This past year has seen me pad your Snapchat feed with numerous kitchen and apron combinations with the occasional short videos of my favourite Masterchef Australia episodes that swing somewhere between gruesome rants by Pierre (and not size10) but acclaimed culinary master Marco Pierre White and yum yum desserts that would actually have you gaining a couple of pounds just by feasting over the screen; believe me I know!

Therefore resulting to overwhelming requests to host cook outs and share recipes that I’d like to brag are family secrets andĀ like Charmed there’s a meticulous formula through which they are passed down generations but the truth is it’s all an experimental equation when I’m in the kitchen. Perhaps my lack of know how in a chemistry class was made up for with satisfactory mouthgasms! Stamped A+ if you ask me šŸ˜€

Food is no longer considered a mere meal, it’s a dangerous harrowing tale of addiction – so when surrounded by scads of Shaggys and Scooby Doos (who won the eating competition btw) the only mystery you’ll be solving is why the pot came back full – It’s no laughing matter! Have you ever walked into a new fast food joint excited to tickle your taste buds with adjectified menus and heavy price tags only to be overly underwhelmed and the only thing fancy about the place was the Instagram filter floating lightly above your flat lay masterpiece?

Louise Fresco said food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity. I’m no foodie (finally accepted it after we prepared this mouthful and I only had a serving of salad and a piece of chicken – shame) but I love throwing random cookouts and the adrenaline that propels the entire process but what really gets my heart pacing is seeing shades of smiles coated with kale particles and chicken chunks that transform any space into an eclectic atmosphere, you can almost hear their thoughts. The synchronized scrunching, Olympic races for that last slice of ‘mutura’ and characteristic pot bellies to match! Oh how I live for that…

If I had one wish, it would be that 2016 would be for you filled with love, laughter and good food. Everything else is a bonus šŸ™‚ Unless of course your diet plan entails massive cups of green tea and spoonful potions then I wish you unflappableĀ strength šŸ™‚

Love and love,


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Processed with VSCOPicture 1: Vegetable soup, Thai beef with green peppers, Plain rice, Zesty cream chicken, Stir fried vegetables, Tzatziki sauce, Chichen and avocado salad, Sausage fingers, Red cabbage and mango salsa.Ā 

Picture 2: Christmas Inspired table setting.

Picture 3: Starters –Ā Vegetable soup, Sausage fingers, Tzatziki sauce.

Picture 5 & 6: Salads – Red cabbage and mango salsa, Chicken and avocado salad.

Picture 7: Mains – Creamy mashed potatoes.Ā 

Pictures by Ian tole and Mark Kibe.

  1. Martha
    Dec 31, 2015

    Amazing way to end the year!To an even better one..happy new year love

    • 18DegreesKE
      Jan 03, 2016

      Happy new year to you to hunie.

  2. 18DegreesKE
    Jan 03, 2016

    Thank you Ian.

  3. 18DegreesKE
    Jan 07, 2016

    Tonnes of fun!