The Joy of Shakshuka


Yum ShakshukaJoy, who in the last 6 months, had been to Israel 3 times on business, was telling me how much she loved Israel, how she wanted to convert to Judaism and marry Matisyahu and how much she missed shakshuka. She was somewhat disappointed when I told her that Matisyahu was already married and had a baby (Miniyahu). Consequently, the least I could do was whip up a batch of Brakha’s (my Mom) awesome shakshuka. Of course, Joy then whipped out her uh…. chop sticks. Never seen that before …

In any case, if you want to make your own shakshuka, don’t forget to refer to the classic shakshuka recipe (and comments) brought to you by Jewlicious. One of the things you do in making shakshuka is you roast hot peppers. Joy noted that if you rinse your hands with orange juice (not water) after peeling the peppers, your eyes and nostrils won’t burn if you touch them. Then she went ahead and touched her eyes without cleaning “just for the heck of it.” Oh Joy …

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  1. Homer

    3/6/2006 at 2:58 am


  2. Yoav

    3/6/2006 at 8:14 am

    Mmmm Joy… lol

  3. another meshugganah mommy

    3/6/2006 at 9:27 am

    Shakshuka is a favorite in our house. We use your recipe all the time with lots and lots of sweet paprika – pass on our thanks to your mom!

  4. grandmuffti

    3/6/2006 at 10:46 am

    OK, Muffti’s gonna say it. That stuff looks vaguely in colour and texture like someone puked up most of a pizza. But he’s sure it’s very tasty.

  5. Tiff

    3/6/2006 at 12:31 pm

    One of my favorite meals but seriously, you guys could have taken a more appetizing pic. The eggs should not be runny! Slow cooked, over low heat, until the egss are cooked all the way through.

  6. Dave M

    3/6/2006 at 1:11 pm

    Would shakshuka be good if you roasted the tomatoes?

  7. ck

    3/6/2006 at 4:22 pm

    No roasted tomatoes! I mean you could, but then it wouldn’t be shakshuka … What makes shakshuka so good is it’s simplicity, once you start adding in things like onions and cilllantro etc. you don’t have shakshuka anymore, you have juevos rancheros. Or something like that.

  8. ariela

    3/7/2006 at 12:20 am

    ck – come visit me in ny next week, k? i’ll buy us all a round of shakshuka from the hummus place, and we can compare with yo mama’s.

    ps — i have a hankering for huevos, which upon consideration might be the mexican shakshuka. discuss.

  9. Bourassa

    3/7/2006 at 12:08 pm

    Well that’s funny…shakshuka seems to be eaten in Israel as well? I always thought shakshuka is something Moroccan..

  10. ofri

    3/7/2006 at 5:00 pm

    there are Moroccans in Israel.

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