WWW. Shakshouka with Spiced Bread and Plum Cake.

Oh dear, I fell asleep without writing this yesterday. 😦

The blog will see some more life again over the next few weeks, so looking forward to that.

Anyhow, yesterday I decided to break out our plum jam. It was well-sealed, had no smell and showed no signs of going off, plus, it was baked. Had it over 36 hours ago, so I’m almost safe in assuming it wasn’t hiding c. botulinum. :p

For now, here’s the recipes.


Recipe 1: Shakshouka.

Shakshouka is an African dish assumed to be of Tunisian origin that consists of eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce. Delicious, nutritious, not very high in calories or carbs, so I’d recommend having with bread or rice.

Jon’s rating: 8/10. Or 8/8 because he really wants it again, even though it wasn’t amazing.


-1l chopped tomatoes

-5 medium carrots

-1 onion

-4 cloves garlic

-12g butter

-4 eggs

-1tsp Chinese five spice

-1tsp pepper

-1/2tsp paprika


-chopping board and knife

-vegetable peeler or shredder

-large frying pan


1: Use the vegetable peeler or shredder to thinly slice the carrots.

2: Finely chop the onion and garlic.

3: Place them in the pan with the butter and cook through.

4: Stir in the spices.

5: Make four holes in the sauce. Crack an egg into each.

6: Cook until the eggs are solid.

Recipe 2: Spiced Bread.

A lightly spiced loaf to go with heavily spiced foods.

Jon’s rating: 7.5/10


-350g self-raising flour or flour of choice with raising agents

-cold water

-2tsp cinnamon

-1tsp ginger

-1/4tsp cloves

-1/2tsp chilli


-mixing bowl and spoon

-greased or non-stick baking tray


1: Mix the dry ingredients. Add salt or sugar to bring the flavours out more.

2: Slowly stir in the water until the mix is fluid but stringy.

3: Pour into the baking tray.

4: Bake at 160C for 35min, or until a fork comes out clean.

5: Cool before serving.

Recipe 3: Plum Cake.


Made with my plum jam. Turned out not very sweet, so some sort of icing or serving with ice-cream may be an idea if you have a sweet tooth.

Jon’s rating: 6/10 cold, 7/10 warm.


-500ml plum jam

-300g self-raising flour or flour of choice with raising agents

-30g chocolate

-50g walnuts and brazils


-mixing bowl and spoon

-chopping board and knife

-greased or non-stick baking tray


1: Chop the chocolate, walnuts and brazils.

2: Mix in the flour and jam.

3: Pour into the baking tray. Bake at 160C for 35min or until a fork comes out clean.

And that’s what we had for lunch yesterday. 🙂

TTFN and Happy Hunting.