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Food & Drink

  • Extreme freeze damages Ontario vineyards

    Producers in two of Ontario’s three wine appellations are already facing a smaller 2014 harvest after reporting severe bud loss in the past few weeks. “Our winery has 95 to 98 per cent bud loss, so we won’t be getting grapes this year,” says Tom...

  • Champagne has had ‘too many vintages of the century’

    Champagne houses and critics must guard more carefully against heaping praise on a particular vintage too soon, according to Ruinart’s cellar master. Frederic Panaiotis believes the champagne sector is in danger of becoming a victim of its own...

  • A diner's view to Tuscany

    Grill3301 will be hosting its second in the series of wine pairing events discovering regional Italian cuisine on Friday, March 14. This time the next destination will be beautiful Tuscany. Diners will treated to a five-course dinner based on...

  • Delicata vines get expert pruning

    Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker has just completed the third consecutive year of its pioneering customised pruning programme. This year the pruning was carried out in 380 vineyards by a professional team of Italian experts, who worked side-by-side...

  • Grilled fillet of sea bream

    Serves four Ingredients1 sea bream, filletted and marinated in olive oil, herbs and white wine For pepper ragout100g peppers, diced20g onions5g garlic1 tsp tomato paste4 fresh basil leaves, sliced For tomato salsa1 tomato, chopped10g onions,...

  • Octopus salad with blue potatoes, coral beans, fennel, orange segments, aromatic herb oil and pink peppers

    Serves four Ingredients400g of pre-cooked octopus4 blue potatoesFennel16 coral beans2 orangesPink peppercorns1 clove of garlic Method PreparationBoil the octopus for 40 minutes. Boil the blue potatoes with the skin on for 30 minutes. Boil the...

  • Sticky toffee pudding

    IngredientsFor the pudding130g butter130g sugar130g dates230ml water1 tsp bicarbonate of soda130g flour2 eggs For the toffee sauce200g sugar15g butter50ml cream Method Soak the dates in the water and bicarbonate of soda, cream the butter and the...

  • Fewer crops feeding the world

    The global food supply is becoming more vulnerable to climate change-related threats because people around the world increasingly eat a similar and narrow diet, scientists say. Higher living standards in the developing world – especially eating...

  • Linzer torte

    Ingredients150g caster sugar150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting150g ground almondsgood pinch ground cinnamon150g cold butter, cut into cubes1 egg, beaten200g good-quality raspberry jam½ tsp icing sugar, to decorate (optional) Method Put the...

  • Chinese egg fried rice

    Serves two Ingredients100g rice2 eggs20g green pepper20g carrotsPinch of saltPinch of sugar3 tbsp oil Method Boil the rice in one litre of boiling water, until it absorbs all the liquid. Put the rice aside, fluff it up so it does not stick and...

  • Living interesting times

    Ed eats Mint30/39, Stella Maris Street,Sliema Food: 8/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 8/10 There’s an invocation that’s been called an ancient Chinese curse, even if there seems to be no evidence of the curse in Chinese. It simply...

  • Waste not, want not

    There was a piece in Times of Malta recently telling us that something like €1 in every €5 spent on food in this country is wasted and thrown away. That’s pretty awful, but it’s not as bad as in the UK, where a lot more is wasted than that and, if...

  • Gastronomic experience at De Mondion restaurant

    The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, in collaboration with N.M. Arrigo, is hosting a wine event at De Mondion restaurant on March 14. A four-course dinner will be accompanied by a selection of Sicilian wines. These include: Grecanico Costadune –...

  • Green lightness

    Yogi Tea Ginger Lemon combines two favourite tea styles. The intensity of zingy ginger and lemon is balanced with invigorating Green Sencha tea, giving a full-bodied blend that is citrusy with a hint of spice. Yogi Tea products are found in...

  • Win prizes at Burger King

    Customers can win prizes when ordering a large meal at Burger King Malta. Diners will be given a scratch card featuring a variety of Burger King food items, Pepsi drinks, Kiabi vouchers, Embassy cinema tickets, a GoPro HD Hero3: White edition...

  • Trip Advisor award for Hilton Malta

    Hilton Malta has placed second in the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Malta category in Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. Now in their 12th year, the awards honour the world’s best hotels from the travellers’ point of view.

  • Coral Cove new attraction at Suncrest

    The four-star Seashells Resort at the Suncrest Hotel in Qawra has reopened following a €750,000 revamp of the main restaurant and kitchen. AX Hotels undertook a programme of improvements and maintenance as part of a refurbishment programme spread...

  • US wine exports set record as California drought persists

    Exports of wine from the US jumped by 16 per cent last year, show official figures that offer a boost to California’s winemakers facing their worst drought in memory. US wine exports, of which California represents 90 per cent, jumped by 16.4 per...

  • Food and drink industry improving social and environmental impact

    Many of the world’s top food and drink companies are taking steps to improve their social and environmental impact on poor countries, although there is still much more to do, development group Oxfam said. Oxfam launched its Behind the Brands...

  • Cruising to success

    One of the world’s most prestigious cocktail competitions is taking to the high seas to turn floating bartenders into mixologists extraordinaires. The Diageo Global Travel team announced the launch of the biggest ever Diageo Reserve World Class...

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