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–Xukun turned out round after round of flaky bread. Around 1pm, we tucked into a goat stew, a creamy mix of chard, onions, and peas, along with chapati hot off the skillet, and salad. As they say around here, Qado wanaagsan – Bon appetit !!
A lunch of spicy, ground beef sauce with potatoes, carrots, and hot green peppers over spaghetti. Garnish of french fries ! Eaten on the front porch, outside Hargeisa, Somaliland.
preparing frîtes … for a lunch fête of grand proportions.At the office, Magnambougou, Bamako, Mali.
Office lunch, prepared for our army by chef extraordinaire Tene (or Wednesday, in Bambara): Aubergine sauce and rice. One of my favorites. That’s piment, or very spicy chili paste, in the container in the middle.