Birthday Month. 

February is almost over! 

Is the year rushing by or what? 

This is not only the month of Love, Black History Month, Black Panther Month but also my birthday month. Yippee!!!

I will not lie about being excited about growing older. Forty is edging real fast and I am not ready folks I am NOT ready! 😪😪😪

There is a lot I had purposed to have accomplished by now and I have been pretty hard on myself about it recently. 

I’ve been in the dumps to be honest. Lousy mood swings, emotional about silly things, been a bit a anti social of late. I am tired, unhappy with myself and need to get back ontrack FAST? Will watching Black Panther help? It seems to be raising spirits all around I need a bit of that. Will T’Challa do it, I heard M’baku is awesome too and Killmonger…. 

Also girl power never fails in uplifting. Okoye? Nakia? Shuri? I hear she is the best Disney princess …. Can’t wait to watch it!

Seriously though, why is time moving so fast? I want to stay young – perfect excuse to get away with goofing off! 


Culinary Delight: Roasted Potatoes, Mutton and Stir fried vegetables.

It has been a while since I posted some food and yes, it is another potato dish. They are still a favorite. I just love potatoes 🙂

We do not dine out a lot but when we do, Mambo Italia pops up frequently. What’s not to love about their food? One of their options for sides are potatoes roasted with sage and garlic. Yum! Not only are their portions large, their food is down right delicious and filling.

Here is my attempt to recreate the potatoes:-

Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sage and Garlic.

Serves 2


  • 5 large potatoes
  • I tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Peel and cut the potatoes into thick slices or wedges if you wish.
  • Boil the potatoes in salted water, together with the garlic and turmeric.
  • Boil for 8-10 minutes until almost but not quite cooked.
  • Drain and cool
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius,
  • In a bowl, mix the olive oil, paprika and thyme.
  • Add the cooled potatoes and mix well, then arrange on a baking tray.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes.

Serve hot.

Potatoes roasted in sage and garlic, boiled mutton and stir fried vegetables.

As the mutton was quite fatty, I boiled it with 2 chopped red onions, I tbsp of ginger- garlic paste, 1 tbsp of chopped coriander (include the stalks), 1 chopped tomato, salt and pepper to taste. You can add 1 tbsp of tomato paste to thicken a bit and add colour to the stew. Let it boil with two cups of water until thickened and reduced to your liking. The mutton was about 400g. This was my version of the famous “tumbukiza” where meat is boiled with all other ingredients you want in there and served hot and saucy.

The stir fried vegetables were carrots, courgette and green pepper (capsicum or hoho as we call it here) sliced into strips. I added a bit of soy sauce and honey to add flavour and a glossy finish.

Below is another potato dish I made weeks ago, only this time the I used mixed herbs, onion and garlic, and the side was some deep fried fish which I made a tomato based sauce for.

This was also very delicious and filling.

Roasted potatoes with mixed herbs and garlic, deep fried fish in homemade tomato sauce.

Aren’t potatoes bae?

PS: I do make other healthier *cough cough* dishes, keep it locked for the recipes.


New Beginnings.

Since we moved, many friends and relatives have asked what we are going to do with our old living space; will we rent it out? will we demolish it?

I have an idea I have been toying with for a while but have not really gotten round to actually doing it. So H and I have decided we will use that space for it. I am good at procrastinating and have this fear of the unknown that makes me delay working on my ideas and getting started on projects.

So I will be blogging about this as a means of being accountable to myself. This is a dream I have had for years and I am excited to at least make one step towards realizing it. So here goes one step.

First, there are some repairs and changes to be done to some rooms, as well as paintwork. Cannot wait to see the ideas our artist/ painter comes up with. I am still in love with the murals he did in the kids rooms and the paintwork in the rest of the house is superb.

I also need licensing for my project and some new furniture, both indoor and outdoor. But one step at a time for this labour of love. I cannot wait to take before and after shots.

