Coconut Pineapple Pancakes.

These cocopine pancakes are insanely delicious, decadent and made with so much love, each bite is just heaven on your tongue. Don’t believe me? Try them and see.

There is something about coconut and pineapple that reminds one of slow lazy days, sunshine, clear skies and love. Make these for yourself or your loved ones and treat yourselves.

The basic pancake batter is an adaption for a fluffy pancake recipe shared by @nyaranyango on Instagram. I changed it up a bit and made the pancakes Kenyan style, more like thickish crepes than fluffy American style. Then filled them with a simple pineapple and coconut compote that is wickedly delicious.

Ingredients:-

  • 2 1/2 cups self raising flour.
  • 1 heaped tablespoon custard powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1 cup natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice.

For the compote;

  • 1/2 a medium sized ripe pineapple, diced. (Ugandan pineapples are the sweetest and go in so well in this recipe).
  • 1 big lemon, juiced.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • A small pinch of ground cloves and ground nutmeg.
  • 2 tablespoons Ugandan honey
  • 1 heaped tablespoon coconut flakes, dessicated coconut will work too.
  • A small splash of vanilla.
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water.

Begin with the pancake batter. In a large bowl, add the coconut milk and sugar and whisk together, then add the coconut oil.

Next all the rest of the wet ingredients, the yoghurt, vanilla, egg and whisk well.

Follow this with the custard powder and flour and mix to a smooth thickish batter. The juice and cinnamon go in last. Set aside for a while.

For the compote, aka the pineapple sauce. Keep the heat low as you make it, to avoid burning.

Heat your small sauce pan and add the coconut flakes. Toast them till they start browning a bit, remove and set aside.

In the same pan, add the butter and as it melts, add the honey, lemon juice, and mix well. When it starts simmering, add the diced pineapple and the ground spices, mix well and cover. Let it cook for 15 minutes on low. The pineapples will remove their juice, soften and absorb the spices and lemon and honey slowly.

Once 15 minutes are up, if the compote is too runny for your liking, add the cornstarch and mix well, finish off with the toasted flakes and vanilla and switch off heat.

Let us now get back to our pancakes. I use a non stick pan and do not add oil as I already added it in the batter.

Heat your pan on medium flame, wipe with a kitchen towel and ladle some batter, then swirl it round. When it gets bubbles on the surface, flip and let cook on the other side. I like mine this golden brown colour. Remove from heat with a spatula and keep on a plate lined with kitchen towel. Repeat the same process until all the batter is done.

Now assemble and serve. I usually put the compote in the middle and fold the pancakes into a triangle shape as seen below.

The pancakes are perfect with a cup of ginger tea. Yum!

If you love coconuts and pineapple, these cocopine pancakes are definitely worth a try.

Cheesy Zucchini Sweetcorn Muffins.

This is an easy recipe and a staple in many homes with kids, as it is a great lunchbox option as a snack, a light lunch with a salad or soup on the side and because they keep so well, are a great option for those long road trips!

There are many ways to make this, this is how I do it. The best thing about savoury muffins is there is no limit to what you can put in; it is all about what you like.

Our ingredients are:-

  • 2 cups self raising flour.
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small grated zucchini aka courgette.
  • 1/2 cup of sweetcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted.
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • A pinch of mixed spice (optional)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • A pinch of salt

Another thing I love with this recipe is it is a one bowl one, so less dishes. Quick, fast and easy to make.

Method.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Line your 12 hole muffin pan with muffin cases.

Sift your flour in a large bowl, add the other ingredients and mix well.

Mix well but do not over mix and spoon into muffin cases.

Bake for 18- 20 minutes until golden and baked through, check with a skewer.

Enjoy them after letting cool for 15 minutes or so.

They are great on their own or with some soup on the side. Either way, you have to try them out. Tasty, filling and so easy the kids can make them themselves (with supervision of course).

Love,

Wanjoro.

Ossobuco and Spaghetti.

A simple way to enjoy your beef ossobuco. I like this dish as it has its own flavour and whichever spices or flavourings you use, are really just to enhance its richness.

The trick is to cook it low, slow and with love.

Ingredients:-

  • 4 beef shanks.
  • 1 large sliced onion.
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
  • I green pepper.
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste.
  • A pinch of sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon spice blend of equal parts ground cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • 2 tbsp of all purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • A splash of Worcestershire sauce.
  • A splash of balsamic vinegar.
  • 2 chopped tomatoes.
  • Cooking oil.
  • 1 small bunch of coriander chopped and some lemon zest.

Method.

Mix the flour, spice blend and salt and pepper on a wide plate.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large saucepan.

Dry the ossobucco pieces and dredge them in the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour and fry in the oil till brown all round then set aside.

In the same pan, fry your onion and mix well till soft, before adding the garlic and green pepper. Add the tomato paste and the sauce and vinegar as well as the sugar, stir well.

