Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shakshouka - eggs poached in tomatoes...

"Shakshouka (Arabic: شكشوكة‎; Hebrew: שקשוקה‎) (also shakshuka) is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, often spiced with cumin. It is believed to have a Tunisian origin. Shakshouka means "a mixture." or shaken in Tunisian dialect, and is also derivation of a common last name in Tunisia "chakchouk". Shakshouka is a staple of Tunisian, Libyan, Algerian, and Moroccan cuisines traditionally served up in a cast iron pan with bread to mop up the sauce. It is also popular in Israel, where it was introduced by Tunisian Jews."


I've already made something very similar - Eggs in Purgatory - but after seeing this dish in River Cottage "Veg everyday!" programme I had to try this version too. It's very good and quite feeling, which surprised me a little bit. Oh, one thing - I'm not a huge fan of cumin seeds but I actually like it in this dish! It gives it a nice 'hint/flavour".

How to make it...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chicken curry with apples...

Very mild but still very flavoursome dish - and quite an easy one to prepare too. It is very mild curry indeed, so if you're not a fan of spicy food, but still want to enjoy Indian cuisine, this would be a dish perfect for you! It was actually too mild for me so I ended up adding more garam masala and using fresh chili instead of a powder version.

P.S. I know I was absent for some time but my life just 'went bananas' a little ;) I'm back though! In full strength and a head full of cooking/baking ideas - and a long list of things to make in my humble kitchen. Hope you'll join me in that! :)



How to make it...