October 25, 2011


Homemade Shakshouka aka Tomato Sauce Poached Eggs (Recipe by Marina)

Traditionally, shakshouka is a dish of Middle Eastern descent, which is made up of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, and often spiced with cumin. It’s really popular in Israel and many Israelis have taken this dish abroad to their expat restaurants. In fact, that is exactly how I came upon it.

While my parents were vacationing in the Carribean, they came upon an Israeli restaurant that served this dish for breakfast. My mother loved it and was able to recreate it upon her return. I then stole it from her and have made my own version of it. While it is typically baked in the oven, slowly, over a period of twenty minutes, I have been able to get the same results stove-top in under ten.

Here’s my version of Shakshouka.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large tablespoons of your favorite tomato sauce. I use Hunt’s because it’s consistent and cheap.
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons good, fresh salsa. I prefer the kind that is transparent where you can actually tell what’s in it. It should have fresh diced tomatoes, fresh chopped peppers, fresh diced onions, fresh chopped cilantro, and crushed garlic. I like to use salsa because it already has all the ingredients I need all nicely chopped up for me. It also has some heat to it and this dish thrives on good spices. Canned diced tomatoes also work as a substitute but then you need to add your own onion and garlic. You could also just chop up a tomato for the freshest variety.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch of chili flakes
  • Cumin (optional)
  • Fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, or parsley. The herb depends on what tomato base you use. If you do salsa, use cilantro or parsley. If you do canned diced tomatoes, use basil or parsley. If you do fresh tomatoes, use parsley.

To make:

  1. Heat a medium sized pan on high
  2. Add olive oil and heat for 30 seconds
  3. Add tomato sauce and heat for 30 seconds on medium heat
  4. Add salsa and chili flakes. Heat on medium heat for 1 minute, stirring the mixture so it doesn’t catch the sides.
  5. Crack each egg into the tomato mixture carefully, about 2 inches apart, just as you would if you were poaching an egg.
  6. Let the mixture bubble for 1 minute.
  7. Spoon a little of the outside tomato liquid over the eggs. Do this gently so the yolks do not break.
  8. Chop up a few sprigs of fresh herbs and add to the pan. You may also add a dash of cumin at this point(about 1/2 teaspoon).
  9. Cover the pan and simmer on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes. 
  10. Eggs should have a thin white coating but not be too firm.
  11. Carefully plate the dish or serve directly in the pan.
  12. Only add salt if it is not to your taste. Be carefully with seasoning.
  13. Serve with good bread for sopping up the tomato juices at the end. 

So so so delicious! Try it!

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Tomato Slices with Garlic Mayo (Recipe by Marina)
This is a really great dish when you want something light that still packs a lot of flavor. This is a traditional Russian recipe that we always have on the table for New Year’s and Birthdays. We serve it as an appetizer as well as a side dish. Try it for yourself!
Ingredients:
1 large tomato
1 tablespoon mayo
1 large clove of garlic
few sprigs of cilantro
salt & pepper
balsamic vinegar (optional)
To make:
Slice tomato into thin rounds, arrange on a plate
Mince garlic
In a small bowl, combine mayo and garlic
Dot each tomato slice with garlic mayo
Pick leaves of cilantro and top each tomato slice
Season lightly with salt and pepper
Optional: Drizzle a small amount of balsamic vinegar over the whole plate
Serve
This is a beautiful and delicious dish. Try it!

Tomato Slices with Garlic Mayo (Recipe by Marina)

This is a really great dish when you want something light that still packs a lot of flavor. This is a traditional Russian recipe that we always have on the table for New Year’s and Birthdays. We serve it as an appetizer as well as a side dish. Try it for yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • few sprigs of cilantro
  • salt & pepper
  • balsamic vinegar (optional)

To make:

  1. Slice tomato into thin rounds, arrange on a plate
  2. Mince garlic
  3. In a small bowl, combine mayo and garlic
  4. Dot each tomato slice with garlic mayo
  5. Pick leaves of cilantro and top each tomato slice
  6. Season lightly with salt and pepper
  7. Optional: Drizzle a small amount of balsamic vinegar over the whole plate
  8. Serve

This is a beautiful and delicious dish. Try it!

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October 24, 2011


Creamy Cheesy Spice Rice (Recipe by Marina)

This is so delicious when you have nothing in your fridge but still want something yummy. I actually make rice specifically for this dish. Try it even if it seems strange, it’s amazing!

Ingredients:

  • Cooked rice
  • Cilantro
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Sirarcha
  • Sliced cheese (I prefer Muenster)

To make:

  1. Place enough rice in a microwave safe bowl for one portion
  2. Pick a few cilantro leaves and sprinkle them over the rice
  3. Dot the rice with Sirarcha sauce, to your desired spice level
  4. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of Thousand Island dressing over rice
  5. Cover with 1 slice of cheese
  6. Place bowl in microwave for 1-2 mins
  7. Stir, eat

Try it! :D

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October 25, 2010


prettyfoods:

mumueller:Red velvet cupcake (by Amanda B)

We had a box of these waiting for us at work once.  Community manager, Charles, brought them in “just cos.”  Delicious! 

prettyfoods:

mumueller:Red velvet cupcake (by Amanda B)

We had a box of these waiting for us at work once.  Community manager, Charles, brought them in “just cos.”  Delicious! 

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June 16, 2010


Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese Bake (Jamie Oliver in Jamie’s Food Revolution, pg. 49)

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • Modified addition: 1/2 head broccoli
  • 8 oz Cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz Parmesan cheese
  • small bunch fresh parsley
  • sea salt
  • 1 lb dried macaroni
  • 1 cup sour cream

To make:

  1. Cut head of cauliflower and broccoli into small florets
  2. Grate cheeses into large heatproof bowl
  3. Finely chop parsley
  4. Cook macaroni according to package along with cauliflower and broccoli in the same pot
  5. Place bowl of cheese over the pot and add sour cream
  6. Stir cheese carefully and often until smooth and melted
  7. Add parsley to cheese and season with S&P
  8. Remove cheese bowl from top of saucepan
  9. Drain macaroni and veg in colander and reserve cooking water
  10. Transfer pasta and veg into baking dish
  11. Add the cheese
  12. Add 2/3 cup of cooking water to baking dish and stir everything together
  13. Place under broiler until golden and bubbling.

This dish is so good and addicting.  My family eats the entire thing in practically one go.  Yum yum.  :)

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