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Issue 6 .1 Feb/ March

FOOD. DRINK. LIFE

Spicing It Up VA L E N T I N E ’ S E D I T I O N MEXICAN PANI PURI A little fusion to kick off things

OUR 2019 FAVOURITES From recipes to restaurants, our top picks

VALENTINE’S SPECIALS Aphrodisiacs, recipes Yummy. Food. Drink. Life 1 and spots for V-day


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AN ARABIAN NIGHT

Enjoy a curated collection of priceless Valentine’s experiences at Lucca Italian Restaurant.

Escape with your loved one to a cozy and serene place where the air is alive with love and endless romance.

Experience something extraordinary at Tambourin Rooftop Lounge & Bar.

• Welcome Glass of Bubbly • Buffet Dinner • Live Entertainment Ksh 6,500 per person

• International Valentine’s Buffet Dinner • Live Entertainment Ksh 5,500 per person

• Extensive Arabian Buffet Dinner • Live Entertainment Ksh 6,000 per person

(Add Ksh. 1,500 per person for free flow of sparkling wine, beers, cocktails of the day, soft drinks and iced teas).

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Indulge in a pleasurable body scrub, followed by a decadent chocolate wrap, end the treatment with a full body massage. Enjoy the bonding session in our duet treatment rooms with a private Jacuzzi.

Spoil yourself at Kempinski The Spa. Embark on this nourishing journey feeling totally rejuvenated.

time: 2 hours 10 minutes Kshs 15,000 per person Kshs 27,000 per couple

• 60 minutes Classic Massage • 60 minutes customised Facial

Complimentary glass of wine plus a Bouquet of flowers for the lady

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Kshs 18,000 per person Complimentary bouquet of flowers and chocolate

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On the Menu: Resolution Eating Valentine’s: Essential Date Spots Valentine’s: Desserts Fusion Confusion: Pani Puri

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FINGER ON THE PULSE 8 11 34 31

New & Events: News Feed New Experiences: New on The Block Lazy Cook: Breakfast Treats Dormans Corner: Take a Break

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FEATURES 26 24 50 42

Round Up: Recipes we loved Round Up: Places we loved Valentine’s: Self Care Nuziwa: Product launch

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EDITOR’S NOTE

This is awkward

I

don’t celebrate Valentine’s day. A long history of my husband’s bad experiences with his exes (Ahem) and a general lack of experience on my side in terms of stereotypical rom-com romance. As a couple, I think we’re just bad at it and the most romantic nights are the ones where absolutely nothing happens. That being said, this IS a Valentine’s edition so I’ll do my best and paint an ideal

picture of what this day should be like for me, in an alternate universe.

sanaajabeen

The concept of love and romance is a beautiful thing. Most of the days of the year are packed with suckiness and drama, but for this one day, all that is put aside to make people feel loved and all mushy. To make sure that happens this year for you too, whether it’s for a loved one or for yourself, we’ve got everything you need to make the 14th special. Let’s start with the most romantic thing of all… Food. I’m not talking about ugly eating that cheeseburger, I’m talking about beautiful dinners of delicate nature filled with rich goodness that we love- I’m talking chocolate, oysters, wine and other decadent ingredients that take a normal meal from Meh to Oomph! As a treat, we picked our favourite Valentine’s meals like Wine Brownies, Feta with Ice cream and so much more. We also give you the low down on aphrodisiacs (wink wink) because everyone needs a little help once in a while. But perhaps the firecracker of all this is Ekta Patel’s Pani Puri fusion with tequila that is guaranteed to take that dinner to another level. In this edition, you’ll also find various spots for a great Valentine’s dinner like Kempinksi, Sankara, Four Points and more. For those brunch lovers, we’ve got our top spots and the team from This is Essential share their top spots for dinner. Other than that, this is our first edition of the year and that means a look back to what we loved in 2019 and what we want to carry on through to 2020. You’ll find our favourite restaurants that we’ll definitely be going back to and perhaps my favourite, our top recipes of the year that we don’t want you to forget. This is an exciting year for us, with the launch of the Yummy Kitchen and more exciting publications coming your way and we hope you stick with us through it all! To all you love birds, Happy Valentine’s Day! And if you’re like me, maybe a little effort won’t hurt this year… I’ll give it a try if you will.

Sanaa Mughal

Managing Editor

MANAGING DIRECTOR: Mikul Shah GM YUMMY MEDIA: Joy Wairimu MANAGING EDITOR: Sanaa Mughal STAFF WRITER: Lucy Munene CONTRIBUTORS: Kook Food, Ekta Patel, Suraj Shah, Philna Otieno, Jasmine Macharia, Sarah Saleheen, Bastard Baker, This is Essential,

Payal Radia, Kenyan Food Nerd, Andrea Oyuela, Rose Kwamboka PHOTOGRAPHY: Namuks, Ekta Patel, Kenyan library, Patrick Gitau,

ON THE COVERSPICING IT UP Shot by Patrick Gitau Cover shot from Yummy Kitchen

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News Feed

THE 29TH KOROGA FESTIVAL Love in the wild!

This year, Koroga Festival is taking us on a love adventure like never before. Expect great music, make new friends and have a good time with interesting activities to partake in. The Naivasha Love Edition will be one for the books! Hell’s Gate National Park 14th February

SHORTS, SHORTS & SHOTS A Cosy Night with Bae!

The concept is always simple; you wear the shorts, they screen award-winning short films and there will be a cash bar serving the best shots Nairobi has to offer. It’s a great way to spend a cosy night with your partner. It’s time to toast to Kenya’s budding film industry. Prestige Plaza 14th February

ART OF JAZZ IN THE PARK Jazzy vibes!

Celebrate jazz in the most unique way this year. Prepare for a live-band performance bringing musical influences from around the country and beyond. This year’s theme is all about raising international awareness on the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. 1st March Nairobi National Park

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BEST WESTERN PLUS HOTEL OPENS IN WESTLANDS To new beginnings!

Dubai-based hospitality company Aleph Hospitality is expanding its presence in Kenya by recently opening the luxurious Best Western Plus Hotel in Westlands. Best Western Hotels and Resorts brand directly manages over 4,100 hotels worldwide. The elegant property has over a hundred rooms, a high-end penthouse suite, an all-day dining restaurant, a rooftop bar and lounge and more.

VIVA GLOBAL BRINGS NEW BEERS INTO THE MARKET New brands to love

Over recent years, Viva Global has successfully built a strong portfolio of premium international brands in the wines and spirits sector in East Africa. The company is now turning their attention to the expansion of their imported beers range by introducing the globally known premium Belgium beers, Leffe Blond 330ml and Stella Artois 330ml in the Kenyan market. Both brands will be distributed in restaurants, hotels and also various supermarkets in the coming weeks.

