The Ultimate Holiday Recipe Roundup

In the spirit of giving, gathering and celebrating, I  am sure you are all overwhelmed like I am. Aren’t you?  As I was checking the recipe index page, I was surprised to realize how much cooking has happened in this space. And now since it is the season to be jolly and merry, wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a recipe guide. I hope this round-up inspires you to create or make something for your family  and friends.  Also you can download the e-book in the sidebar if you would like to print some of these recipes. Above  all, I hope you have a wonderful joy-filled holiday. Remember to share your creations with the #AkitchenInUg.

Happy Holidays




Fresh Carrot Juice

How is December treating you so far? It’s that time of the year!  Where it is OK to outdo ourselves cooking for family and friends. It’s a wonderful time. My little brother is all in.  The other day he sat next to me with a pen and a notebook in hands and suggested we plan for Christmas.  He had the perfect holiday in his head and he went on to tell me how the decoration should be, the kind of cards to send out (he has already made them complete with a list of people to send to), the kind of food that will be served and the games afterwards. I didn’t pay much attention to him because I happened to be reading a magazine.  Its only after he had left (after making me promise to brainstorm with him the next day) that I realized how enthusiastic, sincere and pure his intentions are. For him, it’s the season to celebrate.  Watching the innocence in him made me feel like a child again.  Somehow along the lines of growing, we stop dreaming and stop having imaginative lives because we are all on a mission to make a living. If only we could just stop for a moment and enjoy the little things that life has to offer.  So I was thinking it is time I stepped up my drink game because well you know, drinks will be needed.  Yes I am now inspired by my 9-year-old brother to make this holiday worth remembering.  Also, I promised to make drinks and dessert (among many other things) for his ‘dinner party’.  The amazing thing is that this juice is easy to whip up, does not need a long list of ingredients and is a crowd pleaser.

What you will need:

7 Large carrots

Juice of 2 Lemons

3 C. Pineapple juice

3 C. Cold water

Ice cubes


Mint to garnish



Wash the carrots well and dice them. Mix the lemon juice with the pineapple juice. In a blender, add the diced carrots, pineapple juice and blend till smooth. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the juice. Place the carrot pulp back in the blender and add the water.  Blend again till smooth.  Strain the juice and mix it with the first juice. Add sugar according to your liking and still well.  Using a peeler, peel some carrot ribbons and insert them in the glasses. Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the juice in. Garnish with fresh mint.

Very easy! The key here is to make the juice concentrate and use lots of ice cubes to balance out the sweetness.  Also it can be doubled (…and tripled) to accommodate the number of people you will be serving.  If you desire, keep the carrot pulp for stews. It works really well in thickening them.

Happy Holidays!



Classic Katogo: Irish Potatoes, Yams and Sweet Potatoes with Beans

If  ever there is a list of comfort foods here in Uganda, katogo must be first on that list. Katogo basically means  adding whatever ingredients available in a sauce pan and putting them on a stove until everything is cooked. It is that simple.  Aside from the tedious task of peeling the potatoes and yams before hand, katogo is the kind of comfort food that is effortless. I decided to combine three tubers; sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes and yams (the purple kind). The tubers give the meal a warm earthy flavor while the beans add richness making it ideal for  gloomy weather.

What you will need:

Onions, chopped

Garlic cloves, finely chopped

Tomatoes, chopped

Yams, halved

Sweet potatoes, halved

Irish potatoes, halved

Beans, boiled

Green onion(as garnish), finely chopped

Cooking oil

Chilli oil, a few drops

Curry powder



On high fire, Add cooking oil to the a sauce pan and let it get hot. Add the garlic and onions and wait for them to become translucent. Add the tomatoes, chilli oil, curry powder and salt and stir. Add the Irish potatoes first, then the yams and then the sweet potatoes. Top with the beans and cover pan for about 10 minutes. Add half a glass of water and stir so that the beans are evenly distributed. Let the Katogo cook till the Irish potatoes are soft and tender.  Remove from fire and serve warm.

To make a soupy katogo, add more water. I did not put any specific measurements to the ingredients because when making katogo, we don’t measure. Instincts are used depending on how many people are to be cooked for. Clearly I was cooking for a full house and thus the large tray.


I hope you enjoy making and eating this katogo because it is comfort food and the weather allows so. Also, what are your favorite katogo ingredients?


Have a great week.