Here is to a new beginning!


Happy New Year

I cannot believe I did not do any post in December, such an awesome month. Enjoyed the time off just spent most of it at home with family and friends. Abscondita also got some time off to go visit her relatives upcountry, so let’s just fill in the blanks as to why I could not post. Yes, housework LOL.

Seriously though, I am glad 2017 is over and may it never come back. There is a lot I am grateful for in the past year, but there is a lot too that I would prefer to rot in the past. I thank God for good health, not lacking anything and the time spent with H and the kids. I loved the revelations too on which lane I should stick to cause oh the drama that past year!   I am relieved to have dropped some baggage and come to see some people for their dishonesty and downright nastiness. Yucky!

2018 is here though. And I am looking forward to what my achievements will be this year. I have not set any resolutions and never do anyway. But I have set down some of the things I am keen on achieving this year, which I will be sharing as I work on them.

Leo started school too! So exciting. Seeing my lil man in his uniform with his small bag, looking all serious and organized. Only downer is his fro is gone, I will miss his big hair and he looks so much smaller now L

Njeri is excited about being in the last year of pre- school, already asking if this is the year her front teeth will fall off, and if she can get her ears pierced, and if she can start ballet and a never ending list of questions like most kids her age. I am loving her current phase where she has been walking around the house with a note book and pencil drawing things that interest her. I am really impressed at the young girl she is growing into.

H and I are fine too, still working on our other  projects bit by bit but glad the big one was completed well. We have been lucky to have had no major issues with the people we have been working with and anticipate more success in future projects. Taking our time, researching in and out, working with experts has really helped us and may it continue.

Here is to an exciting year filled with new projects, new learning and success!

Teach a child

H and I love being parents. It is a privilege, a gift, an opportunity accorded to us, not because we are the most deserving to be parents, but has given us an opportunity to learn so many things.

I for one have learnt patience.  Please, take a moment and let that sink in…. anyone who knows me knows I am not the most patient human being but my little ones have taught me to be patient. It is amazing I tell you, learning not to get worked up over trivial things, counting to ten (or even up to thirty) before responding.  Meditating no, not zoning off,

I have learnt how to let loose, yep, that stick up my butt fell off some time ago. Boy, I have become this spontaneous fun loving person I had no idea I could be.

It is not easy teaching kids though. Raising them right according to your values is no easy feat. It takes a village and a lot of trial and error. There is no parenting book that has the tips down easy. We are lucky to grow up with access to more parenting resources than our parents, though this can also be more confusing as you sift down what is in line with your values and discard the rest.

Then there are those times you feel you have no idea of what you are doing, so you just play along and cross your fingers. LOL. But God has been gracious to us in all this, and we are grateful for that.

What is our vision for our children?  Every parent wants their child to be healthy, successful and wise. Grow up into person of integrity and be self assured. How do we do it though?

I do not have the answers yet, all i can perfect right now is loving our children right and well, and teach them love, what is right, about God, about others, about nature. Even about bad things so they can know that all is not right out here. I will not scare them though, but teach them to see beyond what is in front of them. So help me God.

My Mum once gifted me a card similar to the one below, I know not everybody may agree with all it says, but there is some truth in it.

children learn
Source: Google search

Mommy Drives #DSFL

It has been a while but I am back to share what I learnt during the Ford DSFL Course.

After sharing the post on child safety, I saw this post by a Mum on FB. Support is so important, and her children’s lives were saved as they were strapped in correctly at the time. This really needs to be taken seriously by Kenyan parents.

We finished the theory part of the course with a brief discussion on what one should always have in their vehicle at all times.

