Hawa Hassan Shares the Spicy Somali Pasta Recipe From Her New Cookbook, ‘In Bibi’s Kitchen’

“Grandmothers are the ultimate home cooks,” says Hawa Hassan. That’s why, for her new cookbook with Julia Turshen, In Bibi’s Kitchen, she decided to make them the focus. Part cooking guide, part educational material, and part journalistic exercise, the book features the beloved recipes, and stories, of matriarchs from eight African countries that touch the Indian Ocean. There’s Ma Gehennet, an Eritrean who emigrated first to Canada and then to New York, who shares her shiro (chickpea stew), Ma Wambui from Nairobi, who wants to dispute preconceptions that Kenyan food is “bland and uninteresting,” and Mozambique’s Ma Maria, a complete master of coconut sauce. As each talks about their food, family, and life choices, a diverse and uplifting portrait emerges about both the Eastern African coast and the African immigrant experience in America. “My ultimate goal in life is really to tell an accurate and beautiful story about the continent, not one of despair,” says Hassan. 

Hassan’s book comes at an important time for the food and restaurant industry which, over the past several months, has faced a reckoning over whose culinary stories get told, and whose cuisines get supported. It’s a fact not lost on Hassan, who was born in Somalia, then escaped to Kenya during the country’s civil war before settling in Seattle. “African people have not been handed the mic,” she says. “There’s a misconception that [the cuisine] is difficult, that it’s far, that it’s not ‘sexy,’ for lack of a better word. But that’s not true. Everything you need, for the most part, is in your pantry. We want to dismantle that this food is somehow at a reach.”

It’s a goal that In Bibi’s Kitchen succeeds at. Full of delicious and easy-to-make dishes, you’ll find yourself wondering why, exactly, a Somali restaurant serving canjeero (sourdough pancakes) and suugo suqaar (pasta with spicy meat sauce) hasn’t popped up in your neighborhood, or why we aren’t downing more Mozambique ginger-beer or rum berry-soda cocktails on Friday nights. As Hassan notes of her East African coast recipe collection: “It’s clean, it’s lean, and it’s beautiful.”

Inspired to cook something for yourself? Below, find the recipe for suugo suqaar.

Suugo Suqaar

Italy’s colonization of southern Somalia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries had a lasting impact on Somali cuisine. Suugo is the most popular of Somali pasta sauces and resembles an easy weeknight meat sauce but the added flavor of Xawaash Spice Mix makes it distinctly Somali (and distinctly tasty). You can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken in place of the beef if you’d like. Serve with cooked pasta (any shape will work, whether it be a strand-like spaghetti or a shorter cut like penne).

Ingredients

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil 

2 garlic cloves, minced 

1 small green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped 

1 small red onion, finely chopped 

1 pound ground beef 

3 tablespoons Xawaash Spice Mix (see below) 

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed 

2 tablespoons tomato

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Mary Berg of Mary’s Kitchen Crush shares three favourite short story collections by Canadian women

Mary Berg is the Ontario home cook who was a winner of TV’s MasterChef Canada and is currently host of Mary’s Kitchen Crush. Berg is also the author of her debut cookbook, 2019’s Kitchen Party. 

Berg is an avid reader and loves short stories: “I’ve always found short stories to be such an interesting way to gather information and learn about whatever the author’s trying to tell us.”

She spoke with Shelagh Rogers about three of her favourite short story collections by Canadian women authors: Shut Up You’re Pretty by Tea Mutonji, Guest Book: Ghost Stories by Leanne Shapton and Even that Wildest Hope by Seyward Goodhand.

Shut Up You’re Pretty is a book by Téa Mutonji. (Arsenal Pulp Press, Sandro Pehar)

“The short stories here definitely read more like a novel, especially in comparison to a lot of the other short story collections I read, which are usually not linked by a protagonist or a narrator. 

“You kind of jump forward in time from the protagonist Loli. She’s this very young girl, a new immigrant to Scarborough. You’re just watching this person get dropped into the middle of cold Canadian winter, figuring out their life and trying to find a space for them.

The short stories here definitely read more like a novel, especially in comparison to a lot of the other short story collections I read, which are usually not linked by a protagonist or a narrator.

