what’s to eat

With contributions from staff, chef supreme Xukun prepares a daily office lunch. Our mid-day fare ranges from Somali standards like spiced rice and camel meat, to lentil stews, to my personal favorite, fried fish with chapati. Chapati is a bit time consuming, as it’s prepared piece by piece on the stove. But today we lucked out…

what’s to eat

A seaside lunch on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar: Calamari and cabbage, Chicken curry with rice, naan, and roasted veggies.

on a potluck

I left my first job in Somaliland last week, to join a different organization just down the road. Serendipitously, my last day at the old gig coincided with the US Thanksgiving holiday, so all my gratitude was thrown into one bucket. To celebrate, our office hosted a lunch potluck. Some were concerned that things wouldn’t…

what’s to eat

no, not those guys (as far as I know, no one here eats those guys). oatmeal with bananas (the lesser, Somaliland–Ethiopian?–bananas, as opposed to the giant, creamy bananas of south-central Somalia) and jam, mint tea, and a few gulps of camel milk. truth be told, the camel milk was for my canine companion. but it…

what’s to eat

working lunch date with myself at Café Royal, on the outskirts of Hargeisa. started with crumbly Orange Cake and Somali tea over an Excel spreadsheet… …and finished with vegetable soup, pasta with goat meat, and a very spicy salsa verde.