I love anything with cardamom and fruit so this combination seemed like a match made in a heaven. What I didn’t anticipate was how the mix of buttery caramel, spice and sugar would turn me into an addict! Since my first attempt I have made this cake four times in as many weeks.
The title says it all—no bake, just three ingredients and you get a delicious chocolate overload within 25 minutes. And it is super easy to make. My son, Issa and I had fun making the fudge and even more fun eating it!
Shushumow, a crisp, deep fried shell shaped pastry made with flour, eggs and water is a sweet made during festive times such as weddings and religious celebrations among the Somali people.
Icun in Somali means ‘eat me’ and believe me you will eat and eat these crumbly shortbread biscuits that just melt in the mouth. They are usually made for festive days, but in our household we don’t wait for a special day. Any day and everyday is icun day!
These delicious bite sized rice cakes are a traditional Swahili breakfast and snack favourite, but I was delighted when I encountered them in the coastal cities of southern Somalia. They are crunchy outside, and soft and fragrant inside.
Pancakes and berries with cream is such an indulgent breakfast and one that I like to enjoy occasionally and not just for breakfast! I have spiced this recipe up with the addition of cardamom, which adds a wonderful scent and flavour.
This pancake recipe is different from the typical Somali malawax in that the mixture is thicker and the pancakes are fluffier.
When we first saw this cake we thought it looked too good to eat. Then we ate it and it tasted too good to not keep eating. Spongy, moist and apple-y (is that a word?) is the best way to describe it.
My 11 year old son, Ilyas, is a determined fellow. Once he has his mind set on something, he’s got to do it. Fortunately, this time it was something quite innocuous. He just wanted to make something for his cousin’s birthday – something Australian and Somali, and preferably a meringue type cake, he said.
Kashata is a traditional East African sweet sold in markets and on almost every street corner all the way from Somalia to Tanzania. It is rather like a Bounty bar without the chocolate!
Warning: this is a very moreish dish that you won’t stop eating! Luqaimat, a puffy sweet fried dumpling dipped in honey or syrup, is a firm favourite in our household during Ramadhan, the Islamic month of fasting. But because we have a sweet tooth, luqaimat makes a rather more frequent appearance in our Somali kitchen!