If you grew up before the internet, Computers and Smart phones ,you might remember the game we all loved to play “Kalongolongo /Cha Baba na Cha Mama “ (House Play). In this game children reenact the family roles. The mother, father, children and relatives if the game involves many players . I always played the Mother and guess what? Choosing the Father was always my responsibility. I was such a snob. I know, right? The game had a part where we would Cook. Of course it happens in real families everyday. We all eat to live . We would Cook “Sima from mud “ , we used mud in the place of maize flour. Our vegetables ,”Sukuma Wiki “( Collard greens) were always from my mother’s kitchen dustbin . I would soon graduate to help my mom in the kitchen from when I can remember. She would leave me to guard the cooking pot and Alert her once the water had boiled so she could cook . I was learning every step of the way. I fell in love with good food. The cooking process took me forever to master the art but I’m glad the eating process picked up almost immediately .
Growing up in Mombasa, a coastal town in Kenya means you not only have to master the eating aspect but the cooking process as well. The Kenyan coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. A lot comes into my mind when someone asks me what to expect at the coast .The parks, the beaches ,the heat ,nightlife and the mouth watering Swahili cuisines.
Food here is more like a culture and lifestyle. It’s more generational. The ancestors started this food culture and passed it down to the next generations. It never stops .You will enjoy a nice finger licking meal anywhere anytime at the coast. You can even enjoy a well prepared meal at the comfort of your hotel if you are a Visitor and afraid to go out. However ,the only place you can enjoy really nice and affordable coastal dish or snack is at the streets.The streets here are very safe and the people are very friendly . Enjoy your “Viazi Karai”(fried potatoes), sea food, rice dishes, desserts and different accompaniments .
Although I grew up in this , I must say I still haven’t perfected the cooking art . I still have to learn a lot . But I don’t care about perfecting it, I care about eating good and healthy food. So I’m going to share my food Ideas and experiences with different food especially coastal cuisines. I will use ingredients like grated coconut ,potatoes, fish, spices and more spices and more spices. Yes Kenyan coast dishes entail mostly spices. Spices are kinda like their signature. But most importantly they are healthy and mouth watering. So my love for food surpasses the need to know everything about cooking.