Serene & Cozy Chalet, Gilgil


This cozy Chalet is located in Gilgil, approximately 2 hours drive from Nairobi. I happened upon the listing on Air BnB, when planning a road trip over the Christmas holiday. We were looking for somewhere relatively close to Nairobi and this location was ideal as we planned to do some short day trips around Nakuru/Naivasha/Elementaita.

What we were looking for:-

  • Not too far from Nairobi, under 3 hours by car
  • Budget Friendly
  • A Self-Catering Kitchen and Outdoor BBQ
  • Comfortable and Clean
  • Tranquil and surrounded by Nature

Before you Travel

We already planned to do all our own cooking, so made sure to do all shopping in Nairobi. This includes all ingredients for all meals, fruits, veggies, drinks, condiments, spices, drinking water and ‘miscellaneous’ supplies like cooking oil or matchsticks …really, carry everything including charcoal for the BBQ, it will allow you maximum convenience 😉 The kitchen has plates, glasses, cups, cookware, utensils, a cooker and a fridge. Bed sheets and towels were provided and there is a water heater.


The Chalet

It is a 2 story Chalet, with a living room, kitchen, 1 bathroom/toilet and 2 bedrooms upstairs. Tip: It’s very hot during the day but it gets surprisingly cold at night.


Activities 

Gilgil is conveniently located between Naivasha and Nakuru. It is under an hour’s drive to Lake Naivasha , Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementaita (Quad Biking) and Hell’s Gate National Park.

FYI– There is no WiFi or TV at the Chalet, but there is a BBQ on request and a lovely outdoor area.

If you are looking for a cozy and convenient getaway near Nairobi, you’ve found it. It’s ideal for small groups, couples or families looking for a tranquil yet affordable getaway!

 

For more information or to make your booking click here.

Dinner for 2: Grilled Prawn Skewers and Garlic Cheese Puffs

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! How about a home cooked dinner for your sweetheart sugar bae lover 🙂 Cheaper than eating out and not too time consuming..Le go!

So this dinner for two is grilled Prawns and a pastry I am calling Garlic Cheese Puffs served with a simple salad. What you will need:-

Garlic Cheese Puffs

Garlic Cheese Puff Ingredients

Ingredients-

  • Puff Pastry
  • Crushed Garlic
  • Grated Cheese
  • An egg (to brush)
  • a teaspoon of Olive Oil

Steps: Roll out the puff pastry and cut it into 8 equal strips. Mix the crushed garlic and olive oil, spread evenly on the center of each strip. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the garlic. Roll over and seal the pastries. Arrange the pastries on greased baking paper and brush with egg wash . Bake at 200°C for 20-30 minutes.

….And it is ready!

Garlic Cheese Puffs


Prawn Skewers

Ingredients-

  • Half a Kg Queen Prawns (Peeled)
  • 2 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 5 large Limes/Lemons
  • Spices: Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Curry Powder and Chili Oil (Optional)
  • Skewers

Prawn Skewers


Steps: Squeeze juice from 3 big limes/lemons. Mix Lime juice with crushed garlic, add to the prawns, throw in all the spices and mix (I left it to marinade for about an hour before cooking). Put the prawns on skewers and Grill for about 5 minutes! Brush with any remaining marinade and put back on the grill for another 3-5…and Serve! Serve with a squeeze of the remaining limes.


(I served the meal with salad, coriander, onions and tomatoes tossed in balsamic vinegar and a little lime.)

Valentine's Day Dinner perhaps...

Enjoy!

Mishkaki at Home

Mishkaki is Swahili for an East African version of meat skewers, typically beef alternated with vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • Beef cubes
  • Green pepper
  • A large Onion
  • Spices: Salt, Black Pepper, Beef Masala and Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp veg oil
  • Wooden skewers
All you need

Ingredients


The best thing about home-made mishkaki/beef and veg skewers is that the preparation is very simple and relatively quick. Also, I hear some folks recommend soaking the skewers in water overnight so they don’t burn in the oven, I didn’t though and it was okay.

Step 1: Add salt, black pepper, beef masala, chili powder and veg oil to the beef cubes and mix. Cut the onion and green pepper into cubes. Alternate the meat and vegetables on each skewer. Arrange on a grilling tray…

 

Step 2: Bake at 180 °C for about 20-25 minutes. Depending on how well done you like your meat, you can decide when to take it out…And serve..

Sticky Spicy Wings (3 Steps)

Sticky Spicy Wings

Yum!

A favorite the world over and with so many options and ideas to choose from. Voila! My take on simple sticky chicken wings in 3 steps…le go!


Ingredients

  • Half a kg-1 kg of raw Chicken Wings
  • Half a cup of Honey
  • Half a cup of Ketchup
  • 3 tbsp Corn flour (Optional)
  • Chili Oil/Chili Powder
  • Salt, Black Pepper and Cayenne Pepper
  • Cooking Oil (like a teaspoon)

Step 1:

Cut the wings into 3 pieces, at the joints. Coat in corn flour, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Spread on a grill tray and bake at 200 °C for 40 minutes.


Step 2:

Set aside the baked chicken wings. Heat a frying pan and add some cooking oil, chili oil and chili powder (you’ll feel it when you inhale through your nose), stir. Add in the ketchup and honey, stir. Check the flavor after about 3 minutes and adjust to taste. Add in the wings and stir until well coated.


Step 3:

Remove from heat and spread out on a baking tray (use baking paper or grease it). Bake at 220°C for 5 minutes.


Ready to Serve!

And served...

Ready!

(I served it with a simple salad tossed in balsamic vinegar)

Smakelijk!