Sesame Oatmeal Cookies

It is a new year, and that means new resolutions, goals, or maybe catching up to previously unaccomplished ones from *ahem* 2014? Whatever yours may be, mine is to try work on this blog a bit more consistently. As you can tell I’ve been absent for quite a looong time. To be honest, I don’t have a camera or a fancy schmancy phone that allows me to take nice photos, nor do I have great photography skills, which is partially why I didn’t post anything. I’ve also been busy with school stuff too, and as you may or may not know, I am graduating THIS year! Eeek. Thinking about it makes me nauseous.

Anyways, to start off the new year, I decided today to randomly whip up these sesame oatmeal cookie. This is a super simple recipe that you make to eat as a snack, second breakfast, or whenever.dscn4632

Sesame Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe type: dessert/snack
Serves: Approx. 10 large/ 22 small cookies


1 1/2 cup oats
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil (you can use butter)
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
2 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/4 tsp salt
3-4 dried figs (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. (If you are using oil, skip this step) In a bowl beat sugar and butter till fluffy. Leave aside.
  3.  Combine dry ingredients together – oats, flour, sugar, sesame seeds, chia seeds, baking powder and salt.
  4. Pour milk and oil into dry ingredients. (Butter users-mix yours into dry ingredients as well) And mix them well.
  5. Once that is done, scoop around 1/4 cup of dough (or more, to make bigger cookies) on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. If you like crunchier cookies, then bake for longer. But if you are like me and like softer ones,  it’s alright to take them out a bit early, as these don’t have eggs, so they’ll be more moist!
  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

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Sesame Oatmeal Cookies

Baked Buttermilk Donuts

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been wanting to eat donuts for a long time. Maybe it’s because my mouth has missed the sensation of biting into the firm, yet flaky glaze while getting a mouthful of pillowy, carby goodness. Hahah

I’ve always wanted to make baked donuts, but never had the pan. Whenever I would go to the mall and passed by the kitchenware store, I would stare at the donut pans just longing to make donuts in those stinkin’ things. But this Christmas, my secret santa, Lisa, (thank youuu, Lisaaa 🙂 bought me a pan for my present. I was beyond ecstatic to get these.


So, since today is cold and gloomy (typical Vancouver), I thought donuts would brighten my day, and they sure did. Buuuut… the only thing that was a bummer were the glaze! Uhh. I had bought purple cabbage and beets to experiment with natural dye, but stupid me, I didn’t let the donuts to completely cool before putting the glaze. *face paaalm* I totally forgot… Hey, at least I learned a lesson to be patient.

As you can see from the picture below, I had intended to make maple glaze topped with lightly salted popcorn, and dye made from beets, moringa, and purple cabbage. I recommend testing out the colors from purple cabbage. It’s hard to tell, but the one next to the moringa (green) is the blue dye. I boiled the purple cabbage, then let it cool and added a bit of baking soda to make this gorgeous color. Next time I’ll have boil it shorter to get a lighter hue. It is so amazing what nature gives us.

Even if the glaze didn’t work today, I will and must make better donuts next time and I will update it on the blog! But, I have to say the donut itself was scrumptioous. Very moist, fluffy, and so irresistible. It tasted good on its own, but then, what would a dough with a hole be without a glaze, amirite? 🙂

Before making these, I was browsing through Pinterest and found a recipe from A Happy Food Dance. I was trying to look for soft and nicely risen donuts, because most of the ones I found looked like sad, deflated discs. Jessica’s looked bomb! So, I adapted her recipe and incorporated buttermilk, which gives the donuts rise more and the cake flour has slightly less protein compared to AP flour making these donuts more light and pillowy.


Buttermilk Baked Donuts

Recipe type: Dessert/Snack
Serves: 6 donuts


5 tbsp butter (softened)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk *
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup cake flour *


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray cooking oil or grease donut pan.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients except for sugar in a bowl.
  3. In a different bowl add eggs and buttermilk, then beat mixture lightly.
  4. Cream butter and sugar till fluffy in a separate bowl, once finished mix it with the dry ingredients.
  5. Add wet ingredient slowly into the dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Don’t overmix!
  6. Place piping bag or ziplock bag in a glass, so you can pour the batter into the bag. Then snip off the edge and pipe the batter into each mold.
  7. Bake the donuts for 15-20 min or give it a touch test to see if done.
  8. Let the donuts cool completely before glazing them.
  9.  Go crazy with your toppings and enjoy!


