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  • Rucola poached eggs on toast

    Rucola poached eggs on toast

    Ingredients:2 eggs2 slices breadFew rucola leavesPinch of salt and pepperOlive oilBalsamic reductionFew thyme leaves and cherry tomatoes to garnish Method In a medium pot, pour some water, add some salt and leave it to boil slowly but not to a...

  • Red wine ‘fights acne’

    Red wine ‘fights acne’

    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have suggested that by combining resveratrol, a key antioxidant present in red wine, with the acne medication benzoyl peroxide, its ability to kill the bacteria is improved, which could...

  • Sommelier drowns in barrel of wine

    Sommelier drowns in barrel of wine

    Nerea Pérez, niece of winemaker Raul Pérez, died last month after suffocating on gasses in the family winery at the Spanish village of Salas de Los Barrios. According to police Nerea, 25, fainted while inspecting a wine vat during fermentation and...

  • Grilled chicken escalopes served on an artichoke salad

    Grilled chicken escalopes served on an artichoke salad

    Serves 4 Ingredients2 artichoke globeshalf a lemon80g Parmesan shavings4 chicken breasts100ml olive oil2 tbsps rosemary25g pine kernels, toasted Method Snap off the coarse, outside leaves of the artichokes. Using a stainless steel knife, gently...

  • Cauliflower au gratin

    Cauliflower au gratin

    Ingredients1 cauliflower, cut into large florets25g butter25g flour400ml milk1 tbsp Dijon mustard150g cheese, gratedSalt and pepper50g fresh breadcrumbs Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Steam or boil the cauliflower until tender. Make sure you drain...

  • Asian style duck breast

    Asian style duck breast

    IngredientsDuck breastHoisin sauceGarlic, mincedFresh ginger, mincedLight soy sauceNoodlesCarrotsOnionsMushroomsSesame oilZucchiniOyster sauce Method Marinate the duck breast in hoisin sauce, ginger and garlic and leave in the fridge...

  • Mussel and bean velouté

    Mussel and bean velouté

    Serves 4 Ingredients1kg mussels150g dried pinto beans6 tbsps extra virgin olive oil300g tomatoes2 cloves garlic1 bay leaf1 sprig of parsley1 lemonSlices of toastSalt and pepper Method Soak the beans overnight for around 12 hours. Boil the beans in...

  • And one for the lads!

    And one for the lads!

    Ed eats Shoreditch43, Wilġa Street,PacevilleTel: 2128 6748 Food: 7/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 6.5/10 I’ve had quite a week of dining out, one filled with coincidence and moments of gastronomic happiness, so I ought to share a...

  • Eat a colourful rainbow

    Eat a colourful rainbow

    One recent afternoon, I was unpacking my shopping bags and sorting out the fruit and vegetables when I could not help but notice how beautiful they were and how they represented virtually all colours of the spectrum, from the red peppers and...

  • Painting the town pink

    Painting the town pink

    Local events company Perfecting Cakes and British cake baking and decorating school Peggy Porschen Academy are holding a sugarcraft masterclass in Malta later this month. Stephanie Fsadni has a word with the academy’s founder and award-winning...

  • Sensational buffets

    Sensational buffets

    The award-winning Terrace Restaurant at the Westin Dragonara Resort will be relaunching its Sunday lunch buffets today, with dishes from around the world. The resort’s executive chef James Mifsud, together with his team, will be preparing eight...

  • MTA to launch quality seal for restaurants

    The Malta Tourism Authority is launching the Quality Assured (QA) seal for licensed restaurants on Thursday. The QA seal aims to be an objective way to recognise restaurants for high standards, making it possible for tourists and locals to make an...

  • Famous Grouse distillery nominated for royal event

    Famous Grouse distillery nominated for royal event

    Scotland’s distillery The Famous Grouse Experience has been shortlisted for two titles at the Scottish Event Awards, which will see it battling against some of Scotland’s most successful events suppliers. The distillery has attracted nominations...

  • Authors cruise through California’s wine counties

    Authors cruise through California’s wine counties

    Although authors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen took two years to research their newest book Wines of California, The Comprehensive Guide, it still was not enough time to visit all the 8,000-plus wineries that dot the state. The door-stopper-sized...

  • Wine fraudsters on the rise

    Wine fraudsters on the rise

    The faking and exploitation of expensive wines has become big business in recent years with wine fraudsters being convicted throughout the world. But the problem in Tuscany seems to be raising its head almost on an annual basis. Once again,...

  • Beetroot-cured salmon with potato salad and pea gazpacho

    Beetroot-cured salmon with potato salad and pea gazpacho

    Ingredients For marinade1kg salmon500g sea salt350g muscovado sugar250g beetroot, cooked1tbsp fennel seedsMalt whiskyThyme and dill For potato salad350g potatoes, cut into cubes100g mayonnaise1tbsp parsley, choppedFor beetroot compote300g...

  • Grilled aubergine parcels with tomato and basil salsa

    Grilled aubergine parcels with tomato and basil salsa

    Serves 2 Ingredients200g aubergine slices100g feta cheese200g baby spinach50g onions3g nutmegFor the tomato and basil salsa200g plum tomatoes5g basil5g garlic50ml olive oil Method In a pan, sweat the onions and the baby spinach. Add the nutmeg and...

  • Vegetable rice salad

    Vegetable rice salad

    Ingredients250g long grain rice250g bunch asparagus,cut in bite-size pieces1 red pepper, seeded and chopped2 marrows2 tomatoes3 tbsps olive oilGrated zest and juice of one lemonTwo 125g packs mini mozzarella, halved (or two 125g balls mozzarella,...

  • Braised lamb shanks

    Braised lamb shanks

    Serves 2 Ingredients2 lamb shanksFresh mintRed wineWorcestershire sauceLight soy sauceCurryChicken stockDemi glaceOnionsGarlicCarrotsTomato pasteOlive oilButterSugarFreshly grinded pepper Method Pan-fry the lamb shanks in the olive oil and a knob...

  • Aged Parmesan panna cotta

    Aged Parmesan panna cotta

    Serves 6 Ingredients150g grated aged Parmesan cheese450g fresh cream3 sheets of gelatinSalt, pepper and nutmeg to taste1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar Method For this recipe, you need six ramekins and cling film. In cold water, soak the sheets of...

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