LEMON GARLIC RED SNAPPER, HOMEFRIES & AN AVOCADO, CARROT ORIENTAL SALAD

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Happy New Year!! It feels like I’m spring cleaning an old lady hoarders attic…. it’s been a while since posted! Hopefully its like riding a bike or a roll in the sack after a long dry spell…you get the gist!

A lot has happened since I last posted something…I started postgraduate school, travelled quite a bit, ate quite a lot, moved houses…cooked up a storm (I have pictures for evidence!) always meaning to post something but between school, work and squeezing in my reality TV fix I literally felt like my day had 16 hours! It wasn’t all frenzy and headless chicken running around though- there were times when my life was very simple but most of the time it felt as complicated as a Facebook relationship status … to sum it up between September 2015 and today…

We had awesome holiday….I took my leave of absence from work in November, because I had exams, and I resumed work in January so the only bags under my eyes are Chanel! We really had no itinerary for our holiday, a few days before Christmas a friend of ours- Sarah popped into our new place and we got to talking about how we were over  ‘Kenyan Coast  December Plans’ (picture us sipping tea with our pinkies pointing out disdainfully imagining the throngs of humanity that would no doubt be at the Coast….with the exception of pookibear, he would be holding his tea mug- pssst, tea mug versus tea cup totally makes this scene uber masculine!…. oh and of course there were crumpets and cucumber sandwiches with the edges cut off…..I left out the scones because I feel in Kenya scones are not very high tea-ish!! hahahahaha!). Continue reading

ABIDA’S STRAWBERRY & BLUE POPPY, PAPRIKA CHICKEN SALAD WITH A YOGURT AIOLI DRESSING

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – Lao Tzu

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I am the kind of girl who finds something that works for her and sticks to it… be it a skin care routine…brand of diapers that work for my little Zizmaroo (Sidebar: Major sigh of relief now that Zizmaroo is fully potty trained! The amount of money spent on keeping her tush nice and dry! LAWDY! It could have gotten me a Eurotrip!) …the spicy Thai chicken salad on the Java menu …a great Segway into todays post about a strawberry,blue poppy seeds and a chicken – Bear with me, I’m not about to launch into a ‘why did the chicken cross the road variety of joke!” I’m just listing the ingredients that went into my salad!

Back to my opening quote on change, I have been going through some major life changes and as earlier mentioned when I commit, I commit… that is until I’m feeling non-committal… which may be 5 minutes or 5 years later! For as long as I can remember, my go-to salad on the Nairobi Java House menu has always been the spicy Thai chicken salad, I never even bothered to look at the other salads on the menu … coz that would have felt like cheating – and infidelity is not my thing! (PSSSST there may or may not be a double entendre in my salad infidelity issues!!) but due to the life changes that I have been undergoing, about two weeks ago when I was getting my morning coffee to go, I dared to steal a glance at the salad selections on the menu and their strawberry and chicken salad caught my eye… (allow me to talk in third person because I feel like I dissociated from myself – what happened with that salad was truly an outer body experience!) 5 minutes later Abida, a triple latte and a strawberry chicken salad exited the coffee shop, 4 hours later Abida wolfed down the salad and within minutes of devouring it she decided she just had to attempt to recreate it!

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VIAZI KARAI, HONEY- SOY PORK CHOPS, PINEAPPLE PECAN SALAD WITH A HONEY SOY VINNAIGRETTE

Humour keeps us alive. Humour and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.-Joss Whedon

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I have few friends but those that I do have I hold dear, and one such friend is Shella … my oldest friend-chronologically! ( No, she doesn’t have dentures, spectacles with lenses as thick as the bottom of a coca cola bottle, adult diapers and a walking stick! … We met in kindergarten, went to the same primary school, went to different high schools, same university different courses, had each others backs through ebbs and flows in each others lives, have gone MIA from each others life at some points in our lives (but we always find our way back to each other!) had our beautiful babies and we are still going strong! …enough of the sentimental brouhaha… such a snoozefest!!😴 💤😴

Two weeks ago I just thought of her so I Whatsapped called her and suggested we get together over the weekend, prepare a meal, have some wine (her) ,cream liqueur (me) and juice in sippy cups (her bambam and my zizmaroo)… no sippy cups were actually involved since they are way past that age! She asked me to send her a shopping list which I got around to doing a day before our lunch date (planning the menu was such a life changing decision that could not be rushed! I just had to wait till the last minute then hurriedly send it to her….NO rushing involved there!!) She’s been planning on buying a new cooker and our lunch date spurred her into getting it sooner than she might have…Come to think of it, our interactions always involve some epicurean endeavour!). With the anticipation of tinkering in a new shiny oven sending tingles in my silly place ( a girl has to take the tingles wherever the source! UNLESS of course the source of the tingles requires a doctor prescribing some antifungal/ antibacterial ointment!) I waited for the 12 hours standing between me and that wonderful inspirational marvel known as ‘the new oven’ my girlfriend Shella!

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