I have to admit an awful truth. No, for me, it is a wonderful truth. I make my menu for the week and it give a lot of thoughtbut what that menu really tells me, is what we are eating, not necessarily when we are eating it. My intentions are pure and if I could follow my plans, throughout the week, I would but each week, something happens and necessity dictates changes must be made.
There are a number of reasons that this happens:
- I could be in the grocery store, planning a quickie shopping, and I might meet two friends and we could have a long chat, standing in the aisle instead of a phone call. Don’t you dislike those people who block the aisles? Yeah, me too. Did I mention that each friend might be a separate conversation and a separate aisle?
- I usually shop on my way home from school and on those days, I make it a point to leave immediately after the kids are on the bus and on their way home. It could happen that three different teachers and my principal want to discuss something important, again separately. Shopping is not a good reason not to meet with them.
- I lost my car. We park on the street……which street? That is the problem. There are about six different streets, I can park on. I have a route, starting at street A and moving on through the other streets. Since, some of these streets are one way, it means circling the neighborhood, which is more than those six streets. If I don’t note, when I leave the car, where it is, at the end of the day, I stand helplessly, looking up and down the block, trying to replay my arrival at school, that day. Let me assure you, I have always found the car.
- I took my husband’s car. I should really say, he took mine. That leaves me with his, which is fine, except that it is a bland color and I have enough trouble locating the street, the car is parked on without the added problem of a dozen other cars, the same color. I haven’t lost it, yet.
- Of course, there is the one, most of us have, from time to time. I didn’t buy the squash, the main ingredient, for dinner. I ran out of flour for the pancakes. No cheese — what can I sub for mac and cheese?
Trust, I could probably write a book about the subject but I want to share this recipe with you. When, I chose shakshuka for our meal, I could not envision how eggs in tomato could be good but I am up to a challenge. The bonus is that this is an easy and quick recipe to make, especially, if you cheat. (Another one of my secrets….) This turned out to be a great combination, the contrast of the eggs opposing the strength of the tanginess (I think I made that word up.) of the tomatoes, worked well.
Shashuka adapted from the Hadassah Everyday Cookbook
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika (I used half hot and half sweet paprika)
smidge of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Heat oil in a 4 quart saucepan. Add onions and red pepper and saute until softened, about 6 minutes.
Pour tomatoes and juice into pot. Add seasoning and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally.
I turned the heat higher, at this point, and dropped the eggs into the tomatoes and cooked until set, about 6 minutes. Mine took a little longer because I got called away to Skype with my grandchildren. This meant, my eggs cooked another 10 minutes but they were still soft. So, it is 6 minutes unless you have grandchildren who Skype. I, also did not baste the eggs with the sauce as directed.
If you want an accurate recipe, check the book, page 163.