Meat Free Monday – Shakshuka and Homemade Garlic & Rosemary Focaccia😍

I believe Shakshuka is a typical Middle Eastern breakfast dish – I first saw it on Pinterest, and the sheer savoury flavours attracted me, but not for breakfast 😉 It is basically spicy onion, pepper and tomato base with egg poached in the sauce.

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I have looked at many recipes and have taken the bits I like from them, and thought about what spices and veg I have in stock.

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I started by peeling, halting and finely slicing 2 medium red onions, then squishing 2 fat cloves of garlic.  I add these to a heated pan and gently fry off.

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I add a sliced green and red pepper.

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stir through a teaspoon of cumin and half a teaspoon of caraway seeds and another half teaspoon of cayenne.

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Stir in a big squeeze of tomato purée and then add a tin of chopped tomatoes, Salt and Pepper and enough water to rinse the tin out and stir together and simmer for 10 minutes.

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The sauce should start to look thick and unctuous, taste and adjust seasoning, it may need a pinch of sugar to balance flavours. I then made 2 dents in the mix, and cracked an egg into each.  Pop a lid on the pan and leave for a few minutes till the eggs are cooked.

To serve with this, I have made a really good Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia – this is one of my favourite breads.

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It starts as a pretty ‘normal’ dough – I (of course) use my Thermomix, 300ml water and a pack of yeast, heated to 37 then add 500g of bread flour, a good pinch of salt and a good glug of olive oil.  Mix on dough setting for 4 minutes, then leave to rise for an hour.

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When risen again, poke your fingers into the dough again to ensure the herbs etc are in the dough, then drizzle with olive oil and a good sprinkle of good sea salt (I use Maldon) – then into the oven for a good 50 minutes till golden and scrummy 😍

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Take out of the tray as soon as you can, pop onto a cooling rack, best eaten when warm not hot.

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Place the Shakshuka on the table with big chunks of the Foccacia and dig in 👍

 

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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