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A taster from my new cook book Healthy Eating for Life due to be published on January 8th 2014–my birthday!

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We had it for lunch today–with some green beans, as suggested in the recipe–spiced up with a couple of ripe tomatoes and feta.

A traditional North African favourite, this version is adapted from a recent discovery in Ottolenghi’s sumptuous vegetable cookbook, Plenty.

The name means “mixture” in Tunisian–better to stick to Shakshouka I reckon!

It is often served in individual cast iron pans, which I imagine adds to the pleasure–one pan and ALL for ME!

It makes a pretty picture on the plate—a perfect light summer lunch.

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for 2

1/2 tsp cumin seeds–dry roasted in a medium pan

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1 large onion–red or yellow, sliced

60ml/1/4 cup olive oil

red peppers--washed, deseeded and sliced thin

bay leaf, thyme leaves from a few sprigs, 2 tablespoons of parsley

3 large fresh ripe tomatoes or tinned [canned]–roughly chopped with the juices

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1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and a pinch–a few strands–of saffron (optional)

¼ cup/60 ml water

2 or 4 eggs

salt and pepper

Dry roast in a small frying pan the cumin seeds for a minute or two, taking care not to burn them.

Heat the oil in the pan over a medium-high flame and cook the onion for 5 minutes to soften it.

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Add the peppers and three herbs (bay, thyme and parsley) and turn everything over thoroughly.

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Cover the pan for 5 minutes to start the softening of the peppers.

Cook a further 5 minutes uncovered.

Add the tomatoes, the water, a little at a time to avoid diluting the sauce, the two spices (cayenne pepper and saffron) and season with salt and pepper.

Cook for 15 minutes on a low heat–covering for a short time if you think the peppers need further softening.

The result should be a lightly spicy sauce in which to poach the eggs.

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Carefully break the eggs (2 or 4–your choice) into the sauce–leaving space between them.

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Cover the pan and cook, over a lowish heat, until the eggs are cooked to your taste.

IMG_8632Reluctantly–I shared the pan’s contents with Meredith!

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