Black Quinoa, Hulled Millet, Artichoke and Pomegranate Salad

The inspiration for this recipe came from one of my favourite chefs, vegan guru Tal Ronen who likes to use ancient grains. Tapping into my own ancient Horn of Africa heritage with its African and Middle Eastern influences I have used hulled millet, pomegranate and added ingredients that I don’t usually use such as black quinoa and artichokes.

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Suqaar Lettuce Cups

I enjoy giving tradition a new twist so when a Vietnamese friend served me some vegetables in a lettuce cup I thought I would try that idea on Somali food. Combining meat and salad seemed like a good way to go and my suqaar lettuce cup recipe was born.

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Fried coffee, anyone? (Bun Soomaali)

Fried coffee? I know what you are thinking! It sounds weird, right? But let me tell you the taste is incredible and Somalis have some interesting stories that we associate with the bean.

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Hummus with Tahini – tasty and filling

Rich, smooth, creamy, garlicky with a hint of spice – that’s how I like my hummus. Not only does it make a great protein-packed dip, but it can also be used to ‘butter’ your bread or used instead of mayo in a sandwich.

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Maraq Bocor (Pumpkin Soup)

This is one of my favourite soups. Warming and nutritious – it is just the thing to warm the cockles of the heart on a chilly day. The addition of mushroom, capsicum and eggplant add a wonderful texture and heartiness to the soup.

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