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  • Wine producers in the UK increase by 50%

    Wine producers in the UK increase by 50%

    The number of new wine producers in the UK has increased by almost 50 per cent in the past year, research has shown. The total has grown to a 20-year high of 135, according to accountancy group UHY Hacker Young. The increase follows more demand...

  • Asparagus and scampi orzotto

    Asparagus and scampi orzotto

    Serves 4 Ingredients400g orzotto (wild barley)300g asparagus tips6 large scampi6 small scampi50g butter1 shallot1 pint of fish broth1 packet of saffronTomatoesSalt and pepper Method Shell the scampi, leaving the tail attached to the bottom. Put...

  • Central American farmers abandon coffee for tomatoes

    Central American farmers abandon coffee for tomatoes

    Deer now roam and weeds flourish on deserted farmland in El Salvador where Julio Portillo used to grow arabica coffee beans until a devastating leaf rust fungus forced him to abandon coffee this year for the first time in more than two...

  • ‘Treat risotto like a woman’

    ‘Treat risotto like a woman’

    Masterchef UK judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode could not have been more withering. Gordon Ramsay couldn’t have been more frank or more to the point. Chef Ferron looked down at my plate, shook his head mournfully and delivered his judgement:...

  • The missing link in the City

    The missing link in the City

    Ed eats Sciacca GrillSouth StreetVallettaTel: 2123 7222 Food: 8/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 6/10Overall: 7/10 On the menu today we have a short story for starters, and my take on a restaurant I’ve been meaning to try for a while as main...

  • Making a meal of mince

    Making a meal of mince

    I have so many chicken recipes I could probably write a book entitled Fifty Ways with Chicken. Then, as I have dozens of recipes using minced meat, I could write a sequel called Fifty Ways with Mince. Like chicken, mince, be it beef, pork or lamb,...

  • French-style wining and dining

    French-style wining and dining

    Burgundy wines from Maison Louis Jadot were the stars of a well-attended wine and dine evening organised by the wines and spirits division of Attard & Co. Ltd. The evening at Essence restaurant at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, was...

  • Voices receive support

    Voices receive support

    Kinnie is once again supporting the popular Voices concerts, which raise money for charitable causes. Lara Filletti, brand executive for Kinnie, said: “We are extremely proud to be long-time supporters of the Voices initiative through our flagship...

  • Sunday buffet lunch by the waterfront

    The Regatta Restaurant at the Waterfront Hotel, Sliema, is once again serving Sunday buffet lunch. Guests can indulge in a vast selection of antipasti and cold cuts, hot dishes, carvery, pasta dishes and desserts while enjoying views of the...

  • A passionate journey in Maltese cuisine

    A passionate journey in Maltese cuisine

    Ta’ Marija Restaurant in Mosta has introduced a new à la carte menu, featuring traditional dishes with an innovative twist. A wide selection of old-time favourites such as homemade ravioli,fresh fish, meats and rabbit dishes, are still being...

  • Locally designed beer bottles cheered by US design website

    Locally designed beer bottles cheered by US design website

    Six uniquely designed beer bottles and their creative packaging were featured on Packaging Design Served, a New York-based website exposing top creative content among marketing, branding and design professionals worldwide. The beer bottles were...

  • Subway reaches 4,500 stores in Europe

    Subway reaches 4,500 stores in Europe

    The Subway brand has recently reached the milestone of 4,500 stores operating in Europe, with the latest addition being a Subway store in the Fischmarkt in the centre of Basel, Switzerland. “The first European Subway store opened in Ireland in 1992.

  • France uncorks new generation of wine experts

    France uncorks new generation of wine experts

    Not everything related to wine gets better with age, as a young generation of French wine experts can attest. Take Benoit Perrot and brothers Matthieu and Antoine Mondesert, all in their early 30s, who last November founded Demain les Vins...

  • Rucola poached eggs on toast

    Rucola poached eggs on toast

    Ingredients:2 eggs2 slices breadFew rucola leavesPinch of salt and pepperOlive oilBalsamic reductionFew thyme leaves and cherry tomatoes to garnish Method In a medium pot, pour some water, add some salt and leave it to boil slowly but not to a...

  • Red wine ‘fights acne’

    Red wine ‘fights acne’

    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have suggested that by combining resveratrol, a key antioxidant present in red wine, with the acne medication benzoyl peroxide, its ability to kill the bacteria is improved, which could...

  • Sommelier drowns in barrel of wine

    Sommelier drowns in barrel of wine

    Nerea Pérez, niece of winemaker Raul Pérez, died last month after suffocating on gasses in the family winery at the Spanish village of Salas de Los Barrios. According to police Nerea, 25, fainted while inspecting a wine vat during fermentation and...

  • Grilled chicken escalopes served on an artichoke salad

    Grilled chicken escalopes served on an artichoke salad

    Serves 4 Ingredients2 artichoke globeshalf a lemon80g Parmesan shavings4 chicken breasts100ml olive oil2 tbsps rosemary25g pine kernels, toasted Method Snap off the coarse, outside leaves of the artichokes. Using a stainless steel knife, gently...

  • Cauliflower au gratin

    Cauliflower au gratin

    Ingredients1 cauliflower, cut into large florets25g butter25g flour400ml milk1 tbsp Dijon mustard150g cheese, gratedSalt and pepper50g fresh breadcrumbs Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Steam or boil the cauliflower until tender. Make sure you drain...

  • Asian style duck breast

    Asian style duck breast

    IngredientsDuck breastHoisin sauceGarlic, mincedFresh ginger, mincedLight soy sauceNoodlesCarrotsOnionsMushroomsSesame oilZucchiniOyster sauce Method Marinate the duck breast in hoisin sauce, ginger and garlic and leave in the fridge...

  • Mussel and bean velouté

    Mussel and bean velouté

    Serves 4 Ingredients1kg mussels150g dried pinto beans6 tbsps extra virgin olive oil300g tomatoes2 cloves garlic1 bay leaf1 sprig of parsley1 lemonSlices of toastSalt and pepper Method Soak the beans overnight for around 12 hours. Boil the beans in...

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