Homemade Chocolate

Hello to all chocolate lovers! As most of the human beings, you might think that it is impossible to make chocolate at home, or at least that it is extremely difficult, expensive  and time consuming, and that only place you can actually get it is from the supermarket. Nope. You are wrong. You can make chocolate at home in less than 30 minutes from only 3 ingredients, plus it is gluten and sugar free. Watch this video to see how to do it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (100ml) Cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (100ml) Coconut oil (melted)
  • 30 ml Agave or maple syrup

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Potato soup with carrots and peas

In my home country Latvia potatoes are considered as ‘substitute’ of bread. Basically, if you don’t have bread at home, you will have potatoes for sure! And most of the people, including myself, are huge fans of potatoes. We are cooking and eating them in several different ways – boiled, baked, fried, mashed, added to salads, soups etc. However, it is just recently when I discovered potato soup and, luckily for me, recipe is very easy.

Ingredients (for approx. 3 portions):

  • 5-7 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of other spices – black pepper, paprika etc. (optional)
  • half a cup of cut carrots (optional)
  • half a cup of green peas (optional)

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Reasons why Kenya is the best!

Even though it was hard for me in the beginning to get used to Kenya and its culture, during my 3 month stay I really learned how to love this country and every single bit of it. However, some things down there are still a little weird and funny for me, but, believe it or not, I really miss it all! So, here in this article – Reasons why Kenya is the best, I have gathered few of the things!

1. You can carry everything on your head. (After a while this actually isn’t that weird anymore)

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Kitengela Hot Glass

Glassblowing is popular all over the world and, of course, Kenya is doing that as well. Kitengela is a Kenyan brand producing handmade glass items and using only recycled raw materials. Awesome, right? Especially in Kenya where pollution is so high.

Recycled bottles

Recycled glass

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Safari – Nairobi National Park

One of the reasons why Nairobi is such a special city is that it has National Park only 15 minutes away by car from the center of Nairobi. It is basically like having a Safari in the city, because it is possible to see there all the animals of the big five – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos, and, of course, others as well – zebras, giraffes, baboons, hyenas and much more.

Since most of the animals are sleeping during the day because of the heat, make sure you are at the park early in the morning. It is open from 6:30 am. I was quite lucky and managed to see almost all of the big 5, and a lion trying to hunt pumba. And that’s exactly how you are supposed to eat meat! Continue reading

Chocolate Vegan Cake

I am more of a fan of raw cakes (mostly because I am lazy), but a little chocolate cake never killed nobody. Even though you will need to use an oven, it is relatively easy to make this chocolate cake and it won’t take a lot of time either. And it will be very, very delicious! I promise!

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake

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How to use banana peel? 15 great ways!

Turns out that not only it is tasty and delicious to eat bananas, but also peel of them is having several benefits you would be surprised about. It is kind of a 2 in 1 process and win-win situation at the same time.

So let’s jump in!

First of all, banana peel works great on your skin. It helps to:

Face mask – banana peel can be used as a face mask to condition your skin. Rub it a bit and leave on your face for a while.

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Is it safe in Africa?

One of the major concerns, which might cross your mind when traveling to a different country and planning to stay there for a while is  – can I feel and be safe there? Especially when it is a different continent with different culture, backgrounds, history and habits.

In my case it is Kenya. Before coming here I had no clue about the safety in this country or what so ever. I didn’t know anything. By some people I was told that they feel much safer here than in Europe and by others that Africa is the safest place on the Earth. But what does the word ‘safe’ means?  Is it the guard who spends uncountable hours every day by standing at the gate to your house? Is it the electricity fence and security cameras around your building? Or is it the people you are surrounded by and just the way you feel? Everyone’s perception of this word or feeling might be different. Continue reading

Braiding hair

I have always been amazed by African women hairstyles and how beautiful their hair are when braided. Since I am currently in Kenya and every single day I can see these women with their long, beautiful braids wherever I go, thought about doing it was bothering me all the time. So, guess what? I did it as well! 

I could never imagine that it is SO PAINFUL! Seriously. I am pretty good with managing pain and someone doing my hair. I actually enjoy it. But this time… It was a nightmare which lasted for more than 5 hours. Even following days I wasn’t able to sleep properly, because my scalp was hurting so bad and sleeping with these braids on your head is like having an extra pillow haha. So it took me some time to get adjusted and now I am okay. Continue reading

Guacamole. Vegan, of course.

Cannot decide with what to eat your snacks with? Want to make a dressing, dipping or topping? Go with GUACAMOLE!!! I have a super easy and extremely delicious recipe. It will work perfectly not only with chips, but also on a toast during breakfast or any other meal, with veggies, fries or crackers, in a sushi roll or burger and as a pizza topping or dressing for salad!

Ingredients:

  • 1 big or 2 small avocados
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 tomato
  • tea spoon of salt and garlic powder
  • half a tea spoon of pepper

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