Shakshuka today, because I am heading to Israel this weekend! The perfect excuse for me to share a delicious simple traditional dish from the Middle East.
I have been working like crazy these last weeks and it seems almost surreal for me to think that in a couple of days I am flying to Israel. I am going there for a wedding and will stay a few more days to explore the surroundings. I have never been really interested in this region before and never felt like going there actually. But sometimes life create the occasion for you and the funny thing is that I am now very excited to discover a new part of the world, learn about the culture, the food traditions of course, and enjoy the warm/hot weather there. Summer vacations already in April, I like it!
But let’s come back to food here. As I was telling you before, I don’t know much about the Jewish food traditions and it’s all new for me. However, there is one dish I have been willing to prepare for quite a while now: the Shakshuka! Just at looking at a picture of this simple dish consisting of tomatoes and poached eggs cooked in a skillet, I am already hungry.
It also reminds me of a dish my mom used to make in Summer when I was longer. Funny thing: it is almost the exact same dish, and the only major difference is that we did not know the name Shakshuka in my family. I remember that we used to prepare the dish (yes, “we”, I was never far from my mom when something was cooking on the stove, I was such a foodie already when I look back!), using very large ripe tomatoes from the garden. I loved the combo tomato-eggs very much, but my favorite part was to mope the sauce with some large slices of French bread. A simple trivial pleasure, but still so good!…