Somali Shortbread Biscuits (Qureebaad ama Icun)

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!

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Macsharo Yariis (Mini Rice and Coconut Cakes)

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.

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Malawax Hayl iyo Miracas (Cardamom Pancakes with Berries)

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.

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Cardamom, Yoghurt and Fruit Pavlova

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.

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Kashata (Coconut Candy)

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!

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Luqaimat (Sweet Dumplings)

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!

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Mini Walnut Pies

We take a departure from African food with this lovely pie that you will want to keep eating!  An Australian friend who has a wonderful talent for making scrumptious pastries introduced it to me.

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