Shakshuka, it’s fun to say, to make and above all to eat. The word shakshuka comes from the Arab language, and means “a haphazard mixture” or “mixed up.”
French Puy lentils or their counterparts, the Italian Castelluccio lentils, are considered by many the best. They are smaller and firmer than the brown lentils and the choice in dishes where the lentils need to keep their shape like salads and side dishes. This simple dish is elevated by the piquant spices “a la marocaine”.
Stir-fried eggplant and tofu is a delicious meatless dinner loaded with lots of flavors and quickly put together. Tofu’s crispiness is an important step when assembling this dish. It should not be overlooked, even if you are in a hurry. Start by pressing tofu down first, according to instructions. Every bit helps and splattering of oil will be greatly reduced when stir-frying. Serve with Jasmin rice.
Crispy baked tofu and spicy peanut sauce is a rather fortuitous combination. Tofu straight out of the package doesn’t have much taste, but it’s ideal to absorb flavors like the rich and spicy sauce in this recipe. I use Sambal Oelek, the famous Indonesian spicy sauce so popular in Southeast Asia and the Netherlands. This dish rewards you with amazing flavors and instant gratification.
Indonesian food plays a significant role in the Dutch cuisine. Quite a few Dutch are of Indonesian ancestry and cherish their gourmet’s heritage. Over time many of these dishes moved out of the ethnic corner into Dutch mainstream. Nearly everyone in the Netherlands appreciates nowadays the diversity and flavors of the Indonesian cuisine.