Category: Lifestyle

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Cooking with Kale

Kale has taken over the use of spinach and seems universally popular. All types of kale are available locally with some varieties now being cultivated in Malta. My favourite kale remains the Cavolo Nero or Tuscan kale.  It has dark green, textured, flat leaves and a sweeter and milder taste.  Flat-leaf kale cooks very quickly and has a more tender consistency than curly kale. … Read More Cooking with Kale

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A simple ricotta and almond base for any fruit tart

This is the quickest way to make a simple base for a fruit tart and once it has cooled down to pile it with your favourite fresh fruit in season.  Scatter some nuts, drizzle honey or agave and you will make it again and again. I use ready made short crust pastry and for the filling you will need: 500g ricotta 200g ground almonds … Read More A simple ricotta and almond base for any fruit tart

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Green Lentil, Parsley and Lime Soup with Soft Gozitan Gibna

Green lentils keep their texture and have a richer flavour than the orange variety.  For this soup I use a hand held blender [pulse setting] to puree the soup lightly and the final result has a mix of whole green and pureed lentils. It is very quick to prepare, no chopping and served with a Gozitan fresh goat’s milk gibna, it makes a very … Read More Green Lentil, Parsley and Lime Soup with Soft Gozitan Gibna

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Healthy Feta and Quinoa Salad

This is the type of salad that you can make for supper and take the rest for an amazingly nutritious and delicious lunch-at-work.  It is one of those wholesome salads that are substantial enough for the autumn and winter months. For this salad you will need: 1 cup quinoa, cooked 200g sweetcorn 150g cherry tomatoes, cut up 1 avocado, cut up 150g feta cheese, … Read More Healthy Feta and Quinoa Salad

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Blueberry Frangipan Cheesecake

This is a treat and for me sweet enough, but blueberries are quite tart and if you require it sweeter brush the top with some barely warm agave or honey just before serving. This is another quick and easy recipe and it will not take too long to prepare.   You will need : 300g butter, soft 300g sugar 300g eggs, beaten and weighed … Read More Blueberry Frangipan Cheesecake

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School-friendly quick muffins

I made these quick muffins on tv and they are ideal for putting into your kids’  lunch boxes or to send in to share for a celebration. Use gluten free flour if they are meant to be for sharing.  I usually omit the brown sugar when I make mine as I find the sweetness from the carrot and apple is enough but it depends … Read More School-friendly quick muffins

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Kapunata with Prickly Pear Paddles

The paddles of prickly pears are a common ingredient in Mexico and are sold in the vegetable section of supermarkets with spindles removed. Although prickly pear trees are all over the island, the paddles have not made their way to the supermarkets yet, nor to our kitchens.  I encourage you to try them out and they are best when the fruit is in season. … Read More Kapunata with Prickly Pear Paddles

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Quick Pina Colada Ice Cream

So many people are overwhelmed about making ice creams.   Recently I have shared a few ice cream recipes on tv and radio that do not require an ice cream machine.   There are many short cuts without going through a lot of work.    The best thing about making something at home is that you can add your favourite ingredients and leave out any flavours … Read More Quick Pina Colada Ice Cream

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Very Quick Lasagne with less calories

As we approach the end of summer, I’m planning some warming meals, those kind that you can prepare quickly and will satisfy you at the same time. This lasagne is one to make for yourself. It is quick and does not need to look refined but hits that spot if you have a craving for a baked pasta dish.  I made them in individual … Read More Very Quick Lasagne with less calories

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Pork and Mushroom Red Coconut Curry with Quinoa

Serving quinoa with red curry makes it like a totally different dish.  This is a mild curry.  This dish can never go wrong as long as you use a good curry paste.  I prefer to use the large meatier mushrooms, cut into chunks rather than sliced so that they do not completely disintegrate. The dish improves if it is prepared the day before and … Read More Pork and Mushroom Red Coconut Curry with Quinoa

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Upside Down Strawberry and Banana Crumble

An upside down crumble allows the juices to ooze out of the fruit and moisten the crumble mix, filling it with all those fruity flavours. It is quick to make and does not need hours in the kitchen making it an ideal dessert to serve with ice cream. I use a mix of strawberries and bananas but other fruits can be use such as … Read More Upside Down Strawberry and Banana Crumble

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Spinach Ricotta Picnic Pie

This spinach ricotta pie is the ultimate summer picnic comfort food.  This tart is beautiful when it is cut up after it is cooled down as it exposes the hard boiled eggs and is ideal for outdoor entertaining. Although the number of eggs in this recipe seem a lot, you can omit the hard boiled eggs but the idea is to cut it up … Read More Spinach Ricotta Picnic Pie