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  • Spaghetti with anchovies

    Spaghetti with anchovies

    Serves 4 Ingredients350g spaghetti100g butter cream10 anchoviesParsleySaltBreadcrumbsExtra virgin olive oilChiliClove of garlic Method Boil some salted water and cook the pasta until al dente. In a non-stick pan pour a drizzle of olive oil, add...

  • 2014 vintage wine varietals released

    Six wines from the 2014 vintage from Delicata’s popular, award-winning range of Malta-grown quality wines, Medina, were bottled and released last week. This will be particularly welcome news not only to those wine enthusiasts who like their wine...

  • ‘Indestructible’ wine suitcase launched

    ‘Indestructible’ wine suitcase launched

    A ‘virtually indestructible’ suitcase, which will help wine lovers bring their newly-purchased wine bottles home from their travels safe and sound, has been launched on the market. Costing around €190, the VinGardeValise is a rolling hard-shell...

  • Marinated rabbit

    Marinated rabbit

    Ingredients For marinating the rabbitRabbit shoulders and legs, boned4 cloves garlic350ml white wineRosemaryHerbal oil350ml white winePeppercorns For the peas puree1 tin peasSalt and pepperPinch of nutmeg For cooking the rabbit100ml oil250g...

  • Creamy linguini with shrimps and mushrooms

    Creamy linguini with shrimps and mushrooms

    Serves 4 Ingredients400g linguini150g butter300g fresh mushrooms, sliced2 cloves garlic, chopped finely100g cream cheeseParsley, choppedBasil, chopped1 shot brandy50g fresh cream50g shrimp bisque300g raw fresh shrimps Method Bring a large pot with...

  • Marmurat tart

    Marmurat tart

    Ingredients800g sweet shortcrust pastry150g ground almonds150g cake crumbs or digestive biscuits120g candied peel100g blanched almonds100g sugar80g chocolate chips25g cocoa powder2 eggs2 tbsps jamVanilla essenceFor decorationMelted chocolateRoyal...

  • Lobster quiche

    Lobster quiche

    Ingredients3 eggs1 tbsp butter80g lobster meat25g cheddar cheese1 small onion, chopped1 garlic clove1 tsp parsley, chopped1 tsp mustardSalt and pepper Method Preheat the oven to 250°C. Finely chop the onions and sauté in a little butter. Once...

  • Avocado fondue

    Avocado fondue

    Serves 2 Ingredients50g onions, chopped10g butter150g cooked prawns1 avocado, mashed2 tbsps lemon juice1 cup fresh cream50g Parmesan cheese1 tot brandySliced brown breadSalt and pepper Method Melt the butter in a fondue pot. Add the onion and...

  • Recollections of the past

    Recollections of the past

    Ed eats Vino Veritas59, Dingli StreetSliemaTel: 2132 4273 Food: 6/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6/10 If you’ve read this column before, you’ll have noticed that I’m not here to pass value judgement about anything, least of all...

  • More one-pot wonders

    More one-pot wonders

    Much as I enjoy eating elegantly plated food in restaurants, and, indeed, serving such dishes to my friends, occasionally there is nothing more enjoyable and heart-warming than to place a large steaming dish of fragrant, appetising food in the...

  • Wine honour for restaurant

    Wine honour for restaurant

    During a commemorative 10-year anniversary party last month, Emanuel Delicata Winemaker certified Tosca in Mellieħa with a Standard of Gold Distinction, as a dedicated and loyal purveyor of their wines. “We in the service industry have to listen...

  • Introducing unique wine glasses

    Introducing unique wine glasses

    The Riedel Master Class 2014, hosted by Grech Catering Supplies last month at Le Méridien Hotel & Spa, St Julian’s, introduced three red varietal wine glasses. Riedel Glassworks vice-president for sales in southern Europe, Marco Baldini, from...

  • Our bar culture

    Our bar culture

    I am encountering more and more people who tell me that they prefer to stay at home or meet at someone’s house instead of venturing to a restaurant or wine bar. Many reasons have been put forward but the most recurring, especially among wine...

  • Taste of Malta in Switzerland

    A week featuring Maltese cuisine was organised by the Cent-Trieze restaurant in Binningen, a suburb of Basle, Switzerland. The event was the brainchild of Hildegard Borer, owner of the restaurant, and Theresa Valentino, who have been good friends...

  • Belgian chocolate company forced to change name

    Belgian chocolate company forced to change name

    It is not all sweetness and light at a Belgian chocolate company as its brand name ISIS left a bad taste in the mouth of customers. The original brand name Italo Suisse was created in 1923. After deciding the name did not really have any...

  • Roll out the barrel

    Roll out the barrel

    The latest addition of wine-making vessels ‘rolled’ into the Delicata winery recently in the shape of 24, 225-litre new oak barrels. Within days of arrival they have already been topped up with 2014 vintage Syrah and Merlot wines that will...

  • Check the price

    After reading this, diners might want to take a little bit more care when taking advice from a restaurant’s waiting staff when you ask them for a wine recommendation – as an American found out, much to his cost at the Bobby Flay Steak at the...

  • Intense chocolate truffle cake

    Intense chocolate truffle cake

    Ingredients450g good plain chocolate80g pasteurised egg yolks600ml fresh cream50g sugar Method Melt the chocolate with half of the cream in a bowl with hot water. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until fluffy. Whip the remaining cream to...

  • Beef and Guinness stew

    Beef and Guinness stew

    IngredientsBeef rump steak, cut into cubesOnions, cut into cubesCarrots, cut into cubesGarlic, finely choppedCelery sticks, cut into cubesParsnip, peeled and cut into cubesRosemaryGuinness beerBeef stockPotatoesButter Method In a pan over high...

  • Whitebait patties

    Whitebait patties

    Ingredients600g whitebait1 egg1 tbsp semolinaSeasoningLemon rind, gratedParsley, choppedGarlic, choppedFor fryingSemolina and oil Method Wash the fish and let them strain properly. Cut each fish at least in four or chop. Put into a bowl. Add the...

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