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COOKING OILS AND FATS: WHICH WAY FOR YOUR MEALS?

COOKING OILS AND FATS: WHICH WAY FOR YOUR MEALS?

There are all manner of oils and fats that we consumers are exposed to when we go to the shops. Many times, we go to buy and pick the cooking oil that fits our budget. This is because of late, cost of cooking oils is on the climb, with as recently as last month the prices making a jump of more than Ksh 100. It is important to note that almost all the cooking oil consumed in Kenya is imported. Recently for instance, Bidco Oils launched a new Golden Fry which boasts antioxidants, tocotrienols and Vitamins A, D and E. They say that these additions will have health promoting properties. However, when we go to the shop, do we take time to read through the products in order to understand their unique offerings? My research indicated that shoppers keep an eye on the price before anything else. Maybe the other most important thing is the expiry of the product. I found Elianto Corn Oil now has an extra feature: it is winterized oil. This means that it cannot solidify even at extremely low temperatures. I have an experience with the cooking oil that solidifies, especially during cold seasons. It becomes a headache when the cooking experience must involve warming parts of the container so that the oil can liquify. Winterization is the process used to refine oil which is later used in botanical oils, salad dressings, mayonnaise and other cooking oils. I sought more information on what it really means for various consumers. One professor told me that he uses winterized olive oil because it is easy to spread even on salads. The oil can be stored in a fridge and it will not lose its qualities. However as cost of living continues to rise, shoppers sometimes will go for the price than for many other qualities. A number of respondents that I talked to said they will look for those products that are on offer so that they gain something more from their shopping. A number of them said they love Rina Cooking Oil, but the price makes them go for cheaper oils. Someone also said Rina Oil’s high qualities means she uses just a little when frying and the results are evident in the flavour-filled meals. The chapatis, as she says, are to die for. Though there are numerous brands out there, retail prices need to be looked into so that consumers are not disadvantaged.
Rice Brands In Kenya

RICE SHOPPING: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT BRAND TO PICK?

Nowadays, the trip to the supermarket to buy rice can become more of a nightmare than a delightful moment. So, the other day I was to select the best rice for pilau. I went to the shelves in a neighbourhood supermarket. The range of options is both mouthwatering and confusing.
S&S MWEA PISHORI RICE 2KG
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There are a number of ways to distinguish between rice brands, but these are also the cause for a shopper’s confusion: There is parboiled rice, brown rice, aromatic rice, biryani rice, basmati, long grain etc etc There is Daawat, Pearl, Sunrice, Mwea Pishori, CIL, Pakistani Rice, Butterfly, MRPP, S&S among a host of brands imported or produced locally. For a start, locally produced rice seems to score highly among shoppers that responded to this survey.
248.00 KES each AMANA PREMIUM PISHORI RICE 1KG AMANA PREMIUM PISHORI RICE 1KG
Mwea Pishori Rice is packaged under various brands, hence one cannot be sure which is pure, or which could be mixed with other types of rice grain. The Mwea Pishori is prone to a lot of mixing with other foreign rice products, in efforts to win or deceive buyers. The problem with the quality of this rice is the mixing that usually starts right from the mills around the farm. This compromises the quality of the grain, and when shoppers buy and cook, the outcomes are very unsatisfactory. For instance, Daawat is marketed as a brand that is easy to cook and serve. Pearl on the other hand is mounting very impressive adverts that major on its long-lasting aroma.
DAAWAT AROMATIC RICE 5KG DAAWAT AROMATIC RICE 5KG
Among the responses I got from shoppers, are the key features they look out for from what they have heard marketers say. For instance, is the rice sifted? This means the rice has been milled and winnowed of its kernels, stones and other impurities. The sifting is sometimes done manually and it can also be achieved using machines. According to a male shopper, parboiled rice is the one which when cooked should present in well separated grains. Unfortunately, he says, the rice is at times rejected as plastic, meaning the end result is not as pleasant. Most shoppers said they prefer to buy Kenyan grown rice. This is not only to keep farmers’ businesses running, but to also the quality is very good.
RANEEPREMIUMBASMATIRICE5KG
1 354.00 KES each RANEE PREMIUM BASMATI RICE 5KG
A shopper said she looks for a combination of qualities including colour, texture, aroma and a well-shaped, long grain. She adds that the packet should not have flourish residue at the bottom, because it would mean the rice would not last.
Home Made Family Bread