“The writing of that first story of that very young protagonist was really fascinating to me because it sounded young. It didn’t sound like an adult woman was writing it. But it also still kept the distance that is kept throughout the short story collection. 

But it’s almost like you and the narrator Loli are standing on one side of a fogged piece of glass. You’re looking at her life. And it’s very pragmatically told. Horrible things are happening and beautiful things happen but it’s all told very pragmatically and very matter of fact and very these are the things that happened.

Which to me makes me love the character more because it makes me dig in and figure out why they’re being like that and why they present their life in such a way.

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Téa Mutonji talks to Shelagh Rogers about her Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize nominated novel, Shut Up You’re Pretty. 17:00

Guest Book is a book by Leanne Shapton. (Robbie Lawrence/Penguin Random House Canada)

“I was trying to read it at nighttime and I had to pull the covers up and tuck my legs up — because it’s eerie and spooky.  The haunted nature of it is so much more beautiful than any scary movie or anything I’ve ever read before. It was really something. 

The first story in the collection showcases really someone just watching people walk through street lights and the street lights, in my mind, kind of act similar to how a short

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Garden Rescue’s Harry Rich shares adorable new photo to mark daughter’s first birthday



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Garden Rescue‘s Harry Rich delighted his fans recently when he shared a gorgeous new photo of his daughter, Indigo, to mark her first birthday.

The TV presenter, who appears on the BBC daytime show with his brother David and former Ground Force star Charlie Dimmock, uploaded the cute snap on his Instagram showing little Indigo sat on his lap with a big smile on her face.

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The father-of-one simply wrote in the caption: “Indigo – Age 1”, along with a red love-heart emoji and fans were quick to comment gushing on the gorgeous photograph.

Harry Rich posted this adorable picture of his daughter recently

One person wrote: “Tooooo cute!!! And naturally she’s in floral trousers! Happy birthday little one!!” as another said: “Happy Birthday Indigo. Fabulous picture!” Meanwhile a third quipped about Harry’s day job, writing: “The next edition to Garden Rescue!”

The presenter and garden expert, who runs his own landscape company with his brother alongside their commitments on the BBC show, likes to keep his private life largely out of the spotlight, although he does occasionally share photos of his family on social media.

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Posting back in April, Harry uploaded another sweet photo where he could be seen lying down on the sofa as his baby daughter sits on top of him. The Garden Rescue star captioned the picture: “Saturday morning Indigo.”

Harry lives in a cottage back in his hometown of Brecon, Wales, with his daughter and wife, Sue, a yoga instructor. Last year, he told the Times what he loves most about his rural landscape at home.

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“It’s a very old stone cottage, from 1670 in the oldest part, and it’s got a stone floor with mud underneath. It is set in a woodland and you have to walk over a stream to get to it. I fell in love with the way I get to my front door.”

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Ina Garten gives a tour of her kitchen, shares design tips for optimal cooking

It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with some comfort food, and Ina Garten has some tips to make your fall and winter cooking as easy as possible.

The Barefoot Contessa, as she’s known in her popular Food Network show, stopped by TODAY’s fourth hour on Tuesday to show co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager around her East Hampton kitchen and offer some design advice.

“When I’m designing a kitchen … I think of setting the stove, the sink and refrigerator in a triangle so you can move around really well,” she explained, adding that in her own kitchen, these three appliances are “really close together, but they also have a lot of workspace in between.”

“I always like the sink to have a really nice view,” Garten, 72, continued. Her kitchen sink points to her beloved garden where she grows fresh produce and hosts outdoor dinner parties.

The “Modern Comfort Food” author also showed how she leaves her everyday items out on the counter but arranged “in a neat way.”

“I’ve got all the utensils … I have silver spoons for tasting and stirring, and whatever ingredients can just sit out, and knives,” she said.

But her design genius doesn’t stop there: The former White House budget analyst also provided some know-how on putting together a stunning cheese board — with the ingredients she had on hand.

Ina Garten’s Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese by Ina Garten

“You can go into your pantry and see what you have,” Garten said. “I always like something right in the middle as a block, and then I put things around, colorful things like apricots. I’ve got two different cheeses, one creamy, one blue.”

