Kac Kac (pronounced ka’ka’) is a deep-fried bread, similar to a New Orleans beignet. It is prepared in every Somali household during the fasting month of Ramadan, Eid festivals and wedding ceremonies. These festivals were never the same without kac kac. It is also great served hot for breakfast.
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!
Kashata is a popular sweet all along the East African coast and remarkably similar to the popular Ferrero Raffaello coconut candy. It is a delicious treat that could be dessert or eaten whenever you please.
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.
I don’t know what is more delicious – the dish or the story behind the origin of the dish…read on and you can decide for yourself…
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.