I ate something pretty exciting last night.
The inspiration came from Sofia and her boyfriend BT. Daniel and I were at Sofia’s birthday party on Saturday night, and BT told us about this amazing shakshuka they’d made. We were picturing it as tomato stew with sunny side up eggs on top, and that sounded amazing. When we searched for a recipe, though, all we could find was a dish that seemed like tomatoes with scrambled eggs mixed in. That didn’t sound as appealing. So we decided to get a little creative.
We started with this vibrant bean mix. There are the normal players in there: kidneys, pinto, black beans, black eyed peas. But there were some nice stripey heirloom beans as well. We stewed these all day in the slow cooker with a large can of tomatoes, ten cloves of chopped garlic, and a tablespoon of dried oregano.
The apartment smelled like pizza. Once this was done, we filled up our cast iron pan with the stew and stuck it in the oven to get really hot and bubbly.
When it was nice and hot, we cracked a few eggs into it and put it under the broiler for a hot second.
I had made a loaf of bread earlier in the day, which was pretty tasty but unfortunately didn’t rise. I think my yeast is dead. So it was a short and dense loaf, but it was still good to dip in the stew and eggs.
A well-rounded meal.
And the beans make for delicious leftovers too.
The beans were cooking most of the day, but in terms of hands-on cooking, this dish was one of the least labor intensive I’ve made in quite some time. Definitely a weeknight/overnight winner. So, not shakshuka, but more than satisfying in its own way.
This morning’s run was awesome. I wasn’t planning on doing a pre-work run, but I woke up early so I just laced up my shoes and headed out for three miles around the reservoir.
It was gorgeous. And the other upside to moving my run to the morning was that post-work, I got to spend some more quality time with this little lady in the park.
Tomorrow will be my third running class. A little nervous that our coach is going to up the mileage now that we’re all comfortable with the way class is run. Wish me luck…