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  • Costa Coffee store in Valletta

    Costa Coffee store in Valletta

    Costa Coffee opened a new outlet in the heart of Valletta. Situated on the ground floor of the Embassy shopping complex, the outlet is the sixth to be opened by The Coffee Company Malta Ltd in two years. To mark the new store opening, Costa Coffee...

  • Corinthia chef scores silver for Malta

    Pastry chef and chocolate sculptor Mark McBride has won a silver medal at the International Salon Culinaire at Hotelympia Excel in London, one of the world’s leading competitions for hand-crafted works in fat, chocolate marzipan and other...

  • Three more awards for Delicata wines

    Three more awards for Delicata wines

    Delicata wines have just received another three international awards at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards held recently in London. Judging of the 15,007 wines was carried out by 224 specialist tasters from around the world, including 66 Masters...

  • Alcohol detecting laser developed

    Scientists from the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland have unveiled a laser system capable of detecting alcohol in cars from the roadside. The device can detect the presence of alcohol vapours inside a moving car. Researchers...

  • Grilled langoustine

    Grilled langoustine

    Ingredients100g real pure butter2 fresh garlic, mincedsalt and pepper8 fresh langoustine, split in half, deveined50 ml extra virgin olive oil Method Preheat the grill pan over a medium to high heat until very hot. In a small bowl mix the melted...

  • Where can I barbecue?

    Where can I barbecue?

    Last year we gave you a comprehensive guide to where you can organise your barbecues and whether you need a permit and at what cost. Since then, a few localities havechanged regulations. Marsaxlokk local council has passed a new by-law, whereby...

  • Asparagus soup with leeks, rocket and crème fraiche

    Asparagus soup with leeks, rocket and crème fraiche

    Ingredients2 tbsps butter2 leeks, white and light green parts only – quartered½ onion, diced3 cups chopped asparagus (reserve tips for garnish)1 cup peeled and diced tomatoes sea saltfreshly ground black pepper5 cups chicken or vegetable stock2...

  • Tagliatelle with calamari

    Tagliatelle with calamari

    Serves 4 Ingredients400g tagliatelle800g peeled fresh tomatoes600g fresh calamari50g tomato pastegarlicextra virgin olive oilfresh basilsalt and fresh ground peppersmall glass white wine Method Prepare a large pan with lots of water, salt and oil.

  • Chinese crispy peppered fish

    Chinese crispy peppered fish

    Ingredients150g white fish15g sweetcorn15g green peas2 egg yolks20g custard powder5g black pepper powderPinch of saltPinch of sugar Method Cut the fish into bite-size chunks. Mix the fish with the sweetcorn, green peas, egg yolk, custard powder...

  • Spaghetti ricci

    Spaghetti ricci

    Serves 4 Ingredients320g of spaghetti20 sea urchins (rizzi)1 sprig of parsley1 clove of garlic40g capersExtra virgin olive oilSalt Method To open the sea urchins, seize them with your left hand protected by a cloth and thread the blade of a sharp...

  • ‘Artistic’ salad tastes better

    ‘Artistic’ salad tastes better

    An example of ‘edible art’ is proof of what top chefs already know – a culinary masterpiece has to look the part as well as taste delicious. Psychologists found that a salad tasted better when arranged to resemble a work by the Russian artist...

  • ‘We’ll always have Morocco’

    ‘We’ll always have Morocco’

    Ed eats MamouniaQui-si-SanaSliemaTel: 9916 4638 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7.5/10 I occasionally have sneaky chats with a man who poses as an accountant. He dresses the part, does the job, and spends more than eight...

  • Get stuffing

    Get stuffing

    We all know and love stuffed marrows and there are some beauties about at the moment, nice big round ones, perfect for stuffing. But recently I came across a recipe for a different way of stuffing marrows called kousa mahshi. Marrows about 17 or...

  • Light summer meals

    Light summer meals

    Now that the heat has kicked in, we may want to eat lighter meals. Vegetable dishes are thus ideal. Here are a few recipes featuring veggies as the main ingredients. Roasted vegetable bake Serves 6 Ingredients2 aubergines, cubed2 red peppers,...

  • Competing halal standards leave food industry with indigestion

    Competing halal standards leave food industry with indigestion

    The storm of bad publicity that hit confectioner Cadbury in Malaysia after its chocolates tested positive for traces of pork highlights the costly, religious minefield food companies must navigate as they rush to tap the surging $1 trillion global...

  • Journey to harvest

    Journey to harvest

    After three international medals won this year for Delicata’s 2013 vintage Sauvignon Blanc, all eyes are on the quality of the 2014 vintage grapes, in anticipation of how they will develop in the next six to seven weeks, when they are due to be...

  • Wine preservation system alert

    Coravin, the maker of the wine preservation system ‘Wine Access System 1000’, has stopped selling new units and is warning existing owners to stop using the device because of the chance of exploding bottles. The company received reports that seven...

  • Lobster chowder

    Lobster chowder

    Ingredients1 (600g-700g) cooked lobster, cracked and split100g sweetcorn can For the stock50g unsalted butter75g chopped onion50ml cream sherry1 cup whole milk125ml heavy cream60ml dry white wine For the soupDash tablespoon good olive oil75g bacon...

  • Smoked salmon and spinach roulade with herb oil dressing

    Smoked salmon and spinach roulade with herb oil dressing

    Ingredients For roulade:100g smoked salmon3g black sesame seed20g spinach leaves40g tofu40g fresh asparagus For herb oil:1/2 cup fresh basil1/2 cup parsley leaves1/2 cup thyme1/2 cup chives1 cup extra virgin olive oilPinch of salt and ground black...

  • Pork fillet with Parma ham, sun-dried tomatoes and brandy

    Pork fillet with Parma ham, sun-dried tomatoes and brandy

    Ingredients280g pork fillet80g sun-dried tomatoes80g Parma ham70ml brandy30g onions10 g garlic 150ml fresh cream5g fresh sage30g butter Method Heat a large pan on a medium-high heat, place the pork fillet and seal well from all sides until golden...

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