Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home
Patricia Niven

MRS: This is a flavoursome Middle Eastern dish of baked eggs with the types of spices used varying depending on the country of origin (so feel free to experiment with these to suit your own tastes). There’s something very soothing about dipping toasted bread into a dish of this rich, egg-laced tomato-ey stew, though if you like things hot try adding a good pinch of cayenne pepper along with the spices to give it a bit of a kick.


Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 red onions, thinly sliced
1 long sweet yellow capsicum, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
700g tomato passata (puréed tomatoes)
1 teaspoon apple-cider vinegar
salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
4 free-range eggs
1 handful parsley, leaves only, chopped
1 tablespoon dukkah
1 teaspoon sumac
toasted pide (turkish bread), to serve


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan with a lid over a medium heat, add the onions, capsicum and spices and sauté for 2–3 minutes until the onion has softened. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for a further 30 seconds until the onion is soft and translucent, being careful not to let the spices catch and burn on the bottom of the pan and adding a splash of water if necessary as you go. Pour over the passata, add the apple-cider vinegar and a good pinch of salt and pepper and cook over a low heat for 10–15 minutes until reduced to a thick sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning if required.

    Make four little wells in the sauce with a spoon and crack the eggs into them. Cover the pan with the lid and cook for 5–6 minutes, until the whites are set but the yolks are still soft and runny (for hard yolks cook for 2–3 minutes longer).

    Remove the pan from the heat and scatter over the chopped parsley, dukkah and sumac. Serve in the middle of the table with toasted pide for dipping.
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