Juicy thin steak and vegetables!


What you need:

1 lb. thinly sliced bottom round steak

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cube chicken bouillon

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. coriander

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. Vegeta seasoning

1/2 tsp. beef bouillon powder

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

1/2 diced red onion

a dash of salt

1/2 diced serrano pepper

a half of pot of water for boiling meat

What you do:

1.  Boil meat in pot of water for about 30 minutes at a medium setting.  Drain.

2.  Cut beef into small pieces.

3.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet on low.

4.  Add meat, 1/4 cup water, and all seasonings.

5.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.

6.  Add vegetables to pan and continue to simmer about 10 minues.

7.  Serve with rice ( I prefer Somali rice, but you could really serve with whatever type you like).


Spicy Beef Suqaar


What you need:

1.5 cups cubed beef

4 cups water

1 cup mixed vegetables

1/2 sliced onion

1 large diced serrano pepper

1 tbsp. beef bouillon

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. cardamom powder

1/2 tsp. cilantro

1/4 tsp. coriander

1/2 tsp. Vegeta

salt/pepper to taste

1/4 cup olive oil

What you do:

1.  Boil beef in 3 cups of water for 45 minutes.  Drain.

2.  Heat olive oil on low on stovetop.

3.  Add meat, onion, and serrano pepper, cook on low about 2 minutes.

4.  Add 1 cup of water, vegetables, and all seasonings.

5.  Simmer on low for 15 minutes.

6.  Serve!


Beef Suqaar


What you need:

2. cups cubed beef

1 peeled diced potato

1 1/2 cup mixed vegetables

1/2 onion sliced

1/2 serrano pepper diced

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. coriander

2 tsp. garlic paste

1 tsp. cilantro

1/2 tsp. vegeta

3/4 tsp. beef bouillon

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups water

additional pan of water for boiling meat

What you do:

1.  Boil meat in water over high heat for 30 minutes.

2.  Heat oil in another pan on medium heat.

3.  Drain beef from water and add to heated pan.

4.  Add onions, potato and serrano pepper and continue to heat on medium for about 4 minutes.

5.  Add all other ingredients and continue to heat on medium for 10 minutes.

6.  Cover pan and simmer an additional 10 minutes.

7.  Turn on low heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

8.  Serve with rice and a spritz of lime!


Chicken Suqaar


Now don’t get it twisted… this is not a recipe I wrote on my own.  I stole it from Eden Eats, just made some modifications.

What you need:

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup frozen or fresh corn

1 sliced yellow onion

2 tsp. cajun seasoning

2 tsp. paprika

2 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning

2 tsp. cilantro

dab of achiote powder (for color)

juice of 1/4 lemon

Olive oil

What you do:

1. Marinade chicken in all seasonings overnight.

2. Remove chicken from marinade and dice.

3.  Heat a skillet on the stovetop on low-medium heat.

4.  Add enough olive oil to cover the entire bottom of the skillet.

5.  Add chicken pieces and cook about 4 minutes on each side.

6.  Add onions and corn to skillet and simmer about 10 minutes.

7.  Squeeze fresh lemon juice over all and serve!





This is my version of Somali Injera

What you need:

2 cups self rising flour

1/2 cup Chapatti flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 tsp. active dry yeast

3 cups water

What you do:

1.  Mix all ingredients well with a mixer

2.  Cover with a towel and let sit at least 3 hours

3.  Stir mixture.

4.  Heat an oiled skillet on low-medium.

5.  Slowly pour about 1/2 cup of batter at a time into skillet.

6.  Evenly spread batter in a circular motion from the inside out.

7.  Cook until bread forms and bubbles pop.

8.  No need to flip- just serve!

Sweet Flat Bread


Not really Sabaya or Muufo, but YUMMY!

What you need:

1 cup. flour

1/4 cup sugar

sprinkle of salt

1/2 cup water

oil for frying

What you do:

1.  Mix water, sugar, flour, and salt .

2.  Form into a ball and add more flour if sticky.

3.  Work the mixture until blended well into dough and flatten on a floured surface.

4.  Brush with oil.

5.  Fold and brush with oil.

6.  Repeat step 5 a couple of times.

7.  Fry in a lightly oiled frying pan on low heat a few minutes on each side.



Yellow Basmati Rice


This is a Somali inspired recipe.

What you need:

3 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 onion cut into slices

1 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves

3-4 cloves fresh garlic crushed

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp. cardamom powder

2 tsp. salt

dab of yellow coloring

1 diced red serrano pepper (use green if out of season),

1/2 tsp. curry powder

almost a whole tsp. chicken bouillon powder

2 c. basmati rice

4 c. water

What you do:

1. Rinse the rice in a strainer until water runs clear.

2.  Set aside.

3. Heat olive oil in a skillet on the stovetop and add onions and peppers.

4. Cook for about a minute and stir in the rice and all other seasonings.

5. Cook a couple minutes ensuring to get all rice coated in oil.

6. Transfer to a rice cooker and add water.

7. Cook!!! If you don’t have a rice cooker you can bring to a boil on your stovetop stirring constantly. Reduce heat and let simmer till most liquid is gone.

8. Transfer to a 350 degree oven for about 7 minutes.