FAMILY BREAD (ENOUGH TO FEED 4 HUNGRY TEENAGERS)

FAMILY BREAD (ENOUGH TO FEED 4 HUNGRY TEENAGERS) Ingredients - Makes 4 Loaves 4 cups warm water (not hot) teenager 1/3 cup sugar or ¼ cup honey
390.00 KES each Peptang pure african honey 500gm Peptang pure african honey 500gm
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2 packets or 4 teaspoon dry yeast
439.00 KES each ANGEL YEAST WHITE 500G ANGEL YEAST WHITE 500G
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1 table spoon salt
39.00 KES each Kensalt 1kg Kensalt 1kg
1/3 cup melted margarine or oil
195.00 KES each Prestige margarine 500g
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752.00 KES each RINA VEGETABLE COOKING OIL 3L
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12 cups (Approximately) white or whole flour or a combination
155.00 KES each Soko all purpose wheat flour 2kg
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Method The first thing you need is a big bowl or clean dish to mix this up in. I use a huge glass bowl. But I used to use the same plastic basin I washed the dishes in. I would wash in with a little bit of bleach, rinse it really well and them dry it completely. In some ways it worked better because it fitted on my lap more conveniently due to the shape. But the glass dish does look more like I know what I am doing. So much for appearances. So anyway mix the water, and sugar in the bowl. Add the yeast, sort of sprinkled on top. Allow the mixture to sit until the yeast dissolves. This will only take a couple of minutes. Add the salt, margarine or oil and the flour. Mix with mwiko until it gets still and then dig in with your hands. When the dough is in a nice cohesive ball, turn it out onto a floured kitchen table or counter. Or you can just live in in the bowl. Now start kneading the dough with all the love you have for your family. Press the dough and send big love vibes into it. Stretch the dough and impress all of your compassion and generosity into it. Remember why you love your kids, and your spouse and your mum or your dad, and just put it all into the dough. Knead it like this for a full ten minutes. Add more flour if you need to as you go along. Coat the dough with oil, about 2 table spoons or it and put into a bowl. Cover it with a towel or plastic wrap and let it set in a warm place to rise for about an hour or so. It should double in bulk. It may take up to two hours on cool days, so be patient. Punch down the dough by literally pressing your fist into the center of it. Divide the dough into 4 equal lumps. Coax them into loaf shapes and place them into large well oiled loaf tines. If you don’t have enough loaf tins, use cake tins or whatever. Cover the dough with a cloth or more plastic wrap and let it rise again. It should take less time to the second rising. When the dough is risen up enough, bake the loaves at 200 degrees for 40 minutes. You can tell the dough is done if you turn it out or the plan and thump the bottom with your fingers. It should make a dull hollow sound. If it doesn’t sound hollow, put it back into the tin and cook it some more.
Shop online on Epepea and Magunas supermarket

You can now have your shopping delivered to you at home

In an effort to remain safe from the ongoing rampant infection of the COVID-19, shopping has been made even easier! This is thanks to a partnership between Epepea and Magunas Supermarket. The partnership intends to bring your basic home needs right to your doorstep. All you have to do is log in to the Epepea platform and follow this simple procedure: HOW DO I PLACE MY ORDER? Once you log on to the store you choose , you can search for items by; Searching for the products by keying the product on the ‘Search’ bar Browsing the ‘Category menu’ Contacting Epepea Support Agents through the chat and request for the product(s) if you have a challenge in navigation Once you find the items, click the “Add to Cart” button. After adding the item to the cart, a popup on the side will appear, giving you the options to either continue shopping or to check out. You can also click on ‘My Cart’ to check out. If you have an account and have not logged on, you will be prompted to ‘Sign In’ to your account or if you do not have an account, you will be required to ‘Register’ and create a new account if this is your first order. You can also check out as a guest. Enter a ‘Shipping Address, choose a shipping method, and enter your payment information. Review your order details. Be sure you’ve applied any Gift Cards or promotional codes you would like to use on your order. Click ‘Place your order’. Once payment has gone through you will then receive an email with the order details, and a text that the order has been confirmed.
Here's how to stand a chance to win an endearing Geisha hamper for your mum

