Lamb and veggie roast

Good Morning! I’m excited about todays post, it is indeed a yummy treat. Lamb is my favourite meat and when I cook it I generally don’t put much in it other than salt because it tastes so good on it’s own already. Once in a while though I like to mess around with it and try something different. A few years ago I discovered how garlic and rosemary complement the lamb flavour notes beautifully!

how good does that look?

how good does that look?

More recently, I discovered roasted veggies. It’s become a new favourite, most especially because it’s so easy and simple to do for something tasty. Plus if I plan well and put most of what needs cooking in the oven, I spend less time standing over the stove.    Continue reading  »

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3rd Blogiversary!

Happy blogiversary to me! Yaaaaay!

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Another year has gone by and Pendo La Mama is now 3! The third year has been great, but different from the first two. I didn’t post as often as I did the first two years, spent a lot more time contemplating what next? and discovering other bloggers online. I’m happy to report that there are a lot more local bloggers out there and even better, more food bloggers! So I have a lot more company… check these guys out:    Continue reading  »

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Chicken & mushrooms in coconut cream

Coconut! That yummy flavour we mostly associate with food from the coast. We go on holiday, enjoy it, say we’re gonna try using at home… we get home, and get too busy to remember. I’ve been experimenting a lot with it lately so you’ll be seeing more posts with coconut.

I really enjoy making fresh coconut cream, it’s therapeutic. But it has been my biggest challenge. I make it once in a while but it extends the food preparation time a lot. So for most recipes I’ll be using a store bought pack/can of coconut cream.

sizzle sizzle!

sizzle sizzle!

This is one of the first ones, very easy, quick dinner. All you need is chicken breast, a few button mushrooms, fresh basil, dried oregano (if you have fresh even better), garlic and off course, the coconut cream.   Continue reading  »

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Easy breakfast quiche

Quiche is a very tasty breakfast dish, it’s basically like a baked omelet. It’s also very easy to make, the only thing that will take time is chopping up the ingredients.

fresh out the oven!

fresh out the oven!

As far as I’m concerned, if you add cheese and bake it, it’s a winner, every time!  icon-heart

You can use whatever mix of ingredients you want, don’t add too much stuff though, keep it uncomplicated. I once did a version with potatoes, bacon, some freshly chopped herbs and a few other things in addition to what I have in here… needless to say it was not quiche! It turned out really thick, and heavy. Couldn’t have much of it. The really good flavour notes you usually get in quiche were drowned out. It wasn’t terrible, just NOT quiche. So keep it simple.    Continue reading  »

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Gatuiri tells us how she’s doing it all!

Good Morning! Today’s is a special post, an interview with a special friend. She too runs a foodie blog called Leo Tunapika? I discovered a while ago that she also moonlights as a baker! She’s not just making the good stuff for her family — she’s sharing the  icon-heart . In her own words below, enjoy!


On cooking…
I’ve always loved cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, but I never really knew this until I got married. The first thing I learned how to make is chapati. I was probably 12 years old. My mom is the one who taught me, she makes the best chapatis even when she isn’t trying to. I was so psyched about the chapatis, I even went to teach our neighbour’s children who were my friends. The trying out of new recipes, and the trial and error moments in the kitchen really excite me. The joy of tasting a meal and being wowed by the result is also a big plus. I get excited when my chicken recipes turn out to be successful. Yet as much as I find cooking exciting, there’s the matter of dirty dishes which sadly I can’t wish away. However, I have learnt to clean as I go, that way I avoid piling. The secret is as the food is cooking to wash the utensils used in the prep.

On cooking for family…
When I got married, I was pretty excited to be in charge of my own kitchen. I lived with my parents before getting married, so naturally I didn’t have much say on what was to be cooked. Funny thing is I can’t quite remember the first meal I prepared in my own kitchen! I do remember the first time I made chapatis for my husband I was over the moon, I even texted my mother☺. I was anxious about cooking them, and of course I wanted to impress my husband since he LOVES chapatis, so I had to bring it. Thankfully, they were a hit; he loved them and sang lovely praises. Even I surprised myself, they were pretty soft. I have my mother to thank for that. In the months leading up to the wedding, whenever we were to eat chapatis at home, she would make the dough and then get me to roll them. Safe to say, I had had a lot of practice. For sure she knew what she was up to, pendo la mama indeed (I had to squeeze that in!)

As much as I enjoy cooking and being in charge of my own kitchen, I have had to make some adjustments; unlike when I was at home and I could go a few days without cooking, I have now learnt to always have something on hand. I’ve realised that eating out isn’t the best option all the time and I’m learning to make quick meals for those work nights.

one pot pasta dinner — quick meal for week nights!

one pot pasta dinner — quick meal for week nights!

My husband is such a positive influence when it comes to my cooking and is always game for whatever, this has greatly helped in my experimenting and thus led to discovery of new recipes. The only thing I can term as a challenge is that he doesn’t like hot food, so I don’t use chillies in my cooking. I also discovered that cooking for family can be such a fun and simple adventure. As long as you know your family’s preferences you can work on making simple but tasty dishes. Also I have learnt that sprucing up everyday meals adds a nice touch and keeps things exciting. Like adding coconut milk to steamed rice or a touch of turmeric and voila colourful and flavourful rice.     Continue reading  »

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