Add the ossobuco pieces to the pan…

…and some water to just cover them.. then add the chopped tomato on top.

Cover and simmer on low for 2 hours, till the meat is ready and tender. Once ready, sprinkle with the coriander and lemon.

Cook your spaghetti as per the pack instructions and plate.

The sauce is thick, the meat is tender, succulent and full of flavour.

Worth a try right?

You can also check out these other tasty beef ossobuco recipes already on the blog:-

. Instant Pot Ossobuco.

.Curried Beef Shank.

. Naan and Ossobuco.

Broccoli and Potato Soup.

Ok. The soup has other vegetables but broccoli is the main star in this healthy bowl of soup.

I’ve been on a soft food diet for a while now and mashed food, porridge, soups and smoothies have been my main go-tos for a quick and easy nourishment fix. I will be posting the other soups too but you can check out some of my smoothie bowl and porridge recipes here and here.

This soup is easy to make. Uses easily available ingredients and is filling enough for a light dinner. Serve it up with some grilled cheese toast or crusty bread and you’re good to go. 🤗

Let’s get started.

Ingredients are:- One chopped red onion, 6 garlic cloves, 2 celery stalks, 2 carrots, 2 large potatoes, chopped and diced. Butter, coriander seeds, dried thyme, salt and Pepper to taste.
Heat your pan and add 1 1/2 tbsp of some butter, I added some olive oil so the butter would not burn. Toast one tsp of coriander seeds in the butter, they will be fragrant but make sure they do not burn.
Next, add the onion, cook till a bit softened before adding the minced garlic, mix well.
Your kitchen is smelling amazing at this time. Now it is time to put in the chopped celery and diced carrot. Mix well and add one tbsp of thyme, some salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of basil too.
Next go in the potatoes and the broccoli stalks which you can dice thickly.
Once the potatoes are cooked an beginning to soften, add your broccoli florets and one and 1/2 cups of water or vegetable stock. Remember to check seasoning.

Cover and let simmer till everything is well combined, taste then if done to your liking, blend to your prefered consistency.

I usually add a little splash of balsamic vinegar to my soups just to deepen the flavours a bit.

Serve hot in a bowl with grated cheddar cheese on top.

I garnished it with some baobab powder and moringa powder for additional nutrients and to perk it up a bit. They do not affect the soup’s flavour though.

The soup is delicious, colourful and tasty, the kids had seconds. It goes in well with buttered toast, and is perfect for cool days or evenings when you want to a comforting bowl of soup.

Try it and let me know what you think.

Love,

Wanjoro.

Tasty Chickpea, Eggplant and Spinach Curry.

This curry is insanely delicious!

All you have to do is take your time and let it sit a while. As with all curries the flavors just melt into each other and are still delicious as leftover lunch.

This curry has eggplant, chickpeas, tomatoes, baby spinach and some coconut milk, making it an explosion of flavour that will please both meat lovers and vegetarians alike.

Ingredients are : a can of chickpeas, a small bag of baby spinach, two medium eggplants, one onion, 3 tomatoes, a heaped teaspoon of ginger garlic paste, some tomato paste, a pinch of sugar, cup and a half of thick coconut milk, and salt and pepper to taste, a small bunch of coriander, leaves and stalks separated and chopped. Our spices are 1 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp ground turmeric, 1 tsp dhania jeera powder and a tbsp of Kenyan curry powder. Also used a tsp of black mustard seeds, cumin seeds and 1/2 a tsp of fennel seeds, as well as a bay leaf.

First off, drain and rinse off our chickpeas, set aside. Chop /Dice your eggplant and soak in salted water to remove bitterness and avoid them turning black.

Heat your pan on medium heat and add 1 tbsp of coconut oil, add the mustard, cumin and fennel seeds and bay leaf.

Once they start sputtering add the chopped onion and some coriander stalks. Mix well and let it cook till softened, before adding the ginger garlic paste.

Once that cooks, add your ground spices, lower heat and let the spices cook a bit. Add the tomato paste and mix well.

You can now add your drained and rinsed eggplant, add a splash of water, cover and let cook for 5-6 minutes. Then add the tomatoes. Add a bit of salt and pepper, then cover and let the tomatoes cook down. ( I do not rush this as I want the flavours to blend properly, also I usually season food as I cook).

Once the tomatoes cook down, add the chickpeas and about a cup and a half of thick coconut milk. Mix well, cover and let simmer on low for about 20 minutes.

Add your washed and drained spinach leaves and let cook for about five minutes more. Check seasoning, turn off heat and garnish with dhania leaves.

Serve hot with chapati or rice.

We had ours with coconut and pumpkin chapatis, whose recipe I will share soon.

Enjoy this meal as a quick weeknight curry that is great for the kids lunchboxes the next day too.

It is healthy, colourful, tasty and easy to make which as you already know, I love!

Try it and let me know what you think.

Love,

Wanjoro.