Shakshuka with Avocados and Bacon

I first had Shakshuka in the Cook Islands and loved it, never thought I’d be making it and that it would turn out to be one of my favorites to server to guests on a Sunday Brunch. You can serve the bacon separately for the vegetarians and the entire dish is Gluten- and Dairy-free.

I’ve found it in Luke and Scott’s Clean Living Cookbook, which I really like…and changed it a bit to suit my taste buds:


coconut oil for frying

1 large red onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 red capsicum and 1 big red pepper, both seeded and chopped

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chilli powder

2 tsp sweet paprika

salt and pepper/cayenne pepper to taste

6 tomatoes (I used roma), peeled (easy after putting them into hot water for a minute)

6 eggs (1 – 2 per person)

4 rashers middle bacon

2 avocados

flat leaf parsley


Place onions into hot coconut oil in big pan, after 2 min add garlic on low heat (don’t burn garlic), red capsicum, pepper (long sweet chilli) – after about 5 min both are soft.

Add tomato paste, cumin, chilli powder, paprika and cayenne pepper – and then the peeled and cubed tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste and the dish will simmer in the juices of the tomatoes for about 15 min, covered. The longer it simmers, the richer the sauce.

Once the guest have arrived, into small indentations, I gently place the eggs, cover the dish and let them poach there, about 5-10 min. The yellow should still be soft, but the egg-white fully cooked.

In the meantime, I fry the bacon and cut the avocado (I used 2) into cubes to add to the top together with finely chopped parsley.

It’ll be a hit!



Author: Barbara Hoi

I have worked for 14 years with Dyslexic and Asperger geniuses one-on-one, founded Sydney Dyslexia and Autism Sydney, worked in Mosman and at a beach retreat at the Entrance and wrote three books on Dyslexia ('the Right Brain for the Right Time', 'Nurturing the Secret Garden' and 'Learning your Times Tables in Three Bold Steps'). I believe these children and adults have a great gift and the ability to become leaders in their field. But I have also found that a proper diet as well as educating and working together with parents, friends and teachers matters even more. I am now working with small groups at the Entrance Beach Retreat, helping dyslexic adults fulfill their professional dreams and parents to help develop and nurture their child's potential.

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