If you are into food as I am then you know it’s all about the art and flavor profiles. We all know the Devil wears details and so why not make sure your food is an art piece on its own. I was challenged, by a voice in my head, to create a meal inspired by Jamhuri Day which is a celebration of Kenya’s Independence and so I took on the challenge and this is what I created.
The dessert is a Berry Mint Trifle. The whole inspiration is mostly the Kenyan flag and its wealth of colors and texture. For the White, I made a Vanilla Pana Cotta. This is a jelly like layer made from cooking cream, gelatin, sugar and vanilla essence. Bring all the ingredients to a boil for about 7minutes and then leave to set in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
For the Black color, I introduced a crunchy texture to this ensemble. It is basically Oreo Cookie crumbs. This is as basic as it gets. Just bash a bunch of cookies into crumbs. For the Red Color, comes in the fruits. I decided berries were the best accessory to this Jamhuri inspired Dessert. I used locally grown Strawberries and Raspberries. Soaked them in a tablespoon of vinegar and icing sugar overnight so as to extract all those heavenly flavors.
Lastly the most tasking element of this whole decadent dessert was the Mint and Basil Meringue inspired by the Green color in our Kenyan Flag. This involves whisking 4 egg whites and a pinch of salt on medium for 7minutes, but I promise it felt like a week, until it forms soft peaks of a cotton candy texture. Add some mint and basil leaves and adjust to your liking the flavor profiles until it makes you smile. Add some Sugar, like half a cup, whisk some more until the mixture is a glossy green thick mix. Bake this in an oven on 100 Degrees Celsius for about 90minutes and then cool.
Once all that is done, layer the Trifle like a pro and proceed to give yourself endless Hi- 5s and then like Kenya in 1963, emancipate your appetite to the mercy and tastes of this Dessert. You are welcome!