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  • Sean Gravina appointed Maggi brand ambassador

    Sean Gravina appointed Maggi brand ambassador

    Chef Sean Gravina has been appointed brand ambassador for the Maggi range of cooking products. As brand ambassador, Sean will be creating innovative, yet simple, recipes that the whole family will enjoy. All recipes will be available on the Maggi...

  • Informal lunch, brunch or supper

    Informal lunch, brunch or supper

    New potatoes with herbs and fresh garlic went into a large frying pan with plenty of olive oil. When these were cooked, I added a few slivers of jamon serrano. Just before serving up the potatoes, I cracked a couple of home eggs into another...

  • The first self-opening wine bottle

    The first self-opening wine bottle

    Avrilpuleg 1.4 is a revolutionary wine bottle closure that is self-opening. No corkscrew or other gadget is required since, as soon as a wine glass is waved in front of it – as if it were a magic wand – the wine bottle opens itself without the...

  • Gourmet dinner at Waterbiscuit

    Gourmands may want to pen the evening of April 29 in their diaries. The Waterbiscuit restaurant at the InterContinental Malta, St George’s Bay, is hosting a delightful dinner experience showcasing specially designed dishes accompanied by a curated...

  • Something Fishy

    Something Fishy

    Pet’s Plates PintoninoVault 15, Valletta Waterfront,VallettaTel: 2122 7773 Food: 7/10Location: 8/10Service: 7/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 Sunday lunch at Valletta Waterfront is never a quiet affair. You will have to fight your way through the...

  • No bake Easter treats

    No bake Easter treats

    No celebration is complete without a sweet treat. If you are in need of any last minute Easter Sunday treats, here are a few quick and easy recipes that require no baking but will certainly be a hit during today’s festivities. Carrot and date...

  • Recipe: White Asparagus with Truffle Oil

    500g white asparagus1 tablespoon lemon juice2 tablespoons Dical House Apple Organic Vinegar by Bio RinaturaA few drops of Dical House truffle oil by Tartuf LangheGarnish: fresh herbs to garnish Whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, truffle oil,...

  • Recipe: Dulce de Membrillo (Quince Jelly)

    I share my recipe today for this Portuguese/Spanish speciality, best served with a strong cheese.  Membrillo originated around the 4th century and as quince is high in pectin, you need no binding agents to make this jelly. In Malta there are two...

  • Cooking classes using natural flavours

    Cooking classes using natural flavours

    The Villa Kitchen, a charming café set in the elegant 18th-century gardens of Villa Bologna, Lija, will be introducing cooking classes inspired by Marina Fabic’s extensive travels and Faye Mallia’s interest in culture and food. Marina specialises...

  • Easter desserts

    Thinking about writing a column for this newspaper on baking for Easter, the words coals and Newcastle once more come to mind. By this time, most of you will have baked heroic quantities of figolli and other traditional delights. But I have to...

  • Taking sides

    Taking sides

    Ed eats Storie e SaporiSt Augustine StreetSt Julian’sTel: 2789 8927 Food: 7/10Location: 7/10Service: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 You know the old adage about variety being the spice of life. Somehow, I’ve almost always heard it used in a slightly...

  • Celebrating French cuisine

    Celebrating French cuisine

    Waterbiscuit has been specifically selected as one of four restaurants on the islands to host the Goût de France event for 2016. Tomorrow, Goût de France celebrates French gastronomy worldwide, with over 1000 chefs on five continents joining the...

  • Recipe: Chocolate Nua Cake

    200g self raising flour4 tablespoons chocolate powder1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda1 teaspoon cornflourSeeds from 1/2 vanilla pod4 eggsA pinch of cinnamonA pinch of instant coffee powder200g mascarpone200g muscovado...

  • Recipe: Brown Rice Pancakes with Prunes and Maple Syrup

    I use buckwheat flour for these pancakes and the addition of brown rice gives them a great texture and consistency. There is nothing more delicious than maple syrup to accompany pancakes. There are many choices of maple syrup locally and top of...

  • Recipe: La Mesciua (Soup)

    This soup originated in the port of La Spezia in Liguria and means ‘mixed’ in local dialect.  Ingredients include chickpeas, cannellini beans, cereals and grains, and I also use a mix of buckwheat and barley.  The soup was created one day when...

  • Recipe: Old Fashioned Kwarezimal

    Recipe: Old Fashioned Kwarezimal

    Today I use Renato Briffa’s old fashioned recipe for Kwarezimal.  This is another recipe that was used by his father in the bakery that his family owned in Old Mint Street, Valletta in the 50s.  There are many versions of Kwarezimal as each family...

  • Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea and Spelt Couscous Salad

    Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea and Spelt Couscous Salad

    I use spelt couscous for this salad which makes a substantial meal.  Ajvar paste from red peppers gives it a great flavour and colour and if you do not like spicy food you can find a non-spicy variety.  Cauliflower is still abundant in the market...

  • Conor’s Irish Spread

    Conor’s Irish Spread

    Irish cuisine has evolved through the ages and with St Patrick’s celebrations around the corner, this week I am sharing a few recipes from my Irish fellow blogger and friend, Conor Bofin. Conor is a multi-award winning food blogger; his blog ‘One...

  • Unfulfilled expectations

    Unfulfilled expectations

    Pet’s Plates Maldonado Bistro18, Mons Vella Street,VictoriaTel: 9901 9270 Food: 5/10Location: 7/10Service: 5/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6/10 I had heard a lot about this place, so much so that I was hell-bent on eating there the next time I was in Gozo.

  • Cooking up fresh ideas

    Maggi So Tender has introduced two seasoned cooking flavours to add to the Maggi SO Tender meal ideas range. The new Mediterranean Tomato Chicken and BBQ Chicken contain the perfect blend of herbs and spices to infuse a chicken with lots of...

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