Monday 16 May 2016

Monday 16 May 2016

The (Weekday) Life Saver-Shakshuka Recipe!

It is no secret, that I  shamelessly cheat my way when it comes to weekday cooking.  Moreover, in an effort to make the world a better place I am proudly presenting my latest find –Shakshuka! The humble egg being the protagonist in this story, with some rich spicy tomato gravy as a base. It’s so diverse that you can have it for breakfast- brunch or dinner. You can whip this up in no time what so ever and with ingredients that are your regular kitchen staples, it avoids the need of you having to go foraging for exotic ingredients amongst super market isles.

Cooking time:40 mins max

1 White Onion
1 Red Pepper
1 ½ tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Cayenne Powder
3 tbsp Olive Oil
6 Eggs
1 can Plum tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
½ Cup water
Fresh Coriander Leaves to garnish
Salt to taste

Chop the onions and red pepper finely.Pour the oil into a skillet or large flat pan that's suitable for oven as well. Once the oil is warm, add the onions, red pepper, and saute until they are smooth and translucent. It would take around 15-20 mins. Preheat the oven at full temperature.

Once they are done, in goes garlic, cumin and Cayenne Powder.  It would take a few minutes for the spices to cook. The mix would turn a darker brown ,at this point, add the canned plum tomatoes, wash the can with the water, and pour it into the skillet. Allow the tomatoes to cook and simmer. Add some salt for seasoning.Once the gravy reduces slightly you can take the pan of the flame. Crack open the eggs into the pan and carefully place the pan into the oven, reduce the temperature settings to 200 deg cel  and it would take approx. 7-10 mins.

Once done, top it with some freshly chopped coriander leaves and hey weekday meals would mean eating out of the pan is much forgiven, let’s keep it rustic ;) Serve it with some crusty bloomer bread to soak up the magnificent gravy or even some Pita if that is the easily obtainable option!

Now that’s an easy recipe you can resign to after a chaotic day at work or
Tornado of  a day with the younger offspring.  Have you tried Shakshuka before? Do you  have a favorite brunch recipe? Tell us all about your ninja weekday recipes!

Until Next time!

Take Care!

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Notes: If you like less heat in your food, you can replace cayenne with paprika-which is a lot milder. Some of recipes added feta to the tomato gravy before it goes into the oven or you can even try adding some fresh cream if you would like a richer dish.

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