Saturday, 31 December 2016


     Saying goodbye is difficult. Either it is people you love and see everyday or bad habits you don't need anymore. The last day of this year is here and it finds me still in foreign grounds, celebrating with friends the coming of a new year. A fresh start, if you are romantic like myself. And why not be romantic and believe in new starts? Life is full of ups and downs in its short period, so having "hypothetical" new beginnings is a motivation to pick up your messes and start changing or evolving. 
     I am not going to talk about New Year's Resolutions and bore you with ordinary stuff. But what I am looking forward in 2017 is to educate myself more on food and photography and manage to try yoga this year. I deeply want to get into better connection with my mind and body in order to find a balance in everyday life, which is so important to me. Other than that, I love my life since now and I don't think I can wish for material things so much. Just to keep meeting amazing people and get to taste good food.

     What are your plans for tonight? Are you doing a big party at your houre or a friend's house? Going outside to celebrate? Or just staying home and watching netflix? Whatever your choice, just enjoy your time. And prepare yourself for a New Year's breakfast or...late brunch. I have the perfect recipe for hangover and extreme hunger. This recipe calls for a good tomato sauce and a few poached eggs. The only thing that is missing is a good quality bread that you can toast and enjoy with your tomato eggs. Sounds delicious right? And it is quite easy, so don't be intimidated by the looks of it. Keep in mind that with the new year you get to do new things. So, if you've never had these kind of eggs before, now is your chance.
    Shakshuka is a Moroccan, Tunisian and Algerian origin dish, that is made of tomato sauce with a lot of spices like cumin and chili peppers. You could find it with other ingredients added to it as well, but the original recipe only calls for tomato sauce and eggs. It is very favoured in Middle east and it can be eaten as brekfast or any other meal. Normally it is eaten with some pita bread (arabic style), but you could use normal bread as well. To be totally traditional you would have to use a cast iron pan, but I couldn't find one here, so I made it in my plain pan. Still, it was delicious!

Poached eggs in tomato sauce (Shakshuka)

ingredients (for 2 persons)

1 small red onion
1 garlic clove 
1/2 can of tomato juice
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon of ketchup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
olive oil
2 large eggs

how do I make it?

1. First, dice your onion and garlic well. Add two tablespoons of olive oil in a medium pan and turn your heat on medium to high. Sautee the onion and garlic, until they soften and become a bit golden.
2. When they are done add your tomato juice, ketchup and water and start stirring. Add your spices (cinnamon, chili, cumin, salt and pepper) and stir some more. Let your sauce be cooked for 5-7 minutes and lower a bit your heat.
3. Time to crack those eggs! Crack them open on top of the tomato sauce in distance between them. Put a lid on top of the pan to let the eggs be poached. If you don't have a transparent lid like mine, you can leave your eggs cook for 5 minutes and then check them by lifting the lid.
4. Toast two pieces of bread and serve your shakshuka as it is still warm.

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