In my later years I have developed a much more interesting palate and there are things I would cook and try now that I wouldn't have even thought of trying when I was younger. We also have such beautiful produce, eggs, etc. here in the UK, and such a wide variety . . . that I just enjoy cooking and eating with gusto! (And it shows blah . . . )
This is a recipe I had noticed in the Yotam Ottolenghi Cookbook, Plenty, quite a while ago. I had cooked some eggs in a delicious tomato sauce before. (Pan Roasted Eggs and Tomatoes.) They were really good . . . this recipe was different however . . . there were onions, peppers and some different herbs and things in it.
It sounded simple and delicious. It's a North African dish apparently . . . but it's quite similar to the way that the Turkish cook eggs, but again with different herbs and spices. The Turks use peppers and tomatoes as well. The Italians also cook a similar dish, using just tomatoes, garlic and basil. (No surprise there!)
I changed the recipe ever so slightly to adapt it to what I actually had in the house . . . using a green pepper instead of a yellow pepper. I also used dried coriander as I didn't have any fresh (that's parsley you see here.) and I added a splash of dry white wine. Oh yes . . . I also used a good quality tin of tomatoes (Cirio, they are my favourite) instead of fresh . . . because to be honest . . . fresh tomatoes are just not that good at this time of year, and tinned tomatoes always are.
I also cut the recipe in half, because there are only two of us. I also didn't cook two eggs a piece . . . we would never have been able to eat two eggs a piece. One each suited us just fine. All in all, we both really enjoyed this very much. The vegetable sauce was so flavourful and went very well with the eggs. Todd had his with buttered crusty bread . . . I had mine with hot buttered toast. Toast and eggs are just what I am used to . . . I have some leftover sauce which I think I will use on a pizza tomorrow. Sounds like a plan!
*Shakshuka*Serves 4 with abundance
salt and black pepper to tasteup to 250ml of water (1 cup)