Category: Reviews

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Which Self-Tan?

Why suffer many uncomfortable hours in the heat and cause damage to your skin when you can have an instant tan? I have tried over the years many self-tanning creams and inspite of using the same one which I was very happy with for a few years, I was given a new brand to try out this month and it has become a favourite. … Read More Which Self-Tan?

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Spiralize your way through vegetables

If you like the idea of increasing your intake of vegetables and perhaps find more interesting ways for kids to eat vegetables, then a spiralizer is the answer. Having tried a number of them, I still go back to my favourite which is the hand held one as it requires very little effort, except of course, that opposed to an electrical one, it needs … Read More Spiralize your way through vegetables

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Do these beautiful edible flowers grow in your garden?

These delicate white flowers that grow in our garden are edible garlic chives or Chinese chives [Allium tuberosum [Latin], gau choy 韭菜 [Chinese] and nira [Japanese]. I remember seeing them in abundance in outdoor vegetable markets in Asia. The stems are a great flavour enhancer and the white flowers are perfect to finish off a salad.  If you do not like the idea of … Read More Do these beautiful edible flowers grow in your garden?

‘God bless this year’s crop’ – Victor Tonna [farmer]

Local produce is so fresh on the islands.  The short distances make it possible that within less than 24 hours after harvest,  vegetables and fruit can be found in retail outlets and vegetable vans all over the islands.  It is not possible for the consumer to find any produce that is fresher. The entire process of the food chain is transparent and sustainable. This … Read More ‘God bless this year’s crop’ – Victor Tonna [farmer]

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What do you think about the square neckline?

The square neckline that I am seeing so much at the moment reminds me of beautiful ladies in Jane Austen books.   It makes an attractive neckline for wedding dresses. The square neckline is suitable for all body types.  It is also good for ladies with a big bust as it provides a diversion and are a good frame for the decollete. This type of … Read More What do you think about the square neckline?

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Summer Life and Style on demand

  You can find the current series of Summer Life and Style on demand via this link      

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Marie Benoit’s Diary: Distinctive and creative dishes on the menu

Doesn’t she do anything but eat, you must be saying to yourselves. It is far too hot to sit and enjoy a concert especially when parking is difficult. Accepting an invitation to a restaurant is different as there is the enticing prospect that I would not have to cook. Much as I enjoy cooking, in the summer months it seems less attractive. Source: Marie … Read More Marie Benoit’s Diary: Distinctive and creative dishes on the menu

A book to read this summer – Beat by Rowan Somerville

I was given a book by Professor Jane Somerville written by her son Rowan. A few weeks ago Rowan came to Malta and we spoke more about the book during a tv interview.  He  spent six years  meticulously researching a topic, one which I believe many people choose to remain detached from. Proud mother of great son Professor Jane Somerville I spent my youth … Read More A book to read this summer – Beat by Rowan Somerville

New collection at Ange by Maria Bonavia

The new collection has just arrived at Ange and the theme is ‘Like a Diva’  ❤️❤️ Maria gives us a peek here and shares a few outfits from the new collection. Style can be different in many ways.  It depends on the weather, if an occasion is informal or requires you to be more elegant.  You can also look stylish in a T-Shirt and … