Daddies Yoghurt Parfait with Chocolate and Avocado


​For most of you who dont know, AKIU is not a one woman thing. There is this force of family that is behind all that you see here.  My Dad – the hand model, my Mom – the dishwasher, my brother – the taster and my sisters – the publicists. My little sister’s birthday is coming up in a few days. I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she said nothing. Well, I still went a head and made something because that is what sisters are for. No?

For a while now, i have had my mind on daddies. Firstly because they are one of my favorite snacks and secondly because they would make a  great base for no- bake desserts. Daddies are the Ugandan equivalent of cookies in the west. These crunchy buttery pieces of fried dough are the definition of school snacks.   

While planning this parfait, I was looking for something simple, easy to put together, flavorful and a crowd pleaser. It did not disappoint and it is as simple as putting daddies, chocolate, yoghurt, avocado and repeat. 


 What you will need:

2 C. Daddies

1C. Yoghurt, vanilla flavored

1 Chocolate bar

1 Avocado

Method
:

Put the daddies and 3 quarters of the chocolate in a paper bag or plastic/ zip lock. Slightly crash them together. Remove from the plastic and put them in a bowl. Set aside. 

Cut half of the avocado and cube it. Get two long glasses and place the crushed daddies and chocolate in them. Add the yogurt, some more daddies, avocado pieces and more yoghurt. 

To garnish, break the remaining chocolate into chunks and place it on top of the parfait with more daddies. Grate more chocolate on top.

Serve chilled 


This is worth a try! 

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Tamarind Tonic

When you discover that a concoction of tamarind, ginger, honey,  lemon and warm water does wonders to your body, you try as much as possible to make it part of your morning routine. And when you realize soda can be made at home, you excitedly experiment away. This is a result of taking the said concoction for way too long that you wonder what else it can be. I introduce to you this exciting tamarind tonic. Without the gin though because we are all about nonalcoholic fun! 

This drink is as simple as boiling tamarind, ginger, honey, squeezing in some lemon juice, letting it cool completely and adding tonic water. Et voilà! 

What you will need

1 C. Tamarind, peeled

1Tsp. Ginger, grated

2 C. Water

Tonic water

2 Tbsp. Honey

Juice of 1 lemon


Method

In a clean pan, add water, tamarind, ginger and honey. Bring to a boil. Keep stiring so that the tamarind flesh dissolves in the water. 

Once all the water has changed color and the tamarind flesh is off, remove from fire. Let the juice cool. Sieve the juice.  Add lemon juice and tonic water. Serve chilled. 

Your weekend plans should involve this healthy tonic!

Soy Ginger Drumsticks

 

I realize this is probably the first chicken recipe on this blog. You see, growing up, we ate more vegetable based meals than meat. And somehow this has followed me into adulthood where most of my recipe creations gravitate towards vegetable dishes. So in an effort to challenge myself to try making more meat dishes, I present you with this quick and easy chicken dish that you will love. It doesn’t involve any elaborate procedure but is a life saver when you need a quick meal. The ginger adds a sweet spicy flavor while the soy balances it out with salty savoury goodness and the tomato paste ass a hint of sour.  Thank God for prepackaged and dressed chicken from Yo Kuku!, preparing dinner will require minimum effort.

What you will need:

1/2 Kg. Yo Kuku! Chicken drumsticks

1 Garlic clove, minced

1 Tbsp. Ginger, minced

11/2 Tbsp. Tomato paste

1 Medium onion, sliced

1 Green pepper, diced

1Tbsp. Coriander, minced

2 Tbsp. Soy sauce

Juice of half a lemon

1 Tsp. Honey

Salt

Chili oil (optional)

Observations:

  1. Make sure the chicken is fully thawed.

Method

  • In a pan, add the chicken.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, except the tomato paste, onions and green pepper. Mix well.
  • Place pan on medium heat and cover. Let the chicken cook till all the liquids are almost reduced.
  • Add the tomato paste, onions and green pepper. Stir well till the chicken is fully coated with the thick sauce.
  • Reduce fire and let the chicken slowly cook till browned and the onions are caramelized. About 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with more coriander and serve hot with your favorite carbohydrate.

Any favorite chicken recipes?

This post is made possible by Yo kuku!

You can find Yo Kuku! chicken in a supermarket near you or at these Kuku Shops:

Bukoto, Near Kabira Country Club
Bugolobi, Middle East Next to Nakumatt
Kisaasi, Opposite Victorious Beauty Parlour
Mbarara, High Street Opposite Star Time