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Food & Drink

  • Chicken peanut piccata

    Serves two Ingredients500g spinach, trimmed, cooked and drained100ml chicken stock2 chicken breasts, boned4 tbsp flour2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil2 eggs, beaten2 tsp butter4 tbsp shelled peanuts4 tbsps white wine3 tsp lemon juice2 baked...

  • Virus shuts Blumenthal eatery

    TV chef Heston Blumenthal has shut his gourmet London restaurant after it was hit by an outbreak of the same vomiting virus which forced him to close the Fat Duck five years ago. The ‘culinary alchemist’ apologised to customers at his exclusive...

  • Cajun crab cakes

    Serves two Ingredients20g garlic30g onions, finely dicedone egg, beaten20g bell peppers, finely diced20g chopped parsley10g table salt250g crab meat, chopped50g breadcrumbs20ml olive oil20g cayenne pepper Method In a small bowl, put together the...

  • Duo of rabbit confit and stuffed loin

    Serves four Ingredients2 whole rabbits50g carrots50g celery100g onions2 cloves garlic5g thyme2 egg whites50ml fresh cream100g Parma hamStock For the confit of vegetables4 shallots500g celeriac150g carrots Method Chop off the rabbits’ heads and cut...

  • The virtue of service

    Ed eats AgliolioRadisson Blu Resort Golden SandsGolden BayTel: 2356 1000 Food: 6/10Service: 9/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 9/10Overall: 7.5/10 I whinge about service at restaurants more often than I let on in this column. I try to keep whining to a...

  • Affairs of the heart

    Hearts have been very much on my mind recently, but not, unfortunately, in a romantic sense. Ten days before Christmas I found myself in Mater Dei recovering from a sudden heart attack, and I have to say I could not have received better treatment...

  • Wining and dining on Air Malta

    Returning home from Paris this weekend on an Air Malta flight, I asked for some red wine to accompany my meal and was told there is a €4 charge – a new strategy since up to a few months ago wine was complimentary. There was only one wine...

  • Chinese become world’s top tipplers of ‘lucky’ red wine

    China has overtaken France and Italy to become the world’s number one consumer of red wine, although the US remains the world’s biggest tippler of all types of wines, the wine and spirits trade association Vinexpo said. China drank 1.865 billion...

  • Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort voted top hotel in Malta

    The Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort has been named top hotel in Malta in the 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards. It was also recognised in the categories of top hotels for romance and top luxury hotels. The 12th edition of the awards honoured the...

  • New chocolate and chilli tea

    Yogi Tea has launched a new product that blends all the qualities of the its Yogi Tea Choco with those of Yogi Tea Sweet Chili. This new drink has been inspired by the ancient Aztecs who famously enjoyed chocolate drinks infused with warming...

  • Westin Dragonara Resort honoured

    The Westin Dragonara Resort has achieved two titles in the 2014 Traveller’s Choice awards by Tripadvisor: it ranked second out of 10 in the top luxury hotels in the Malta category and third out of 10 in top hotels in Malta. “We are honoured to...

  • Europe’s first conference on bakery innovation

    In response to the growing demand for healthy and nutritious bakery products, Food Ingredients, a leading organiser of business networking and professional development events for the food industry, is organising an international conference on...

  • No flour? No fish? Venezuela’s chefs get creative amid shortages

    A sushi bar in Caracas makes tempura with ground oats and cornstarch to replace increasingly scarce wheat flour. A Spanish restaurant, seeking to keep its fare affordable, revamps its paella recipe by removing exorbitantly priced...

  • Chickens and wine make a perfect match

    We all know that chicken and wine go well with each other, but one innovative producer in the Northern French wine region of the Loire Valley seems to have taken things one step further, by introducing 250 chickens to an acre of his land to help...

  • Funeral home offers mourners a tipple

    The move to open up a wine cellar at a local funeral home in Florida has sparked mixed opinions from nearby residents. According to the general manager, it’s to offer mourners “a different way to grieve”. The NBC report states that the Hodges...

  • A corking masterpiece

    A 71-year-old Italian gentleman and teetotaller thought he was doing a good deed when he decided to open up the celebratory bottle of spumante at Milan’s council offices for Christmas. On opening, the cork shot out of the bottle and went straight...

  • Year of the Horse being welcomed at Hotel Excelsior

    The Year of the Horse is round the corner and all is set at the Grand Hotel Excelsior to celebrate in style the most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Horse starts on Friday and lasts to February 18, 2015. The hotel...

  • Food for thought

    Ed eats Suruchi35, Ball StreetPacevilleTel: 2751 5000 Food: 6/10Service: 8/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6.5/10 We don’t really get a proper winter. I am one of the few to complain about this, mainly because I can handle the cold much better than I can...

  • Lunar New Year delicacies

    This week I offer a few oriental flavours to see in the Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse) on January 31. For some years, during the 1980s and 1990s, we spent a good deal of time in the Far East, where I was invited as guest chef in hotels such...

  • Wejla by Tartarun to open at Smart City

    The owners of the fish restaurant Tartarun in Marsaxlokk are opening a new eating place at Smart City Malta in spring. Wejla, which will also specialise in local fish, will seat up to 50 and will have an outdoor dining area overlooking the dancing...

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