My first baking escapades here on the blog started out in an oven toaster. Well, because it works wonders! And that is an understatement. Then I moved onto charcoal stove baking because I was challenging myself to make larger things like this Coconut cinnamon cake, this massive Chocolate donut and this Savoury soya cheese bread. So over two weeks ago, I was reminded again of how magical an oven toaster is because we learnt to make banana muffins from someone more experienced than we are. It was an affair of less than 5 people. It was a great time. I realise events with a small number of people with a common interest turn out more meaningful and enriching for me. The restfulness of just working is magical. I also realise I keep saying this over and over again. The best part is we baked these muffins in an oven toaster! If you are looking to get into baking, I would recommend an oven toaster because it consumes less energy, and is so versatile (that is, your baking possibilities are endless. I have even made loaves!). So today I am sharing what we baked to show you how amazing an oven toaster can be.
What you will need:
1 ½ C. Flour
1 Tsp. Baking soda
1 Tsp. Baking powder
½ Tsp. Salt
3 Bananas, mashed
½ C. Sugar
¾ Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Large egg
1/3 C. Cooking oil
½ Tsp. Vanilla
¼ C. Brown sugar (Optional)
- You can omit the brown sugar if you do not like overly sweet muffins.
- Make sure to scoop just one spoon into the paper muffin cups to avoid overflowing when they bake
- Place the muffins close to each other to keep the shape while baking in the toaster.
- Peel the bananas and set aside.
- In a blender, combine the bananas, sugar, egg, oil and vanilla and blend till pureed.
- In a separate large bowl, Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and powder, salt and cinnamon) and set aside.
- Pour the banana mixture in the dry ingredients while mixing till a fine batter forms.
- Using a spoon, scoop the batter into paper muffin cups.
- Place in toaster and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the muffins turn golden brown.
Tell me below, do you own an oven toaster? What do you usually make with it? Also you can easily double (or triple) this recipe to make muffins you can keep for a week (If they haven’t consumed already!).
Scorching sun, dusty roads and paths, bags heavy with produce, stained faux marble counter tops, the struggle of cutting vegetables with a filleting knife, droopy eyes, a million plus one thoughts in my head, and the looming massive camera and lighting equipment. This was the situation we had when this stew was made. If you haven’t already guessed, this is the stew that I cooked in the CNN African Voices feature. It was hard for me to keep this as a secret from you guys because I wanted to see how you’d react when taken by surprise! Did I do well? I was overwhelmed by the response I got from all over the world. It truly is a humbling experience. All this would not have been possible without you reading this little corner. I am so grateful for all of you and hope you stay a little longer. And while you do, I hope you benefit from it too. Since I have calmed down from hyperventilating (A.K.A excitement and anxiety), I can now share this simple and easy to pull off stew.
When ever I am travelling back and forth from the city, there are two specific places where we pass where fish is being sold. And by fish I don’t mean your typical palm-sized tilapia that costs 3000 to 4000 shillings (Now that I think about it, palms do vary in size, Oh well…), I mean Nile perch. Some days there will be a huge crowd waiting to buy the famed Nile perch (Mputa) because the size can vary from a palm’s length to larger than life. Yes they are that big. I remember once passing by in a taxi and straining my neck because the size of the perch was unbelievably large. The great thing is that right next to the fish mongers, there will be street cooks cooking up a storm of aromatic food but mostly fish (so just imagine passing by on an empty stomach). Because where fresh fish that good being sold, fried fish will be found too and boy is it good. Then there are days when the perch is scarce, so scarce that the only one available is cut into pieces and then each piece is sold at a price. Such are the seasons of Nile perch. Nevertheless, Nile perch is good (for a lack of a better word really!) and every Ugandan will tell you so. Because the fish is so fleshy and aromatic, we have a stew we pride ourselves in making. This stew consists of a thick groundnut paste, Nile perch, some vegetables and seasoning.
RECIPE COMING SOON
A few weeks ago, I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award by sweet blogger pal Erin of Erin Eats Everything. I am so honored to be nominated especially since last Thursday, the second, marked three solid years of writing here, sharing my love for cooking, being in the kitchen and a part of my life experiences. This blog would not be what it is without my Heavenly Father and you loyal readers and for that I am grateful.So, to keep the chain going, I will be following the instructions and hope you do the same if nominated.
1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you (mention your nominator in your own award post with a link back to their original award post, which would be this one).
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate other bloggers and comment on their blogs (usually on their about page or contact directly if necessary) to let them know.
Here are 7 things to know about me:
1. I prefer savory salty food over sweets and more than often, you will find me eating, and preparing the former more than the latter.
2. I am an introvert.
3. After high school, I was torn among taking music, literature and going to culinary school. Funny thing is I never took any of them.
4. I love reading books as equally as I love writing. These two keep me sane. Plus cooking.
5. Speaking of cooking, I love cooking and coming up with random combinations thus celebrating fusion cuisine here on the blog.
6. I love the energy and brightness that comes with sunrises
7. Now that I food blog, I love the fact that our food culture is so varied and rich with history, art and flavor.
I would like to nominate some other blogs that I enjoy reading in no particular order.
Onyait Odeke has a way with words that motivate and keep you reading till the end.
All Tim Ate is a wonderful visual of mouth-watering foods.
Its Maya Bee is so beautiful and has great fashion sense
Let It Come From Your Heart is an inspiration to all with dreamy images and quotes.
Chocolaty Prints is a delight to read and Karen always has something interesting to tell plus great images.
Sareta’s Kitchen that is full of wonderful recipes I would love to try.