MORE NEWS

KWAL LAUNCHES CARIBIA SPIRIT

JAVA HOUSE HAS A NEW VEGGIE BURGER

SPURS NEW FAST FOOD OUTLETS

There’s a new spirit in town! It’s bright, tasty and it’s called Caribia. The new cane spirit by KWAL is targeted at a younger demographic with affordable pricing. Caribia has an ABV of 37.5%.

Our love for Javahouse is endless and we’re loving their new addition to the menu; a veggie burger. The burger has been made with a new recipe, is delicious and available at all their outlets.

South African firm Spur is starting the new decade with plans to open two new fast food outlets. Spur has seven outlets in the city comprising of a steakhouse, restaurant and pizzeria.

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February Blues VILLAGE MARKET CENTRE | GIGIRI P: (254) 757 130 061 @THELOCALGRILLKENYA

Cupid’s Nest Dine with your beloved on a 4 course set menu, accompanied by a welcome cocktail and a bottle of bubbly. Sway to the romantic tunes of our pianist as you end the day on a romantic note. Price: Ksh 10,000 per couple Time: 6:30pm-10:00pm

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INCLUDES FOOD & DRINKS Kenrail Towers, North Terrace, Westlands Road, Nairobi For more information on packages and bookings: M: 0707 567 567 | E: sales.bd@thegoodearthgroup.com

Ultimate Singles Pool Party Dance to the constant loop of house and hip-hop spun by an eclectic DJ. Fueled by Best Brews™ and margaritas. Who knows, you might just meet the one! Time: 6pm till late

For more information contact us on 0722 292 700


New On The Block

MAWIMBI

Zucchini at General Mathenge Zucchini is now at The Place 67 on General Mathenge serving up hot food, desserts and drinks like never before. Packed with an epic pizza oven, beautiful seating space and a healthy but yummy menu, Zucchini has quickly become a favourite amongst everyone in the area. Their pizzas are made MAWIMBI

with Italian dough and their toasties are ideal for a filling but healthy meal. While

Mawimbi Seafood Restaurant Mawimbi is a fine-dining seafood restaurant on the outskirts of the CBD. The restaurant’s Chef Carlos is from Ecuador and he brings together a myriad of tastes from South American, Oriental and International cuisines. There are also plenty of meat and

you do your shopping, order what you want and spend your time enjoying the fresh tasty food that Zucchini specializes in. They’re open 7 days a week from 7.30 AM to 8.00 PM

vegetarian dishes on the menu. Mawimbi is open from 12 pm throughout the day: lunch, dinner and anything in between. They also have a beautiful bar set up even after dinner is served. They also offer business lunches from Ksh 1250, and make sure you don’t miss “Sundays by the Pool” Brunch with their DJ starting Feb 8th.

Big Dayum Heroes The Food Truck This unique food truck sits at Gigiri Lane, surrounded by CrossFit, Herbivore Garden and other spots. Run by comic enthusiasts and food lovers, BDH is a tribute to classic superhero food without all the fuss and drama. Their mouth-watering smash burger is available every day (with special sauces you can’t get anywhere else) and a unique menu that changes every day. They now also have a homemade smoker that will be churning out deliciousness whenever you need it. They open at 11.30 AM from Tuesday to Sunday.

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Conscious Foodie

THE POWER OF

Aquafaba You’ve probably heard this word before but here’s an actual guide on what it is and how you can use it. Aquafaba is the viscous water in which legumes like chickpeas have been cooked. The water, most popularly used from chickpeas, is used as a substitute for a number of egg-based dishes. Aquafaba is easy to use and while you enjoy your chickpeas, you can make something easy and tasty on the side. Here are 3 quick and easy recipes you can use with aquafaba:

VEGAN MAYO

All you’ll need is 3 tbsp of aquafaba, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 250ml sunflower oil, 1 tsp white wine vinegar & a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk up the chickpea water and mustard until frothy then slowly add the oil and emulsify. Finish with the vinegar and seasoning

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VEGAN BUTTER

You’ll need 3 tbsp of aquafaba, 7 tbsp coconut oil, 4 tsp olive oil, 2/3 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1/3 tsp salt. Add melted coconut oil & olive oil slowly to aquafaba and blend using an immersion blender. Blend until you achieve a thick mayo like consistency. Pour it in a container (don’t cover it) and put it in the fridge overnight.

VEGAN MONKEY SOUR

You’ll need 45ml of whiskey, 30ml lemon, 15ml simple syrup, 30ml of aquafaba and a dash of angostura bitters. Put everything in a shaker except the bitters. Shake vigorously, add the bitters then transfer in a glass with ice and garnish with lemon peel.


Fusion Confusion

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK GITAU

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Fusion Confusion

F

usion foods exploded all over

INGREDIENTS

Instagram with the likes of

• 4 large tangerines (peeled & portione

Cronuts, Pad Thai Pizza, Ramen Burgers and literally Chai Spice

into small chunks) • 5 Granny Smith apples (diced finely)

everything. Done right, the mix of different

• 2 ripe pomegranates (de-seeded)

ingredients, flavours and textures come

• 3 limes (cut into quarters)

together to create something magical.

• 900ml orange juice (no pulp)

Nairobi is currently undergoing its very own

• 1 bunch mint (cut into chiffonade ribbons)

fusion revolution with new restaurants and

6/7 red bullet Chillies (cut into halves -

chef’s reinventing their menus. Some are

can be substituted with Jalapenos)

Pani Puri Fiesta

Blogger, vlogger & food writer Ekta Patel explores fusion food with her version of a Mexican Pani Puri (Indian savoury puffs)

succeeding, some have work to do, but there

• 100 ml smooth tequila of your choice

is no reason why home cooks should be

• Tajin seasoning (can be substituted with

left behind. Indian food is always at the extreme ends

of the foodie spectrum. The usual choices lie between Butter Chicken and Paneer

a mix of dried lime zest, salt & red chilli powder)1 pack of medium-sized • 1 pack of pani puri (available at most Indian grocery stores)

anything. Mexican food is mostly a crowd pleaser but tacos and burritos are all you can find on most Nairobi menus. Looking for more exciting options, I decided to host a Mexican potluck with my foodie friends. Being the “chef” of the group, I needed a crowd-pleasing dish when I happened to glance over and see a bottle of tequila next to the tub of leftover puri’s from the previous night. I immediately started experimenting and even went down the route of pinto beans and avocado as the filling. The task was daunting, so much did go

wrong but after several experiments with ratios and ingredients, and the satisfied grins of my guinea pigs (my family), the dish quickly spiralled into a crowd-pleaser at

METHOD

The Pani: Infuse the orange juice and tequila in a deep bowl with the red bullet chillies for a minimum of 10 minutes. Infuse the chillies for longer to intensify the flavour. Set aside to chill in the fridge.

