Cooking and Poetry. Halloween Shakshuka

As I line the ingredients,
I’m deaf to the hushed shuffles in the pantry,
And blind to the shifting shadows on the wall.
All I can think about is “Shakshuka”
A global dish native to Tunisia.
Nicknamed, “eggs in purgatory”
How ironic,
When the horrors of this season, hail from in between worlds.

Raw eggs
Fresh tomatoes
Onions and garlic
Bell-peppers, spices and herbs
Simple
Vegetarian, not vegan
A meal for any hour
Spry recipe
Supple

One by one I add to the pan
I let them sizzle
And ingest the garlic scented aroma
Tomatoes go in last,
With a choice pinch of spices.
And then I leave it all to simmer…

While waiting, a chill creeps up on me.
A silent draft, from the cabinets at my feet
Everything goes quiet
The plop of bubbling stew, a backdrop of tension!
There is something shifting through the drawers
Slow, methodic, shameless!
It rakes its way around the kitchen
Taunting on the edges of sight

TING!
the timer goes
It’s time to add the eggs
The spiced stew is now viscous
I shape craters on its surface
And crack an egg into each
Till the egg-whites turn true white
And the yorks lie runny

Not long now,
I can hardly wait
I can almost taste it
Served up with bread, nan or chapati.
Until…

The lights go out!
I’m frozen!
Slavering with dread
In between relish and revulsion
Caught in the middle.
The perfect place for my Shakshuka.
“eggs in purgatory”

Β© judeitakali


My last Cooking and Poetry post got some good positive feedback.
So, I’m back with another.

I’ll make this a fortnightly feature on my blog in the future.

I hope you enjoy this.
Shakshuka is quite easy to make,
I wrote the main ingredients in the oval shaped butterfly cinquain.
And highlighted most of the recipe, in bold within the prose.

If you want to try making it and need any clarifications, please ask me in the comments section.

It will be worth it for you to try this.

Photos taken by my friend Kevin

Beware those Halloween cravings.

This is my penultimate post before a month long hiatus.
Tomorrow’s symphony will be my last,
Until December 1st,
At which time I’ll be back, better than ever.

Be safe, catch you tomorrow for the Symphony.

53 Comments Add yours

  1. justcalmwildness says:

    This meal looks like something I should try. I always like to experiment with eggs.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      My eyes lit up when a friend brought it to my attention. I like experimenting with them too.
      Definitely worth it, ❀️🧑

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Ramya Vivek says:

    This dish is feast for the eyes and your poetry for the soul. πŸ‘πŸ€—

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ramya.
      It is truly amazing and so flexible.

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  3. Ingrid says:

    A recipe in poetic form: amazing! I will have to try this (cooking the recipe at least πŸ˜…)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, yeah leave the horror theatrics here, except for Halloween.😁
      Definitely worth a try πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I love shakshuka! And your poem too! 😍

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Punam. Happy to have joined you in liking it.🧑

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are welcome. 😊

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  5. Let's Cook says:

    This meal looks so tasty.
    Hi dear
    Would be glad if you follow my blog
    Would love to have you as friend
    Will follow your page too

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜€

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Jay Bleu says:

    OK I’m hungry!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Yay, that’s one of my desired effects from this πŸ˜€

      Like

  7. Am amazed at how you crafted the poem out of this gorgeous and appetizing simple meal. If eat eggs for breakfast tomorrow then its because of your post.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, I’m so glad it gives you the egg munchies πŸ˜ƒ

      Like

  8. Bulbul says:

    Do things get even better!? I don’t think so, poetry and food combined into one…that’s life goodness! And Shakshuka looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it.
    Have a rejuvenating holiday, Jude, I will miss your compositions & your delightful presence on WP.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Bubble, I’ll definitely miss reading and interacting on here.
      I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Bulbul says:

        Always a pleasure, Jude! Enjoy your vacation. πŸ’™πŸ™πŸ€—πŸ‘»

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        Thanks alot Bubble, it’s been refreshing

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Bulbul says:

        I am glad to hear it, Jude! We have missed you here. πŸ€—πŸ™

        Liked by 1 person

      4. judeitakali says:

        I missed everyone tooπŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

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  9. Sadje says:

    I like shukshuka! And this post. Enjoy your time.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje πŸ’•

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

        Like

  10. Jules says:

    I was just watching a cooking show which featured this recipe or something similar. I imagine there is quite a bit of tweaking any one cook or chef can do to personalize it. I’d add extra garlic!!

    Be safe, stay sane – looking forward to your return. πŸ˜€

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jules, I’d definitely want to try yours. πŸ§‘πŸ’œ

      Liked by 1 person

  11. memadtwo says:

    I’ve made this before, but your recipe seems much more straightforward and also the results are much more beautiful. I will be saving this one to try myself! (K)

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Have you given it a go yet?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. memadtwo says:

        Not yet, but it’s in my pile of recipes to try.

        Liked by 1 person

  12. Pavithra says:

    I want to try that dish! Looks yummy

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      I hoped you let me know when you doπŸ˜ƒ

      Liked by 1 person

  13. tanvibytes says:

    This looks so delicious! I loved how you presented the dish with poetry! πŸ˜πŸ˜‹

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Tanvi

      Liked by 1 person

  14. HappySoul says:

    Poetry n recipe combined!!! Wow Jude so well done! Enjoy your break and Happy Halloween

    Like

  15. mariamichaela says:

    I got hungry reading this πŸ˜‚

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  16. -Eugenia says:

    I love eggs and your recipe looks delicious! Poetry and recipes are a yummy combination! Happy Halloween!πŸŽƒ

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I love eggs too. Thank you so much Eugi.

      Like

  17. Pallavi says:

    Wow I am drooling πŸ˜„

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks so much my dear ❀️

      Like

  18. dessertflower5 says:

    It looks yummy. Loved the poetry and cooking mix.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you oh so much πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

  19. Bernadine says:

    Ooooh poetry and cooking? Lovely mix πŸ™‚ I gave your blog a follow, great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Bernadine. I’ve been away but I’ll be over to your site soon.

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  20. Oh yay, another cooking and poetry post! My brother made shakshuka for the family some time ago, it wasn’t as appetizing as yours looks, but it was good! I love this post and the way you put poetry into this whole experience. Great post, Jude ❀️

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Rishika. Im glad you enjoyed this. It’s still very much a work in progress feature

      Like

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