Shakshuka on busy days

Hello people,

These weeks have been really crazy and busy. I started Food blogging lessons on a beautiful cooking school and they are awesome and fun and I’m learning from a lot of people I admire, so my next post should be better ( i hope ) cause I’m supposed to be learning things. And i have a new camera ! I hope my pictures now look more pro. What do you think?

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Also wanted to tell  you guys I had a crisis today with Hernan cause I think I’m failing as a health couch to him, he doesn’t seem more interested in food and eating healthier, to me he’s not making progress even though i know it’s a big change and it’s gonna take some time, but today i think i gave up on him. I’m being to hard on him? Should i be more patient or should he be making a bigger effort? Should i really give up on him eating healthier? This has nothing to do with our relationship, we’re doing great, although distance is a bitch, but what about him NOT falling in love with food , wich is a huge part of my life?

Anyway, this week’s recipe is absolute easy to do, delicious and you can have it as breakfast, lunch or dinner !

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So this is what you’ll need:

Shakshuka

Serves 4

Ingredients: 

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium brown or white onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium  red bell pepper, chopped
4 cups ripe diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp chill powder (mild)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper (or more to taste spicy!)
Pinch of  brown sugar (options, to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
5-6 eggs
1/2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley (optional, for garnish)

Whole weat pita bread to soak on the juicy sauce and yolks 😉

Preparation:

1.Heat a deep, large skillet or sauté pan on medium.  Slowly warm olive oil in the pan. Add chopped onion, sauté for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add garlic and continue to sauté till mixture is fragrant.
Add the bell pepper, sauté for 5-7 minutes over medium until softened. Add tomatoes and tomato paste to pan, stir till blended. Add spices and sugar, stir well, and allow mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5-7 minutes till it starts to reduce. At this point, you can taste the mixture and spice it according to your preferences. Add salt and pepper to taste, more sugar for a sweeter sauce, or more cayenne pepper for a spicier shakshuka (be careful with the cayenne… it is extremely spicy!).

2. Crack the eggs, one at a time, directly over the tomato mixture, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce. Now here is where i put the skillet in the oven, but if your pan is not oven proof or you just don’t want to turn the oven on,  you can just cover the pan.

3.Allow mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the sauce has slightly reduced. Keep an eye on the skillet to make sure that the sauce doesn’t reduce too much, which can lead to burning. Garnish with the chopped parsley.

Easy right? enjoy with a warm piece of bread.

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Best dinners ever !
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yummy Shakshuka

And this is Hernan’s Shakshuka !

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Hernan’s Shakshuka

So, i love middle eastern exotic flavors, but reacently i also discovered one of my favorite movies from Turkey, It’s beautiful. Please watch it. I already saw it like 5 times:

“The Virgin Suicides” meets “The Castle of Purity”. That’s “Mustang” from the French director of Turkish origin Deniz Gamze  Ergüven. If we take a little of the mood of the film Sofia Copolla and mix it with the obsessions of the Mexican Arturo Ripstein in his film “The Castle of Purity”  we get something very close to “Mustang”. Five orphaned teenagers facing their growing desire for freedom against a conservative society. The view of the film is led by the youngest sister, who sees the future before his eyes and realizes she doesn’t want that future for herself. The identification is immediate. Impossible not to love and follow it for the rest of the 90 minutes. Rebellious, brave and extreme. That’s Lale.They say that when you’re young, time passes quickly and leaves nothing but  in “Mustang” leaves a lot, especially scars.

The film is based on the personal experiences of the director, who since a teen lives in France and because of her condition of being a woman has felt the need to raise awareness of the situation in which women are  treated in some conservative regions of her country.

The film becomes very claustrophobic  at moments while displays in a  hyper realistic way the awakening of youth drives that are constrained by the social and religious intransigence of the country where the story is set. Do not be fooled by the tone of the first minutes of the film. It is not a light comedy about teenagers with light conflicts. It is an emotional and captivating experience that will give you shaking chills.

Love,

Hernan

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