Mishkaki

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Mishkaki or Mishakiki a famous East African delicacy  is simply skewered meat. It is similar to grilled meat or barbecue in taste but different in appearance. They are small pieces of meat( in this case,beef) that are marinated and placed in skewers. It can be accompanied by main dishes, salads and sauces and can as well be enjoyed plain. One could include large chunks of diced vegetables after each piece of meat such as; sweet pepper, onions and tomatoes (with its core removed) to add on an appealing look.

This week I had the opportunity to interview a gentleman ,Collins Otieno a food vendor who shared with me his method of making his mishkaki and also treat myself with this delicacy. He simply starts by marinating  beef with simple marinade and later cuts it into small pieces before placing them on a skewer. He enjoys his business and would go to any extent to make his customers happy by including salad and sauces to serve with. His pricing is fair and affordable whereby one skewer with five pieces  equals Ksh25 (Twenty Five Kenyan Shillings) +free coleslaw salad.

 

Food Fest

Rose N StegallFood Fest Poster.pngFood Festivals are usually an annual event mostly held in open air spaces and usually involves food as its main theme. These events unite people in one space and gives them an unforgettable experience in food, drinks, music and other forms of entertainment. In Kenya,we have seen many of such kind where people go to sample foods from both local and international vendors and also get entertained with a variety of music and live performances by artists. Besides the experiences the public have, it is also an opportunity for upcoming caterers, culinary students and undiscovered individuals to put their creative work on display hence gaining valuable exposure.

The Foodie Club will be hosting the annual food festival at the Arboretum Nairobi on the 26th November 2016 from 8:00am  to 10:00pm to showcase a variety of food and drink creativity. We will be having the best deejays and emcees in the city, Open Air Bars serving both hard and soft drinks, Ice Cream, Coffee, Bakeries will be available as well. Swings, Bouncing Castles, trampolines and Fun cooking will be present for your kids to enjoy the day. See You There!

 

Tamarind Juice

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Did you know you could make a quick refreshment out of simple ingredients such as tamarind fruit? It is a sour fruit that resembles dates but is slightly smaller and of course sour(like i hinted before). This  is one of my favorite drinks in its natural or rather freshest way but has been improved in many ways like adding artificial fruit flavors and food coloring .Today i would love to share with you a simple way you could make tamarind juice for yourself without much effort and of course simple ingredients. Besides the taste and appearance, it has health benefits too.The health benefits of tamarind have been well-studied and include; the ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body, improve eye health, boost respiratory health, heal skin conditions, improve the digestive system, relieve pain, increase the strength of the immune system, reduce fever, lower cholesterol to improve cardiovascular health, treat piles, prevent cancer, and even protect children against parasites and worms. Above is the video on how to make Tamarind Juice.

Coastal Yummies

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There are a lot of things that come to mind at the mention of the word Mombasa; the beach, heat, accent and so much more. Coastal food is one of the most interesting things that completes ones coastal experience. Most of these meals have been perfected by people over time which has become what we enjoy today.  For you to experience these dishes in their true essence, streets win.
Viazi Karai is one of the popular foods you should taste. As the name suggests, it is actually potatoes in colored wheat flour which are fried in a deep pan known as karai.
Biriani/Biryani. An Indian food turned Kenyan coastal food has a lot of fame, having its special day to eat it. Most cafes in Mombasa would stick printed papers indicating Friday special Biriani with free banana. Its many spices make it what it is and the explosion of flavors in your mouth is just magical.
Muhogo wa Nazi reminds me of my Mother’s own. Nazi is a Swahili word for Coconut and Muhogo is for Cassava/Tapioca. Cooking with coconut milk and cream is common in the Coast. This gives your food the creamy taste. And the aroma is just awesome.
Achari. Munching these is so much fun. The sour and sweet taste is enjoyable. These are mangoes cut into thin strips and are dried. They are then colored, sweetened flavored and then packed in different sizes.

 

No Oven Doesn’t Mean No Pizza

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Baking Pizza on a Jiko

How many are craving for pizza and dying to make their own but just don’t have an oven? Well, here’s a solution .Above is an illustrated image with labeling that represents one alternative way of baking pizza.
This is one of the most convenient ways of baking your pizza without having to worry about abrupt power cuts, increased power bills at the end of the month or even your gas running out in the middle of your baking. When opting to use this method, it is important for you to note that the charcoal being used has to be glowing and not flaming. This reduces the chance of the crust burning since the baking tray is directly exposed to the hot charcoal below in the jiko. The charcoal placed below the tray is usually less than the one being placed on top of the inverted sufuria. Another thing to note is that, the jiko door is shut to prevent quick combustion and the hot charcoal should be evenly spread both on top and below for even baking.
This is a clear example of the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”.