Build Your Mexican Pani Puri: Layout all the fruit, the pani, the mint, the limes, the tajin & the puri in bowls. Set out shot glasses for the pani & plates so everybody can dig in and customise their own versions of the pani puri.

several different events I hosted. The unexpected flavour profiles

compliment each other beautifully. The crunchy puri, tart but crisp apple and juicy pomegranate are elevated with the sour notes of the tajin (Mexican seasoning), the spicy red bullet chillies and the freshness of the mint. This recipe makes 30 portions with a little tequila screwdriver left over for you to sip on.

YUMMY TIPS You can pre-prep the puri’s beforehand and pass them out at your next lunch/ dinner party. Switch up the fruits to include green mango, apple mango, pears, dragon fruit, grapes & even watermelon.

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Valentine’s

Chocolate Truffles By Ekta Patel INGREDIENTS

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400 gms digestive biscuits 10 tbsp. drinking chocolate 2 tbsp. cocoa powder 10 tbsp. salted butter 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon powder 5 tbsp. desiccated coconut, plus extra for coating • 390 gms of sweetened condensed milk Optional - chopped almonds, pistachios and walnuts Optional - dark & white Chocolate chips

Setting the mood Recipes for the most romantic day of the year

METHOD

1. Add the biscuits to a grinder or a ziplock bag and crush into a powder using a rolling pin. 2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and stir in sweetened condensed milk. 3. Take the mixture off the heat and add the drinking chocolate, cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon powder, desiccated coconut and any of the optional ingredients. 4. Mix thoroughly until the mixture forms a fudge-like texture and pulls away from the sides of the pot. 5. In a plate, spread the remaining desiccated coconut. 6. Grease your hands with some butter & roll the chocolate ball mixture into bite-size balls. Coat these with the coconut.

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Deep Fried Feta with Häagen-Dazs By The Bastard Baker INGREDIENTS

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1 packet feta cheese cut into strips 1/2 cup cornflour 1 cup breadcrumbs 2 eggs 1 tbsp lemon Salt and Pepper to taste Häagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

METHOD

1. Whisk the salt pepper and lemon in with the eggs. 2. Dip the Feta in the egg cornflour and breadcrumbs and repeat the process for all the strips. 3. Fry for 2 mins until golden brown. Sprinkle with Himalayan sea salt and devour with Häagen-Dazs cookies and cream ice cream! Yummy. Food. Drink. Life

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Valentine’s

Red Wine Brownies with Dried Black Currant By Philna Otieno Prep:

15mins Cook: 35 mins

INGREDIENTS

• • • • • • •

1 - 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 Eggs 1/2 cup salted butter 1-1/2 cup sugar 180grms Dark chocolate 1/2 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened 3/4 cup Mont Rochelle Cabernet Sauvignon • 1/2 cup dried Black currants • 1/2tsp salt METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking pan 8 by 8 inch, with butter and set aside. 2. In a bowl mix red wine and blackcurrants, let sit for 3mins to let currants soak in the wine until plump. 3. In another bowl over boiling water, heat butter, chocolate and cocoa powder until mixed together. Let cool for about 5mins. 4. Whisk in eggs one at a time. Add sugar, whisk until everything is well incorporated. 5. Mix flour and salt in another bowl, pour in the chocolate mixture and mix. 6. Finally, fold in the wine mixture. 7. Pour the batter in the baking pan and bake for 30-35mins or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean 8. Allow brownies to cool.

No-Bake Mini Cheesecake Jars By Cooking with Jaz INGREDIENTS

• • • • • •

8 digestive biscuits 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 250 grams cream cheese ½ cup sweet condensed milk 1 tablespoon lemon zest Juice of 1 lemon

METHOD

1. Start by crushing the digestive biscuits and mixing with melted butter. Take your glass jars, divide mixture and press it down with a spoon at the bottom of each jar. Follow by placing cream cheese in a bowl and whipping with a hand mixer until soft. Add the condensed milk, zest and lemon juice and fold everything well together. 2. Scoop the cheesecake mixture into each jar and place in fridge to set overnight. Top with fresh fruit the next day and enjoy as a picnic dessert.

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Essential Breakfast Date

L OCATION: Artcaffe, Westminster Branch,

Nairobi

The Westminster Branch is the largest Artcaffe branch to date. It has a very rustic but classical feel to it - with the visible steel structure against the indoor plants, minimal furniture and mosaic tile floors. Very Instagrammable, which is an extra win.

AMBIENCE:

MENU: Whenever we think of a must-have breakfast in Nairobi, Artcaffe’s morning breakfasts served on the cute Kitengela Glass-esque blue platters is the first thing that comes to mind. With their breakfast platters, you get to select what kind of bread, baked beans, style of egg and sausages/ bacon you would prefer. Top it up with a latte or tea and you will have a full belly hours after your date! PRICE POINT: Ranging from KES 350 ($3.5) for a muffin/ pastry and coffee to KES 990 ($9.9) for the breakfast platters, it is ideal for friends hanging out to a family affair.

Essential Coffee Date LOCATION:

Barista & Co, Sarit Centre,

Nairobi

We recently discovered this Barista & Co. branch at the newly opened Sarit Centre. The café has a very chic feel to it and ample natural lighting, with floor to ceiling windows, ideal for taking your best food shots.

AMBIENCE:

Literally coffee lovers heaven, Barista & Co’s hand pressed coffees are the star of the show. You get to pick between the Aeropress, Harion V60 and Siphon coffees. The staff are well versed with the terms and will be happy to explain what each of these terms mean. Their iced coffees are a treat too, with interesting flavors such as mandarin and peppermint mochas. Yum!

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They also have heart-warming soups, like our fave butternut soup, salads, while their bakery churns out delectable pastries and desserts like cheesecakes and eclairs. PRICE POINT: Their

coffees range between KES 300 – 400 ($3 - $4), while the edibles range between KES 200 ($2) for a croissant to KES 900 ($9) for a panini.


Valentine’s

Essential Lunch Date

The Shamba Café & Shop, Loresho, Nairobi

LOCATION:

This location gives us some serious countryside vibes and is a perfect spot for lunch with the girls. It is extremely peaceful and the air is so crisp clean, you almost don’t feel like you’re in Nairobi. Did we mention that Saturday is Farmer’s Market day?! Shopping and eating in one spot, what more could you possibly ask for?

