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Thursday, April 13, 2017


What happens when you serve a pepper hating egg hating kid shakshuka, I must have been out of my mind to serve this one night for dinner!. But  Hugh's (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)  Shakshuka recipe in his river cottage food tube looks so delicious that I just had to make it. Okay so there was the gags and  whys and "do I really have to eat this"
, but like a good boy and knowing my rule "you eat whats in front of you ", he ate it all up.  I believe in kids learning to eat well,  and also being able to eat when they go out, being picky eaters means you will have a tough time when travelling. Its not like I dont give them a choice , buts always two choices or what would you two like to eat today, ... or you want pasta or flat bread tonight.  You teach your kids to eat or at least try something new  , and you have to eat it too by the way. other wise there will be " you are not eating how come I have to eat it!".

Shakshuka is a middle eastern recipe  where eggs are poached in a  delicious pepper and tomato sauce. In this recipe he uses spices such as paprika  and saffron, something that's not very easy to get hold of  in Maldives I know, just use a bit of chilli powder and forget the saffron in this  case.

Recipe : Shakshuka , adapted from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall 's Shakshuka Recipe on  River cottage food tube.

serves 4

6 tomatoes, medium plum ones very ripe ones.
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and cored , sliced thinly
1 capsicum, thinly sliced
1 tsp tomato paste
pinch of saffron (optional)
1/2 tsp paprika ( or use chilli powder for some extra heat)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 onion , thinly sliced
1/2 tsp of  cumin seeds
1/2 cup water.
salt and pepper
4 eggs
2-3 tbsp olive oil

Heat a pan of water to boil, pop the tomatoes in and cook over simmering heat for 5 minutes, remove and place the tomatoes in cold water , remove the skin and finely slice the peeled tomatoes.

Heat a large frying pan, add  the cumin seeds and the onions and fry till softened slightly.

Add the peppers and capsicum  and stir fry for a few minutes. ( I think a little bit of scotch bonnet will be nice in this as well) . Then add the tomatoes, garlic , saffron and paprika. Stir fry. Add  tomato paste ( you don't need to add tomato paste if you have those summer tomatoes, the tomatoes I had were not very ripe so I added the paste to give it a more tomatoey taste.  Add the water, place the lid on and simmer to soften everything, about 5- 10 minutes.

Remove lid, add salt adjust seasoning and then  lower heat to the lowest and then make little wells in four areas in the sauce and add the eggs in each.  Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the egg and then put the lid on and cook on a low heat for 5 - 8 minutes.  Or you can put in the oven. I cooked mine on the stove top as I wanted the eggs to just set.

Remove and serve with bread.

Linking this over to I heart cooking clubs(IHCC) theme for this week,  Eggs!


  1. You are a wonderful mom, Nammi. I have never had shakshuka, but if it there are peppers and eggs in it, then definitely something for me too.

  2. I love the sound of Shakshuka, especially with the poached egg in it...and I totally agree with you in regards to eati have to start when they are little.
    I hope you are having a fantastic week Nammi :)

  3. A great brunch meal - or dinner! And, good parenting there Nammi, as picky eaters are no fun to be around (especially for the cook).

  4. I totally agree with you on eating what is on the table... I have two fussy kids and working doesn't make my job easier. I just cook what I feel like and tell them, either eat or go hungry, no option. My elder one would still eat with a puffed up face but the younger one is so adamant that she would go off hungry... :/ I have never tried shakshouka, though I have been wanting to make it for the egg loving HD, I think I should...

  5. Shakshuka is a dish I like very much. I should try Hugh's version soon

  6. The picture says it all. The spices and the well-set eggs. Who wouldn't want to eat it?

  7. I love a good shakshuka and yours looks great! And I am the same with the kids, I don't force them to eat, but they have to at least try what I put on the table. Most of the times they end up liking it anyway.

  8. Great parenting there, Nammi. I have never come across anyone who hates egg - had to laugh! ^.^
    I love Hugh's recipes - this is a beautiful dish you made.

  9. The recipe looks so good...And about the fussy eaters,having one I know.But my hubby is stricter on that,tells them not to get away from the table without finishing that stuff..hehe..


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