Category: Pasta, Rice and Grains


Pippa’s Mqarrun fil-Forn [Maltese Baked Macaroni]

‘it was with great pleasure that I welcomed Pippa Mattei to my weekend tv show. Pippa is a good friend who was also my cookery teacher. She introduced me to the preparation of real Maltese food when I returned to live in Malta a few years ago. We will be seeing more of Pippa’s recipes and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. ‘


Linguine Aglio Olio with spiralized vegetables [vegan, diabetic friendly]

The vegetable linguine made with a spiralizer give colour to the dish and make it more appealing, visually and also in texture.’

Rigatoni with fresh broad beans and seasonal vegetables

  ‘a fresh pasta dish using broad beans, asparagus and seasonal vegetables. Β It also makes an excellent pasta salad’ You will need: 300g rigatoni 1 onion 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons fresh mixed herbs a pinch of dried mixed herbs 1 tablespoon lemon zest 150g fresh broad beans 12 asparagus 75g mushrooms 75g fresh spinach leaves 2 kale leaves, steamed and roughly chopped … Read More Rigatoni with fresh broad beans and seasonal vegetables


Cooking with millet

I cooked a few meals recently during the tv show using millet, which is one of my favorite gluten-free foods.

Cooking with Quinoa

  Quinoa is a highland crop from the Andes and although it is known as a grain, it is technically the seed of a plant that the Incas referred to as the β€˜Mother of all Grains’. It is gluten-free and is a high-protein food. There are 143 calories in 100g of cooked quinoa. Quinoa is a tight little seed and, when cooked, it turns … Read More Cooking with Quinoa

Penne with Aubergines and Fresh Herbs

So simple and straighforward, everyone loves this dish. I always add dried mint whenever i use fresh mint, just a touch, it seems to bring out more of a rounded flavor and gives the overall taste more depth without the addition of too many flavors.

Quick Everyday Meal: Broccoli and Hazelnut Pasta Shell Bake

This is a healthy pasta dish, shells filled with a mix of broccoli, hazelnuts and ricotta and baked in the oven to make a surprisingly light dish. I used 10 giant pasta shells and this serves 2 to 3 persons. You will need: 10 pasta shells. Β Boil plenty water with a bit of salt and when it reaches boiling point drop the shells into … Read More Quick Everyday Meal: Broccoli and Hazelnut Pasta Shell Bake


A quick weekday meal …. Roberto’s Perfect Puttanesca

This is a store cupboard pasta, something quick, easy and wonderfully delicious that can be prepared in no time at all. In fact rather than being a whore’s pasta, I prefer the version that the name is derived from ‘Facci una puttanata’… all about making something ‘cheaply and quickly