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    Chef #473559
    Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:42 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    if anybody knows this recipe or where i could find it please let me know. thanks.
    Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:13 pm
    Forum Host
    Chef, I saw your request earlier. I did a thorough search on the Internet, and although this bread is mentioned, I cannot find a recipe.

    The problem with some of these African recipes is that they are not written down -- and those parts of Africa are not exactly on the Internet, and neither are there many recipe books with all the traditional recipes in them.

    I am so sorry. At this point I admit defeat.

    (African Forum host).
    Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:15 pm Groupie
    Not sure if this is what you want but its good.

    East African And Chickpea Olive Bread (Somalia) adapted from Ethnic Breads

    Ingredients 2 1/4 Teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
    2 1/4 Cups Bread Flour
    1 Cup Chickpea Flour
    2 Tablespoons Chickpea Flour
    3/4 Teaspoon Salt
    1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper -- or cayenne
    3/4 Cup Onions -- chopped
    1 1/2 Cloves Garlic -- finely chopped
    3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
    1/3 Cup Green Olives -- chopped
    3/4 Cup Water

    I've never made it, but have ate it before. No complaints!
    Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:47 pm
    Forum Host
    Chef 473559 wrote:
    if anybody knows this recipe or where i could find it please let me know. thanks.
    Howdy and welcome to 'zaar, Chef. Very nice to meet a new friend.

    Didn't find MUUFO, exactly, but found a collection of African Recipes (click on the link)....maybe what you're looking for is there by another name.
    Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:47 am
    Forum Host
    Muufo is a bread made with different grains, it seems. It's a pity I have not found a recipe so far. Somalia is such a faraway, poor country: I imagine few recipes are ever written down. It lies below Ethiopia and above Kenya on the far eastern coast of the African continent.

    I'll have another look around.

    Later: Okay, had another search. All I could find so far was this (not a recipe):

    Muufo, a variation of cornbread, this is a dish made of maize and is baked in foorno (clay oven). It is eaten by cutting it into small pieces, adding macsaro (Sesame oil), sugar and mashing it with black tea.
    Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:23 am
    Forum Host
    I am on a MISSION on this one. I found a Somali restaurant & OMG...I asked everybody..."my mom makes it but i don't know how, my wife makes it but i don't know how, my boss makes it - I'll ask him for the recipe...

    I was told HOW to make it but no proportions were given. I have joined several Somali websites to no avail (YET).

    It is a yeast risen cornbread. That much I know.

    Beth from the North Africa/Middle East Forum.

    ETA that everybody spells it differently...a Somali cab driver spelled it MUFO, the waitress spelled it MUFFO. I see above the spelling is MUUFO.
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:46 am Groupie
    Hi Elmotoo,

    Just wanted you to know that I am exhausting all the possibilities of finding this recipe for you.

    Searching the internet has been done with no luck so we have to come up with alternatives.

    Had a brainwave at 4am this morning... icon_idea.gif icon_biggrin.gif Let's contact the Somalian embassy!!! If anyone should know it would be them... well, there hasn't been an embassy since 1991... icon_confused.gif icon_sad.gif

    So, now I am going to look for some kind of North African group that I can ask the question of and see what come up.....

    .... watch this space... icon_eek.gif
    Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:03 pm
    Forum Host
    a multiforum mission! woohoo!!
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:00 am Groupie

    I have emailed two Somalians - one residing in the US and the other back in Cape Town, SA asking them for a recipe. Hold thumbs that we get a reply, okay?

    Keep watching this space... icon_eek.gif
    Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:33 pm
    Forum Host
    Um Safia
    Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:04 pm
    Forum Host
    Ethiopian Flat Bread (Injera) also same as Somalian Canjero

    4 cups flour
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    16 fluid ounces club soda

    Combine flour, whole wheat flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Add club soda and mix to a smooth, thin batter.

    Heat a large nonstick skillet. Add a small amount of batter; tilt pan to cover the bottom. Batter should spread out over pan thinly. (Add up to 2 more tablespoons of whole wheat flour if the mixture is too thin.)

    When moisture has evaporated and small bubbles appear on surface of bread, remove from pan. Bread should be cooked on one side but not browned.

    Pile breads onto a large platter, covering with a towel until ready to serve.

    Cooking Tips
    Teff flour can often be purchased at Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali markets. Substitute it for the whole wheat flour.

    Servings: 12

    Have not tried this myself but took it from a very reliable source. Hope this helps you.... Will try to find muufo recipe for in the meantime!
    Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:39 pm
    Forum Host
    Oh, gee, yes, I remember this desperate search!!

    We never did find a muufo recipe!

    Injera, yes, that is available, thank you, African Queen!!!

    (Why don't you join us in the chat thread, right at the top of the forum?? I'm sure all would love to meet you! icon_biggrin.gif )

    The ex-Africans and current Africans are still thin on the ground, and we heartily welcome each and every one who appears in that "Introduction and Chat" thread!! icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:54 pm
    Forum Host
    I am so sorry. At this point I admit defeat.

    Zurie, NEVER admit defeat!! wy don't you fly up to Somalia real quick & get the recipe? icon_twisted.gif

    Um Safia, welcome to our mission in life! rotfl.gif

    Bethie from NA*ME
    Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:54 am
    Forum Host
    Oh--my--goodness--NO! Too, too far, and too much trouble and strife up there! Shame, it's a very poor country, always battling droughts and border skirmishes.

    BUT we shall overcome. We shall find muufo somewhere ...

    (Problem is ... where?? icon_lol.gif )
    Mon Jun 04, 2007 12:47 pm
    Forum Host
    Oh, what a difficult quest ... This is all I've found so far:

    "Muufo, a variation of cornbread, this is a dish made of maize and is baked in foorno (clay oven). It is eaten by cutting it into small pieces, adding macsaro (Sesame oil), sugar and mashing it with black tea."

    Then this (just description):

    "Ali and Ali Ali turn up with three plates and a banana. One plate has a salad on one side and chopped, sautéed beef and onions on the other. Another carries two muufos. Breads. They look like thick, puffed tortillas."
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