Kevin talks about Swahili Village and success on NTV

More great media coverage for Swahili Village.  Owner, Kevin Onyona talked about what it is that has made Swahili Village a success, and shared his experiences and vision for it as we move forward in 2014. He was candid in his answers to questions that came in from listeners, and encouraged people to follow their…

Health Benefits of Tilapia

Although Tilapia is relatively new to the American population, Kenyans have been eating it for a long time.  It is a tasty fish that doesn’t have that overwhelming fishy taste or smell. There are many health benefits associated with tilapia ( Kenya food is very good for you–Ndengu (mung beans), kachumbari, etc.) Omega-3 AND Omega-6…

Chevra: Tasty. Spicy. Yummy

Mention the word, Chevra, to a Kenyan and they are likely to start drooling uncontrollably.  Chevra was the snack of choice for those walks home, for boring classes, for bonding moments with friends, and for just about anything. People hawked them in the street and children bartered bland lunches for an opportunity to savor the…

Mangoes

Mangoes are a very delicious fruit filled with fiber (great for roughage), and full of health benefits. Health Benefits Antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. The compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes. Mangoes are…

Kenyan breakfast

Kenyan breakfasts are pretty elaborate affairs if you can afford it.  Usually the standard meal would be eggs, bacon/sausage, beans, the ever-present tomato, and a good hearty cup of chai.  This particular breakfast is a typical English breakfast and harkens to our colonial days. Some folks love their Ugali (cornmeal-type food) and eat it with…

Mandazi or Mahamri – is there any difference?

Mandazi (also known as Maandazi/Ndao and sometimes called Mahamri or Mamri) are East African doughnuts. They are also very popular for breakfast with Chai, or as a snack during the day. Often one can see vendors selling them in the street where they are made as the customer waits. As to whether there is a…

Health benefits of ndengu a.k.a. mung beans or green grams

Ndengu is that unassuming little green bean that packs a whole lot of healthy into a tiny little body (you could say it is almost magical). In Chinese natural medicine and Indian Ayurveda, green mung beans are frequently recommended to detoxify the body and get rid of chronic illnesses. Here are just a few of…

Internships for Diaspora Kenyans

Calling all Kenyans! Many of you have lamented the fact that you don’t feel that  you can make a real difference in Kenya. Well here is an opportunity to do just that. Cuso International  an international development organization that works through skilled volunteers to share skills and build the capacity of partner organizations and beneficiary…

Matatus – Thrilling rides and rolling artforms

Matatus are little minibuses that provide an exciting mode of transportation in Kenya. Thrilling is a term used to describe the feeling you get when the matatu is traveling WAY above the speed limit and zipping around corners on two wheels  giving one the feeling of flying. Okay, maybe thrilling is an inaccurate description, but…