Brunch Time: Shakshuka

shakshuka

This Tunisian shakshuka is something everyone with a blog was making a few years ago.  I had it on my “must-make” list a while back and it just sort of languished on it and never got made.  And this past weekend, we were having company for brunch and the hubby decided to make it.  I usually object to his choices on what to make, but for once we actually agreed. 🙂

First things first, the name – shakshuka – is so much fun to say, and of course the jokers in our family keep repeating it in different tones and voices.  Secondly, this is one of those dishes where the sum of the parts in far greater than what goes into it.  It’s simple yet impressive due to the bold colors.  The smokey paprika makes the dish and should not be substituted.  In fact, in our kitchen, these days, paprika is sort of the spice of the month.  One slight screw up we had that took the dish from an A+ to a B was that the egg yolks got over-cooked.  So stay on top of it, and make sure the yolks are runny.  Truly a thing of beauty for company, or even just yourselves for Sunday brunch.

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Bookmarks: 3 Recipes We Can’t Wait to Try

Like me, you probably have a long list of recipes on your “gotta try” list, and like most families we usually find ourselves relying on a short list of quick, “go-to” recipes to get us through the weekday rush. Meanwhile, that list keeps getting longer… Here are three tasty-sounding recipes that have been lingering on my mind for quite a while. I’ll make sure to report back when I’ve had the chance to try them. What’s on your list??

Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower Fritters with a Spicy Sauce) from eCurry. Indian-Chinese fusion = yum! I never heard of Manchurian sauce until coming across this recipe, but I am intrigued. According to Wikipedia: “It is said to have been invented in 1975 by Nelson Wang; Wang described his invention process as starting from the basic ingredients of an Indian dish, namely chopped garlic, ginger, and green chilis, but next, instead of adding garam masala, he put in soy sauce instead.” Do any of you have experience eating or making it? I’ll bet with a little tinkering we can make this one at least reasonably kid-friendly.

Lemon Poppyseed Olive Oil Muffins from In Jennie’s Kitchen. There’s something about the combination of lemons and olive oil in a muffin that just sounds utterly divine, don’t you think?We’ve been watching the lemons on our deck inch towards ripeness and I’m bookmarking this recipe just for them.

Shakshuka from Smitten Kitchen. Aside from having an awesome name, Shakshuka is an Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce. My kind of brunch! My son loves eggs and we all love having breakfast for dinner — so this one has definite possibilities.

What’s on your “gotta try” list?