Here's how to stand a chance to win an endearing Geisha hamper for your mum

MumAnakuita Phase 3 Facebook competition is back on! Geisha has launched the third phase of MumAnakuita seeking to take you down the memory lane to unlock your childhood memories and remind you of the values your mum instilled in you when growing up. "Love is the Greatest gift, let us help you say ‘Thank You Mum” your to Mum by giving her a special personalized Geisha gift hamper!" said Geisha in  a statepemt. TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR THE #MUMANAKUITA DIGITAL ACTIVATION The Participants must reside within the Republic of Kenya to participate in the #MumAnakuita Facebook Competition. This competition is only open to participants with valid Facebook accounts. Employees of Unilever Kenya Limited, Associate companies and their families are not eligible to participate in this competition. The competition will be run on our GEISHA KENYA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GeishaKE/ Any Participant MUST like our GEISHA KENYA page for their entries to be valid. HOW TO PARTICIPATE Share your story of how your mum expresses her love to you . Post it in the comments sections on the GEISHA KENYA Facebook page posts related to this campaign. Tag your friends and use the hashtag #MumAnakuita. Only submissions with the hashtag will be valid. .Submissions with the most relevant childhood memories will automatically win our personalized Geisha mummy hamper. Competition will run from Monday 3rd September, 2019 to Friday 11th October  2019 at 11:59 pm. Any submissions made after 11th October, 2019, 11:59pm will not be eligible for consideration. Any person who had participated on the previous phases of #MumAnakuita facebook campaign and won a hamper ,w ill not get any award should they chose to participate in the Phase 3 Winners will be announced through the GEISHA KENYA Facebook page and will be contacted through private messaging on the Facebook platform to confirm delivery of gifts to the address of their choice.  
Dawaat Recipes

Reward your Dad with NIVEA Men hamper!!

Dads have a way of sharing advice without saying a word. Such as this story we heard of a girl whose dad bought her a book on etiquette to pass a message to her. We would love to hear your stories of some of your Dad’s unspoken advice. Nivea will celebrate the top responses by rewarding your Dad with NIVEA Men hamper! NIVEA wants to celebrate dads this Father’s Day 2019. Get a NIVEA Men hamper which contains 5 NIVEA Men products. Like the NIVEA Men Facebook page and tell us about your dad depending on the call to action for each post. Comment on the post of the NIVEA Page from which you’ve participated in and tag your friends. OVERVIEW 1. Participants must be residents of Kenya to participate in the NIVEA Father’s Day Competition.2. The Facebook competition shall run from Thursday 13thJune 2019 to Sunday 16th June 2019 at 11:59pm.3. The competition is only open to participants with valid Facebook & Instagram accounts. 4. Employees of BEIERSDORF EAST AFRICA LIMITED and its associated companies are not eligible to enter the competition.5. The competition will be conducted through the NIVEA East Africa Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NIVEAEastAfrica/), the NIVEA Instagram Page (https://www.instagram.com/nivea_ea/?hl=en) And the NIVEA Men Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NIVEAMENEastAfrica/?ref=bookmarks) 6. Participants must like our NIVEA Men Facebook page for their entries to be valid. HOW TO PARTICIPATE 7. Participants are to like the NIVEA Men Facebook Page.8. Post a comment submitting a story of their father that is connected to the call to action for the respective post(s). 9.The comment with the most likes and most compelling story will win a NIVEA Men Hamper. 10. Competition will run from Thursday 13th June 2019 to Sunday 16th June 2019 11:59 pm. 11. Any submissions made after Sunday 16th June 2019, 11:59pm will not be eligible for consideration. 12. The selected entries may be used as the cover photo of our NIVEA Men Facebook page and for any other promotional material. 13. Winners will be required to provide details of their dad and/or the person they will provide the NIVEA Men hamper to.
Dawaat Recipes

NuVita Mini Digestive Biscuits recipes

These Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes are the perfect little bites of heaven especially when sitting on a base of your favourite #NuVita Mini Digestive Biscuits! Enjoy!*MAKE SURE TO SHARE THIS VIDEO SO IT SAVES TO YOUR TIMELINE* Ingredients:NuVita Mini Digestive Biscuits400gms Cream Cheese1 egg1/4 cup whipping cream1/2 cup sugar1/2 tsp vanilla essence  See video on how to prepare:  https://www.facebook.com/nuvitabiscuits/videos/874172606257404/
Dawaat Recipes

