English Breakfast Tea

English Breakfast Tea

Oh yes, there is such as a thing as a perfect cup of tea. I cringe when I see someone use water  heated in a  coffee pot to make English Breakfast Tea. Accustomed English tea lovers know that the water from a coffee pot is not hot enough to brew the tea leaves.  And then  another faux pas is when someone pours the hot water into the teapot or teacup and immediately  proceeds to  pouring in the milk and adding the sugar; when one makes English Breakfast Tea this way, tea leaves  have no chance to brew and release the flavors. Okay, I don’t want to come across as a tea snob, Read more

Buttermilk/Wholemilk Pancakes

Buttermilk/Wholemilk Pancakes

One of the ways I honored my mother this past Mother’s Day was to recreate a recipe she used to make for us on the weekends for breakfast, Buttermilk Pancakes. However, even to this day I have never seen her use buttermilk to make them. I have therefore decided to add both names to the title because when you search online or in cookbooks you will run into Buttermilk and not Whole milk Pancakes. In case you are wondering to yourself why she chooses to use whole milk and not buttermilk, I have not had this conversation with her but here are my thoughts; honestly, where I come from in Zambia, food ingredients are not cheap and if you are going to buy a grocery item you better make sure it is versatile! Read more

Creamed Oatmeal Porridge With Fruit

Creamed Oatmeal Porridge With Fruit

I love oatmeal. I recall many years ago when I just started living in Maryland, every time I mentioned that I loved oatmeal, people would give me strange looks and they would tell me how much they could not stand the taste of it. I soon leant why; most recipes I came across involved dumping oatmeal into some boiling water and adding sugar Read more

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Pudding

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Pudding

When I was growing, we were not allowed to play with food. Any slight indication of shoveling food around the dinner plate called for a reprimand from my mother. She would remind me of the children on TV who were starving from famine in parts of the African continent. And then she would also remind me that food was not cheap and that there were children in our own communities who did not have the privilege of enjoying a satisfying meal on a regular basis. So I developed a healthy respect for food. To this day, I don’t like to play with food or waste it; I do my best to make sure my groceries end up on the plate and not in the trash can. Read more

Plain Muffins

Plain Muffins

Whenever I run out of breakfast items such as bread and cereal I turn to making either crepes, pan cakes or muffins. Making plain muffins is one baking recipe which is easy to master. All you need are a few inexpensive ingredients and less than an hour of preparation and baking time. I also tend to favor plain muffins over those with additions such as fruit and spices because when they are ready, each person is free to add their own extra flavors of spreads, jams, creams or preserves as they please. This in my opinion is better than having a whole batch of muffins with the same flavor. Read more

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