The first time I had shakshouka was in a Spanish restaurant in Amsterdam. This is odd, partly because it’s a dish of middle-eastern origin, but mostly because I managed to go my whole life up until that point having not had shakshouka. Shakshouka has everything I love - tomatoes, eggs, sauce and a funny name - so it made no sense why I never had it before.
And I loved it. The runny egg yolks, the burnt toast smashing into and sopping up the spicy sauce - all of it amazing. I didn’t think I could possibly recreate it until I saw this video by Food Wishes. I didn’t have all the ingredients Chef John uses in his recipe (and I think his looks infinitely more amazing), but I gave it a shot with what I had on hand. It turned out suspiciously similar to my soft-focus, idealized memory of the one I had in Amsterdam, which is definitely saying a lot!Read More