Cooking with Juergen Kamau

Saturday afternoon after some work on an urgent paper (which hindered me from going to Nyeri) I organized some cheap furnitures (cheap as in cheap quality and low – local – prices) for the kitchen + my room and also persuaded the stingy part in me to invest some mbeca for a decent 6 kgs K-GAS meko/gas cooker. The rest of the money was spent on a nice sufuria, flllying pan and vegetabols. And nyama, of course! After all, I urgently wanted to cook for myself and start with a decent steak or at least some beef – anything else but chicken and or – even worse – goat meat.

Roasted goat meat – mbuzi choma…as nice as it is – at 4 pm the city town was already covered by the smell of mbuzi choma and the butchery at our shopping complex was crowded with the usual saturday-evening-nyama-choma-customers who all had their share of the 5 cows which were slaughtered today. I opted for some beef and asked for some nice filet pieces. 1/2 kg for 80 Ksh. – sawasawa, ama?

Sukuma (already cut) and cabbage @ 10 bob each, some Kimbo cooking fat and my new cooking utensils – there you go, cooking your first meal in Embu downtown. Style!

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Sukuma + cabbage + coriander + tomatoes + kimbo …

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beef + salt + milk + “simba mbili” curry (the BEST curry out there!) …

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A great meal, although the beef was wayyyyyy to stiff and should have been roasted instead. I think I won’t cook any meat soon and order it choma @ the bar next door. The sukuma thingy was very delicious though and really made my evening. Also, I really dig this cheapo stainless steel plate. Very easy to handle.

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And while cleaning the dishes, I came up with this practical “cutlery holder” mounted to the window frame. It’s simple, it’s free, it wins! (thx, Hash :-).

p.s.: while writing these lines, power went off again and the cool thing is: hakuna shida! Notebook + mobile phone = both run on battery. Great…
That is, I once lost ~ 10 pages of written text due to a power failure on my late Atari 1040 STF (home computer) way back in 1994 in Nbo so it really means much to me to be somehow independent from these frequent power cuts…

p.p.s.: CIRU, Kui, Mich, Daudi, Mbuzimoja…karibuni in Embu! Pls come and I will cook for you! :-)

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  1. Love the cutlery holder. Absolutely love it. And dude, you make people hungry all the time posting all those nyama photos. Come to think of it, I now have this pic of you in my mind – the part i can see clearly being a huge round pink beer/choma belly!

    So glad you blog – makes me see Kenya through different eyes.

  2. Very nice! Why not give mince a try? But then again, if you can get it done next door, why bother? :-)

  3. isn’t it funny that this works, too? you don’t need much to enjoy life. despite all the things we think – and advertisement tell us – are absolutely necessary …

  4. isn’t it funny that this works, too? you don’t need much to enjoy life. despite all the things we think – and advertisement tells us – are absolutely necessary …

  5. Dude, you are so totally living it up.
    Ok, those meko thingies, I fear them only because they light up so fast man, like whoosh! I’mma burn your hand kinda lighting up.

    1/2 kg for 80 Ksh? Get out!!! When I come there (oh yes I am!!), I will buy nyama and bring back to Nairobi. I get 1/2 for 115 shillings bob!!!! With effing bones!!! ughhhh!!!

    And looks like you are having a good time down there. Wewe! is that a Nakumatt shopping bag I see? They have one there ama?
    Halafuuu, ok, I should stop prattling on…loooving the cutlery holder!!! Ok, well, its very innovative innit?

    Seriously. Coming to visit. Ngoaja uone.
    Keep well,

  6. “p.s.: while writing these lines, power went off again and the cool thing is: hakuna shida! Notebook + mobile phone = both run on battery. Great”
    haha nyce, ich habe gerade dasselbe geschrieben, am liebsten wuerde ich echt mal bei dir rumschauen zum kochen!

  7. ui ui ui, ich würd auch rumschauen. naja man kann nicht alles haben. sonntag geht’s ab nach indien und danach geht der stress dann richtig los bis februar.

    ach und: auch wenn du nix von mir hörst, ich lebe und … lese deine einträge immer! jedes wort!

  8. Hey, thx everyone for the comments – much appreciated!

    @KM: yeah, a Nakumatt bag, but “imported” from Nbo :-) They have two other nice supermarkets here though + I heard that Naku wants to come and open a branch here, but then, ppl (i was told) would prefer Tusker mattress instead. // That meko thing still scares me big times whenever I have to use it. But the alternative would have been a kerosene cooker or even a charcoooool jiko.

    @Mario: Komm!!! :-) Aber Indien ist denke ich ähnlich. Nur mit den Floods is bei Euch heftiger.

    @Anja: Wenn Du in Indien bist, musst Du beim Mario vorbeischauen!