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Fire Extinguisher- this is to be changed once a year. To be stored clamped under the passenger seat for easy retrieval- should not be put in the boot.
  3. Torch
  4. Tow rope, gloves
  5. Safety triangles
  6. Cables
  7. A bottle of water (2litre is good) Handy when the car overheats and can also quench your thirst
  8. Car phone charger, you would not want to be stranded somewhere with a phone out of charge.
  9. Loose change, for parking and tipping
  10. Umbrella
  11. Note pad and pen
  12. Tissue

There are so many other things drivers keep in the vehicle, some have a complete tool box. (I did not mention H here LOL), but it’s all about being safe on the road and prepared for any eventuality. As a Mummy driver, we keep everything from a kikoy or khanga, or even a picnic blanket, hand lotion, wet wipes, sunglasses, shopping bags and a small bag or bin for trash.

It sounds like a lot but just check what you have in the car with you, you will be amazed. Some of us even have a bag of ready to wear clothes for spontaneous trips. Hehehehe!

With the recent plastic bag ban, my boot now has a kiondo or two (those sisal baskets we’re are given on our wedding day by our grandmas) which is a big help when shopping.

Image source: Google.

What else do you keep in your car as a Mommy driver?

Culinary Delights: Breakfast Hash

May I declare my love for potatoes for the umpteenth time? They are bae. Delicious and filling no matter how you make them.

I love having them for weekend breakfast or brunch. They are a lovely way to start a long day or counter a hangover!

Here are two takes on breakfast. One with Irish potatoes, the second with sweet potatoes or ngwaci as we call them here.

There is no need to boil them first, just chop ‘em up in small cubes, add to a wide pan in a layer covering the bottom of the pan and they will cook pretty first.

Take 1.

  • Peel and cut your Irish potatoes into small cubes. Also slice one red onion and chop one green pepper (hoho).
  • Heat some olive oil in a pan, add the onion and green pepper, cook till soft. Remove and set aside.
  • You can add some more oil, just a bit, let it heat up then add your cubed potatoes evenly on the pan, let them sizzle on medium heat, you do not want them to burn without cooking all the way through, turn them when the edges are crispy and brown, add salt, pepper and spices of choice. I used garlic powder and Spanish paprika.
  • You can now add any leftover meat you may have, or even bacon. I added some leftover steak, cubed. Then add back the onion and green pepper mix. Mix well.
  • Make a few wells in the pan and crack a couple of eggs, cover and let eggs cook to your liking.
  • You can add some grated cheese just before serving. I used cheddar. Yum!
    Breakfast Hash: Potatoes with green pepper, leftover steak, eggs and cheese!

    Take 2.

  • Same process but this time I used one sweet potato, and did not add any eggs or cheese.
  • I had some leftover mutura (our Kenyan traditional version of blood sausage) which I added after adding back the onions and pepper mix.
  • I used mixed herbs instead of spices and served with two beef sausages and a creamy tomato, lettuce and cucumber salad leftover from previous night’s dinner.
Sweet potatoes with mutura, served with a creamy salad and beef sausages.

Both versions are delicious, filling, and a great way to include leftovers that are not enough for a main meal. Try them this weekend!


Mommy Drives: #DSFL

This is a continuation of the previous post about Ford’s Driving Skills for life course.

Another tip was on the importance of adjusting rear and side view mirrors.

This should be done before turning on the engine, and after seat adjustment. Adjusting the mirrors to appropriate angles helps maximize the driver’s field of vision. Adjust the rear view mirror to ensure the whole rear window is in view. Yes, this sounds like driving 101 but you would be surprised at how often drivers neglect this.

Without proper adjustment and proper use of the mirrors, the driver simply does not have a clear view of the road and other road users beside and behind her.

As one adjusts, keep in mind blind spots, cyclists, pedestrians and other cars, you should angle the side mirrors to enable you to see such approaches.

Another tip was to drive relaxed, but alert. One should avoid constant accelerating and excessive hard braking. Drive while anticipating different traffic situations. Keep the proper distance between vehicles and please oh please use indicators before taking turns! This irks me so much, why is it so hard for Kenyan drivers to indicate. It is not as if you are getting charged for it. Argh! This is a major peeve for me. As for distance, a 3 second distance is fine. Increasing your distance increases your scope of action and reaction time, in bad weather, you can increase the time interval to six seconds.

