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My Inspired Table – April’s Shakshuka

According to my good mate Google, inspiration is defined as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. I  however define inspiration as ‘That looks incredible and I want to stuff my face with it right now’. This post right here, you know the one you’re reading, is a result of such inspiration. Since becoming one of ‘those’ people who posts nothing but food photos on Instagram (FYI I made it through a whole week without posting a picture of steak… go me) inspiration levels have been at an all time high. You see the world is full of people who love food as much as I do. You’ve got Laura over at Laura’s Mess, Jemima at Feed Your Soul Perth, then there is Kristy from Kristy Leigh and how could I forget Ai-Ling from Blue Apocalypse and of course Bhavna from Just a girl From Aamchi Mumbai and if you haven’t already you need to go have a giggle at the awesomeness from Food is The Best Shit Ever and there are so many, but in order to let you get on with what ever you are supposed to be doing right now I’ll leave it there. If you are having an extended lunch break on account of me talking too much I suggest you skip the the last paragraph, and take note of the recipe then go home and cook it.

Actually that’s a lie, there is one more person who I need to mention. April from What Can I Bake? Now don’t be fooled by the name of the blog, it is far from just cakes and cookies and other baked goodness, this chick can cook! I mean seriously she just took out the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival’s best home cook competition, truth be told she is probably a better cook than me… but I’m willing to take that. She took out the competition with her flavour pack Shakshuka.

Now my plan was to replicate April’s Shakshuka recipe that was published in the August edition of Taste Magazine. But plans don’t always work out. Did I ever mention I was a Boy Scout once? yeah probably not… but I was. Be prepared, I’m sure you’ve all heard it before, I like to think they drilled that into me pretty good, but I guess I was wrong. You see, I went shopping knowing exactly what I needed to get, it was all stored in my head (lists are for plebs). So as I’m shopping, I’m thinking to myself, yep I’ve got those spices in my pantry, tin tomatoes check, onion check, Chorizo yep I’ve got me one of these bad boys hanging out in the fridge ready to roll. So I end up getting home from the shops with minimal groceries. Naturally I crack open a nice cold can of beer (because cooking with beer is the next black) and get to work on prepping the dish, as I open the fridge memories come flooding back of a boozy Sunday afternoon involving fried chorizo with a splash of lime and more cold beer… it was at that precise moment my world came crashing down around me… there was no Chorizo… insert sad face here.

Now this sorts out the little kids from the big kids, the sugar free donuts from the sugar packed donuts the blah blah blah. Basically there was two options… go back to the shops (yeah no) or improvise… I cracked open another cold one and got the thinking cap going. When it comes to cooking there are no rules… none, not even one. So I ended up using some Jack Daniel sausages that I picked up from the local butcher, I used what Moroccan flavours I had in the pantry and more or less stuck to the original recipe obvious with fresh sausage in place of flavour town Chorizo. Fortunately for me these Jack Daniel sausages are the bomb and seem to work well! Below you will find my slightly modified version of April’s original recipe which can be found right here.

Basically what I’m trying to say is recipes are kinda like Yoda, do or do not, there is no try as long as you end up with an edible meal then all is well and Yoda will be happy. (If you have to click the link to find out who Yoda is, we are no longer friends.)

Serves 6

April’s Shakshuka (Slightly Modified)

47 minTotal Time

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Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon moroccan spice mix
  • 1 fresh jack daniels sausage (or pork sausage or chorizo)
  • 1/2 can cannelloni beans
  • 1 tin of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 eggs per person
  • 2 tablespoon roughly chopped coriander
  • 1 loaf of crusty Bread to serve

Now What?

  1. Over a medium low heat, add olive oil and cook onions until softened but not too coloured, add the sausages and garlic, spices and cook until the sausages are golden and gnarly looking.
  2. Add the beans, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and simmer for about 20 minutes. Staring every now and then.
  3. After about 20 minutes the sauce should have thickened a little and now it is time to crack your eggs in. Avoid breaking the yolks and definitely avoid shell! You get more than enough crunch with a side of crispy bread.
  4. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your liking. Add the coriander and stuff your face full of this goodness.
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17 Comments

  1. Saskia (1=2) says:
    Looove shakshuka, and yours looks the BEST. Yes, nothing worse than getting home loaded up with groceries, to find something has been forgotten or presumed to be in the pantry; especially when it’s breakfast you’re planning to cook and you’re in your jammies and not wanting to leave the house before eating. (I think that may be the longest sentence I've ever written). PS. Very intrigued by Jack Daniels sausages. I think I need those.
    • Thank you for your kind words Saskia :) I really should get myself organised when I go shopping, but I must admit there is something rather appealing in the freestyle approach! :) As for the Jack Daniels sausages I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to convince my butcher to share the recipe! So so good.
  2. Oh my goodness, your shakshuka looks incredible! Nothing like a nice cold can of beer to get the that thinking cap on straight. I like your style...quick thinking and "no rules" when it comes to cooking.
    • Thank you Seana :) Beer helps just about everything... except driving... beer and driving is not recommended but apart from that beer definitely helps! Let's face it, when it comes to cooking rules are a tad boring :D
  3. This looks so delicious and full of flavor! I love how pretty it is too, would be a hit at a friends get together!
    • It certainly was Pamela! It would be a thousand times better with some home grown tomatoes and some fresh eggs... that right there is the ultimate dream. I strongly recommend serving with beer at a friends get together :D
  4. thebrickkitchen says:
    Shakshuka is the best! Love how easy it is and SO good with crusty warm bread. I totally agree with your version of inspiration - if something makes me want to reach in the screen and grab it out to shove in my mouth, I am usually pretty inspired to try to make it! X
    • Thank you Claudia! Shakshuka certainly is amazing especially with a side of crusty bread (and because I haven't said it enough... beer ;) ) Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you around this part of town more often :)
  5. chef mimi says:
    Looks like perfection to me! Now I have to go make myself breakfast.
  6. Ruby_&_Cake says:
    I had a similar train of thought when i saw this recipe in Taste. yours looks infinitely more delicious than mine though haha. I had no sausages when i went to make it (damn housemates and their sausage stealing ways) and substituted a sad looking capsicum from the back of the fridge. Clearly inferior! Lets swap :)
    • They say great minds think alike, and since you like food and I like food we must have great minds? Right? Thieving house mates is definitely a problem, might I suggest a secret lockable fridge? ;) Capsicum is actually a great idea! Imagine a world where sausages, capsicums and Shakshuka were all friends?
  7. harrietemilys says:
    This looks amazing! I've always wanted to try shakshuka. What a great recipe! I will definitely have to try this, love it!
  8. laurasmess says:
    This looks so freaking good. Yep, definitely inspired! I need to visit your butcher. JACK DANIELS SAUSAGE (Aaron would love that!).
  9. This sounds and looks fantastic! How have I not heard of Jack Daniel's sausage?!? Sounds awesome!!

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