“Living Green is Second Nature to Me”
So, first a little about myself…
I am a mum of two and a qualified accountant by profession but I’ve spent the last 15 years working in television and the media. The thought of turning my hobby into my job has been with me since my daughter was born ten years ago. However, my passion and love for cooking has been there since I was a child growing up in Kenya .So finally, at the beginning of 2017, I took the plunge to turn my dream into a reality
I realized I loved the buzz of working in the entertainment industry but I wanted to incorporate this with food and cooking and, most importantly, promoting healthy eating.
Food for me is a celebration; it gives me the opportunity to explore new ingredients, to share and connect with my family and friends, and to break up the daily routine. Being in the kitchen allows me to de-stress, listen to music, think of my travels and, most of all, and be free.
And as my mum always says’ the best thing that you can give someone is to feed them’, hence cooking is my way of spreading and sharing my love.
What can I say about 2018
It’s been the most exciting year as my TV series ‘RETURN TO KENYA and book ‘FLAVOURS OF KENYA is now on Amazon.
My love for teaching kids has led me to work with various primary schools.
There was a time when I did not know what to call myself, but now I am a chef, TV presenter and author.
My New Year’s resolution for 2017 was to set up Anita’s Kitchen and train to be a Food Presenter at Leiths School of Food and Wine, along with becoming a Food Revolution Ambassador.
Being one of the staple foods I grew up with, I’d just boil and bake it in the oven in olive oil and depending on what I fancy I might make it into a curry with coconut milk or just add some peppers, chilli powder and lemon and eat it as a snack.
My favourite of all dishes is Githeri highly nutritious and filling – my spiced up version is made with corn kernels, mixed beans and peanuts, eaten with chapatis or by itself.
Corn on the Cob - Anita's Kitchen Style!
These are just a few, the list just gets bigger once I start reminiscing of Kenya. All these to be enjoyed with a hot cup of Masala Chai which makes my weekend that extra bit special.