When Life Gives You Lemons…

This week I have lots of pleasure in introducing Najma to all of my readers.  Najma shares some amazing Somalian recipes on her blog SIKIA Cooking – I urge you all to go and check it out and introduce some new flavours into your kitchen! Najma wrote this great post for everyone, When Life Gives You Lemons… which has some great ideas for utilising lemon in your cooking – over to you Najma!
When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Well, you can do more than make lemonade! A collection of quick recipes to make the most out of those lemons!
Hello! My name is Najma. I love eating and making nice food. I come from a small town of Marka, in Somalia, and I share some of my family recipes on my food blog, SIKIA Cooking. Having born in Marka, and raised in Mombasa, and now living in Manchester (notice the 3Ms), the recipes I share are authentic dishes made in my family’s home. Enjoy x

When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons….. what do you do? Make lemonade, right? We have all heard of this proverbial phrase. It is supposed to make one optimistic about life in the face of adversity. Lemon is meant to represent the sourness or difficulty in life, and the lemonade is a sweet drink. But, what if you are not a lemonade kinda girl? I tried lemonade once and it was like drinking water and lemon juice – separately! Very bitter! Not delicious at all! My food neophobia goes on high alert with the mention of lemonade!So what does a girl have to do if she gets lemons?I will tell you what to do….

When Life Gives You Lemons….make a simple salad (Ansalaato) dressing!

When you’ve chopped your lettuce, diced your whole tomatoes, grated the carrots, chopped the cucumbers, radishes and purple onions – drizzle some lemon juice and salt. This is the Marka way. Simple but delicious!

When Life Gives You Lemons…make a chicken (dooro kalaankal) marinade!

In a mixing bowl, add a teaspoon of Xawaash (Somali spice mix/ alternately curry powder will do), 1/2 tsp black pepper powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp Tandoori mix (to give the chicken its red colour), 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and last but not least, 1 tbsp lemon juice. Add the chicken (1 Kg of chicken legs) and mix properly. In a baking tray, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and place the chickens. In a pre-heated oven, gas mark 4, let the chicken cook for 30-45 minutes (or until it is ready).

When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Well, you can do more than make lemonade! A collection of quick recipes to make the most out of those lemons!

When Life Gives You Lemons…make this tuna/king fish recipe!

In a frying pan, pour 2 tablespoon sesame oil, add chopped onions and sauté. Once done, add some minced garlic. Place the tuna chunks or pieces of king fish in the pan in one layer. Add hot water to cover the fish. Add pinch of salt and whole green chilli (optional). If you want a white fish sauce then this is enough. Just add a tablespoon of lemon juice. If you want a more tastier fish sauce then add  1 tsp of curry powder. I prefer the white fish sauce. Half way through the cooking turn the fish carefully over. The fish doesn’t take long to cook. It just depends on you how much sauce you want. The lemon juice is important.

When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Well, you can do more than make lemonade! A collection of quick recipes to make the most out of those lemons!

When Life Gives You Lemons…jazz up your corn on a cob!

Roast a corn on the cob on a grill or barbecue wire. In a plate add some chilli powder and salt – in equal proportion (preferably more chilli than salt). Cut a lemon in two, use one half and press the cut side on the chilli mix. Then rub the lemon on the corn on the cob, whilst squeezing the lemon. Keep dipping the lemon on the chilli mix and applying it on the corn until you are satisfied. Now enjoy!

When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Well, you can do more than make lemonade! A collection of quick recipes to make the most out of those lemons!

There you go.

Lesson? If life gives you lemons, you don’t have just one way out! There are a few.

What would you make? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Enjoy x

 

If you are looking for more lemon recipes, why not check out my Baked Lemon & Blueberry Cheesecake or my Lemon Sole Tin Foil Meal!

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