Mediterranean cuisine is dear to me. I grew up with it. To me, it has a lot to do with good olive oil, ripe red tomatoes, various peppers, onions, garlic, parsley and all the wonderful combinations you can create with these as the base. One such combination recently came from Mina in the form of a shakshuka sauce and I was excited!
As much as I like cooking everything from scratch, there is only so many hours in a day and there are many times I don’t want to sacrifice my time or make compromises in my meals. After trying the new shakshuka out, I have a new place reserved for this sauce in my pantry, on my bruschettas and pizzas, in my sandwiches and soups. It is truly a Mediterrenan blank canvas to create on. A really delicious one.
I have a long standing relationship with Mina, that much is to be disclosed, but there is a good reason behind that. I was introduced to their red and green harissas last year. The taste, the ingredients, the quality and the small company aspect clicked with me and I started photographing a few recipes for them. The shakshuka lived up to all those standards, with a simple ingredient list made up of things that would normally exist in a human kitchen: Tomatoes, roasted peppers, onions, extra virgin olive oil, cilantro, garlic, parsley, spices, salt. No nasties, no chemicals, and all vegan.
In the coming months, I will be posting some of my recipes incorporating this sauce.
You can find out more about it here: http://www.casablancafoods.com/products/shakshuka-sauce