Mini Cinnamon Rolls

What’s better than bite sized snacks? Probably a lot of things..but not today. My favorite thing about bite sized snacks is experiencing all the flavors at once in one mouthful, and knowing that every additional bite will taste and feel exactly the same…you can tell I don’t like surprises ey 😉

The beauty of this snack is that it is so quick and so simple to prepare. Unexpected guests show up at your place and you want to give the image of a well organized adult host, this is it for you!

Ingredients

  • Puff Pastry (These are available at most supermarkets and can be found in the frozen foods section. It costs between 250- 350 ksh)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • A bit of flour (to flour your surface)

All you need

Step 1: Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface. Make sure the pastry is completely defrosted before unwrapping it. Sprinkle brown sugar all over the pastry (to your own liking, I used about 2 table spoons), followed by cinnamon (I used approx 2 teaspoons). Spread and roll the pastry.

 

Step 2: Cut up the rolled pastry into your desired thickness. Ideally, you should arrange them on baking sheets/grease proof paper, I didn’t have any so instead I wrapped aluminium foil over the grill rack and placed the rolls on that, it worked fine 😉

Step 3: Bake at 200 °C for 20 minutes or until brown. Next time I intend to brush them with egg so that they become golden brown and glossy..but these were pretty AWESOME too! I sprinkled some icing sugar on top once they had cooled.

 

Enjoy!!

Paradise Lost, Kiambu

Paradise Lost is situated in Kiambu, approximately 14 km from Nairobi. It was a pretty perfect location  for a Mashujaa Day outing (In case you don’t know, that’s our ‘Heroes’ Day here in Kenya).

There are several activities available to visitors. Here’s what we got up to:-

The way there after the first big sign

Originally, our plan was to go cycling, but that’s now a plan for next time. Instead we found ourselves a spot and organized our drinks and music for an awesome chill session. There is a large open area where groups and families were having BBQs, picnics etc.

Our tickets and drinks

The tickets show what activities are available, here’s what we observed:-

  1. We didn’t see anyone fishing, not to say that you can’t.
  2. We saw the horses and witnessed some enthused kids riding them, accompanied of course. I, however, would not ride one as they look rather malnourished and my over 60 kgs may be a bit much for them.
  3. We saw a lot of people out on boats. Unfortunately the line was too long so we opted not to wait. It looks fun though, and you go unsupervised/unaccompanied around the ‘lake’ (I don’t know if it is a real lake or something else, but a water body).
  4. We did not see any camels, they could have been in another area, it’s quite a large place
  5. As for the nyama choma and cash bar, we carried our own stuff so can’t speak to the the legitimacy of those…
  6. We DID go into the caves and to see the waterfall….

 

The Cave and Waterfalls

 

The caves are over 2.5 million years old and are protected and preserved by the folks at Paradise Lost, in conjunction with the Museums of Kenya. The entrance to the caves is just behind the beautiful waterfall and is large enough for it to be comfortable. If you are claustrophobic (I am but I frequently forget until I am in a situation where my heart stops), you may not enjoy the caves much, it gets hot, stuffy and gets very small very fast. The rest of my group went all the way inside the cave, I was not about that life and only made it about 10 meters in before I started to freak out and opted to go back to the waterfall:-/

After seeing the waterfall and cave, we decided to do some sight seeing. It is a really really nice area with a lot of outdoor spaces and trails, great photo opportunities as well.

There is a nice open area with an incredible view of the lake/water body. We took a break here before going to search for the boating station.

Off we went to look for the boats….we looked and we looked..and rested and looked…we found ourselves back at the waterfall and took the opportunity to ask fro directions..Lol!

Oh there are also toilets spread out across the grounds. There are some funky ones in the main open area where there are a lot of people, but there are also others away from the crowds..Look for those..

We found the boating station, but there was a pretty long line and we weren’t willing to wait. Well, we could have come back, but we were quite beat and ready to call it a day.

