Thursday, July 11, 2013

Recipe for Fresh Fruit Salad

This is a great recipe; it is healthy and tasty. I use the fresh fruit to make this dish naturally sweet! It is very refreshing on a hot summer day. This does not last long at my house, we all love it! You can use any fruit that you like. The lemon helps the fruit keep it's color and not turn brown.

Prep Time: about 10 minutes
Serves: about 8-10 servings

1 Pint of Strawberries
3 Peaches
3 Nectarines
2 Cups of Blueberries
2 Cups of Grapes
2 Cups of Watermelon
2 Oranges
1 Lemon

Peel and cut up all the fruit.

Squeeze the oranges and lemon in to a dish. Remove any seeds that fall into the juice.

Add all the remaining fruit into the juice.

Stir well.

Serve, For a juicer fruit salad, refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Somali Recipe for Chicken and Vegetable Biryani (Buriyani)

****My husband has begun to translate my recipes! He is very busy but he has been able to start with this recipe. It is still a work in progress but I was excited so I wanted to post out what he had done so far. The Somali recipe is now under the English recipe. So, just scroll down to find the recipe in Somali****
This is a favorite recipe of my Husbands. It has a lot of different spices but it is so flavorful. It is spicy so I serve it with yogurt. You can use any vegetables that you like, just make sure they are precooked. It seems like a lot of work because there are so many spices, but you can get all your spices measured out in a bowl before you begin so you can add them all in at once and speed up the cooking time.

Cook Time: about 25-30 minutes
Serves: 4-6

2 Cups of Rice
4 Cups of Water
1 Cinnamon Stick
3 Cloves
4 Cardamom Seeds (crushed)
3 Cloves of Garlic (crushed)
1 Teaspoon of Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
4 Teaspoons of Coriander Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Ginger Powder
2 Bay Leaves
1/2 Teaspoon of Garam Masala
1 Onion
1/3 Cup of Oil
1/2 Cup of Cooked Chicken (more can be used if you like)
1/2 Cup of Frozen Mixed Vegetables
1 Teaspoon of Turmeric Powder
1 Teaspoon of Cumin Seeds

In a small pan add the water and boil.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

In a large pan add the oil, cooked chicken and sliced onions. Cook on high until onions are soft.

Add Cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom seeds, garlic, chili powder, salt, coriander powder, ginger powder, bay leaves, garam masala, turmeric and cumin seeds.

Stir well.

Add the frozen vegetables and stir.

Add the rice and stir well.

Add the 4 cups of boiling water. Stir quickly and cover.

Let boil for 5-7 minutes or until most of the water is gone.

Put in oven for 15 minutes.

Stir and Serve.


Tani waa cunto uu ka helo saygaygu. Waxaa ku jira waxaa xawaashyo kala duwan oo aad ayay u dhadhantaa. Basbaas ayaa ku jira markaa waxaa lagu ciir (yogurt). Waxaad u isticmaali kartaa khudrad kasta oo aad ka jeceshahay, waxaad hubisaa in hore laga sii kar kariyay. Waxaad moodaa inay shaqo badan u baahan tahay sababtoo ah waxaa ku jira noocyo hawaash oo badan, laakiin adigu dhamaan xawaashyadaada kala duwan ku qiyaasi kartaa weel ka hor inta aadan dhamaantood isku wada darin hal mar ka dibna.

Wakthiga Karinta:ilaa 25-30 daqiiqo
Waxaa cuni kara:4-6 qof

2 Koob oo Bariis ah
4 Koob oo Biyo ah
1 Qorfe ah
3 Dhaga yare ah
4 Hayl (budo ah)
3 Dhaga yar ama Toon (budo ah)
1 Qaaddo Basbaaska Cas ah
 Qaaddo 1/2 barkeed oo cusbo (milix) ah
4 Qaaddo oo Kamsaro (kabsaro caleen) Budo ah
1 1/2 hal iyo bar Qaaddo oo Sanjibiil Budo ah
2 Caleenta geedka baxrasaafka (Bay Leaves)
1/2 Qaado oo Garam Masala ah
1 Basal ah
1/3 Koob oo Saliid ah
1/2 Koob of Cooked Chicken (more can be used if you like)
1/2 Koob Khudrad isku jirta oo la Qaboojiyay ah
1 Qaado oo Budada loo yaqaan Huruuda
1 Teaspoon of Cumin Seeds

Weel yar biyo ku dar ka dibna kar kari.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

In a large pan add the oil, cooked chicken and sliced onions. Cook on high until onions are soft.

Add Cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom seeds, garlic, chili powder, salt, coriander powder, ginger powder, bay leaves, garam masala, turmeric and cumin seeds.

Si fiican iskugu qas (laaq)

Ku dar khudaarta la qaboojiyay ka dibna iskugu qas (walwalaaq).

Bariiska ku dar ka dibna si fiican iskugu qas (walwalaaq).

Ku dar 4 koob oo biyo karsan ah.

