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September 2016



10 facts about cakes

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Cup cakes

Cup cakes

Hello there, it has been a while since we posted something.Hey, the wait is over! we are back. Today we are sharing 10 interesting facts about cakes. We all love cakes, learn this facts below ;

1. The first cupcakes were so called, in the late 19th century, because they were baked in cups and made from ingredients measured by the cupful.

2. In the Middle Ages, the word cake meant a flat round of bread baked hard on both sides.

3. The anatomical term placenta is the Latin for cake. The placenta was named for its flat shape.

4. The earliest mention of a cup cake was in 1796 in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons.

5. The world record for cupcake eating is 72 in six minutes and was set by Patrick Bertoletti in 2012.

6. The record for fruit cake eating is 4lb 14.25oz in 10 minutes, set by Sonya Thomas in 2003.

7. Assumption Abbey in Missouri is the world’s only Trappist monastery that sells fruit cake on the internet (

8. A VAT tribunal in 1991 ruled that Jaffa Cakes are cakes not biscuits.

9. For tax purposes, the essential difference between cakes and biscuits is that cakes go hard when stale but biscuits go soft.

10. According to an old English superstition, putting a fruit cake under your pillow would make you dream about the person you will marry.

Having learnt those facts, why don’t you order freshly baked and delicious cakes from us today? Visit our website or call 0722760655 to place an order. We shall deliver it right at your doorstep.

Till next time, eat cake.



November 2015





October 2015



EL Nino is here, what should YOU do about it?

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Today it finally rained.

For weeks, the weather-woman has been telling us to prepare for El Nino, only yesterday after questions were raised in the public about her predictions, did she come out again fists pounding telling us ‘STOP DOUBTING! PREPARE FOR EL NINO!’ ’ – almost like a frustrated preacher annoyed that the heavens have yet to fulfil her doomsday prophecy.

And then, after days and days of the hot sun, dust and endless open skies, this morning it rained. Could this be El Nino? Has he arrived?


Who is El Nino and why should we be concerned?


The word El Nino in Spanish means ‘Christ’s Child’, so named because of the periodic warnings that come around Christmas time near South America. El Nino is felt across South America, North America and here, at home in East Africa.


The deadliest El Nino was recorded in 1997 – and this year, the weather forecast says we should brace ourselves for a strong El Nino, but less devastating than the El Nino of 1997.


El Nino Weather forecast

“Predictions indicate there is a likelihood of enhanced rainfall over much of the country during the “Short Rains” (October-December) season in Kenya. In some parts the rains may extend into January 2016. Heavy storms are likely to occur more so, during the month of November”


What does this mean to you?


The Good news

  • For farmers, the rain will be God send. Crops and animals will receive nourishment. And food supply will increase.
  • For the rest of us, prices for food will come down once the markets are full.


The Bad news

  • In Nairobi expect transport and logistical nightmares. It will be reasonable to expect to spend 8 hours travelling a distance of 10 kilometers. Like on Ngong Road for example.

  • Flooding and mudslides. (Remember receiving Whatsapp photos and video clips of floods earlier this year – expect more)

  • In some areas, there will be an outbreak of Malaria and other waterborne diseases

  • And most certainly we can expect an El Nino corruption scandal, like this one


What can YOU do to prepare for El Nino?

  • Invest in a good umbrella, and hold onto it through the rainy season. This should be your first investment. Buy a second, just incase you loose the first (if you are forgetful like me)

  • Invest in appropriate clothing – a good jacket to keep the rain off, and good shoes that will keep your feet dry

  • Ladies – let us get hairstyles that will will tame El Ninos attacks

  • At home, stock food. Avoid the last minute rush. And the inconvenience of looking for food in floods.

  • Invest in a power back up. El Nino will bring blackouts. MamaMikes can help you here


We have bright solar lamps that use LED lights up to 150 lumens (this means they are very bright in the dark). They can be charged using normal power, your laptop (with a USB port) or the the sun. These lamps also charge mobile phones. We will happily deliver them to you at a cost of 200/-

Philips Solar Life Plus solar lantern. By MamaMikes.Com

Philips Solar Life Plus solar lantern. By MamaMikes.Com



Pro 2 solar lantern by Green Light Planet. Available at MamaMikes.Com

Pro 2 solar lantern by Green Light Planet. Available at MamaMikes.Com

  • If you drive, or ride in a car/bus/matatu and you come across what looks like shallow water on low bridges or near river banks. Turn back. Avoid the risk of driving through. The water will sweep you away.

  • At home, if you see blocked drainage, open them now. Let the water flow away freely. Don’t wait.

  • If you have leaks in your home, fix them now. They will only get worse with the pounding of the rain.


Do you have tips on how to manage El Nino, please add them below


Thank you!




October 2015



Sophisticated Kenyans turn to tradition when the lights go off

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Having started Kenya’s first e-commerce website, before the word e-commerce was a vocabulary known to many in Kenya or Africa, I am what some people may describe as pioneer entrepreneur. I always considered myself an enlightened and modern person, thinking of tomorrow before the sun set on today. In many respects that has been true, but in one respect regarding a certain habit that idea has fallen flat on its face.



Living in Nairobi means being prepared for blackouts. Although admittedly these days the blackouts are less than years before, they still happen. And in my world that depends so greatly on power, the first thing I do, especially when a blackout happens at night is to curse, and then follow a preset habit, turn on my phone torch, look for candles in my modern apartment and rely on these two gadgets until the light returns.

So strong was my habit, that despite having been engaged in the selling of solar lanterns from my company MamaMikes for several months, I for some reason never associated them as a product for me to use. But one day, out of frustration when the power went out and I had ran out of candles and my power hungry smartphone had died, did it click that I could use the very same gadgets I have been selling to others.

The next time the power went out I was ready. I was actually waiting for it to go off just to experience the sheer power of my new acquisition. And when it did, I switched on my charged solar lantern, which lit up the house and even plugged in my phone to get charged. I felt a sense of victory, but also wonder. Why had it taken me so long to make the change? I was surrounded by the solar lanterns at work? So why?

A marketing psychologist may say that most of the images I dealt with while marketing solar lanterns were targeted to a different type of user. A user whose dominant source of light at night is either a candle or kerosene lamp. And perhaps this is why it never occurred to me, that I could benefit from having a solar lantern.

Intrigued by my own behavior I decided to poll a number of people, a cross section of friends, acquaintances and family members on what they did when the lights went out. I asked this brief question

What do you use when the lights go out?

  • (A) Battery powered light
  • (B) Candle and light from my phone
  • (C) A solar powered light
  • (D) My power never goes out
  • (E) Other

Majority of those who answered, replied (A) and (B). Those who have similar lifestyles to myself answered (B). Very few answered (C). Others said they used inverters or petrol/diesel generators. And others said they simply go to bed.

There are varied reasons why option (B), remains the most popular option for sophisticated urban dwellers in Nairobi, such as the cost of candles vs a solar light, or the infrequency of blackouts. Once those in the B category, like myself convert to a renewable energy source like solar, there is no turning back.

So for those who have read so far, here are 3 different types of solar lamps you can buy for yourself and we will happily deliver them:



February 2015



Flowers Flowers Flowers

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Queen of My Heart

Flowers and leaves of dandelion are rich source of vitamin A and C, calcium, iron and potassium. One cup of dandelion tea can provide 7,000-13,000 I.U. of vitamin A.
The English name of dandelion is derived from the French dent de lion which means“lions tooth” due to it coarsely toothed leaves.
Its flower petals are used in making dandelion wine while its roasted roots are used as a caffeine free dandelion coffee.

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