AMBIENCE:

The menu is pretty diverse with multiple options to choose from including a pretty solid kid’s menu. We strongly recommend the pizzas; you won’t regret it.

MENU:

For drinks, we recommend a budget of about KES 600 - 10,000 ($6-$100) inclusive of wine by the bottle and for food the prices fall between KES 1,000 - 4,000 ($10 - $40).

PRICE POINT:

Essential High Tea Date

LOCATION: Le Grenier a Pain, Riverside Drive, Nairobi AMBIENCE: Looking for a little piece of France in the city of Nairobi? Le Grenier is the place to go. Decked in an industrial décor, this French bakery is the perfect place to go for brunch or high tea. We highly recommend this spot for a high tea date with your mum/ sister/ aunty or girlfriend. MENU: The menu has various options for breakfast, lunch and tea. Their lunch and breakfast options are extremely delicious, but their pastries and deserts take the crown. They are arguably some of the best we’ve tasted in Nairobi, making it the ideal spot for high tea.

For drinks, prices range from KES 200 - 900 ($2 - $90) inclusive of wine by the bottle. For food and pastries, prepare to spend anything between KES 300 - 1,300 ($3 - $13). Pretty fair for this slice of heaven, if you ask us.

PRICE POINT:

Essential Dinner Date LOCATION:

About Thyme, off Peponi Road,

Nairobi

Tucked in a little corner of Westland’s, About Thyme gives us some rustic, almost homely vibes. Perfect for a date with your significant other, the restaurant has a really intimate feel to it, especially in the evening. The lighting is romantic and sets the

AMBIENCE:

mood for the perfect Valentine’s date. The menu is extensive with quite a number of vegetarian options and we can confidently say there is nothing you will pick that you won’t enjoy. We recommend the stuffed chicken breast or the fully loaded burger.

MENU:

PRICE POINT:

from KES 2000 - 13,000 ($20 - $130) inclusive of wine by the bottle. For the food, you can spend anything between KES 500 - 2,500 ($5 - $25). Whatever you choose to do this Valentines, enjoy your day, after-all it’s just a day like any other.

For drinks, the prices range

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Places

we loved Here are the restaurants and places we loved in 2019 that we’ll be carrying into 2020!

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GRILL SHACK

This newbie to the Nairobi scene made quite an impact on us when they opened. With their swanky decor, comfortable seating, massive milkshakes and burgers, Grill Shack has become a fast regular choice for us. A personal favourite for us is their cheeseburger with special cocktail sauce and thin crispy fries that quickly become addictive. HASHMI

This Indian BBQ restaurant has been a favourite for years. No matter its location or size, it’s almost a guarantee that whenever people come into town and need a recommendation, Hashmi is top of mind. Now located in the new wing of Diamond Plaza, Hashmi still has our favourites on their menu that we keep coming back for, especially their chicken tikka, butter naan and pili pili chips. OHCHA

From their Build Your Own option to their comforting fixed options, OhCha is a regular whether it’s ordering in or actually going to the restaurant. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the mood for warm chicken soup, crunchy rolls or the ever-popular pad thai, there’s something for every South East Asian cuisine lover. XIAN

The influx of new Chinese restaurants in Nairobi can make it very hard to pick the right place to find your favourite dish. Let us make that choice easier for you by reintroducing Xian Chinese Restaurant to you. The meals are simple and authentically Chinese whether its dumplings, stir-fried noodles or spring rolls. A dining experience here is a trip to China for your taste buds. JAVA

Java has been a classic and a favourite for years. It’s comforting space and menu has made it our version of the movie diners where everything and nothing happens at Java. From their coffees, chocolate cake, milkshakes and burgers, there are so many favourites on that keep us coming back for more. What’s even better is the number of Java’s that are now popping up everywhere, for example on the way to Naivasha at Buffalo Mall. CHICAGO PIZZA

to our memory, has stayed exactly the same. Their pizzas are rich, tasty and have a unique taste that is hard to find somewhere else. Our personal favourite is their Chicken Delight pizza (Give it a try!), but on days when we’re not craving pizza, their bhajias or even Dahi Puri’s will do the trick. PASTA REPUBLIC

If you love pasta then you must have visited this corner store at the Village Market Food Court. They don’t just make pasta fresh every day that looks like it stepped straight out of a Pinterest board but it tastes just as good. Pass by and order a delicious plate of hot pasta or if you’re in the mood to cook pasta (without kneading for hours) take away a packet or two to cook at home. LA SALUMERIA

This adorable Italian restaurant is located behind Valley Arcade at Dhanjay Apartments in the cute rustic corner. They have been there for over 20 years and has been serving the best Italian food in Nairobi for the longest time. Their wait staff are completely knowledgable on the menu and are excellent at recommending dishes as well as wines, and the Salumeria menu can always be counted on to impress. Whether it’s for a date or group dinner, this restaurant is definitely one we’ll keep coming back to. Our personal favourite is their Boscaiola Fettuccine. SIERRA

It can’t be a surprise that Sierra is on this list. In 2019, they kept the same quality in their dishes while upgrading the decor in their Yaya branch and introducing our palates to a tender, juicy wagyu burger that we just could not get enough of. You can be sure to find us a healthy portion of steak or a lighter plate of sashimi. Maybe 2020 is the year you try one of their Kitchen dinners paired with incredible wine. ABYSSINIA

Nairobians have a running love affair with Ethiopian food and tasting the expertly cooked dishes at this casual restaurant explains why. The traditional decor adds to the warm ambience that makes you want to settle down for more than just one meal. You have the option of going in as a group or taking yourself in for a quick lunch to enjoy their platter for one that lets you sample the best of their menu.

This little hidden gem has been at the Sarit Centre food court for the longest time and

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Recipes

we loved Here are the recipes we loved in 2019 that we’ll be carrying into 2020!

