in the kitchen with: halimo’s malawah and spiced milk tea – Design*Sponge

The recipes featured on today’s column are by Halimo, a former Somali restaurateur in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.  The sweet Somali flatbread, malawah, and spiced milk tea were staples for Halimo, her family and many other residents in the camp and are cherished foods they have brought with them to the United States.  The recipes are a preview of what will appear in the narrative cookbook project, Between Meals, by the Bay Area organization, Refugee Transitions, whose mission is to assist refugee and immigrant families in becoming self-sufficient in the United States.  Created by food stylist Dani Fisher, and writer and educator, Lauren Markham, Between Meals will share the expertise and stories of newly-arrived refugee women, from Burma to Liberia to Afghanistan.  The women’s traditional recipes have been documented with the help of their Refugee Transitions tutors.  Between Meals also tells the stories of students’ exile from their home countries, their journeys to the United States, and their efforts–literally and metaphorically–to nourish their families in their new California homes.  Check back on the Refugee Transitions site for more information about the kickstarter campaign Dani and Lauren will be launching in the next few days for the realization of the book.

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