Tasty Sunrise

Written by Wendy. Posted in Entrée, Recipes

Tasty Sunrise

My ideal ‘tasty sunrise’ would have to be a heart savory recipe with something sweet to top it off. So I decided to go for what I call a loaded potato and a cinnamon roll in a bowl/mug. I still wanted to keep my gourmet touch to my meals, though they all microwave made. This is super easy and fun.

Remember to always use microwave friendly utensils. Don’t burn down the kitchen!!!


  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 strips bacon,
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1.Put the potatoes in the bowl with a little water, put your microwave on the highest power most are 900w. cover the bowl and leave it in the microwave to bake for 10 minutes.

In the mean time you can chop up your coriander, bacon and onions and shred your cheddar cheese.

By now the potatoes should be ready. Leave them out to cool off for a bit before you make them into pockets.

Lay the first baked potato on its side, and use a knife to carefully cut off the top third of the potato.

With a spoon, hollow out the middle of the potato to make a “bowl”, leaving the potato as thick or thin as you’d like. (Just remember, the more room you leave, the more room for eggs, bacon and cheese!) Repeat with the rest of the potatoes.

Place 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the middle of each bowl. Then gently break an egg into each bowl, careful not to break the yolk.

Top with bacon, cheese, coriander, and then season with salt and pepper.

PS: I did squeeze in as much bacon, onions and cheese, even under the egg just be careful not to spill!

Put it in the microwave, for about 5-7mins, depending on how runny you like your egg



Imagine waking up to that lovely cinnamon scent! (sigh) The beauty about this recipe it will only take you 10 minutes, meaning you can whip up the ingredients go finish getting ready come back and carry it and have it on your way to school or work…

So here goes…

  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl/mug then whisk together with a fork until combine and nearly smooth.

Microwave mixture on high power for 5 minute then check cake for doneness. If it is not fully cooked microwave for an additional 15 seconds.

Serve warm topped with Cream Cheese Icing or just buy frosting and top it up.



Wendy Wahito’s Chicken Biryani Food Challenge Experience x Adventurous Cooks

Written by Wendy. Posted in Entrée, Recipes

This has got to be one of my most favourite meals from the Kenyan Coastal cuisine. Full of aroma, color and mind-blowing flavors. Always thought it was quite the task and with various attempts and fails, finally got the best recipe for it and agreed to take this challenge.

So I started of with the chicken marinade, most of the ingredients were as per expected. Although using saffron was a first but truly explained all my other failed attempts.


Untitled Put in the spices in a large bowl.

PS: I used about 10 large pieces of chicken thigh and leg and cut them in to halves.


Untitled1 Put the chicken pieces on top of the spices, I personally decided to give the chicken a spice rub mix of cayenne pepper and sweet paprika.


Untitled   Add in the plain yoghurt/ mala.

I used mala, which is also know as sour milk, think it does the trick especially in a mix of herbs and spices.  


Untitled2 Add in the saffron and sprinkle a little bit of the orange color.

I know what your thinking right about now! Yes saffron has its own color why add more artificial colour…. Well I wanted to go in with the recipe and follow up on the stuff I never added on my previous attempts. Just a lil food color never hurt anybody.

Remember to let the chicken marinate for atleast 3-4 hours, so go ahead grab your trainers and go workout as you wait. LOL

I had to keep it moving, so I chilled for around 3 hours and decided to get on with the rice. Before people walk in like “you haven’t started cooking??” My mother always buys basmati rice, so we’ve always used it and it’s definitely my preference.

On my first attempt my rice was a complete fail, I may have over soaked or over cooked. So just be careful, lets not have ugali/rice.

Moving on swiftly,


Untitled6 Soak some saffron in a small bowl of water.


Untitled7 Soak your rice in cold water. According to the recipe you have to do this for 30 minutes, I soaked mine for about 15mins cause I was running late wit my dinner preps. Still turned out good though.  


Untitled8 Add water and the pieces of spices and bring to a boil, then add the rice.  


8 Cook the rice until its almost ¾ ready and drain out the water.

Yet another thing that made me fail on my previous attempt, you have to be careful and make sure the rice does not cook fully because it goes in for another round of cooking and you don’t want it over cooked or to burn.  

  12 Take out half the rice sprinkle food color on one side and the saffron liquid as well.

Untitled9 Put in the other half mix it up and cover with a tight lid let it steam on low heat for 15 minutes.

Remember to keep looking!!!    

So by now if you’re following my timeline, your chicken should be ready to be transformed into a chicken curry.  


2 Saute your onions until lightly brown.


Untitled       Add in the tomato paste and the remaining saffron.


Untitled4   Add the sour milk let it cook for about 8-10mins.

Bet you want to just eat that right about now.    


Untitled4       Add in the well -marinated chicken.


99 Keep stiring leaving the pot covered.      

So now your chicken curry and rice should be ready, hoping you were checking on your rice and its still not on!!!

34  The rice

Untitled5 The chicken curry.  

  I decided to go full on coastal with this dish; I made a side of kachumbari also known as salsa on the other side of the world. Basically just an easy salad that has of tomatoes, onions and coriander. Seasoned with some salt and black pepper.

This was my end result, very happy with the outcome extremely delicious!!!

Untitled12 Untitled11 Untitled10 As the Swahili people would say “jienjoy!”

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