Truffle Fillet with Rocket, Parmesan & Matchstick Fries By Kook Food INGREDIENTS

Steaks:

• 2 fillets, about 150g, 2cm thick • 4 tbsp good quality olive oil • 2 tbsp butter • 6 - 8 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 sprig rosemary • Freshly ground black pepper • Rock salt • Truffle oil

DIRECTIONS

1. Season the fillets generously with salt, black pepper & 1 tablespoon olive oil and marinate overnight with crushed garlic cloves & the rosemary sprig. 2. Heat a heavy bottom pan or cast-iron skillet over a medium to high heat until smoking. Pour olive oil into pan and sear steak for a minute. Add the garlic pieces and rosemary sprig from the marinade into the pan to add flavour to the fillets. 3. Using a pair of tongs, flip the steak for another minute to the other side. Flip and render the sides for 30 seconds on each. Flip back again and add the butter, tilt the pan and baste the steaks, cooking for 1 minute then repeat with the other side. 4. Remove from heat, drizzle with truffle oil and rest for 2 minutes. 5. To serve, layer with matchstick fries, followed by the steak, rocket and finally parmesan. Drizzle with pan juices, crispy garlic, salt & freshly ground black pepper. TO SERVE: Rocket, Shaved parmesan, Matchstick fries

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KOOK FOOD, PATRICK GITAU & HEENIIES PHOTOGRAPHY

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Watermelon Mojito Salad By The Bastard Baker INGREDIENTS

• 1tbsp Fresh lemon juice • 2 tbsp Olive Oil • 1 tbsp Sugar • Salt to taste • Mint Leaves • 1/4 tsp Cardamom DIRECTIONS

1. Mix together oil, lemon, sugar, salt and cardamom. 2. Pour over chopped watermelon and add fresh mint leaves. 3. Let it marinate for 5 minutes. 4. Serve as you wish!

Shrimp Scampi By Phils Kitchen Prep:

5mins | Cook: 10mins

INGREDIENTS

• 2kgs Shrimp, peeled • 3/4 cup Mont Rochelle Sauvignon Blanc • 4 garlic cloves • 1/2 white onion, minced • 3 tbsp butter • 2 tbsp Olive oil • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped • 2 tbsp lemon juice • 1/2 tsp salt • Fresh ground black pepper to taste DIRECTIONS

1. On your pan over medium heat, melt butter with oil. 2. Add onions and cook for 2mins or until they soften. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. 3. Add wine, salt and black pepper and bring to simmer for 4 minutes or until the wine is reduced by half. 4. Add shrimp and sauté for 4 minutes, until pink and cooked through. 5. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and parsley.Serve with bread.

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Korean BBQ Lamb Chops By Payal Radia Prep:

5mins | Cook: 10mins

INGREDIENTS

• 1 kg baby lamb chops HOUSE MARINADE

• 5 tbsp Korean chilli paste • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce • 3 tbsp sesame oil • 2 tbsp grated ginger • 2 tbsp grated garlic • A handful of chopped spring onions • 1 tbsp of honey DIPPING SAUCE

• 1 tbsp miso paste • 1 tbsp Korean chilli paste • 1 tsp honey • 1 tsp sesame oil • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds • 1 tbsp lime juice • Salt to taste • Water for consistency DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, mix in all the marinade ingredients together. 2. Add in the lamb chops and rub in the marinade evenly then refrigerate overnight. 3. For the best flavours, cook on the barbecue and baste with the remaining marinade. Cook 5 mins on each side and to keep turning them and checking with the fingers to see when cooked. 4. Once charred, serve with the dipping sauce and cucumber relish.

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Kenyan Originals

Kale Kabaya INGREDIENTS

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Tumeric and Chilli tonic 60 ml Olmeca Tequila 30 ml Lime Juice 30 ml Cinnamon syrup Spicy tincture (2 Drops) 15 ml Pineapple juice

METHOD

1. Put all ingredients in shaker over ice apart from soda, shake and top up with Turmeric and chili tonic

Maasai Ballerina INGREDIENTS

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Classic Tonic 60 ml dry gin 30 ml simple syrups Fresh Basil leaves Watermelon Juice

METHOD

1. Put all ingredients in a shaker over ice shake and top up with fresh watermelon juice

Available at Jumia Party, Green spoon, Karen Provision Stores

www.kenyanoriginals.co.ke

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PODCASTS FROM AFRICA (MASHSTARTUP)

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MISS MANDI THROWDOWN (ATOMIC HABITS: AN EASY & PROVEN WAY TO BUILD GOOD HABITS & BREAK BAD ONES BY JAMES CLEAR)

The best place to find answers to the questions you have been asking about your habits is in James Clear’s book. In this book, James breaks down how to form good habits in the simplest ways with incredible use of storytelling and vocabulary that leaves you more inspired than apathetic. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows however as the making of good habits is reinforced just as much as the breaking of bad habits with cheat sheets at the end of each chapter. We can’t think of a better book to help you start your 2020 right. Available at Textbook Centre.

KENYAN MUSIC (ONDARA)

The best way to start the new year is by discovering new Kenyan music. Ondara is a self-taught artist whose debut album was released in 2019 and nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana Album category. The following month he was featured on Billboard’s Emerging Artists list and his album charted on the Rock Album Sales chart. Listen to his album on Apple Music and Spotify.

Mandy Sarro’s channel is filled with easy and clever recipes that could just be your way to carry on with your healthy eating goals. From easy toast ideas to recipes under KES 400, there’s something for every intermediate cook out there. Pick and choose your favourite recipes and get cooking! Find the videos on YouTube.

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My Top 4 Breakfast Spots in Nairobi Written by @TheKenyanFoodNerd | Zainab

“Who cares if you gain a few pounds over the holidays?” Because holidays are all about eating, right? My advice may seem a little off-track compared to the other tips you’ve likely heard, but you don’t need to deprive yourself, eat only boring foods, or take your treats with a side order of guilt. Instead, by practising a bit of defensive eating- eat a good breakfast and skip lunch, you can tick off ‘go on a diet’ as one of your New Year’s resolutions.People usually don’t take their breakfast habits seriously. Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus at work or at school. Those are just a few reasons why it’s the most important meal of the day. This city is full of hidden gems- from modern and chic to rustic and cozy spots. It’s your pick,

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what do you feel up to? And no matter what type of morning meal you prefer—a cup of strong coffee with a croissant or a full plate of eggs, sausages, and potatoes—we’ve got you covered. TIN ROOF CAFÉ

With their two locations on Langata Road and in Karen, this casual-cool restaurant is known for its great ambience, great services and super-friendly staff. They use locally produced ingredients to assemble their meals that are just as flavorful as they are colourful. The open-air dining area boasts stunning views of the garden making it a great meal-time scenery. This hidden gem is surrounded by colourful Kangas and Kikoys of Langata link shops. We ordered their delicious berry and chia smoothie bowl with Tahini and Greek yoghurt sprinkled with their home-made granola and

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Tr i e d & Ta s t e d BRIOCHE

Located at the recently-built spaces at the Alchemist, Brioche is where traditional meets modernity in both food and interiors. The restaurant is most impressive being the treehouse - built into an around the huge tree. Their menu consists of EuroAfrique (Europe and African fusion). On a ‘no-cooking Sunday’ we thought of having something exciting and visited Brioche - and we couldn’t have made a better choice! The hubby ordered the continental brunch and I being a sweet tooth had the French toast topped with vanilla custard cream. They say, good food is way to someone’s heart, and this definitely hit the spot!

