Menu: Somalia


Somalia quite the melting pot, and this week’s menu shows it. The food is peppered with a little bit of Italy (hello, tomato sauce & garlic!), a lot of east Africa (howdy, stewed meat with veggies!) and a smidgen of India (hey there, yellow, yellow turmeric!).

I made this menu while Ava was home from school, so I purposefully chose recipes that were easy to make. That way I’d have more time to wiggle and spin my way through a toddler dance party.


Even with such simplicity, I think you’ll be pleasantly be surprised by these recipes. They’re just unusual enough for a dinner party, but easy enough for a week night.

My kind of food.

All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Beef Suqaar [Recipe]
If there was ever any comfort to be found in slowly simmered meat, this is it. A cozy combination of beef, carrots, peppers, onions, and potatoes. The flavor comes from the very Italian addition of garlic and onion. If you want to spice things up, a hot chili pepper is grand, too.

Coconut Curried Corn | Galey iyo Qumbo [Recipe]
The sauciest corn you’ve ever had. Simmered with coconut milk, onion, tomato sauce, and turmeric. Creamy, yet vegan.


  1. Leah says

    That coconut curried corn makes lift my eyebrow. I have got to try that…and since the chunk of corn is familiar to my husband, I may get away with getting him to try it, too.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Ah yes, just let him eat it with a smidge of the sauce… since it’s yellow, he may not even notice 😉

  2. Tumeric!! Oh what a disaster over the weekend at my friend’s – we made a lentil soup and added a good amount of Tumeric…Guess what! Her Tumeric must have been on her shelf too long…it made the soup decidedly and agonizingly BITTER…(We added sugar just to get through eating it.) Tumeric should have a pleasant “sweetness”.
    Throw out all your old spices and herbs. It is not worth saving them and ruin a recipe – plus they will not give you any nutrition.
    Now that I think of it – maybe that is why one of my son’s had developed a dislike for baked Salmon until I made it for him one time..He reluctantly tried & loved it…of course, I used FRESH herbs and spices…

    • Sasha Martin says

      I find turmeric musty, but not bitter… you’re right: certain spices get a particularly overwhelming flavor once they’ve past their prime and others just become dull.

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