My husband and I had brunch at Ottolenghi in Angel a few months back, and oh my. The dish I chose made such an impression, that I haven’t been able to forget it since. Already a huge fan of anything cooked between Egypt, Kazakhstan, and India, I couldn’t believe this was my very fist time of consuming Shakshuka. What’s not to like? Tomatoes? Good. Eggs? Good. Spice? Ammmmazing.
Suffice to say, I have been on a mission since then, to recreate that moment of pure joy in my own home.
On this particular morning I was craving something crunchy to accompany the Shakshuka. I quickly whizzed up some buckwheat crackers, but anything will do - get creative.
Benefits for your body?
Capsicum is a powerful antioxidant, so if you happen to particularly like capsicum you could use two or three in this recipe.
You will also notice that this recipe calls for a reasonable amount of garlic. I personally love garlic. Dr Sandra Cabot recommends we eat garlic for longevity. She suggests that research has shown garlic to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. So eat up!
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 red onion, diced
6 garlic cloves, diced
1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
¼ tsp chilli flakes
1 can diced tomatoes, without sugar
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
a small bunch coriander, chopped
- On medium heat, melt the coconut oil.
- Add onion, garlic, and capsicum, cover, and sweat for 7 minutes (if the vegetables start to dry out, add 2 tsp of water, mix well, and return the lid).
- Add all the spices and mix well. Allow to sauté uncovered for 1 minute.Pour over the tomatoes and apple cider vinegar. Mix well and allow to simmer for around 8 minutes (you want the majority of the watery liquid to have evaporated by the time you add the eggs).
- Season with salt and pepper.
- When you are ready to add the eggs, make four small wholes in the top of the tomato mixture and crack an egg into each whole. Cook for 3 minutes, cover, and allow to cook for further 2 - 3 minutes.
- Remove lid, sprinkle over coriander, and serve.
For instructions on how to make the Buckwheat Crackers click here.
Feed, nourish, value yourself.