URBAN EATERY

LE GRENIER À PAIN

URBAN EATERY

their spinach and feta omelette topped with greens- that was made to perfection. LE GRENIER À PAIN

This chic and sophisticated bakery and restaurant will remind you of dainty patisseries that line the streets in Paris. Located along Riverside drive, this place is a piece of Paris in Kenya. From the modern interiors to the warm and genuine décor, everything is very French-like. Whether you’re looking for your breakfast options, or a quick snack or something to soothe your sweet tooth, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this food haven. You will be welcomed by the aroma of freshly baked goodies that will make you want to sit down, order a hot cup of coffee and browse through their wide range of breakfast options that include typical eggs options, crepes, granolas, pastries and much more!

At the heart of Nairobi, this classy restaurant with cosy sofas and unique tables, distressed wood floors, and artful pendant lights make for a seriously serene escape from the hustle and bustle outside. From the traditional British fry-up in all its guises to Danish and French pastries and wonderfully made breakfast combos, this trendy spot venue ticks all the breakfast/ brunch boxes. They serve decent coffees too. We ordered their ‘Kings breakfast’ that consisted of buttermilk pancake, barbeque sausages, bacon, baked beans, sausages and omelette of your choice. This was an ideal breakfast to fuel up our day.

Try these other spots whose breakfasts are picture perfect, filling and delicious. CJ’s (All Branches) Charlie’s Bistro (All Branches) Mugg & Bean (Village Market & Sarit Centre)

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Lazy Cook

BAGEL BOARD This may be the easiest recipe ever. All you need is your wallet and whichever ingredients you have in your fridge and pantry. Bagel boards are great for lazy breakfasts and can be assembled within minutes. INGREDIENTS

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Bagels from Coffee & Bagels Ham Cream cheese Cherry tomatoes Avocado Butter Strawberries Bananas Nut butter Cheese Honey Chocolate spread

METHOD

1. Place your spreads in separate bowls. 2. Slice your fruits and arrange them close to each other. Keep your ham (and any other cold cuts) close to the cheese. 3. Slice your bagels in half and enjoy!

Lazy Breakfast Treats

What better way to start your year than with recipes that will save you both time and money? You may have spent your holiday cooking for family or maybe you’ve made a resolution to start cooking. Either way, these recipes are the perfect way to ease you back into that cooking grind. Written & Photographed by Lucy Munene

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SOUFFLE PANCAKES Just because you’ve started your new year diet doesn’t mean you can’t indulge a little. These light and fluffy pancakes are the perfect Saturday morning treat and don’t require you to have anything but a hand mixer, eggs and your phone to capture that signature jiggle. INGREDIENTS

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6 tbsp cake flour 2 1/2 tbsp skim milk 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tbsp full-fat mayonnaise 3 tbsp granulated white sugar 2 large eggs

METHOD

1. In a medium bowl, add milk, baking powder, vanilla, mayonnaise and egg yolks. Mix with a whisk until batter is smooth and the mixture is a pale yellow. 2. In a separate bowl whip egg whites until stiff peaks form (about 2-3 minutes.) If you turn the mixing bowl upside down, the meringue will not slide out. 3. Using a spatula, gently fold the meringue slowly adding 1/3 of the meringue into the batter until there are no more white streaks. 4. Bring your pan to low heat. Drop a spatula spoonful of the batter onto the hot pan, then top with an additional ½ spoonful on top of each pancake to help add height and cook it for 3 minutes. 5. Flip them over after 3 minutes and then cook for a further 3 minutes or until both sides are browned. 6. Dust with icing sugar and syrup, and serve immediately.

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For the Resolutions Healthy recipes to give your 2020 a good start Written by Rose Kwamboka Instagram: @read.eat.travel Blog: kreden.com Photographed by @KenyanLibrary and @Moharez_

LEMON POPPY SEED CAKE Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

INGREDIENTS: For the Loaf:

• I ½ cup non-dairy milk • Zest of 1 large lemon • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or juice of 1 lemon juice • 2 ½ cups spelt flour or all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour • 1 tbsp baking powder • 1 tsp baking soda • ¼ tsp salt • ½ cup maple syrup • ½ cup of vegetable oil • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional) • 3 tbsp poppy seeds For Cream Cheese Frosting:

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a 200g can of frozen coconut cream ½ cup icing sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice ½ tsp vanilla extract

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. 2. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan with vegan butter or vegetable oil. 3. In a small bowl, add the non-dairy milk and

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ACV and set aside to curdle, making vegan buttermilk. 4. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Sift the ingredients a second time to better aerate your ingredients. Add the salt. 5. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and add the wet ingredients; buttermilk, maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. Stir together until just combined. (Don’t overmix, or your cake will be too dense). 6. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan, smoothing it out evenly. (Tap the pan gently on your work surface to release any air bubbles). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. 7. Allow to cool completely before frosting. For Cream Cheese Frosting: In a bowl, add all frosting ingredients and mix using a hand mixer until smooth and creamy (or mix in a blender). 8. Spread the frosting over your cooled cake evenly and garnish as desired. (I used poppy seeds and lime for garnish). Serve and enjoy.


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OVERNIGHT BAOBAB CHIA PUDDING Prep Time: 20 Minutes INGREDIENTS:

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2 tbs chia seeds 10 tbs coconut milk 2 tsp baobab powder 1 tbs desiccated coconut ½ cup chopped papaya

METHOD

1. In a glass, add combine chia seeds and baobab powder. 2. Add coconut milk and stir well. Let it sit in the fridge overnight or until gel-like. 3. Top with desiccated coconut and papaya (or other sweet fruit in season).

NOTES Make your chia pudding in bulk and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days Top your chia pudding with pears, dates, raspberries or even plums.

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On The Menu

NOTES Use the whole turmeric in its natural form which is perfectly bio-available on its own, just like mother nature intended. I use canned coconut milk to avoid the carrageenan that is added to most boxed alternatives. Make sure you heat up your chai as the heat is said to increase the solubility of curcumin (the primary active constituent in turmeric) by 12 times, which may also increase its bioavailability in the body.

GOLDEN MILK/ TURMERIC CHAI PREP TIME: 15 Minutes INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup of canned coconut milk • 1 cup almond milk • 2 tsp ground turmeric (from Daillies organic) • ¼ tsp ground ginger (from Daillies organic) • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick • A pinch ground black pepper • 1 tbs maple syrup METHOD

1. In a sufuria, add all your ingredients. 2. Whisk to combine and warm over mediumlow heat, until hot but not boiling. (The longer you simmer, the stronger and more intense the flavours) 3. Adjust flavour to liking. 4. Serve immediately.

