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Food & Drink

  • 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...

  • Cheers to your wedding

    Cheers to your wedding

    Antonio Piscopo Wines and Spirits is a family run business enjoying 60 years of professional experience. One of the most popular added value services that the company offers is a weddings and receptions service. This includes the full range of...

  • Lenten fare

    Lenten fare

    When I first started buying cauliflower from the vegetable van, I would look around to see if there was a neighbour I could share it with, as I was not acustomed to such giants. Now when I buy it, I have plenty of plans for it, some for slicing...

  • An affordable trip to Puglia

    An affordable trip to Puglia

    Ed eats Mandraggio1, Mattia Preti Square,VallettaTel: 7902 4143 Food: 7/10Location: 8/10Service: 8/10Value: 9/10Overall: 8/10 By and large, we’re a lazy bunch. Hot on the heels of a very well-attended marathon, this might sound like an odd statement.

  • Of Pizzas and Pet Hates

    Of Pizzas and Pet Hates

    Pet’s Plates Pepe NeroValletta Waterfront,Vault 18, Valletta.Tel: 2122 2220 Food: 7/10Location: 8/10Service: 7/10Value for money: 8/10Overall: 8/10 Together with some friends, I decided to go out to lunch and, whether we were escaping from the...

  • Fish on Fridays

    Fish on Fridays

    Eating fish during lent is associated with the Greek word for fish, ichthys, which is an acronym for Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, meaning Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour. There are many interpretations of why Catholic tradition favours...

  • InterContinental Malta’s excels at Malta Kulinarija awards

    InterContinental Malta’s team of chefs, led by executive chef Paul Borg, won 24 awards through all categories at the recent awards organized by Malta Kulinarija. These awards included a Gold Award with Trophy for the Chef Grand Prix Team made up...

  • Recipe: Chicken Cacciatore

    Recipe: Chicken Cacciatore

    This classic Italian braised chicken dish is a perfect all-in-one meal in winter. You can prepare it the day before as the flavours improve makes it worth rushing home to after a day’s work. You will need:6 chicken piece of your choice30g...

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