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Are your summer tomatoes coming on right about now? My five year old found our first one in the garden yesterday, and we all took a bite of its juicy sweetness. And if you have eggplant, or can come across a few, then it’s definitely time for Shakshuka!

My husband brought this dish home years ago after traveling with Israeli friends. So we have always thought of it as Israeli. It’s been a staple breakfast whenever we have an abundance of tomatoes and eggplants. However,  according to my gorgeous new cookbook (Jerusalem: Ottolenghi & Tamimi, 2012) it is originally Tunisian. Whomever thought it up, it’s a divine combination of flavours in a tomato/eggplant sauce with eggs on top. Yum.

You can substitute the eggplant for capsicum – whatever fits with your garden veg supply.


olive oil for frying
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
2 cups of chopped tomatoes
2 cups of chopped eggplant (or 3 cups tomato, 1 cup capsicum)
salt and pepper
4-5 eggs
fresh green herbs to garnish


Heat olive oil in a pan and saute the chopped onion for a few minutes. Add garlic, cumin, paprika, chopped tomato, eggplant and/or capsicum and allow to simmer 10-15 minutes until it has reduced a little. Add salt and pepper to taste. Crack eggs on top and cover the pan. Cook until your eggs are just how you like them. Garnish with fresh greens and enjoy!

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