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PESTO PASTA

PREP TIME: 20 Minutes INGREDIENTS:

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Half a pack spaghetti 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds A handful of coriander 2 cloves garlic (minced) 2 tbs nutritional yeast 2 tsp of tahini Juice of ½ a lemon (about 2 tbs) A dash of water Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

1.Cook spaghetti or other pasta of choice according to package instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside. 2. Prepare the pesto by throwing all the other ingredients in a blender. Taste and adjust flavours as needed. 3. Add the pesto to the spaghetti and toss to combine. 4. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.

NOTES Add more nutritional yeast for cheesy flavour, more tahini for creaminess and lemon juice for acidity. It is best when fresh, but keeps in refrigerator up to 3 days. Keeps well if pasta and pesto are refrigerated separately.

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Y F Ye Ua M t uMr e

Eco-Friendly Lifestyle?

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ew decade, new you. We’ve all begun writing down our bucket list for 2020. But let’s face it, life can get in the way when you’re trying to do your part to save the planet. If this is the case, then fear not: Here are five tips to make fighting climate change easier and kick off the decade on the right foot. DITCH THE PLASTIC

We’ve all heard the mantra: plastic is bad. Fortunately for us in Kenya, plastic is something fairly easy to get rid of. When in restaurants, let the staff know you don’t need a straw unless they offer an alternative. Consider purchasing a reusable bamboo straw from one of Kenya’s many green heroes. Andvironment offers customized kits that are both stylish and eco-friendly. STAY HYDRATED

Trying to drink more water each day? Make sure to follow this healthy ambition by always carrying a reusable water bottle with you to refill at the office. Trust me, your wallet will also thank you. GreenThing has colourful, insulated tumblers that will keep you cool in this summer heat. EAT ORGANIC, LOCAL & SEASONAL

We are lucky to have organic farmers markets are open all year-round where we can source ingredients that are both nutritious and free of toxic pesticides, all while supporting smallholder farmers. The Organic Farmers’ Market opens weekly in Karen and Thigiri, while the Naivasha Farmers’ Market is held bimonthly. No time for shopping? Mlango Farm delivers a weekly vegetable basket to your area. NO FOOD WASTE

Think of small actions to reduce food waste at home. Pack leftovers for lunch or make jams or smoothies using overripe fruit. You can also compost the rest of your kitchen waste in your own backyard to give back to the soil. Provisions Kenya offers a small compost kit complete with instructions to ensure success. CHOOSE UPCYCLED

Written And Photographed By Andrea Oyuela

Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries worldwide? This year go for local brands that upcycle materials. Shake the Tree offers timeless styles of casual and business-type clothing, while Simply SOSO Design has a range of trendy accessories, making you look both cool and professional while helping to save the planet.

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Nuziwa

NuZiwa Your body knows green’s good

Whether you’re just looking to live a healthier lifestyle or happen to be lactose intolerant, Nuziwa is the perfect option for you. This plant-powered drink is filled with all the goodness from nature, such as Vitamins B2 and B12, calcium, natural soy protein, carbohydrates, fibre and healthy fats, with the added benefit of great taste, all in a couple of sips. Nuziwa comes in six exciting flavours including original, unsweetened, chocolate, strawberry, caramel and banana. Use any of these flavours to add a little sweetness to your morning smoothie, or skip the deep-fried snacks and sip on a packet or two of NuZiwa. Pop a protein-filled 250ml NuZiwa in your child’s lunch bag or give it to them as a post-meal treat that’s low in saturated fats. Delightfully delicious, the one litre pack is sure to become a family favourite. The options are endless with this new healthy drink. Try it today!

Variants ORIGINAL

CHOCOLATE

STRAWBERRY

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UNSWEETENED

BANANA

CARAMEL


Layers Of Love With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to pop out the usual red roses and box of chocolates. We’ve partnered with Tiramisu Bakery to give you 5 different desserts for your loved ones to show them how much you care. TIRAMISU CAKE

PROFITEROLES

Be prepared to linger over a slice of this creamy confection that has a pleasurable taste of coffee. The only thing you will need to add to this gift is maybe another slice or two because we’re sure one will not be enough.

If your loved one isn’t a fan of chocolate then this is the pastry for them! Send a pair or two paired with a packet of their favourite hot chocolate mix and watch them melt with satisfaction.

CARAMEL & PECAN BROWNIES

A box of these put into a cute box and paired with a sweet bottle of wine is bound to make for a creative and tasty gift.

STRAWBERRY TART

All this tart has is a light tart casing, cream and strawberries but what it lacks in flamboyance it makes up for in taste.Maybe get your strawberries arranged in the shape of a heart then present it with a glass of bubbly.

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Green Corner

to our gardens, or always have mature trees shedding their leaves every day, but we can add organic matter to our soils. Organic matter is everything from old leaves and twigs, kitchen waste, and any other biodegradable material. Forest soil is created in our gardens by digging 12 inches of the existing soil and filling it up with dry organic matter in the following order: • •

Building your own ecological regenerative edible garden How to create the perfect soil for your garden

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ere’s to beginning 2020 by setting the goal to grow some of your food at home whether it’s greens for your sandwich or herbs for your pasta. I’m going to show you how to create the perfect soil for your plants to thrive. Creating an ecological regenerative edible garden is one of the best things you can do for your health and environment. As a Permaculture Designer, I use permaculture

FA C T B O X Permaculture is a holistic way of landscaping using Mother Nature as inspiration for all of our work and designs. Soil is one of the most crucial assets we have, and conventional gardening and agriculture methods over the last few decades have completely exhausted our soils.