Ha karkaraan ilaa 5-7 daqiiqo ama marka inta badan biyuhu guraan (qalalaan)

Oven-ka gali ilaa 15 daqiiqo.

Isku qas ka dibna waa la Cuni karaa.

Somali Recipe for Sauce with Beans

This is a super quick recipe. You can use any kind of beans you like. It goes great with bread or anjera.

Cook time: About 10-15 minutes
Serves: About 2

1 Can of Chick Peas/ Garbanzo Beans (15.5 oz)
1 Tomato
1/2 Onion
1 Teaspoon of Cumin Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Chili Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1/4 Cup of Tomato Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Oil
1 Clove of Garlic- crushed
1 Tablespoon of Cilantro- crushed

Add oil to a pan and heat on medium-high

Add onion and fry until soft

Add tomato and cook until soft and reduced

Add remaining ingredients, beans with liquid, cumin powder, chili powder, garlic, cilantro, salt, and tomato sauce.

Stir and cover.

Reduce heat to medium and boil for 10 minutes.

Stir. There should be some liquid left in the bean mix.


Somali Recipe for Potatoes with Peppers

This is a nice and quick recipe. I have seen it made a few different ways (no onions, red food coloring, etc). I love potatoes so this is one of my favorite recipes. It goes great with rice or bread/anjera.

Cook time: about 10-15 minutes
Serves: 2-3

2 Potatoes that have been boiled until almost done and sliced like french fries
1/4 Cup green peppers
1/2 Onion
1/2 Chicken cube
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Cup of Water
1/8 Teaspoon of Yellow food coloring powder
2 Tablespoons of Oil

Add oil to a pan on medium-high heat.

Add onions and fry until soft.

Add Potatoes and cook for 2 minutes. This helps the potatoes from getting mushy.

Add remaining ingredients- peppers, salt, chicken cube, food color and water.

Stir gently

Cover and cook on medium for about 10 minutes.

Make sure potatoes and peppers are soft.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Recipe for Apple Sauce

I LOVE this recipe! It is so quick and easy. I used to make this a lot for my daughter when she was a baby (I didn't use sugar or cinnamon when I fed it to her as a baby). You can adjust the recipe by adding more/less sugar and cinnamon. Also, you can add a few strawberries to get a yummy strawberry flavored apple sauce; this is my daughters favorite way to eat it. Try adding splenda or a natural sugar for a healthier version.

Cook Time: about 10-15 minutes
Serves: 4

3 Cups of peeled and cut apples
1/4 Cup of water (more for a thinner apple sauce)
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Put all ingredients into a pan and cook on medium high heat with a lid.

Cook for 10-15 minutes or until apples are very soft.

Mash apples with a fork.

Serve warm or cold.

Monday, October 29, 2012

American Dessert Recipe for Cookies and Cream Cake

This is a very popular dessert around my house. My daughter and I always bake together so she was excited to help me with this video. It may seem like a lot of steps but it is actually pretty quick and easy to make. Try using different flavors of cookies in the cake like peppermint, ginger snaps or chocolate chips. Use a box of yellow cake mix but for this recipe, do not follow the ingredients on the back of the box.

Cook time: about 1 hour from start to finish
Serves about 8-10

1 Box of yellow cake mix
3 Eggs
2/3 Cup of Oil
2/3 Cup of Water
1 Package (15.5 ounce) of Cookies
1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream

Start by crushing 26 cookies into small pieces

Next, add yellow cake mix, oil, water, eggs and 1 cup of crushed cookies to a bowl. Mix until blended together.

Spray 2 round cake pans with non stick spray or wipe with oil.

Divide the cake batter into both pans and bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, you can get a large bowl and put the pint of heavy whipping cream in it. Start on low with a hand mixer and gradually increase the speed. Mix until cream is thick, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Once thick, add 1 cup of crushed cookies to the cream and stir in.

Once the cakes are cooled, cut each one in half.

Place on piece on the serving dish and spread a thin layer of the cream on top.

Next, place another half of cake on top and cover with cream.

Continue until you have 4 layers of cake.

With the remaining cream, cover the entire cake (sides and top).

Take the rest of the crushed cookies (about 1 cup) and spread on top of the cake.

Cut about 10 cookies in half and layer around the bottom edge of the cake.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

American Recipe for Apple Crisp

This is one of my favorite fall desserts! This recipe has been in my family for a very long time. I remember my great grandmother making this. I made this once when we were having guests over and they loved it. A lot of our Somali guests request this now. It is quick and easy and makes the house smell so wonderful! You can make it with any type of apple. Serve it warm and/or with a scoop of ice cream.

1 hour to make and bake
Makes about 12 servings

3 pounds or 5 cups of peeled and sliced apples
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1 cup of oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon of ginger
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup of butter

Spray baking dish with non stick spray. Place apples in baking dish.

In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients until it becomes course pieces.

Spread over the apples

Bake on 350 degrees for 40 minutes to an hour until top is brown and crisp.