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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.

DSCN3309Now add the pasta and stir it in.

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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  a bit naughty, grate over some cheese 🙂

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Quickie: Tomato and Bell Pepper Omelette

I woke craving eggs, or rather I went to bed thinking of eggs. You see with school and all I normally get home very late. On most occasions hubby waits for me in town so that we go home together thus we both get home late and no one is really up to cook. Anyway I digress, so yesterday on our way home hubby tells me that my mum had called him requesting us to pass by for some ripe bananas, yeah we live near both our parents. Since we left town  at around 9:30pm we arrived at almost ten, so we just  picked the bananas and I packed what they were having for dinner and so when we got to our home I didn’t make the eggs. Pretty long explanation for my egg craving 🙂

This is a quick and easy  recipe that you can whip up even on a workday.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/4 green pepper chopped

1/2 tomato chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/2 tomato sliced lengthwise for garnish

Oil for frying

Assemble your ingredients.

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Heat your skillet/pan , heat the oil about a two tablespoons would do.

In a bowl, mix in the eggs, tomatoes, bell pepper, salt and pepper.

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Now the fun part, pour in the egg mixture and fry away 🙂

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Cook the egg according to your preference. I like mine well done.

Then the hard part, egg turning. Let’s just say even with hubby not being around I did it successfully!

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Enjoy your breakfast.

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Guest Post: Chicken Masala

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

Ingredients

 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.

Coconut Butter Beans Curry

A simple and quick meal. After hearing that one can put coconut milk in beans , I decided to try it out.

Result: Delicious.

Ingredients:

2 cups boiled butter beans

3 sprigs spring onions, sliced

2 tomatoes wedged/sliced

3 medium sized carrots, peeled and cubed

1 cup coconut milk

Handful of coriander chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

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Heat the oil in sufuria then fry the onions.

tomatoes
tomatoes

Once the onions are cooked, add the tomatoes. Cover and let them cook down. Season with some salt and pepper.

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Once cooked, add in the carrots and stir.

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Let them cook for a few minutes. If you prefer them still crunchy you can just go ahead and add the beans.

rich colour
rich colour

Tip: For coconut milk, I normally buy the coconut cream powder then mix it with hot water. You can either do that or use coconut milk.

coconut milk
“coconut milk”

Finally the butter beans. Stir them in then pour in the coconut milk.

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Cover and bring it to a boil.

And now, to finish up. Add the coriander and stir.

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I served this with some chapatis.

Yum
Yum

You can add coconut milk to just about any kind of beans or legumes. Try it with green grams (ndegu) also.

Enjoy!

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.

spicy
spicy

Add the sausage slices.

beef sausage
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.

spaghetti
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.

Butter Beans Curry

Butter beans are white or cream coloured flat beans. They are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and thiamin. They are a good source of protein plus they are very low in calories and fat. I have come to love these beans not only because of their nutritional benefits but also for their rich taste.

Another thing if, you are pretty busy with either work or school, beans and other legumes tend to become your friends. Let’s take the case of these beans, I bought a 1 kg pack, then washed and soaked the beans overnight. The following day, I cooked them in a pressure cooker for about an hour and they were done. Once cooled, I packed in portions enough for three people then refrigerated. This helps because if I want to cook beans in the evening all I do is remove one pack from the freezer and voila, stew in 20 minutes tops.

Ingredients:

1 half of a medium sized onion sliced

2 tomatoes diced

1 tablespoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon coriander powder

1/4 tablespoon black pepper

1 cup pre cooked butter beans

2 bay leaves

1 cup water or vegetable stock

Handful of dhania chopped

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Salt to taste

the ingredients
the ingredients

First, have you guys noticed how expensive some vegetables have become? I was shocked the other day when I went to the market and found that 8 and I mean 8 tomatoes are going for 100 shillings (slightly above one dollar). The onions and the dhania are equally expensive. The horror. It seems until the shortage ends, I’ll stick to using onion halves and substituting tomatoes with tomato paste. Enough with my rant back to the cooking.

