook down.

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

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spicy

Add the sausage slices.

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beef sausage
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floating

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.

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spaghetti

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

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

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Serve and enjoy.

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Very delicious.