So I am always trying to eat healthy, but also eat good. Really good. I LOVE food.
Before going to bed last night, I was thinking about how good baba ghanoush sounded, and what cheese I like best. When I woke up this morning, I immediately thought of phyllo dough, and all of the wonderful things you can make out of it. Spanakopita. Mmmmm. I then proceeded to spend way too much time this morning looking at foodgawker.com, seeing all of the tasty things you can make out of phyllo dough.
I got made fun of yesterday, because I was explaining to my friend that I had made a list of all the restaurants in Dublin that I wanted to try. Granted, it's a fairly long list, but ya need to understand. Food is everything. It makes people happy and brings them together.
I also love cooking, but I am a very different cook as compared to your average person. I love vegetables and crazy amalgamations. I try to use and substitute ingredients for a recipe based on what I have on hand. But that's another thing, because I almost never follow a recipe. Unless I'm baking, of course, cause if ya don't follow the recipe there, ya dun fucked up. Then no one's going to be happy with your sweet treats.
Before coming to Dublin, I had this grand idea of how healthy and fit I was going to be. This has turned out to be much more difficult than I originally intended. Not having steady work + travel + new places + Ireland + booze + new friends makes it very difficult to be as healthy as I want. There's too much good food about, and there's also not enough of certain healthy ingredients I want. Also, why is protein so expensive here? For fucks sake. My protein intake has been suffering! I've been eating tons of eggs. Oh well.
Being fit, or at least forcing myself to go to the gym, however, is going alright. Except that I am not going nearly as much as I should be, but at least I am going! Anyway...
Back to the food. So last night I attempted my first Shakshuka. To be fair, it's not very similar to a traditional Shakshuka, but I thought it turned out very well. I spazzed out though and forgot to take pictures of the whole process, so I apologize that for my first cooking related post, the photos are somewhat lackluster.
Mexican-ish Inspired Shakshuka
Anyway here's the ingredient list that I used and the approximations (I never measure anything ever, let's be real)
1/2 of a large hard cooked chorizo sausage chopped up small
1 red pepper sliced into thin pieces
1 medium sweet potato chopped
1 can of whole tomatoes in juice
1/4 cup of corn
3 cloves of garlic
20 baby tomatoes halved
1 tablespoon of olive oil
paprika to taste
Italian herbs to taste
black pepper (use loads)
1 cup of shredded cheddar (as garnish + cheese is the best)
Nice crusty bread for dipping or toasted tortillas
Instructions (again approximations, I never time anything)
Basically chop the shit out of the sweet potato, and sauté in the olive oil for about 10 minutes or until the sweet potato starts to soften a bit. Add the chorizo, garlic, and red pepper, and sauté for about another 10 minutes. Add the can of whole tomatoes + the halved baby tomatoes + corn. Add all the seasonings. I found that I didn't need to add extra salt because the chorizo was salty enough. Simmer on low heat for another 5 minutes before cracking the eggs into the mixture. Cover with a lid and cook until the whites of the egg are thoroughly cooked but so the yolk is still runny. Meanwhile, toast your bread or tortillas and prepare the plates. Add the cheese and cover with lid until just melted, and then revel in your glorious creation!
It was easy enough, and turned out to be delicious. We ate it with toasted bread, and it was delightful. Again, I apologize for my poor photos. Next time I will take much better photos of the actual process.
I want to make a more traditional Shakshuka next time, but this was still lovely.
I'm super stoked, cause I leave for Budapest on Friday. Till next time.