I’m sitting here on the sofa, it’s late May, I can see the sun slowly setting and the sky changing colours. My belly is full with a hearty weeknight meal. The cats are twirling around my legs, purring softly. The birds are singing their evening melodies. I take some moments to be calm, and still, and breathe. In this world of terror and heartache, make time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you are here. We’ve had some terrible news here in the UK today, and my thoughts are with those who have lost someone they love. Do not let this hate beat our love. Love will overcome, it has to. Read more
I feel I have been neglecting the blog recently. Not out of choice or dislike. But mainly because, life.
Life doesn’t stop for us, it doesn’t give us more time on the days we need to fit that extra errand in, or squeeze in one more hour to get that to-do list finished. Nope, selfish life just carries on. Days turn into nights too quickly and then it all starts again. Sometimes some things have to take a back seat for a day or so, unfortunately for us, we can’t give everything all our attention at once. Trying to find a happy balance in life can be difficult. It seems that as soon as you start giving one thing a bit more attention, something else niggles away needing your time. Multi-tasking everything with an even amount of love and effort isn’t something that comes easily. My mind swings from focussing wholly on one thing, to catapulting back and focussing on something else. I need to learn to balance all my loves in life, and make sure things don’t get left gathering cobwebs in the corner (ahem sorry yoga mat!)
So I’m sorry little blog, for leaving you abandoned for a week, not giving you the attention you deserve. But I’m still here, and I haven’t forgotten about you. Thanks for being my trusty friend and sticking by me.
This weeks recipe is an old favourite of mine. Shakshuka is a great breakfast, brunch and even lunch treat. Heck, I’d eat it all day if I could. This is a recipe for one, simply multiply ingredients if making it for more.
Here’s my take on this tasty tomato dish.
Shakshuka with Chickpeas (gf)
½ tin organic chopped tomatoes
½ red onion
1 small red chilli (I used scotch bonnet because I like it spicy, use which ever chilli you wish)
1 small garlic clove
1 teaspoon Ras el Hanout spice mix
100g chickpeas (soaked overnight)
Sea salt + pepper
Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5 / 190 C
Peel and dice the onion. Add a bit of oil to a frying pan and add onion with salt and pepper.
Chop and de-seed chilli and add it to the pan with the onion. Fry on a low heat for 10 mins.
Add the Ras el Hanout to the pan and stir well.
Finely dice the garlic and add into the mix. Fry for another 5 mins.
Pour in the chopped tomatoes and add the chickpeas. Stir mix well and leave to simmer for a further 5 mins.
Pour tomato mix into a ovenproof dish and make a well in the centre. Crack egg into it and bake in the oven for 10 mins, until the egg has just cooked. You could do all of this on the hob in the same pan, however I prefer the consistency of the eggs baked, rather than poached in the pan.
Scatter with parsley and serve with crusty bread. Happy bellies.