Dawaat recipes

Here is a delicious #throwback and a super tasty meal to make this Ramadan! This Fish Biryani is perfect for dinner. Get ready to dig into some fantastic flavours! #DaawatRice*MAKE SURE TO SHARE THIS VIDEO SO IT SAVES TO YOUR TIMELINE* Ingredients:1 1/2 cups Daawat Basmati Rice, cooked1 tilapia fish fillets1/4 cup onion paste1 tsp garlic paste2 tsp ginger paste1 tbsp chilli powder1 tsp turmeric powder1/2 tsp garam masala1 tbsp natural yoghurt + 3/4 cup natural yoghurt2 tbsp oilSalt1/2 cup heavy cream2 tbsp fried onionsCoriander leaves   Watch the video on how to prepare here: https://www.facebook.com/daawatrice/videos/419515055547663/
After School snacks

3 Healthy after school snacks your child will love

3 Healthy After-school Snacks It can be so easy for them to grab a bag of chips to snack on in the afternoon but, as research continues to show, simple carbohydrates aren't necessarily your kids' friends. 1. Yogurt Yogurt is an easy, grab-and-go, nutritious snack that most kids find yummy. It's also a great source of calcium and vitamin D, and studies show eating it can boost a body's ability to build strong bones. While it's naturally packed with goodness, pay attention to the yogurt you buy -- avoid ingredients that you can't pronounce, artificial coloring and high-fructose corn syrup. Bring home organic, low-fat or non-fat varieties to keep this snack healthy. Add honey for sweetness, and have fresh fruit and dried fruits on hand for kids to add as toppers. Or whip up a yogurt smoothie that contains your child's favorite 100 percent pure fruit juice and fresh fruit. 2. Peanut Butter Sandwich Peanut butter sandwiches are a long-standing snacking tradition, whether after school or as a Break snack in school. Peanut butter is rich in both protein and fiber, and when you make the sandwich on whole wheat (or another whole-grain bread) you also increase the high-fiber carbohydrates. And that's all good news for kids. Don't spoil little appetites, though. A half a sandwich will go a long way to satisfy after-school snack attacks.   3. Keep washed, snack-sized fruits and veggies on hand in the refrigerator along with dipping options. Use single-serving containers to pre-portion the amount that's served up -- and kids can easily serve themselves this way. And when you're shopping, ask the kids to help choose which fruits and veggies you buy -- if they picked them out, they're more likely to eat them.
#FaceOfWeetabix

Win up to Sh200K with #FaceOfWeetabix campaign from Weetabix!!

What would you do with a cash prize of 200K? Well Weetabix has come up with a fun way of involving your kid’s creativity for fun prizes. To participate, submit your Weetabuddy creations on the Weetabix’s wall on Facebook, or on Instagram using the hashtag #FaceOfWeetabix . The more times you post a unique Weetabuddy, the higher your chances of winning! The offer runs till end of June. Weetabix East Africa Ltd locally manufactures East Africa’s leading Breakfast cereal, Weetabix under license from Weetabix Ltd UK. The company also markets its imported range of products which includes Weetaflakes, Alpen Muesli, Alpen Snack Bars, Weetabix Minis, Weetos, Fruit & Fibre, Branflakes and Oatibix. The goal of the company is to be the leading Breakfast Cereal Manufacturer in Africa, producing high Quality Breakfast Cereal to not only meet, but surpass consumer’s expectations. Weetabix has a strong heritage having been in the local scene for more than 30 years. The Weetabix brand currently commands the largest market share in the country. Weetabix offers many unique selling points, including: A nutritious, instant and healthy breakfast, Rich in fibre; Low in fat, sugar and calories, Great taste, Affordable for all market segments and Available throughout the country. Weetabix is available in five sizes, indicating the company’s desire to encourage all consumers irrespective of their income to eat a healthy breakfast. You will find the cereal in 37g, 112g, 225g, 450g and 900g across the supermarkets and even your neighbourhood shops. The brand has recently extended its horizons beyond the East African region.  

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