* Buttermilk – to make buttermilk, add 1 tbsp vinegar in a measuring cup and add milk (non-diary works too) until it reaches to 1 cup (250ml). Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes. Use 1/2 cup of the buttermilk for this recipe. If you happen to forget and add the whole cup of buttermilk, simply add a bit more flour until you get the right consistency. (I did this, hahah, so I’m letting you know beforehand!) It shouldn’t be too runny nor too thick, because you want to be able to pipe it in the mold.

* Cake flour – I found this formula from the to make cake flour.

( 1 cup AP flour minus 2 tbsp AP flour + 2 tbsp cornstarch) So, basically for a cup of flour you take 2 tbsp out and add tbsp cornstarch. Buuut, if you’re like me and like things simple, just add 2 tbsp in a cup (250ml) then add the flour. Less hassle and mess. Combine well and sift before using it.

Next time I’ll post the glaze recipes, if I get them right! 😛

Baked Buttermilk Donuts

Costa Rica Mission Trip

It’s been 10 months since I went on the mission trip to Costa Rica in 2015 last summer. I didn’t post anything about it, so I thought I’d post some pictures and reminisce about it.

A little throwback, I guess. 🙂

Our team stayed in Costa Rica for about a week and during our stay there, we renovated a pastor’s house and the church as well as spending time with the locals.

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Cows grazing grass on the hills in Punta Morales


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Performing with the local kiddos

Before we went to Costa Rica, our team met up every Saturday to learn a bit of Spanish and to prep ourself for the trip. But, to be quite honest I didn’t pay much attention to any of it, I thought I would just wing it. After all I did know *some* Spanish, and what more would I need? (yes I do realize I was VERY ignorant) BIG MISTAKE. On the day we got to play with the kids, I was inwardly berating myself for not practising more before I went. I felt so frustrated by the barrier of the language.  Like when our youth group did face painting, I had no idea what they were all saying, so poor Cristina had to help all of us by translating what they wanted. But nevertheless, we had an amazing time bonding with those children. Even if we couldn’t properly communicate with them, I feel like all of us felt connected to one another and the fact that we are ALL God’s children.

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Iglesia de Luz

Something I noticed within the Iglesia de Luz congregation is that they worshipped and praised fervently. I’ve been in this kind of atmosphere having lived in Tanzania, but it was nice to see such strong passion for Christ in a different part of the world. Also despite the fact most of our team members had no clue what the lyrics meant, it was the idea that we came together to worship and listen to the word of God that made the whole experience memorable.

Matanbu children
Matanbu children

Anyhoo, the whole trip was an amazing experience for me as an MK and I hope that there will be more opportunities to travel and see the world.

Our accommodation
Costa Rica Mission Trip

A New Beginning


First things first, you are probably wondering who the heck I am. Right? Well here we go, my name is Grace and am currently in my sophomore year in high school. I was born in Korea, but moved to Tanzania, Africa with my family, right when I turned four years old. (My parents are missionaries, which is why we moved to Africa) Eventually, I was put in a boarding school called Rift Valley Academy in Kenya when I was in second grade and stayed there until fifth grade. Ever since I was young, I loved travelling and exploring different places. Among  all the places I’ve lived such as Australia, California, and Canada; Tanzania will always stay engraved in my heart.  So, there, now you know a little something about me. 🙂

Now, what does Chakula for the Nomad mean? Okay, you probably know what nomad means. But, Chakula? Huh? Chakula means food in Swahili — the language spoken in Kenya and Tanzania. So, what’s the meaning behind the name?

I have recently become quite obsessed with cooking/baking, but particularly eating foods that are scrumptious and  healthy. Although, I am an amateur cook/baker, I like to try new recipes and LOVE food from different countries. Food is what brings people together. It brings joy and laughter when shared. I mean honestly who doesn’t like to eat?

So, the reasons why I chose the name Chakula for the Nomad is because

  1. Travelling plays a big role in my life and is something that I love doing
  2. I love to eat. Nuff said.
  3. Trying foreign food while travelling is something that I believe is important
  4. Like I said before, Tanzania is a country that will stay in my heart forever and so I wanted to incorporate some kind of word in Swahili

This blog won’t solely contain food and travel, although those will be the main focus, I’ll also be including random things like what I did for the day, exercise, diys, etc.

Hope you will like this blog and stay tuned for more!

A New Beginning