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Food & Drink

  • UK northern food scene ‘blossoming’

    Northern cities such as Manchester and Leeds are challenging London’s position as the centre of the UK food scene, according to an annual food ‘cool list’. Olive magazine said the opening of restaurants, such as The French by well-known...

  • Hunt is on for Kellogg’s Coco Pops ‘magic’ spoons

    Kellogg’s is rolling out four ‘magic’ spoons with its popular cereal Coco Pops. These magical spoons change colour as soon as you dip them in your cereal bowl, depending on whether the chocolatey milk is hot or cold. “At Kellogg’s we are committed...

  • Indian wine consumers on the rise

    According to a recent report by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India entitled ‘Wine: Bearing Fruit in India’, India’s domestic wine market is growing at a rate of 30 per cent a year. This is faster than any other alcoholic...

  • Hello Vino acquires social wine app Corkbin

    Hello Vino, a groundbreaking wine recommendation engine with 1.7 million users, has announced the acquisition of Corkbin, a popular social networking app used for wine enthusiasts to save and share photos and personal endorsements of their...

  • Chicken pizzaiola

    Ingredients2 (450g) boneless,skinless chicken breasts4 tsp basil pesto1 medium tomato,thinly sliced4 slices mozzarellacheesesalt and fresh pepper to taste Method Wash the chicken breast and pat dry with a paper towel. Slice the breast horizontally...

  • Chocolate chip cookies with walnuts

    Ingredients1 egg300g flour2 tsps baking powder2 tsps cinnamon½ tsp salt1 tsp ground nutmeg1 tsp baking soda1 tbsp milk1 tsp vanilla essence300g chocolate chips200g chopped walnuts Method Whisk the egg and add the baking soda. Fold the flour into...

  • Mussels with coriander, chilli and garlic

    Ingredients1kg fresh mussels1 tbsp Thai fish sauceJuice of one lemon1 garlic clove, finely chopped1 fresh red chilli, chopped1 tsp chopped fresh ginger1 bunch of spring onions, sliced2 tbsps chopped fresh coriander20g English celery5 tsps fresh...

  • Tuna tartare with strawberries

    Serves four Ingredients400g tuna fillet (100g per portion)400g strawberries1 tsp toasted sesame oil10g white onion, finely choppedSalt and pepper Method Cut the tuna and strawberries into one-centimetre cubes. Place them in a bowl and pour the...

  • Vanilla brûlée

    Ingredients1 litre cream150g sugar16 egg yolksVanilla pod Method Boil the cream with the sugar and the vanilla pod and then add the egg yolks. Remove from the heat and put the mix in ramekins and bake them in bain marie at 160˚C for 20...

  • Personality goes a long way

    Ed eats Zero Sei Trattoria75, Old Theatre Street,VallettaTel: 2122 2010 Food: 7/10Service: 9/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 8/10Overall: 7.5/10 You might have watched the movie Pulp Fiction. If you haven’t, there’s no way I’ll sum it up here. Any attempts...

  • Easy peasy, nice and cheesy food

    After writing about waste a couple of weeks ago, I checked my fridge and found I had seriously overbought on cheese. So, taking the view that I should practise what I preach and not waste any of it, this time it’s all about cheese. I don’t think...

  • UK cartoonists hold sketch-up in brewery

    Around a dozen members of the Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain were recently at the Farsons brewery to spend a day sketching cartoons about Cisk. Sporting their specially designed T-shirts, they came armed with pens, paintbrushes and...

  • Stand-up comedy at Henry J. Beans

    Some of Malta’s top stand-up comedians are performing live at Henry J. Beans in St Julian’s tomorrow, St Patrick’s Day. These include Malcolm Galea, Philip Leone Ganado, Steve Hili, Joe Depasquale and master of ceremonies Colin Fritz. As a special...

  • New menu at Waterbiscuit

    Waterbiscuit, the award-winning restaurant in St George’s Bay, St Julian’s, has recently launched a new à la carte menu. Innovative starters include duck rillettes with pickled mushrooms, shallot jam and toasted brioche. Local pork belly and house...

  • Demand for luxury chocolate outweighing cost of cocoa

    Growing demand for luxury chocolates in Europe and increasingly the Americas and Asia should help Lindt & Spruengli to grow sales and profit margins this year, despite high cocoa prices, it said. The Swiss maker of Lindor chocolate balls and gold...

  • Burgundy winemakers go hi-tech in fight against hail

    Burgundy vineyards could soon be protected from devastating hail storms by technology that supporters say can control weather patterns in the skies above. Hailstorms caused havoc in parts of Burgundy last year, notably Pommard and...

  • Celebrity chef Flay sharpens competitive edge on TV show

    Celebrity chef, restaurateur and reality television star Bobby Flay is a born-and-bred New Yorker who has made his culinary fortune celebrating the cuisine of the American southwest. Flay, who rose to prominence in the early 1990s at the helm of...

  • Going for local wines

    It is great to see so many local restaurants, cookery programmes and magazines highlighting the attributes of using local produce in recipes. It seems we are going through the early stages of a revival of home-grown cuisine, something that is long...

  • Chinese king prawns

    Ingredients5 king prawns½ tsp saltOne tsp sugarPinch of black pepper2 tsps vegetable oil½ tsp sesame oil Method Heat the oil in a wok (or pan) and fry the king prawns for two minutes. Pour half a litre of water and bring to the boil. Let the...

  • Spanish paella

    Serves eight Ingredients10 chicken wings, tips removed500g clams500g uncooked prawns500g mussels½ tsp saffron threads1½ cupd dry white wine2 tbsp olive oil300g chorizo sausage1 large onion, chopped600g rice1 large red pepper, chopped600g tomato...

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