Friday, September 11, 2020

Shakshuka from @MaddieDayAuthor plus #Giveaway

 MADDIE here, with a yummy easy summer recipe.

It is still summer, right? The tomatoes in my garden seem to think so! My alter-ego's newest Quaker Midwife Mystery, Taken Too Soon, takes place at exactly this time of year on Cape Cod in 1889. I'm not sure if they ever heard of Shakshuka, which is eaten for breakfast in Israel. But after my son and his wife made it for a vegetarian dinner, I wanted to give it a try.



2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large chopped onion, 

1 green bell pepper

2 minced garlic cloves

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

5 cups chopped ripe tomatoes

4 large eggs (raw)

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

Feta cheese


Heat oil in a large heavy skillet or pan. Add chopped onions and bell peppers and saute until tender, at least five minutes.

Add the garlic and saute for not more than a minute. Add the seasonings and tomatoes and cook covered for about 15 minutes, then uncover and cook until the shakshuka sauce has thickened.

Using the back of a wooden spoon make four evenly spaced indentations in the sauce. Crack the eggs and add one in each indentation.

Lower the head to medium-low, cover the skillet, and allow the eggs to cook briefly until the whites are settled (shakshuka eggs are supposed to be runny, but if you like your eggs hard, you can let them cook a bit longer).

Sprinkle with chopped basil and crumbled feta (if you want - I forgot the feta).

Serve hot with fresh bread and a glass of wine.

Readers: What's your favorite egg dish? Have you ever had Shakshuka? I'll send one commenter a signed copy of Candy Slain Murder!

My most recent book is my alter-ego's Taken Too Soon, the sixth Quaker Midwife (written by Edith Maxwell)!

In this book, midwife Rose Carroll travels to Cape Cod with her freshly minted husband on a modest honeymoon - which turns into an investigation into the murder of her aunt's ward.

Following on its coattails is Candy Slain Murder, the eighth Country Store mystery - up for preorder now! You guessed it, the story takes place at Christmas, with Robbie Jordan back in South Lick, Indiana. She digs into the mysterious skeleton of a woman who went missing a decade earlier, and then the woman's twin's murder nearly right in front of Robbie's eyes.

Isn't that a fun cover! You'll be hearing more here about the recipes in the back.

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Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. Not a big breakfast person early in the morning. We often eat "breakfast" food for supper. I love omelets switching it up on which ingredients I use. Cheese is always a must. Our garden is still growing by leaps and bounds so tomatoes are something we use a lot of. Have to enjoy them while we can get them fresh one with taste and flavor.

    The recipe for Shakshuka sounds wonderful. Exactly the kind of dish that would be great for us when we have our dear friends visiting. I'm sure they would enjoy trying this new recipe out as well.

    Would LOVE the opportunity to read "Candy Slain Murder". Always enjoy your books! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. My favorite egg dish is hatch Chile quiche.
    Never had shakshuka before but am going to try your recipe for it this weekend.
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  3. Welcome today. No I have never had this. Thanks for the recipe and tips and will be giving this a try. My favorite egg dish is an egg bake that I make with meat and veggies. Then adding homemade salsa on top. I love to put cucumbers in my salsa. Gives it a neat twist. Recently I added peaches to this and oh my goodness, so yummy.
    I love this cover. Congrats. I would love to read one of your books.
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  4. I eat mushroom omelettes.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  5. I love quiche and I've never heard of shakshuka. Thanks for sharing. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Frittata is my favorite egg dish. So tasty and easy to create. I have had shakshuka since it is an Israeli dish. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Challah French toast is wonderful. Light and very yummy. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Simple and tasty. Tomatoes are good with everything, whenever, however. Spanish tortilla (really just a frittata) is my favorite egg dish. Learned to make it while in Spain for hubby AF tour. We love it plain egg and potato or with whatever is available.

  9. I don't eat eggs, I've never liked eggs and would pretend to be asleep when my Dad made Sunday breakfast because I couldn't stand the smell of eggs.

  10. I've never had shakshuka but I love eggs, especially omelets and egg bakes.

  11. I love classic Quiche Lorraine with Guyere and bacon. Thank you for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. I've never had shakshuka. I like eggs, fried, scrambled, omelet.

  13. I've never heard of Shakshuka. Looks & sounds tasty. I love scrambled eggs. Nothing fancy, just throw in whatever leftover veggies are available.
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  14. I love quiche and shakshuka
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  15. I love breakfast foods...most all breakfast foods. I hate cooking it or cleaning up after it’s been cooked though. My ideal breakfast is at a small mom and pops diner. I usually order one one everything...egg, toast, French toast, pancake, home fries, hash, sausage, bacon, ham, omelet. Ah now I’m hungry.

  16. Eggs Benedict with OJ and lots of coffee!


  17. Have a light breakfast every morning. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

    1. Kim, you are our lucky winner! Congratulations. Please check your email.

  18. I've never had Shakshuka, but that looks good and the recipe yummy! My favorite egg dish besides Egg Custard Pie, is scrambled eggs cooked with chopped sauteed green onions and cheese melted in. SO good! Congratulations on your books, and "Candy Slain Murder" sounds like a page turner! Thank you!! Sharon

  19. I'm not a breakfast person, but I like eggs for brunch/lunch or dinner. My faves include omelets, frittatas, migas, quiche, poached and deviled. Yes, I've made Shakshuka and it's similar to the Italian dish Eggs in Purgatory, very tasty! Congrats on the book! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  20. I really love egg custard pie! Love the cover! Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  21. I like over easy eggs on top of toast! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. This looks like a version of this recipe I could enjoy (minus the peppers). They are often rather overly spiced I think. This looks just right.
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  23. Kim Hansen is our randomly selected winner! Congratulations, Kim, and please check your email.

    I wish I had a copy of Candy Slain Murder for everyone.

  24. Love the recipe and I’d love to read this!