Breakfast / April 19, 2017

Shakshuka

This is my very first post! Hurray I’m no longer a blogging virgin! Take that world…this girl is unstoppable!

When I woke up this morning, it was rainy and sad and I thought what better way to start the day and this blog than with a hearty comforting breakfast. This is NOT the traditional shakshuka you would find in the middle east but it is packed full of delicious flavours that will help you feel all snuggly and warm. I promise that as time goes and I get more acclimated to this new blogger life I am about to embark on, I will post other versions of this AMAZING dish.

shakshuka

Hope you guys enjoy!

So here’s what you’ll need:

3-4 ripe tomatoes (I used vine tomatoes) roughly chopped

1 large yellow onion roughly chopped (I like my onion in larger chunks so if you like it finer go ahead 🙂 )

2 organic eggs

2 pieces of organic sprouted grain bread (my guilty pleasure! Each bite is like a party in my mouth with all the different grains) toasted and cubed

ingredients-for-shakshuka

Then for the spices- in my opinion this is the best part. I LOVE spices. They just make every dish wonderful.

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground harissa (you will see the mortar and pestle in the photo below that I used to grind the harissa)

1/2 tsp sichuan pepper (now this is completely optional. I just love the little kick it gives and had it handy so figured why not spice up my morning!)

harissa-and-herbs

For the fresh herbs I used …

1 tbls oregano leaves, sprigs removed

1 tsp thyme leaves, sprigs removed

fresh-oregano-and-thyme

And as mentioned above here is my rusty trusty mortar and pestle that I used to grind the harissa and sichuan pepper.

mortar-and-pestle

Now the fun part begins!

Toast the cumin seeds on high in a cast iron skillet, once they become fragrant add the crushed harissa and sichuan pepper mixture and continue toasting for 20 more seconds.

toasted-thyme

Then add oil (I used the sunflower oil that my sundried tomatoes come in- SO FRAGRANT!) and onions and stir to coat the onions in the cumin and harissa infused oil.onions

Once you see the onions begin to caramelize, add the tomatoes and continue cooking on medium heat.

onions-and-tomatoes

When you see that the tomatoes and onions have turned into a sauce, add the fresh herbs and stir to combine. Add salt and coconut sugar to taste (the sugar is to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes).
shakshuka-in-pan

Lastly, add the eggs ( you can either make pockets in the tomato mixture and crack the eggs into those pockets or go as I did and place them on the side) and add the toasted bread bites.

shakshuka-eggs

After contemplating whether I wanted sunny side up or scrambled, I opted for scrambled!I scarfed down this delicious breakfast within minutes and all of a sudden the sad rainy morning was a heck of a lot brighter!

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Ingredients for 2 servings:

3-4 ripe tomatoes (I used vine tomatoes) roughly chopped

1 large yellow onion roughly chopped

2 organic eggs

2 pieces of organic sprouted grain bread toasted and cubed (any type of bread would do)

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground harissa

1/2 tsp sichuan pepper (optional)

1 tbs oregano leaves, sprigs removed

1 tsp thyme leaves, sprigs removed

Pink Himalayan Salt (my favorite salt of the moment) to taste

Coconut sugar to taste

 shakshuka

Shakshuka