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Lessons in the pot of a Kitchen Rookie. Here are simple recipes to play around with ranging from different cultures in Africa through Europe to Asia, cooking and kitchen tips. Find out secrets that make an ordinary meal extra ordinary. Entertain yourself with the different stories of my life and join me in my small and humble kitchen.

Chocolate Custard

I feel so peaceful in my heart today and can’t stop thinking about chocolate. I love chocolate and I love custard. I always have custard stashed away in my kitchen cabinet somewhere. It is never-not-there so this evening I thought to mess around with my love for food and make me chocolate custard. I am so sure it’s going to be delicious! Here is my recipe:
Ingredients

Baking with Eggs

Baking is one kitchen skill I really have to pull my soaks up at. It is enjoying a renaissance at the moment and eggs are a key ingredient in cakes and biscuits. Here are some things to remember when using eggs in baking. I learnt this all from my mum who could even bake using a traditional charcoal stove. I still wonder how she did all that.

When you’re making sponge cakes, beat the eggs together in a jug and add to the butter and sugar mixture gradually, whisking well between additions.
If the mixture looks like it’s going to curdle, add a spoonful of the weighed flour and beat again until smooth.

If you have any grease or oil in the bowl with the egg whites, they won’t whisk up. Similarly any egg yolk will have the same effect. Rinse the bowl out with boiling water first.
Line baking trays with non-stick baking parchment, this will peel away from the baked meringues easily.

I am yet to place my kitchen skills at baking and maybe then when I have mastered enough recipes to transfer to you, I may blog about Bakes J Wish me luck with that

Omelette

Omelettes allow you to choose whatever combinations of ingredients you like and they’re so quick to make, you’ll have a meal in minutes. But how do you make the perfect omelette?
  • Gently beat two eggs together with salt, pepper and a teaspoon of cold water.
  • Warm a medium frying pan over a high heat with a dash of oil
  • Pour the egg mixture into the centre of the pan and cook over a high heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • As the egg begins to set, use a spatula to push the set egg towards the omelette centre.
  • Continue until the entire egg mixture is set.
  • Cook the set omelette for another minute, then loosen the edges with a spatula and fold the omelette in half.
  • Slide onto a plate and tuck in a salad mixture with cheese!  
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Poached Eggs

Poaching eggs is a skill that takes a little practice but it’s worthwhile for anyone wanting to rustle up  fancy dinner-party starter.
I am not so excellent at poaching eggs but with these tips you and I can practice till we get perfect. When we’ve eventually mastered poaching, we shall try our hands at cooking classic recipe favorites that require poached eggs in… time.

Scrambled Eggs

These are one of the quickest and most convenient ways to cook eggs and by adding extra ingredients such as baked beans and tinned beef, you can turn a simple and easy recipe into a delicious meal.
Pan on heat
  • Gently beat two eggs together with salt and pepper.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of water or milk for a softer result.

How to Boil Eggs

Once you get the hang of it, boiled eggs are so easy and endlessly all-purpose. Whether they're for breakfast, picnics or lunch boxes, here are some tips to help you cook boiled eggs just as you like them.

Before you get started, think about timing. Really soft boiled eggs should be cooked in boiling water for 3 minutes. Hard boiled eggs with a lightly soft yolk require boiling for 6 minutes.  Timings will vary slightly with size and the age of the egg. You may have to experiment before you get them just to your liking!

Dad's Bull's Eye

When my dad asks for a bull’s Eye for breakfast, if Idi Amin Dada was my dad’s chef, he would have killed a bull and brought it’s eyes served on a silver plate for my dad and would have placed his palms on his wide waist, pushed his chin forward, widened his eyes to say Bon appetite!!! But let’s not try to be like this guy that placed Uganda onto the world map and instead realize that a Bull’s Eye for breakfast is a fried egg.

When ready to eat, it actually looks like eyes. My dad loves his bull’s eye with salt and pepper sprinkled on top to give it a hot stingy taste. He loves it most with Indian chapatti but you can also have it with a buttered bread toast.

Egg Cooking Guide

It is no longer an apple a day but an egg a day that keeps the doctor away.

Eggs are one of nature's most nutritious foods so if you are looking for a quick and tasty snack or want to impress with an easy egg recipe, I have from my humble kitchen and hot wok, some ideas on cooking eggs.

We shall get to share my tricks on how to get a well fried egg, poached egg, and boiled egg. How to bake with eggs and how to make a Spanish omelet
Follow the blog to get the egg cooking guide

Enjoy!!!

A September Pickle

Did you know?

September is the 9th month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of four months with a length of 30 days. In Latin, septem means "seven" and septimus means "seventh"
September begins on the same day of the week as December every year

I know we are already in the middle of September but we can still make this pickle to have in the remaining 2 weeks of the month.
Oh I almost forgot; my cousin KJ was born in September so this is her month. xxx Love you KJ
Hope you read this post when you get old enough to understand it allJ.

