- Cocoa Chai
- "Tout fait Maison" probably is the closest way to express how I like to live my life. I have always love making everything from scratch in my own kitchen since I was a little girl growing up in Hong Kong. Unfortunately kitchens in Hong Kong are much smaller and people do not always have the "real" oven there but only the toaster type oven. Therefore, things did not always turn out in my Hong Kong kitchen until I get my real kitchen here. To me, baking and working with dairy products are like doing science experiments. I get extremely excited when I see that my cheese is forming the way it should be or my bread is rising properly. When my end products come out perfectly, that is probably what I strive for. So I would like to share my secrets with all my friends who enjoy baking and enjoy kitchen experiments as much as I do. I have been a French trained aritsan chocolatier for the last 8 years and I still feel like there are so much to learn in the chocolate and pastry field. Having traveled the world and trained in two of the most amazing schools in France (Valrhona Chocolates and Lenotre),my goal is to spread my joy of baking to all of you.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The first time I had this breakfast dish was when I was still studying at UC Berkeley and a friend of mine took me to this little Isreali restaurant and it was served with a very yummy flaky flatbread. In Arabic, Shakshouka means "a mixture" and precisely what this dish is about. It is a mixture of tomatoes, shallots, garlic with some spice and a poached egg on the top. It is very fast to whip up in the morning or lunch or even dinner. Serve with some toast or toasted English Muffin (which is my favorite) I like to do them in individual iron skillet but you can make is in a big skillet for bigger parties and one egg for each person.
One small shallot, chopped
One to two cloves of garlic, chopped
2 little Roma tomatoes, chopped
A pinch of salt
A pinch of sugar
Squeeze of tomato sauce
Dash of red chili flakes
Dash of Za'atar (A blend of middle eastern herbs)
Dash of Harrisa ( Tunisian red chili paste)
Chopped cilantro and parsley to taste
Shredded cheese (optional, I like it on mine but not in original dish recipe as I like cheese on everything )
Miss en place all the ingredient
Heat skillet to medium high heat, add oil
Add shallots, garlic, and a little salt, sizzle until transparent
Add chopped tomatoes cover the skillet till tomatoes are soft
Add more salt, sugar, tomato sauce, chili flakes, Za'atar, Harrisa and mix well together until it becomes a sauce
Then break the egg on to the sauce and let it poach (do not stir) and cover the skillet and check after one minute and cook the egg to your liking usually I like the egg whites to be more done and yolk still runny.
Toast your bread at this point
Before serving add herbs and cheese if you are using on top