Just a pair of Bottys

 

It was a lovely afternoon, but there are a few things I want to go back to do including; cycling, boating and camping…I’ll tell you all about it..

 

Breakfast Pizza

This past weekend I made my brother and I breakfast Pizza for Sunday Brunch! I had some store bought pizza bases that would expire soon, so it was about that time 😉

What you will need (serves 2):-

  • Pizza bases (I bought these, but you can always make your own base)
  • Toppings:- 5 Chipolatas, a few streaks of bacon, 3 eggs, an onion, mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • Sauce/Spread:- Blue band/butter, chili sauce, garlic paste, olive oil,salt, oregano and basil

 

Process

1.Boil the eggs. While the eggs boil, prepare the ‘sauce’/paste…For the paste, mix a teaspoon of blue band, a forkful of crushed garlic, a bit of chili (as your heart desires) and mix it up. After it is mixed, add about a tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt, basil and oregano.

2. Cut up the chipolatas and bacon. Fry them together. Spread the paste on the pizza bases and sprinkle the fried chipolatas and bacon on top. In case you don’t want to use bacon or chipolatas, you can really use any meat, just ensure that you cook it first.

 

3. Peel and slice the boiled eggs. Slice the onion, spread the two toppings on the pizzas. Grate the cheese and spread it on top.

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Add egg, onions and cheese..

 

4. Bake at 200 °C for 15-20 mins. Check frequently to avoid burning.

Breakfast Pizza Time!

 

ENJOY!

yummy!

Tuna and Noodle Mix/Fry

Lazy day cooking! Life as a student taught me to be a bit creative with minimal ingredients. This is one of my ‘broke week meals’ and it is also very simple to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:-

All you need

  • 2 packets of ramen noodles
  • a  tin of tuna
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tomatoes (diced/sliced)
  • 1 onion (diced or sliced)
  • garlic and ginger (if you don’t have one or the other, that’s fine)
  • Spices:- salt, pepper, chilli powder, turmeric and curry powder

Process:

1.Heat the frying pan and throw in the onions, add in the garlic and ginger and stir. Add the turmeric, stir.

2. Add in the tuna and mix it up. Then add in the tomatoes and mix it up. Add all the spices.

3. Beat your eggs and pour them in. Mix it up.

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4. I prefer to boil water, put in a container and drop the noodles in there for about 5 minutes. After that, add in the noodles and mix.

And Voila! Your 20 minute meal is served 🙂

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Yum!

Breakfast Egg Muffin

Looking for a ‘different’ breakfast option that is still relatively simple? Breakfast egg muffins! It doesn’t take too long to prepare, isn’t too technical and is quite yummy 😉

(This recipe makes 12 muffins)

You will need:-

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All you will need

  • 5 eggs
  • half a glass of milk
  • a bowl of grated cheese (you may choose how much you want to use)
  • Assorted diced vegetables. I used; 1 onion, 1 tomato, 1 carrot and 1 courgette
  • 4 chipolatas (cut up)
  • some strips of bacon (cut up)
  • Spices: Salt, Pepper, Chilli powder and garlic powder

Equipment:- a large bowl, an oven, muffin/cupcake tin, oil for greasing the tin, a frying pan

Method:

1. Dice your vegetables and cut up your choice of meat. Feel free to use a combination of any vegetables or meat that you have! (It’s supposed to be a ‘no stress’ meal after all). Grease the muffin tin with your choice of oil and preheat the oven to 180 °C.

2. If the meat you have chosen is raw, cook it with a little oil. If you are using already cooked, leftover meat, you just need to cut it into smaller pieces.

3. Beat the eggs, add in the milk and spices..then add in all the vegetables and continue to mix thoroughly.

4. Pour mixture into the greased muffin tins. Pour in your choice of meat (evenly distribute them). Top with grated cheese.

5. Bake at 180 °C for 15-20 minutes. Remove it when it appears solid and has began to brown.

 

Enjoy!!