“I think very often people put apricots everywhere and then they put figs everywhere, but you want to do blocks of color and then it’ll look really gorgeous,” she added.

Even with all her expertise, the self-taught chef still orders takeout from time to time, she revealed to Hoda and Jenna.

“At some point I just couldn’t do it anymore,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can’t cook breakfast, lunch and dinner and still get my work done.’ So I said … we have to do takeout, and it just changed my life.”

When the conversation turned to hosting socially distanced dinner parties, Garten said she sometimes will serve pizza outside. “It’s just great, and you see your friends and you have a good time and … it’s so satisfying. I still want to hug them, though.”

Asked by a viewer who her dream dinner party guests would be, she extended an invitation to Hoda and Jenna, which they happily accepted, her husband, Jeffrey, and Taylor Swift, “if she would come for dinner,” Garten quipped.

She previously told TODAY Food that she always listens to music when she cooks. Her go-to artist? “I’m gonna surprise you, Taylor Swift, cranked up on the tunes,” she said.

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Sick of your space? Jungalow’s Justina Blakeney shares her decor secrets

We are all works in progress; even the successful women you see owning it on Instagram faced stumbling blocks along the way and continue to work hard to stay at the top of their game. In this series, we’re sitting down with the people that inspire us to find out: How’d they do it? And what is success really like? This is “Getting There.”

Justina Blakeney is an artist and designer known for her bright and bold interiors style, which usually includes a houseplant or two (or three … or 10). She’s also the author of the “The New Bohemians” and the creator of Jungalow, which started as a blog in 2009 and has since morphed into an online shop for colorful home goods and decor. Through Jungalow, she has collaborated with Anthropologie, Target and more.

But before launching her own brand, Blakeney worked dozens of jobs trying to find her niche — as a consultant, a magazine editor, in retail, as a boutique owner, in graphic and interior design and more.

Here’s what she’s learned along the way.

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TMRW: What was your very first job?

Justina Blakeney: I was 15 and my parents ran a school for mentally disabled teenage girls. I went to the classroom after school and taught arts and crafts. But my first job that wasn’t a familial job? I worked retail at Express, the clothing store.

Talk to me about some of the moments in your career that led you to where you are today.

I’ve always been unafraid to embrace technology and teach myself different programs and learn things like Photoshop or Illustrator or social media platforms. I know if there’s something I can’t figure out, I can find a Reddit thread or a YouTube tutorial that can teach me. So being autodidactic in that sense has been extremely helpful to me.

Justina Blakeney shopping for yarn in Italy. The designer said living abroad in her 20s was a
Justina Blakeney shopping for yarn in Italy. The designer said living abroad in her 20s was a

I went through a long period, three or four years, of just saying yes to any sort of creative oddball project. I just had the courage and the faith to say, “I’m going to figure this out, but I’m also going to be transparent with the client and say, ‘I’ve never done this before, but I can do it.'” And it worked. Learning how to bootstrap and be scrappy and see how much you can really do yourself is hugely important.

For a long time I was like, “Maybe I want to be a designer.” But there are so many different types of design — interior design, industrial design, fashion design — and until you’re actually doing it, it’s sort of hard to know. So I considered that a testing period. And through that, I was able to hone in on exactly what it is I like doing.

How did you know when it was time to branch out on your own?

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Emma Roberts Shares Photos Of Her Baby Shower

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It was definitely memorable.

Emma Roberts gave a tutorial today on how to throw a cute baby shower in the time of COVID-19, for your “family and pod.”

The actor, who is expecting her first child — a baby boy — with boyfriend and actor Garrett Hedlund, shared photos of her party on Instagram, which had a magical garden theme.

There were a lot of pretty moments, including her floral dress and matching mask…

And the decor, which included roses dangling from a tree.

But the most memorable decoration was definitely the vagina-shaped floral arrangement that gave Emma a “laugh.”

Flowers were incorporated in a bunch of other creative ways, too. Emma put some dainty ones in her water cup…

And flower-pressed cookies and mushroom-shaped cookies were served.

