I found some lovely basil while grocery shopping and got a little too excited. I purchased way more than I needed. My best way of using it up quickly before it spoils is to make some pesto. But that day I was preparing tilapia for diner and I started wondering how it would taste smothered with basil.
Was going to bake it plain with a bit of salt. Instead I blended 4 cloves of garlic with a handful of basil leaves and a bit of olive oil, spread it over the tilapia and baked for 30 minutes at 180°C in a foil pocket. Continue reading
I’ve been taking on a little too much lately, my posts have had to take a back seat. But I’m back! Busy season is winding down and I’m now gearing up for some good rest over the Christmas holiday season. I have more than 10 posts to put up so stay tuned. This is the first one. I’ve been experimenting and I really like how this sauce turned out. It’s a bit pasty, but I like that, it’s hardy.
My parents and siblings came over for diner, this is one of the dishes I served. They enjoyed it. More importantly, so did my husband. I served it over plain boiled matoke. The recipe is as follows. Continue reading
This is a very popular dish in the coast. Usually served with mahamri/Mandazi. Though they use the dried mbaazi, I used the green mbaazi for this recipe.
the mbaazi and garlic
I have to admit, that was way too much garlic, if you make this dish, cut that down to three or four cloves. Continue reading
We had some friends over for dinner a while back, and as it often happens, we started talking about food. Coconut milk is one of the things that came up and I realised that I hadn’t posted anything with coconut milk. Someone asked which brand of coconut milk I buy and I said I don’t buy often enough to remember, I usually prefer to make it myself.
They asked why, I could tell they were expecting a well thought out answer about how it’s better to make it yourself, and avoiding the harmful chemicals in canned products etc etc. But the truth is I actually just like to make it. I enjoy the processes in the kitchen, I rarely look for an easy way out. Nothing wrong (that I know of) with buying the canned coconut milk. I didn’t really have a clear answer at the time but I thought about it later and it just brought back memories from when I was a kid. I realised that I’ve been repeating many things the way I have seen my mother do. From how I cook to the way I arrange the kitchen.
There were two small ones, hubby helped me to crack them open
I have an archive of memories, snippets of images and moments, when I happened to catch my mother doing something in the kitchen. So I often default to what I remember seeing and it is what makes my time in the kitchen enjoyable (not that it wouldn’t be, I already like being in there!). It’s exciting! I saw her do something years ago as she prepared a meal for her family and I just enjoy recreating some of those moments in the present as I prepare a meals for my family.
One of those things is making coconut milk Continue reading