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  • A chocolatey tea for summer

    A chocolatey tea for summer

    Exotic spices from the Far East, including ginger and cinnamon, blend with pure cocoa shells from South America to give Yogi Tea Choco a deliciously unique taste and aroma. To enjoy the full, rich flavour of this tea, pour freshly boiled water...

  • Cookbook draws modern cooking closer to the flame

    Cookbook draws modern cooking closer to the flame

    For archaeologist and food historian Paula Marcoux, the business of cooking begins as it did almost two million years ago: with a fire and a stick. From fish and meat to breads and vegetables, the 100-odd recipes in Marcoux’s first book, Cooking...

  • Brewing fun

    Brewing fun

    The Farsons Beer Festival started yesterday at the Ta’ Qali National Park and will run until August 3. Beer lovers will be able to savour speciality brews that are available exclusively for export markets, UK bottle-conditioned ales and premium...

  • Norwegian master of wine visits Delicata

    Norwegian master of wine visits Delicata

    Norwegian Master of Wine Mai Tjemsland visited Delicata’s state-of-the-art winery in Marsa recently. She was in Malta to write an article on local wines. Tjemsland, who resides in Trapani, Sicily, has a weekly column in Norway’s largest newspaper...

  • California legalises ‘sip and spit’ for students

    College students under the age of 21 in California will soon be allowed to drink alcohol in class, as long as they are enrolled in a beer brewing or winemaking programme and they refrain from swallowing, underlegislation signed recently by the...

  • Pan-fried sea bass fillet served with risotto and mussel velouté

    Pan-fried sea bass fillet served with risotto and mussel velouté

    Serves 4 Ingredients175g x 8 fillets of sea bassFor the fish risotto150g risotto900ml fish stock25g spring onion10g butter10g garlicFresh basil and mintFish bones (not oily)Medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced; fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly...

  • Cappuccino of pea with pancetta foie gras

    Cappuccino of pea with pancetta foie gras

    Serves 4 Ingredients10g butter1 small onion50g chopped pancetta1 garlic clove, chopped8 green asparagus600ml light vegetable stock10g chopped mint75g preserved foie gras200g peas4 tbsp milk Method Heat a little butter in a large pan. Add the...

  • Is your chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms

    Is your chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms

    An upstart US food technology company has developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans that it believes will cut sugar content in chocolate candy. A year after first launching its fermentation method...

  • Traditional ice cream

    Traditional ice cream

    Ingredients1 tin evaporated milk300ml water (nowadays we use fresh cream, if doing so use 120ml water, 200ml cream)120g candied peel, chopped90g sugar (can be substituted by artificial sweetener)60g roasted almonds20g gelatine1 cinnamon stickFew...

  • Smoked duck with pears and tomato jam

    Smoked duck with pears and tomato jam

    Ingredients For the smoked duck2 duck breasts2 heaped tbsps light brown sugar2 heaped tbsps tea leaves For the tomato chilli jam500g tomatoes, fresh or tinned100ml white wine vinegar100g sugar2 chilliestwo chillis1 tsp ginger2 cloves garlic,...

  • Raw seasonal fish

    Raw seasonal fish

    Ingredients4 Maltese big prawns4 scampi4 sea urchins1 calamari2 passion fruit8 red currants4 orange segmentsExtra virgin olive oilRock salt Method The only way to eat raw fish and seafood is to use the blast chiller in order to avoid any bacteria.

  • Warning for stressed women

    Warning for stressed women

    Eating a fatty meal after a stressful day can slow a woman’s metabolism and help her gain weight, research has shown. Women who experienced one or more stressful events burned significantly fewer calories than those who did not, scientists...

  • Getting messy in public

    Getting messy in public

    Ed eats Badass Burgers46, Old Theatre Street,Valletta Food: 7/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 6/10Overall: 7/10 Once in a while I revisit a restaurant I’ve reviewed in the past and, when I feel it is warranted, I review it again. This is...

  • Some cultures like it hot

    Some cultures like it hot

    Some cultures like it hot while others, like me, prefer food on the wimpish side of warm. I do like the flavour that chillies add to food like curries and Mexican dishes, but I just can’t take the heat. Some chilli aficionados will tell you that...

  • The concept behind Aziamendi’s 100 nights

    The concept behind Aziamendi’s 100 nights

    As Eneko Atxa, the youngest Michelin three-star chef in Spain, sets up shop for 100 nights in Valletta, Ramona Depares speaks to the team who are working hard to make the concept a success. The pop-up project has a lot of firsts going for...

  • Hugel wines eventat Temptasian

    Hugel wines eventat Temptasian

    A wine-tasting dinner featuring the internationally renowned wines of Hugel et Fils is being organised by Farsons Beverage Imports at Temptasian at The Palace in Sliema. The event will be hosted by Alsace and Hugel wine expert David Ling. The...

  • Al fresco dining at Hilton

    Al fresco dining at Hilton

    The Merkanti Beach Club and Bistro and the Gazebo Restaurant at the Hilton in St Julian’s have reopened for the summer season. Merkanti offers a full lunch and dinner menu, including a selection of salads, burgers and sandwiches at the water’s...

  • Maypole rolls out super value summer offers

    Maypole wants to ensure clients get the best value for money through its 2014 summer campaign launched in the company’s 11 outlets. Supported by about two dozen brands, the offers are based around lower pricing, free giveaways and special combo...

  • Miraval Rosé 2013 available in Malta

    Miraval Rosé 2013 available in Malta

    Philippe Martinet Fine Wines, one of Malta’s leading wine merchants, recently launched Miraval Rosé 2013 on the local market. This vintage marks the second offering from the Chateau Miraval estate, an exciting collaboration between Hollywood star...

  • Fichera Liqueurs launched

    Fichera Liqueurs launched

    Fichera Liqueurs were recently launched at Haywharf restaurant and lounge bar, Valletta. Fichera Sicilian Liqueurs, such as the Amaro Vulcano, Fuoco dell’Etna and Limoncello dell’Etna, have a versatile nature, and can be served as an after-dinner...

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