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Food & Drink

  • New San Michel 33cl bottle for Vodafone Malta Marathon 2014

    San Michel has been named the official water for the Malta Marathon, the largest and most followed athletic activity in Malta. For this year’s edition, taking place today, Simonds Farsons Cisk, bottlers of San Michel, has produced a new 33cl bottle.

  • South Africa must wait to export meat

    South Africa needs approval from trade partners including the EU before meat exports resume after the country was declared free of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) this week, senior officials said. South Africa was banned from exporting all...

  • US chef dishes out common sense

    Lidia Bastianich serves up a helping of common sense along with techniques for home cooks to make creamy risotto, moist meatballs and other popular Italian dishes in her 11th cookbook, Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking. The award-winning chef...

  • Calorie labelling on wine launched

    A British retailer is launching calorie labelling on wine as part of efforts to help consumers make ‘responsible’ health choices. Sainsbury’s will launch the new labels, which will include the number of calories in a 125ml glass, this week...

  • Overfishing and pollution leave Turkish waters bare

    “Balik ekmek! Balik ekmek!” (Fish bread! Fish bread!) yell the vendors tucked under Istanbul’s Galata Bridge, dishing out fish sandwiches to hordes of hungry locals and tourists much as they have for decades. But frozen mackerel from Norway or...

  • Agribusiness students learn about pruning

    A group of three Mcast agribusiness students, accompanied by their lecturer, have completed an introductory pruning session at one of Delicata’s many family-run vineyards, under the super-vision of the winemaker’s head of viticulture, Matthew...

  • Girl power at wine awards

    At the inaugural Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards in Tokyo, organised by the Wine and Spirits Culture Association, the ‘all-female’ wine judges were politely reminded to “remove their lipstick” before the tastings commenced. The competition was...

  • Grilled fish

    IngredientsFishFish marinateOlive oilLemon juiceSeasoning Method Choose any type of fish you like. Trim the fins using kitchen scissors, and scale using a fish scaler or the back of a knife, working from the tail towards the head. Cut at an angle...

  • Duck al orange bundles

    Makes 10 Ingredients200g duck leg5 sheets of spring roll pastry10g orange marmaladeFor the vegetable tagliatelle30g onions30g carrots30g zucchiniFor the orange marmalade50g oranges, thinly sliced15g sugar1cm of cinnamon stick1 star...

  • Gotta go to Gozo for the Gozitan carnival

    Gozo prepares for carnival time as many visitors cross over to the sister island. To cater for increased demand and offer extended convenience, shops at Arkadia Commercial Centre will be opening until 10pm on Friday, February 28 and Saturday,...

  • Chinese garlic chicken

    Serves two Ingredients150g chicken breast1 tsp cornflourOne egg30g green pepper50g carrots3g garlic2g salt4g sugar1 litre vegatable oil1 tsp sesame oil Method Chop the chicken breast into small, thin pieces. Put these in a bowl and mix with the...

  • Maccheroni al torchio con fungi e pollo

    250g maccheroni al torchio120g chicken breast, cut into strips40g mushrooms50ml brandy10ml oil 100ml fresh cream50g onions10g garlic10g parsley50g grana cheese 5g salt Method Finely chop the onions and garlic. Sweat the onions with some oil in a...

  • Lamb cutlets with minted pesto

    IngredientsLamb cutletsWhite wineSalt and pepperFor the pestoIngredientsFresh mint leavesBlack basil leavesRucola leaves1 clove garlicPinch of sea salt50g pine nuts, toastedOlive oilGrated Parmesan or Pecorino Method Marinate the lamb cutlets for...

  • Heartfelt hospitality in Gozo

    Ed eats Oleander10, Xagħra Square,Xagħra Food: 6/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 8/10Overall: 7/10 Winter has really acted up this year. It doesn’t quite know whether it wants to hang around a little while more or just head back home and try...

  • Bountiful beans

    I have a lovely book which I bought in the US years ago called Italy: The Beautiful Cookbook by Lorenza de’ Medici, subtitled Authentic Recipes from the Regions of Italy. It’s a beautiful book, published for the American market, full of wonderful...

  • Get cooking on new cruise ship

    A cookery club run by top chefs will be a feature on a 141,000-tonne new British cruise liner which will start voyages next year. TV chef James Martin will join pâtissier Eric Lanlard to operate the cookery classes aboard the P&O Cruises...

  • Westin Dragonara Resort enhances its accolade list

    The Westin Dragonara Resort has enhanced its accolade of awards when it was presented with the Win with Talent Award at Starwood’s 2014 EAME Roundtable Events in Frankfurt. The award, based on employee engagement, leadership, collaboration and...

  • A diner’s view to the regions of Italy

    Grill 3301 at the Corinthia San Ġorġ recently hosted the first of a series of wine-pairing events this year, featuring Italian regional wine and cuisine, with a focus on Piedmont. These five-course gastronomic events are proving to be popular with...

  • Blind Barbera

    I am not a great fan of total blind tastings but I do encourage partial blind tastings when there is a clear goal to be achieved. I recently organised one such event for a number of wine lovers to find out which out of four Barbera D’Alba wines,...

  • Italian wine sales up in the US

    Americans are drinking more Italian wines than Italians themselves, owing to the popularity of sparkling wines from the southern European country and millennials. Italian varieties are the top imported wine in the US, which is the world’s largest...

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