Shakshuka a.k.a the perfect hangover brunch

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The very minor downside of hosting cinema-dining club nights is that you hardly ever have a chance to eat, but somehow, I always have a chance to sip on a glass (or two) of wine. As a result the post-KinoVino days are usually accompanied by a bit of a hangover. And this is where this beauty comes in. Of course, you don’t have to be hangover to enjoy it, but the pleasure of the experience does intensify if you are in that slightly magical/slightly painful state, the echo of the night before.

This recipe is originally inspired by  Jerusalem but always I feel very free to improvise and of course this means throwing adjika into the mix.

Ingredients:

1-2 red peppers

4 cloves of garlic

3-4 ripe tomatoes

4 organic medium eggs

1 tbs of tomato paste

1 tsp of ajika

a pinch of ground cumin (cumin seeds work just fine too)

a handful of coriander leaves

Method:

1. Heat some olive oil in a deep frying pan

2. Finely chop garlic and dice red peppers

3. Fry in the olive oil till begin to soften

4. Add tomato paste, roughly chopped tomatoes, ajika and ground cumin. Allow to simmer until all ingredients turn into a thick red sauce

5. Make four little holes in the sauce and carefully break an egg into each

6. Once the eggs are cooked to your preferred consistency, take off the heat and sprinkle with some fresh coriander leaves

7. Take a deep breath to envelop yourself in the aroma and tuck in immediately. Don’t waste your time plating up!

Serves 2 (if the other person gets a chance)

 

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