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  • Mussels in white wine, garlic and cream

    Mussels in white wine, garlic and cream

    Ingredients500g fresh mussels1 clove garlic50g chopped onions70g cherry tomatoes, halved80ml white wine5ml extra virgin olive oil5g parsley, finely chopped100ml fish stock2 slices Maltese bread50g black olive paste Method Clean and rinse the...

  • Barbecued pork belly

    Barbecued pork belly

    Ingredients1kg local pork belly100ml bbq sauce1 tbsp hickory seasoning1 shot Bourbon whisky3 tbsps tomato ketchup3 tbsps Worchester sauce2 tbsps light soy sauce1 tsp mixed spice2 tbsps mango chutney1 tbsp sweet chili dressing50ml Kinnie4 cloves...

  • Whisky to return to earth

    Whisky to return to earth

    Whisky sent into space three years ago in an experiment looking at the impact of gravity on how it matures will return to earth this month. The Ardbeg Distillery on Islay blasted compounds of unmatured malt to the International Space Station (ISS)...

  • The most serene

    The most serene

    Ed eats Osteria VePope Alexander VII Street,Vittoriosa.Tel: 7703 0174 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 9/10Overall: 8/10 While idly scrolling through my Facebook news feed one day last week, I read a brief note about a small restaurant...

  • Great grills

    Great grills

    Doesn’t time fly? It seems like only yesterday that we were ‘firing up the barbie’ for our first meal, and now the barbecue season is rapidly coming to a close. We’ve gone back to a gas grill again. I know charcoal aficionados would say that you...

  • Enjoy food, wine and great music

    Enjoy food, wine and great music

    Qormi, which is well renowned for its wine-making culture, is once again reviving this centuries-old tradition with a wine festival on September 5 and 6. The 10th edition of the festival will also feature music and food. On Friday, the Mark...

  • Malta places second in barista competition

    Malta places second in barista competition

    Eighteen-year-old Wayne Falzon placed second in the Costa Coffee Barista of the Year European finals in Warsaw, Poland. The winner was Matyas Svaton, from the Czech Republic. The competition took place over two days and consisted of two challenges.

  • The Famous Grouse 40 scoops yet another gold

    The Famous Grouse 40 scoops yet another gold

    The Famous Grouse 40-year-old blended malt has secured another win, a gold at the International Spirits Challenge 2014 Design and Packaging Awards. The award is the latest achievement for this rare blend after having scooped the highest accolade –...

  • Cherry-flavoured beer

    Cherry-flavoured beer

    Following the launch of Cisk Chill lemon-flavoured lager beer a couple of summers ago, Simonds Farsons Cisk plc has this year launched a berry-flavoured one. Cisk Chill Berry is a refreshing blended lager beer with berry flavourings and with a...

  • Couple share food-beer pairings in new cookbook

    Couple share food-beer pairings in new cookbook

    Husband and wife team Brooke and Luther Fedora show how beer adds complexity to a dish and why selecting the right brew can elevate any meal in their debut cookbook, The Foodie’s Beer Book. The culinary couple have been creating beer-inspired...

  • Rosé wines are on their way

    Rosé wines are on their way

    Last week, the very first Malta-grown red grapes hand-harvested from the 2014 vintage rolled into the Delicata winery, not for red wine- making, but for rosé. Normally the Maltese Syrah grapes would be harvested in a few weeks’ time – if the...

  • Crab saffron risotto with lobster, shrimps, sea urchin and scallops

    Crab saffron risotto with lobster, shrimps, sea urchin and scallops

    IngredientsFor the crab and lobster bisque1 crab1 small lobster500ml fish stock 1 tbsp tomato puree 100ml dry white wine1 onion 1 fennel 1 carrot1 star anise For the crab risotto150g rice1 shallot, finely chopped100ml dry white wine1 litre crab...

  • Mushroom and veal raviola tossed in tomato and truffle oil

    Mushroom and veal raviola tossed in tomato and truffle oil

    Serves 1 Ingredients100g selection of mushrooms60g veal50g onions2 garlic cloves5g thyme100g pasta dough For the sauce:200g fresh plum tomatoes150g ginger25g sugar5ml white vinegar15ml truffle oil Method For the stuffing, mince together the veal,...

  • Apple dumplings

    Apple dumplings

    Ingredients350g shortcrust pastry4 cooking apples, peeled and cored55g brown sugar, plus extra for sprinkling25g butterPinch of ground cinnamonPinch of ground ginger55g dried apricots, chopped25g toasted hazelnuts, choppedEggs, beaten for...

  • Baked half black shell mussels

    Baked half black shell mussels

    IngredientsHalf black shell mussels1 plum tomato, seeded and dicedhalf a yellow onion, diced6 basil leaves, chopped1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 small mozzarella di bufalaBeetroot juiceBalsamic glazeBaby red chardSeasoning Method Mix together the...

  • Bottle shock: Napa Valley quake shatters prized wine collections

    Bottle shock: Napa Valley quake shatters prized wine collections

    Prized collections and wooden casks crashed to cellar floors when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Napa Valley on Sunday, but damage to the famous wine region at the start of harvest time might be limited to a handful of wineries and...

  • Chicken Caesar salad

    Chicken Caesar salad

    Ingredients For the dressing150ml mayonnaise 2 pieces anchovy fillet 2 rashers streaky baconA dash of Worcestershire sauceZest of half a lemon For the salad1 piece iceberg lettuce50g bread croutons100g Parmesan shavings2 rashers back bacon1...

  • Summer in the city

    Summer in the city

      It’s not always possible to get away to some cool, shady spot during the summer months, but one can take inspiration from bustling cities and the way in which they keep their inhabitants cool with summer food and drinks. A light touch, combined...

  • Somewhere in limbo

    Somewhere in limbo

    Ed eats Soul Food78, Merchants Street,Valletta.Tel: 9992 2599 Food: 7/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 6/10Overall: 7/10 After a week away from the islands, revelling in the wonders of civilisation that the first world brings with it, I...

  • Hugel in Malta

    Farsons Direct (Wands) has hosted a wine dinner built around the wines of Hugel, the famous Alsace producers at Temptasian, at The Palace, in Sliema. The event coincided with the visit to Malta by David Ling, an Englishman who has been in Alsace...

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