This month we shall be having a Tomato Chutney/ pickle

4' Pickles,4' Months

So I thought since we have got just about 3months and some weeks till the end of the year, I could post 4 recipes for some common chutneys/pickles each for a month.
Pickles can be eaten with just about anything from rice, to pilau to muchomo and just about any bread.
When I was little I always liked to pound my grandfather, his chutney. It was so simple. I had to just chop about 10 hot green chilies and pound them together with about flat a handful of raw ground nuts. That was the simplest chutney I saw my grandma make and it was the first I ever learnt to make.
As I became older I tasted more and different kinds of pickles, my fave being mango pickles that had a stingy taste of ginger and lemon.

Follow Foodelicious closely for 4' pickles, 4' months

Cheater's Capuccino

So we always hear "...hot cup of steamy coffee..."  or " would you like some ice Tea?", yah!
Yes! But today I have for you a recipe for a simple Iced Coffee aka cheater's capuccino and making it is as simple as one, two, three. I have no idea why she called it cheater's capuccino but one of my friends whose name I choose not to state here
;-) corrected me that it's not iced coffee but cheater's capuccino,  when I told her am making myself an Iced Coffee. I'll tell you what that means when I get a clue.
Ok seriously I know it's coffee and it's icy cold but actually it tastes like coffee flavoured ice cream.
Try it and see what I mean.

Macedonia

My grandparents had different kids under their care, so I grew up with other brothers and sisters that don’t even share a drop of DNA with me. I can’t say we were adopted or fostered. I just know that he’s my brother and she’s my sister.
While Christine used to walk me to school almost every morning and Denis used to protect me from the bullies at school that liked to pull my over grown afro hair plaited into one tail, still when I went home we would have fights like any brothers and sisters in other homes.
What I have never forgotten about Denis is his Macedonia. No one makes macedonia with a touch as Denis’. My grandma always praised his skills applied at that culinary stop and he got such praises from as early as when he was just about 10years.
His secret?? Condense milk. After having assorted fruits chopped into cubes and mixed all together, Denis would pour condense milk to top up his delicious mouth watering macedonia.

Tahania Dipping

Remember I told you once that I was born in Sudan and I haven’t been there since I was like 3!.
So am always dreaming that am on a journey to Sudan and I imagine all the bright coloured Kitenges (African designed pieces of cloth for wrapping), Henna decorated hands, pierced nose, and neatly plaited cornrows. I have so many imaginations about Sudan created by memories of how my mum used to dress, the smell of her perfume, the spices she had in her kitchen and the mesmarising stories my dad always narrates to my sister and me and the momments I think of my friend Aisha and her pride in being called Ali from Sudan.

Bongo

Bongo is a home made yorghut that's make from fermenting fresh milk after boiling and leaving covered for about 3 days. Bongo is an ingredient that was always found in my grandmother's kitchen and used to make sweet fruit yorghut, dippings, addition to recipes aomg other creative uses. Follow the the steps below to come up with home made yorghut.
  • Get ½ pint of milk, boil and let it cool
  • In a clean glass bowl, spread a table spoon of plain yoghurt 9you can buy this from a grocery store nearby to start your process) into the dish surface. You can use more table spoons depending on the size of your dish
  • When the milk is cool, remove the top cream

African Spiced Tea

A few days ago, I was coughing a lot and had a sore throat and a bad flu. I am not a doctor, but I think I can fix myself and anyone without any medication or doctor's help. Sorry Victor; this is where I don’t need your medical consultation. I just like my mama was; don’t trust modern medicine so much and love traditional herbs. So I made this ginger tea for myself. It has a warm character, helps blood circulation and kept my hands and feet warm. Besides helping with reliving me of the coughing and blocked nose trills. Though some doctors recommend not drinking it, if you have a fever I have tried and had no side effects but please I beg you, be a doll and follow your doctor’s instructions.

In South Africa, people my kind are called Salads.....

                  ...and I like it when am called that...Salad ;-)

Ok!! so I said cooking is all about forging right?By forging I mean creativity. What do you do when you are so exhausted from a long day’s work. Have I cup of boiled rice that was left over from lunch of even last night’s dinner. You take a peek into your fridge and all you see is just 1 fruit; an apple, some frozen foods and you have no idea what to make?
I have found myself in such a situation and lucky for me I can forge my way to satisfaction

So I have the following ingredients in my fridge and honestly I don’t feel like standing near my gas stove right now.

The natives there called it Mahiz

I have never been to a restaurant and had my meal as fast as I ordered it. It always gets to me almost 30minutes after order. One has to order for a meal 1 hour earlier if you are sure not to loose a temper…remember an angry man is always a …..Yep...that’s right... a hungry one
I know sometimes we get so held up and fail to deliver our lunch to the hungry son and daughter that are soon to throw a tantrum or to the husband that has a meeting to get back to fast and can not concentrate on finalizing his report.
That is why we have starters ranging from Bajias to cucumbers to carrots and for me today am thinking Creamy Corn.

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