As well as “baby boy” cookies.

The actor, who has been encouraging others to wear a mask, threw the party in an outdoors space large enough for her guests to social distance — which included Kristen Stewart and Camila Morrone, according to a source at People.

Emma thanked everyone who came for “making [her] pregnancy feel so celebrated during such wild times.”

Congrats to the mom-to-be!

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Is the White House haunted? Jenna Bush Hager shares creepy story

The White House has certainly seen its share of residents, but have any of them seen ghosts?

TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager paid a virtual visit to “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Monday and said there are ghosts in the historic residence.

“True or false: There are ghosts in the White House,” the talk show host asked.

“True!” Jenna replied. “And listen, Kelly, you would’ve liked these ghosts because they were very musical.”

Jenna added that the spirits were “friendly” and “compassionate” to her and twin sister Barbara Bush.

She also shared the creepy story during a conversation on TODAY in 2018 with Hoda Kotb.

Jenna recalled the time she and Barbara may have encountered the undead while living in the White House during their dad’s, former President George W. Bush’s, time in office.

The sisters were in their shared bedroom when Jenna’s phone rang. “It woke us up in the middle of the night,” she explained. “We had a fireplace in our room, and all a sudden we started hearing, like, 1920s piano music as clear as day coming out of the fireplace.”

It was so spooky that Jenna said she jumped in her sister’s bed. “We were both awake!”

Jenna and Barbara Bush (Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images)
Jenna and Barbara Bush (Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images)

To make things even more suspect, it wasn’t a one-time thing. “The next week, we heard the same thing but opera,” she said.

They ended up talking themselves out of the possibility the place was haunted, but a White House staffer made her question it again.

“I said, ‘Buddy, you wouldn’t believe what we heard last night,’ and he goes, ‘Oh, Jenna, you wouldn’t believe what I’ve heard.’”

Ghost stories from the White House are nothing new. Many former presidents and people who have lived there have reported seeing or feeling the presence of President Abraham Lincoln. And Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands apparently even fainted at the “sight” of him.

There have also been reports of ghost sightings for Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Andrew Jackson and even British soldiers walking the hallways. (*Shudder!*)

But Jenna insisted the ghosts she and her sister potentially came in contact with had good intentions. “They were friendly ghosts,” she assured us.

This story was originally published Oct. 15, 2018.

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Gigi Hadid Shares a Photo of Her Baby Girl and Her Nursery Decor

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Earlier this summer, Gigi Hadid gave her Instagram followers a detailed photo tour of her New York City NoHo apartment she spent a year decorating. Now, the new mother posted an Instagram Story yesterday showing a tiny peek at the decorations in her daughter’s room. There’s a macramé rainbow mobile (similar ones can be purchased on Etsy) along with art by her good friend and baby’s “auntie” Austyn Weiner.

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Photo credit: Instagram

Hadid also shared a look at her daughter, seemingly in her crib, with the handmade pink blanket Hadid’s friend Taylor Swift made her:

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Photo credit: Instagram

The warm colors complement the rest of Hadid’s apartment decor, which can be seen in the Instagram post below that Hadid shared in July. She wrote at the time, “Spent all of last year designing and curating my passion project / dream spot. Of course it all came together right before quarantining out of the city…. but I’m excited for the time I’ll get to spend enjoying all the special corners that were made with a lil help from some of my favorite creatives (tap!) who embraced my ideas and didn’t call me crazy. 💛 ++ my mamma:) who is the greatest homemaking-sounding-board I could ask for (she called me crazy when required) ☺️ grateful to and for all.”

E! got details on how Hadid’s first days with her and Zayn Malik’s daughter have been in New York City. Hadid welcomed her daughter a week ago. “Gigi is on a high and can’t believe they created an angel,” E!’s source said. “She’s truly so in love and has had many emotional moments while holding her baby girl.”

The source added that Hadid’s mom Yolanda has been staying with the couple and helping them day and night. “She is planning on staying with them for a while and they all want to head back to the farm [in Pennsylvania] at some point,” the source said.

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John Stamos shares rare behind-the-scenes ‘Full House’ footage from 1989

John Stamos is sharing rare throwback footage of the “Full House” cast to thank fans for registering to vote.