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principles in all my edible landscaping designs. So how do we create the perfect soil for our gardens with Mother Nature’s help? Easy, look for how she has done it and repeat the same process. One of the best examples of this is Karura Forest (or any other Forest). There are no gardeners in the forest (not Human ones anyway) and there is no irrigation system yet everything is in balance and growing perfectly. The forest soil is dark, soft, moist, full of humus and millions of worms and insects that providing rich nutrients to the plants, who will die and fall to the ground to provide food for these critters. Above ground, it’s the same. To get our garden soils to function and behave the way the soil does in Karura Forest, simply replicate what happens there. Now, we can’t get as many wild animals

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Bottom 2 inches – Broken sticks

and twigs

Next 3 inches – Dried organic matter (dried leaves, dried grass, cardboard, newspaper etc) Next 1 inch – Good quality garden compost Next 3 inches – Dried organic matter (dried leaves, dried grass, cardboard, newspaper etc) Top 3 inches – Original topsoil mixed with good quality compost

Then add 1 to 2 inches of dried leaves or grass as mulch, and give your newly made garden bed a thorough watering. The bed will be ready to plant after a week of curing. What we have done is create a regenerative garden bed. Over time, the organic matter will slowly decompose into compost and create a thriving environment for the underground economy to thrive. It will retain lots of water and nutrients for the plants it supports above ground. The sticks and twigs will also slowly decompose creating a home for the underground fungi which provides plants food in a mutual exchange of nutrients. The mulch you have added on top will need to be replaced every year as it will slowly decompose and provide compost for your plants from the top while aiding in retaining moisture underground. An ecological garden feels alive and well integrated, and this is the start. Look out for the next issue of Yummy, where we will be now explaining the basics of companion planting along with planting examples including how to create and complete your ecological garden once you have prepared the forest floor soil mentioned above. Written by Suraj Shah


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Feature

Pasta Sauce With a Kick Bright, Creamy Vodka Pasta Sauce

You might have taken a break from drinking but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a different way to use leftover liquor. A splash of vodka adds texture and flavour to this simple pasta sauce. YUMMY TIP The vodka adds a little heat and sharpness that balances out the tomatoes and heavy cream.

INGREDIENTS:

• ½ cup butter, • 1 small onion, • ½ cup vodka, • ½ cup tomato paste, • ½ cup heavy cream 1. Dice the onion. 2. Saute the onion in butter until browned. 3. Add in vodka and cook for 10 minutes 4. Add in tomato paste then heavy cream and cook for 30 minutes 5. Serve with your favourite pasta

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the rich taste and soft flavor of Beluga Russian Noble Vodka, which made Beluga Noble Russian Vodka a global landmark. Beluga Noble Russian Vodka is exquisite in everything, down to every detail. The refined design with hand-made elements perfectly reflects the nobility of the product. Each bottle is adorned with an important feature – a small Beluga fish, traditionally fitted by hand. Beluga Noble Russian Vodka draws the consumer into a world of aristocratic luxury, which is felt emotionally, on just a visual contact with the Beluga products. Beluga Noble Russian Vodka is a unique product in the Russian spirits market, which has been leading the super-premium segment for a number of years. It is a perfect vodka filled with passion for perfection and an admiration of true values.

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A p h r o dY iUs M i aMc Ys

Any Time, Any Place No, it’s not what you think. We’re talking about aphrodisiac foods you can eat any time and any place as well as misconceptions and just how to eat these sex foods so that you can get well… sexy.

MACA POWDER WORKS

CHOCOLATE

Chocolate is definitely sexy but the way it affects your body is in no way related to sex. Chocolate increases the level of serotonin in your body which makes you happy but doesn’t necessarily make you want to jump your partner’s bones. Maybe you can use it to set the mood but don’t expect it to help you seal the deal.

It truly does! This Peruvian product has been used for centuries and is gaining popularity. Of course, where wild claims are then there is a scientist out to prove its validity. Well science agrees with the Peruvians! This root works well for both men and women and has no side effects so drink and make merry, I guess.

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This spice is so much more than a great addition to cakes and mashed potatoes. It enhances male performance so feel free to stock up on a bottle or two of this and add a generous handful to all your meals. This aphrodisiac is popular in Zanzibar and usually added to porridge. So maybe skip the wine and have nutmeg-filled porridge instead for date night.

ALMONDS

Let’s just take a moment to be thankful that nuts exist. Almonds popped up in the 2010’s and they are showing no signs of going anywhere. Whether you like them toasted, flaked or blended into a smooth butter, adding it into your diet will fill you up with necessary nutrients such as zinc, selenium and vitamin E and sexual desire. Almonds and chill, anyone?

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Who doesn’t love this pungent spice that adds a huge amount of flavour when added in even the tiniest amounts? Well, you’ll be happy to know that fenugreek works from the inside out by increasing production of sex hormones which in turn leads to an increase in sexual desire and more happy endings. Now you know how to spice up your sex life, literally.

YUMMY TIPS Try taking all these a couple of hours (or days) before you whip out the flowers and fancy dinners. Because these are natural products, they will take some time to kick in so don’t eat a packet of almonds and assume you’re suddenly going to turn into Don Juan. Find all these at Healthy U or Zucchini.

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If you love music: Go For Acoustic Wednesdays at Ankole GWWrill

Self-love doesn’t have to be boring. It may be easy to pour yourself a glass or two of wine and binge your favourite show but sometimes it’s great to try something new. Here are our ideas for great solo dates that will help you figure out what to do during your “me” time.

There’s nothing like live music and great food. Ankole has all these which makes it the perfect spot for your solo date night. You can make it a special night and show up in your Sunday best or keep it casual and show up in something comfortable just in case dancing in your chair isn’t enough. Either way between the spicy food, sultry music and soothing ambience, you’ll be guaranteed a something night out.

If you’re looking for a laugh: Attend A Heartstrings Entertainment Play You won’t have to worry about needing someone to talk to or wondering how many times you can fake laugh before your date realises they aren’t funny. The plays Heartstrings put on will not only leave you belly laughing but will help you discover a whole new way to spend an afternoon or evening enjoying your own company. Find out their 2020 schedule on their Facebook page @ Heartstrings.Enterainment.

If you want to learn a new skill: Attend the Beginner Knitting Class with Provisions Kenya Knitting isn’t something old people do. It’s a great skill that keeps your fingers busy and allows you to get creative. The best part is the class is small and you’re all beginners so you’ll be in great company. It’s an interesting way to spend 1.5 hours on a weekend and maybe you’ll finally learn how to make all those woven decor items you keep saving on Pinterest. Classes are Kshs. 2,500. Find the dates on @ provisionskenya.

If you want to stay in: Book A Staycation We’ve mentioned this before but that’s because it’s a great way to get away from everything. You can stay indoors and still manage to make a date out of it. It may be a bit hard to set up your place for a night in but it’s easier to throw rose petals everywhere, eat in bed and sleep in if you don’t have to worry about cleaning up. We recommend cosy Airbnbs in Champagne Ridge and Karen like The Container House.

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If you want to treat yourself: Let The Spa Come To You With Lynk The best part about spas is being pampered. The worst part is sitting in traffic trying to keep the same calm and relaxed vibe you paid a hefty sum for. Well, you can skip the stress and traffic by having the spa come to you courtesy of Lynk Kenya. Log into their website, select the treatment you want and wait for the pampering to come to you. Find your package on lynk.co.ke.


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