How to: Fruit and Veggie salad Salads are some of my most favorite things in the world. Nothing makes me happier than the crunchy freshness and explosion of flavor that comes from a healthy serving of a veggie or fruit salad. And because I am […]
What you need
Yogurt - 3 cups (should not be sour)
Powdered sugar - 1/4 -1/2 cup or as required
Pistachio -2 tbsp
Almonds - 4
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Prep time -10 mins | Cook time - nil Serves -2 |
Saffron -10 strands
Warm milk -1 tbsp
Mango Puree - 1 cup (Mango should be sweet)
Few mango bits
Pistachio and almonds
What to do
Whisk the yogurt in a bowl.
Chop the mangoes and puree them in a blender.
Dissolve the saffron strands in 1 teaspoon of water or milk.
In a bowl mix together greek yogurt, mango puree, sugar and whisk till sugar is dissolved and yogurt and mango puree are well combined.
Add the crushed cardamon powder, saffron strands and mix.
Pour the mango shrikhand in serving bowls and garnish with chopped pistachios/almonds.
Chill the serving bowls in the refrigerator before serving.
By Sheila Nyakiamo
This is a wonderful cold sauce that can transform pasta or even simple grilled vegetables. It has a lifespan of about a week.
What you need
Basil leaves 60gms
Toasted pine nuts 40gms
Garlic cloves 10gms
Extra virgin olive oil 80gm
Grated parmesan 50gm
Plack pepper 1gm
What to do
1. Place the first 4 ingredients in a blender and process until finely chopped.
2. With the motor still running, add the oil then the cheese and pepper and blend until just combined.
3. Place the mixture in a sterilized jar, pour a thin layer of over it. Seal and refrigerate.
by Sheila Nyakiamo The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) declared 2013 to be The international Year of the Quinoa. It is now 2015, and despite the increasing popularity of this grain, quinoa still remains relatively unfamiliar to most people. So what exactly is quinoa? Quinoa […]
Nairobi, February, 2017: dusitD2 Nairobi will hold its 2nd Annual Chocolate Festival from 11th to 14th February 2017, to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year’s festival will feature a chocolate buffet menu, Devarana Spa Chocolate wrap, Valentine’s Day special four course dinner and Valentine’s Day Stay package.
“dusitD2 appreciates the strong connection between chocolates and love and as a hotel, our mission is to bring people together to celebrate love. We endeavor to do this by offering world class cuisines and personalized service to all our guests as we celebrate the month of love in this year’s Chocolate Festival,” says Mr. Michael Metaxas, General Manager at dusitD2 Nairobi.
The dusitD2 Chocolate Festival not only offers a luxurious and chic Valentine’s Day plan, but also offers world class cuisine and first class service at a competitive promotional rate.
Each night, during the four days, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a single origin Chocolate buffet menu from Sao Tome, Madagascar, Brazil and Ecuador, with over 40 new and latest chocolate designs prepared by the hotel’s new pastry head Chef, Anis Mouldi. These include warm chocolate fondant, chocolate tablet, pralines, chocolate mandiant, chocolate waffles, chocolate entremets, choux and mousses among others.
“Chocolates are a gift of love loaded with nutrients. Dark Chocolate is particularly a powerful source of antioxidants,” says Mr. Anis Mouldi, Head Pastry Chef at dusitD2 Nairobi.
However key to hotel guests, is the Valentine’s Day night stay package for two that includes bed and breakfast at the hotel’s opulent D’light rooms complete with a bouquet of roses, a bottle of sparkling wine and a selection of home-made chocolates at a competitive price of Kshs. 17,900.
Boasting of bright, natural colours with local artisanal details and a separate lounge that enhance the entire space, dusitD2 D’light rooms provide an ideal intimate romantic couple’s getaway this Valentine’s Day.
In addition, there will be a Valentine’s Day Special four course dinner with chocolate dessert at SOKO restaurant.
Just like last year’s Chocolate Festival, two chocolate paintings (by Patrick Peter Kinuthia) will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to charity under the theme, ‘Chocolates for Good’.
“We recognize both the opportunity and the profound responsibility that is ours to foster and support development in the communities we operate in as we play our role in the hospitality sector. The hotel has continually refined its social responsibility strategy, allowing dusitD2 to support charitable programs in a way that encourages growth without program interference. One of the ways we are achieving this is through the ‘Chocolates for Good’ initiative,” adds Mr. Metaxas.
Other activities lined up in the dusitD2 Chocolate Festival include: a Chocolate Wrap at Devarana spa, and a month long Pink Passion body scrub offer featuring dragon fruit and pink rose as the main ingredients, complete with a massage of your choice.
The festival will start at 5pm every day and end at 9pm (11th -13th), but will extend to 11pm on 14th. Tickets can be bought at the hotel’s entrance.