The 57-year-old actor, who played Uncle Jesse on the classic ABC sitcom and its Netflix revival “Fuller House,” shared home movie footage on Instagram over the weekend that captured the cast’s behind-the-scenes high jinks during their 1989 trip to Hawaii.

The video finds Stamos sharing hugs and kisses with tiny twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. It also shows the show’s stars frolicking along a beach, with Candace Cameron Bure, Dave Coulier and Bob Saget hamming it up for laughs.

In one sweet scene, the whole gang sings “Happy Birthday” to Stamos on what would have been his 26th birthday.

“Thank you guys for showing up to vote through #goodtovote! We more than doubled our voter mark! So as promised, here is some unreleased OG footage from Full House when we shot the Hawaii episode,” Stamos wrote in the caption.

“You can see how much we loved each other off camera — that still exists today,” he added.

Earlier this month, Stamos posted an Instagram video of himself alongside his adorable 2-year-old son, Billy, that found him promising to share throwback footage of the show’s cast if 100 fans registered to vote through the non-partisan Head Count organization.

“I don’t normally pimp my kid out for anything,” Stamos joked before whispering to Billy, “Everybody’s gotta register to vote.”

Of course, it was Billy, with his wavy “pandemic hair,” who stole the show by mimicking his famous dad’s every word.

“You’re an upstagey little guy just like all of the other kids I used to work with,” Stamos teased.

Watch Stamos’ previously unseen footage in the video above!

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My Kitchen Rules’s Ash Pollard shares photos of her new baby girl


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14:13 25 Sep 2020, updated 14:27 25 Sep 2020

Ash Pollard has welcomed her first child with partner Pete Ferne – a baby girl. 

In a sweet Instagram post shared on Friday, the former My Kitchen Rules star posed with the tot laying on her chest. 

In the gorgeous black and white image, the 34-year-old lay down with her newborn baby cradled under a blanket. 

Welcome! Ash Pollard has welcomed her first child with partner Pete Ferne – a babgirl. Ashhas not yet revealed the name of her new arrival. Both pictu

Ash has not yet revealed the name of her new arrival, so far only announcing that she’s had a girl. 

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The radio host wrote simply in the accompanying caption:  ‘She’s here! #Obsessed’. 

In Instagram Stories shared in the evening, Ash showed off the gifts she had already received from loved ones. 

The radio host wrote simply in the accompanying caption: ‘She’s here! #Obsessed’

They included lush bunches of flowers and a lavish selection of meats, cheeses and crackers. 

She captioned one of the photos: ‘So many beautiful florals to celebrate our new bundle!’ 

Ash thanked a number of her friends for the food delivery and seemed to be in great spirits.   

Gifts: In Instagram Stories shared in the evening, Ash showed off the gifts she had already received from loved ones
Nice! They included lush bunches of flowers and a lavish selection of meats, cheeses and crackers

Last week, the cook revealed the bub was already overdue – joking that her baby has ‘bad habits’ and is tardy like their mother.

In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, the star shared a selfie in which she flaunted her baby bump.  

She wrote in the caption: ‘Y’all I’m still here! Baby is late (like its mother to a meeting). Father unimpressed with bad habits already starting in utero!’ 

Excited: Ash announced that she was expecting her first child with Peter (pictured) on her HIT 101.3 breakfast show in March
Late! Last week, the cook revealed the bub was already overdue – joking that her baby has ‘bad habits’ and is tardy like their mother

Ash recently revealed she learned she was expecting while on the set of Seven’s All New Monty: Guys and Gals.  

She told The Daily Telegraph: ‘I had no idea I was pregnant and I was so sick… just absolutely so ill during the filming of that show, I can’t even tell you.’ 

In between rehearsals for the strip show and early starts on Sea FM, the radio host thought she was just exhausted. 

Some timing! Ash recently revealed she learned she was expecting while on the set of Seven’s All New Monty: Guys and Gals (pictured)

‘I get up for breakfast radio every morning and was absolutely burning the candle at both ends, so I just thought it was that,’ Ash said. 

Instead of pulling out of the show, Ash soldiered on,

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