Category: Celebrations


Take-to-work ideas: Barley Bread Sandwich

Barley bread is a drier loaf and therefore withstands getting soggy if prepared in advance. Make the sandwiches as close as possible to the time they are being served otherwise they may dry out and it is a pity if you are using bread that is very fresh.


Life and Style Weekend 4/39

‘Chat and more with these wonderful people during Episode 3 and an insight of all the work that goes on behind the scenes. Thank you team and Rachel for capturing it all’


Egg free Christmas mincemeat Loaf with Buttermilk

‘Every year I save some of my Christmas Mincemeat to use the following year. The flavour matures and the taste improves over time and once we start to approach the beginning of November I like to use it up and make this egg free mincemeat loaf which is absolutely effortless but starts to remind me that Christmas is only round the corner. I made a variety of two different loaves this week, one in real time during the tv show.


Halloween Cupcakes by Martha

Martha made some plain cupcakes during this week’s show and here is the simple all in one recipe. The theme of her sugarpaste decoration was Halloween this week and I hope you will enjoy seeing her work as much as I did.

Maltese Easter Figolli [gluten free, vegan, reduced sugar]

‘Making figolli [two cookie layers with a soft mazipan filling] is a good childhood memory if you were brought up in Malta and making them every Easter is a tradition for most Maltese families, even for those who usually do not make cakes and sweets.


Quick No-bake Chocolate Treats for Easter

‘No celebration is complete without a sweet treat. Here are a few quick and easy chocolate recipes that require no baking that will be a hit for Easter.


Weekend Baking: Torta Pasqulina

The pie is baked in a angel cake tin using filo pastry and I sprinkle it with sesame seeds to finish off.

Easter Simnel Cake topped with raw marzipan

  ‘a light fruit cake rarely seen in Malta brings back memories of an English Easter.  One of my colleagues made a lovely bow and I topped the cake with raw marzipan during the show the day after it was baked.’ Prepare the raw marzipan the day before you are going to decorate the cake and keep it in the fridge. You will need: … Read More Easter Simnel Cake topped with raw marzipan


No bake: Gluten Free Easter Nests

‘Quick and effective, these can be prepared in advance and frozen until needed, then decorated with mini easter eggs. I use a gluten free crispy cereal

Quick Dips for eating outdoors

‘This month is too hot to spend hours in the kitchen and quick dips are always the perfect solution for entertaining a large crowd outdoors.  Here are some quick dips I made on tv recently Serve with fresh bread, vegetable crudités and galetti.  I like the ones from Good Earth with seeds or spelt flour.’ For the warm artichoke dip you will need: 1 cup … Read More Quick Dips for eating outdoors


Gluten-free Christmas Cake [lactose free]

‘This cake has no added refined sugar, no butter and no flour and I love the taste and texture. If you prefer it sweeter add some stevia


The eleventh day of the eleventh month

The Maltese kitchen in November starts to smell of Christmas, chocolate, of roasted chestnuts, cloves and oranges. The time is here to start soaking chestnuts and make citrus tarts and start to plan for December’s festivities.