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  • Strawberry flan

    Strawberry flan

    Ingredients400g strawberriestransparent glaze For 600ml pastry cream600ml milk; 100g sugar; vanilla;grated rind of lemon; 40g cornflour;two egg yolks For 800g sweet pastry300g margarine; 480g plain flour; one egg; 120g sugar; grated rind of a...

  • Taste of summer

    Summer in Malta is one long celebration of fire and water. At worst it’s work and road rage in soaring temperatures. At best it’s swim, slumber and feasts. Given the option, we live by the sea, fighting off the heat, and we eat. We wake to the...

  • Taste buddies

    Taste buddies

    Sarmenio Saliba, 28Post-doctoral research scientist, Switzerland What is your earliest memory of summer in Malta? The very first time I stepped on a boat and went fishing. As a small boy, that was probably one of my most exciting experiences, also...

  • Chinese beef with bamboo shoots and mushrooms

    Chinese beef with bamboo shoots and mushrooms

    Ingredients150g beef50g bamboo shoots50g mushrooms25g carrots25g green pepper25g onionsPinch of salt and sugar1 litre vegetable oilHalf a teaspoon sesame oil20g soaked cornflour Method Cut the beef into slices. Cut each mushroom into four pieces...

  • Red mullet with zucchini

    Red mullet with zucchini

    Serves 4 Ingredients8 fillets of red mullet2 tbsps flour2-3 tbsps of olive oil250g zucchini1 onionHalf a lemonSalt and pepper Method Fillet four mullets or ask the fishmonger to fillet them for you. Place two or three tablespoons of extra virgin...

  • The importance of being earnest

    The importance of being earnest

    Ed eats Times Gone By14, Sliema Road,GżiraTel 9922 4200 Food: 6/10Service: 9/10Ambience: 5/10Value: 8/10Overall: 7/10 This week is a special one for a certain class of geek. Apple announced their software plans for the year and a big event in...

  • More love and quiches

    More love and quiches

    I was looking for a recipe the other day and found it was included in an article titled ‘Love and quiches’ I’d written nearly 10 years ago. I was flabbergasted because if you had asked me, I’d have said I only wrote it a few years ago. Well, they...

  • The famed Bordeaux 2004

    The famed Bordeaux 2004

    The reputation and fame of the Bordeaux 2004 vintage seems to have a life of its own. Stuck in- between the very atypical hot vintage of 2003 and the dream vintage of 2005, the wines of 2004 had to struggle to gain the attention they so truly...

  • China’s own spirit, baijiu, seeks foothold in the West

    Just like Russia’s vodka, Mexico’s tequila and Scotland’s Scotch, China has its own distilled spirit, baijiu. Baijiu is the world’s biggest-selling spirit category and represents a €16.9 billion market, say research reports by McKinsey & Co. and...

  • Masi wine-pairing dinner

    Masi wine-pairing dinner

    A wine-pairing dinner featuring wines from the extensive Masi Agricolo portfolio was held at Vini e Capricci – Wines & Whims, at the Gozitano Agricultural Village in Xewkija. Masi Agricola export manager Carina Kurttila attended the event. Chef...

  • Rice puddings with a flavour

    Rice puddings with a flavour

    Mevgal’s rice puddings are made using a traditional Greek recipe the brand has maintained over the years. There are three flavours to choose from: vanilla, cocoa and caramel. The Mevgal range of products are imported by Quintano Foods Ltd, a...

  • Female bartending champion

    Female bartending champion

    Kate Gerwin of the US was awarded the prestigious title of Bols Bartending World Champion 2014, following a sensational Bols Around the World grand finale in Amsterdam. The final was webcast live to a global audience for the first time on...

  • The Palace and Temptasian awarded by TripAdvisor

    The Palace and Temptasian awarded by TripAdvisor

    The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has awarded The Palace, Sliema and Temptasian with the 2014 certificate of excellence for the hotel and restaurant’s outstanding reviews and recognition from their guests. The Palace ranked as the...

  • Enjoy a family grill on Father’s Day

    The Hotel Phoenicia is promising an unforgettable dining experience on its Phoenix Verandah for Father’s Day. This relaxing lunch will start with free-flowing beer for Dad, and include a wide range of treats from our chef’s tempting luncheon...

  • Counting bubbles

    Counting bubbles

    As the tongue-in-cheek saying goes, “It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it”, and it really does apply to a particular French physicist, who has spent the last 12 years counting how many bubbles there are in a glass of champagne. In a report...

  • Five basic taste senses disputed

    In a recent interview with The Drinks Business, Charles Spence, an Oxford University professor of experimental psychology, said that the idea that humans can only detect five basic tastes is “outdated” and needs to be revised. “We only talk about...

  • Red, white, rosé and orange

    There has been some confusion over ‘orange’ wines commonly made in France and Georgia, which take their name from the col­our achieved by extended skin contact and wines from the Australian wine region with a registered geographical indication. To...

  • Lobster thermidor

    Lobster thermidor

    Ingredients2 fresh lobsters4 tbsps butter, divided1 small white onion, finely chopped2 tbsps all-purpose flour2 tbsps ketchup1 tbsp dijon mustardsplash of dry white wine or dry sherry1/3 cup grated white cheddar200ml prawn bisque2 tbsps Parmesan2...

  • 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...

  • Warm chocolate pudding cake

    Warm chocolate pudding cake

    Serves 2 Ingredients42g good quality semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped14g unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped3 tbsps plus 1 tsp unsalted butter, softened3 tbsps sugar1 large egg3 tbsps all-purpose flour¼ tsp baking powder½ tsp unsweetened...

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