In a sufuria, heat the vegetable oil. Saute the onions. When I was setting out my ingredients, I realised that there was a potato laying around, so instead of throwing it out, I peeled, washed then diced it and added it to the sauteed onions.

golden brown ish
golden brown ish

Add the tomatoes.

red!!
red!!

Next, add in the spice; turmeric powder, black pepper and the coriander powder.

coriander powder
coriander powder
spicy
spicy

Stir and cover to let the tomatoes cook down.

yum!
yum!

Add the butter beans.

exciting
exciting

Stir in with the yummy spice mixture. Add the water and the bay leaves.

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I see you

Cover and bring it to a gentle boil.

After ten minutes of simmering, remove the bay leaves then throw in the chopped dhania.

Note: Bay leaves are never eaten, they are great for adding flavour to the food, always remember to remove before  serving

out they go
out they go
green
green

Stir for about two minutes just to awaken the flavour of the dhania. Serve with your accompaniment of choice.

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dinner

Very delicious.

Happy Birthday Kenya and Brunch

This post has been in my drafts for ages. Apologies for the delay.

Wednesday, 12th December was a public holiday here in Kenya, don’t we always look forward to holidays? Wa!! For me holiday translates to sleeping in. If you know me, you will definitely agree to fact that I love sleeping or rather I’m not a fan of waking up very early. The funny thing is, it’s not like I sleep in till very late, my version of sleeping in is waking up at 8 am. Yeah!!!

Since, I never get to wake up early enough during work days our breakfast is normally not so elaborate, even the times I’ve served pancakes , I usually make them the night before. So as to revenge our lack of proper breakfast, I decided to make a breakfast for champions during Kenya’s 49th birthday. Considering, there was quite an amount of housework to be done it ended up being brunch.

the main ingredients
the main ingredients

For brunch, I served;

Bacon, Brawn and Tomato Cheese Sandwich

Sausages

Parsley home fries

Bacon, Brawn and Tomato Cheese Sandwich;

Ingredients:

8 slices of brown barrel bread

2 slices of brawn, cut in quarters

2 rashers of bacon

1 white onion sliced

1 tomato sliced

Apricot jam – or whatever kind of jam you have on hand or even honey

Mozzarella cheese pieces

Butter

I started by frying the bacon. Since bacon is already fatty, I try not to use any oil in frying it.

bacon
bacon

Next toasting the bread. I applied butter on one side of the bread then into the pan they go.

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toasting

All done.

toasted bread slices and mozzarella cheese pieces
toasted bread slices and mozzarella cheese pieces

Fry the onions. I added just a tablespoon of oil into the pan.

Side Note: I don’t like accumulating dishes, you’ll notice that I’m using the same pan.

excuse the steam
excuse the steam

I fried till translucent then I set them aside.

the onions and bacon on the side
the onions and bacon on the side

Now to assemble the sandwich.

I applied some apricot jam on 4 slices of the toasted bread.

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On the other four slices, I put the mozzarella cheese pieces then I popped them in the microwave for one minute to get the cheese melting.

cheesy
cheesy

On the cheesy side, I added the brawn.

pile on the brawn quarters
pile on the brawn quarters

Add the tomato slices.

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Finally on the other slices with the jam, pile on the onions and the bacon.

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Sausages;

Simply fry the sausages.

Parsley home fries;

Ingredients:

2 tbsp dried parsley

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Salt to taste

Home fries/ Roast potatoes

Before you start thinking I was cooking up potatoes in the morning, let me mention that they were leftover roast potatoes. The previous night we had had dinner at Green View Restaurant and boy don’t they serve a lot of food. We had some packed for us, since we were beyond full. As I was making this brunch I decided to spice up the potatoes.

In the same pan, heat some oil. Add the potatoes, parsley and salt. Keep turning to ensure they don’t burn. Cook until hot and crispy.

potatoes
potatoes

Brunch is served.

Brunch
Brunch

If you look really closely you can see a framed photo of hubby and I.

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This was quite a meal. Delicious and filling.

I’m already looking forward to the next holiday, March 4th.