Savory Avocado Salsa

Happy New Year friends! How has the year been treating you so far? I would like to hear all about it in the comments below.  I have a lot to be grateful for. The year started off low key for me and it has mostly been that way ever since. Also unplugging has never felt so good. In fact it was so great it was extended for another week!  But now I am back with fresh ideas (stay tuned for some awesome news!) and cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store for us all. If you have been following me on Instagram, you know that I took a trip back home and I still cannot get over the beauty that was my morning view for about a week! It is so splendid to see the details of the natural beauty that God has created. It truly is amazing!

Despite the fact that this is a refreshing avocado dish (because who does not want to start the year on a good note?!), we have been hit by a heat wave. OK. Maybe not a heat wave but the sun is scorching every corner of the country! It is so terrible.  So while we are tirelessly waiting for it to finally rain, I figured cool but hearty meals will have to do. First off is this avocado salsa. I named it avocado salsa well because it is a combo of avocadoes, some tomatoes and onions.  As easy as it is to make, it adds a lot of flavour to food. We have been eating it with katogo. ALOT!

What you will need:

5 Small ripe avocadoes

2 large tomatoes

2 Large onions

Lemon juice of one lemon

Parsley, finely chopped

Black pepper

Salt

Simsim (roast sesame) for garnishing

 

Observations:

  1. The avocadoes have to be very ripe
  2. You can substitute lemon juice for vinegar.
  3. Lemon juice prevents the avocado from changing color
  4. Add salt according to your preference

Method:

  1. Cut, core and peel the avocadoes.
  2. Finely chop the tomatoes and onions.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the avocadoes with a fork.
  4. Once fully mashed, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  5. Garnish with simsim and serve with your favourite meal.

 

 

How are you conquering the dry hot weather? Also let me know when you do try this simple recipe.

🙂

Sophie

Happy Holidays…See You in 2017

Hey AKIU Readers! This year has been a whirlwind…and that is to put it lightly. A lot has happened this year.  A lot of food talk and then some more!

We began the year well with being featured on CNN African Voices. It was such a surreal moment. You can read more about it here! In October I got a chance to exhibit some of the best photographs from A Kitchen in Uganda at Acacia Mall with the generous help of 32o East. To every one that made it to the exhibition, thank you for  supporting the amazing artists. I graduated with a bachelors in Business Administration in early November. This graduation meant a lot to me and the blog because I started this blog in my first year of university. On top of being on CNN African Voices, Our mini parfait made it to the list of vegetarian foods around the world  and I had a mini interview all on CNN!

A the year comes to an end. I am taking these last two weeks off to cook for family (It never ends y’all) and reflect back on all that has happened both in my life and in the blog’s life. I will be back in Mid January to start the year with great content!

For holiday inspiration, visit the recipe index for all the recipes and food that has been cooked on the blog. I hope you find something to try! I cannot wait to slowly unfold what 2017 has in store! Stay tuned and keep reading this blog.

If you would like us to collaborate and create awesome stuff don’t hesitate to visit the Work with me page.

Remember to use the #AkitchenInUg to share creations you try from the blog. Also follow me on Instagram for more kitchen and food inspiration.

Happy Holidays!

🙂

Sophie

Jackfruit Scones

 

I think this year I have had the most jackfruit! Partly because we have generous neighbours and partly because we have a jackfuit tree in the backyard that is yielding the juiciest fruits. I cannot even begin to describe the joy that comes with harvesting from your own garden! A piece of this sweet fleshy fruit is enough to carry you through the day. Seriously! Because jackfruit packed with a lot of natural sugars (read: very sweet!) and has a sweet pungent fragrance, I have enjoyed baking with it on more than one occasion. Yes some moments have been fails but then some have been so good. And these scones fall in the latter category.  Just so you know I have been making these scones from way back in 2012 and now I am finally sharing this recipe. it is a surprising texture and flavor altogether.

What you will need:

I C. Ripe Jackfruit, diced

2 C. Flour

¼ C. Butter/Margarine

¼ C. Milk

2 Tbsp. Sugar

½ Tbsp. Baking powder

 

Method

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and sugar and mix well. Rub in the butter till the flour is like coarse breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the diced jack fruit. Pour in the milk little by little while kneading until a dough forms.
  3. Dust your working area and using your hands press the dough to half an inch thickness.
  4. Cut the dough into three equal parts and pile them on top of each other. Using a rolling-pin, roll out the dough again to half an inch thickness.
  5. Using a glass or cookie cutter cut out the scones.
  6. Bake till they turn golden brown.

Serve warm.

Hope you do try these scones for the holidays.

🙂

Sophie