Mommy drivers should also avoid distractions while driving. I know it sounds easier than it actually is. You are trying to concentrate on your favorite Adelle song on the radio, the kids are yelling for your attention, sip coffee and the crazy matatus are trying to cut into your lane. Sigh.

Increasing distractions = increased risk of a crash.

Distractions include talking (yes!), constantly adjusting the radio, eating, mobile phone, etc. How to avoid such? The phone calls and messaging can wait. Strap in the kids at the back. PLEASE! I see guys driving with the kids in front and I shudder when I imagine what could happen if the driver has to brake immediately. The snacking and intense conversations can wait. All attention needs to be on the road drivers. All. Attention.

Let us keep our eyes on the road. Will be back with more tips.

Mommy Drives- Seatbelt Safety

Last week I attended a short Ford Driving Skills for Life course. I learnt a lot within a short time and decided to share the same with you.

Q: How many of us (mommy drivers) have gone for an advanced driving course?

I have not. But doing one preferably by Glen Edmunds is one of my goals. We were challenged by the trainer on how we make an effort to improve other aspects of our lives, but neglect improving on our driving. It was a challenge and be sure to sign up for one ladies. There are several types of advanced driving courses available, some are tailored for ladies, others defensive driving (to counter carjacking), and others on how to drive in difficult conditions (rough terrain and insecure places.)

There were many tips shared, and I will try to exhaust each. I have a disclaimer though; I am no driving expert or car guru, this is just to share what I learnt and keep learning as we need to keep ourselves and our families safe on the roads.

Tip 1: Safety belts.

This is a no brainer Ladies. Seat belts need to be used by ALL passengers ALL the time.

It is a legal requirement in Kenya too.

Why? They reduce chances of fatalities and/ or serious injuries.

Kenyan statistics are not easy to come by on seat belt usage, but it is a challenge. As you drive, make sure all your passengers are belted up too. You would not want them to become missiles in case of a crash now would you?

Here is an article on the same.

I do not even want to get started on those who drive with their children in the front seat or between the driver’s legs. We can and should do better as parents. If I see you do this, I call you out there and then. It does not matter if I know you or not. What is the point in belting up as the driver and not ensuring all the passengers are belted up too? Safety measures apply to all in equal measure.

Below is a clip of an ad advocating use of safety belts that was shared in the class.

Also, as you belt up, ensure the belt is adjusted correctly, you do not want it to cut your jugular in case of impact, or slice your tummy either. Here is a great article on how to ensure you are wearing your belt correctly.

This really hit close to home as I realized I was wearing my  seat belt wrong this whole time. You also need to adjust the belt every time you use it. H is much taller than I am so he adjusts differently and if I fail to do so when I drive well, let us not discuss the possible ‘‘headless” scenario.

Until the next tip, let us belt up and make it a rule that every passenger in your car belts up too.

Culinary delights: Spaghetti and Tuna.

Pasta and tuna are an amazing combination; tastes great; cooks fast and is filling, a perfect weekday dinner recipe.

I however still need tips on how to plate spaghetti 🙂


  • 1 packet spaghetti or pasta of choice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 courgettes, diced.
  • 3 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped.
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste (optiona)
  • 1 can of tuna chunks in oil, drained.
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheese to serve.


  • Heat oil in a saucepan, add onion and fry till transluncent.
  • Add garlic, give a quick stir and add the courgettes. Cook for about seven minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, some salt and cook till tomatoes are mushy, you can add a bit of water to increase the sauce.
  • Let the tomatoes cook for about 9-10 minutes till the sauce is thick.
  • Add the tuna and basil, let heat through and serve.
  • Cook pasta as per package instructions, as the sauce simmers. Toss in the sauce and serve with some cheese on top.