Saturday, October 2, 2010

Quick and Easy

In today's world when communication is done via computers, mobile phones and social media sharing, what can be a better way to bring people together than a dish that needs to be shared?

So, let me introduce you to the Shakshuka.

Shakshuka is a tomato based dish originating from North Africa and was brought to Israel by migrants. Its a custom (and much more fun) to share a Shakshuka dish with others, sitting at the dinner table or low on the ground. You can pretty much add to the Shakshuka anything you like but there is one basic rule to a good Shakshuka and it is... Do Not stir the Shakshuka once the eggs are in.


Ingredients (for 4-6 people):
3 Desert spoons of Olive Oil
2-3 Garlic gloves (sliced)
8 ripe Tomatoes cut into cubes
1 Red Capsicum (cut to strips)
1/2 ts Cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 Eggs

How to:
1) Heat up a pan with Oil and brown lightly Capsicum and then add in the Garlic (make sure the garlic is not browning)
2) Add in the tomatoes, and the spices and cook for 10 minutes without a lid until a tomato saurce is formed
3) Make 6 dimples in the sauce and break and Egg into each one of them - cover the pan with a lid and cook for 2-5 minutes (depends how well you like your eggs cooked) - Do Not stir the Shakshuka once the eggs are in.
4) Take off the element and serve with fresh bread

Dip the fresh bread into the thick Shakshuka and eat with family and friends

Topping Suggestions:
You can add to the Shakshuka (before you add the eggs...) :
Spring onions
Bacon (to be browned after the capsicums are in)

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