Okay, I have a confession to make. I used to think that Ottolenghi was this chef’s full name. That he was called Otto Lenghi. I know different now. I also have to confess that despite having a family who all asked for and got his books for Christmas the past few years I had never cooked one of his recipes. Until yesterday….
Beef Shakshuka
I made beef shakshuka with smoked aubergine. The first step of the recipe is to smoke the aubergine. I did this under the grill. It took around 30-40 minutes and by the end my clothes, hair and kitchen all stank of smoke. Over 24 hours later the kitchen still does. I love it!

The depth of flavour in the whole dish was amazing. The cinnamon comes through strongly, as does the lovely smoky flavour of the aubergine, and I added a splash of lemon juice. I didn’t make the tahini sauce – I’m not a massive fan – and I don’t think the dish felt like it was missing something. I ate this with olive ciabatta. Yum!