My top 5 recipes from 2015

Wow that year went so fast! I totally enjoyed it though, I hope you did too… at the very least I hope you ate well  (^_^)

I’ve actually just thought about how what we eat every day needs to matter. Meals tend to be the last thought when we get too busy. We plan them too last minute to eat well. If there was to be slide show of “my year in food” what would it look like? Would it make me smile or would it make me want a do-over? I definitely have some patches that qualify for a do-over!

And it’s not about how fancy the meal is, it’s just about healthy. Healthy is simple, and always cheaper in the long run! When people meet me in person the question I get asked a lot is “how do you manage to cook like that everyday?” — The answer is, I don’t cook like this everyday! I have my staples that I cycle through once a week or once every two weeks. Rice and beans, green grams and chapati, simple beef stew with rice and veggies, fried lamb with plantain and roasted veggies, matoke, ugali with chicken stew and sukuma… etc etc — repeat! When I’m really feeling lazy — ugali and mala! Yes, that one happens in my house too and I don’t think it needs a do-over! The do-over days are the ones where a bag of matoke crisps was dinner, or a box of butter cookies (and they’re oh so yummy!) and tea was for breakfast.

these are the oversize sticky lamb meatballs. They did not make my list. What's better you ask? Well, read on to find out...
these are the oversize sticky lamb meatballs. They did not make my list. What’s better you ask? Well, read on to find out…

I don’t know about you, I definitely want less “do-over” days next year. But you’re not here to read about that so I’ll move on.

My top five posts — if you’ve been looking for something new to add to your Christmas spread, look no further.   

How did I select them? Well, no crazy formula, just plain old tastebud science — I just like them, they taste good, they are the most rewarding in terms of flavour for the work put in. In no particular order, they are <insert drum roll>…

Sweet and savoury coconut rice

This rice is so so good you can eat it alone as a meal, especially with the mushrooms. Make it without the mushrooms to accompany a meat dish
This rice is so so good you can eat it alone as a meal, especially with the mushrooms. Make it without the mushrooms to accompany a meat dish

Vegetable Confetti

#colour is everything! Simple, very simple, all you need is s bit of chopping time. You can create your own mix if you'd like, definitely include a sweet pepper, does wonders to the flavour.
#colour is everything! Simple, very simple, all you need is s bit of chopping time. You can create your own mix if you’d like, definitely include a sweet pepper, does wonders to the flavour.

Slow-cooked chopped lamb shanks

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Rich in flavour, you will find yourself savouring every bite in silence. It will be the one dinner where nobody talks till they’re done.

A Kenyan burger

Yes, it is totally worth the elbow grease you will have to put into it!
Yes, it is totally worth the elbow grease you will have to put into it!

Lime and rosemary potatoes

they don't sound like much but that lime does something,... it just does,...
they don’t sound like much but that lime does something,… it just does,…

OK OK OK! I know I said five but I just couldn’t cut these out, so if none of the above does it for you, maybe one of these will…

Fruit & nut rice

Oh yes! Fruits and nuts aren't just for chocolate, they're awesome in rice too! awesome
Oh yes! Fruits and nuts aren’t just for chocolate, they’re awesome in rice too!

Lime and chilli plantain wedges

these are for the heat lover in you!
these are for the heat lover in you!

OK I’m done! (^_^) I could go on, but I won’t.

Well? What are you waiting for? Go, try all of them! You have one week till christmas, that gives you plenty of time to practice.

What was your good eat of the year? Share in the comments below…

About aika

Making, eating and sharing good food are a splendid way to start, brake and end a day! I post good eats on www.pendolamama.co.ke. Life is a feast, eat up!

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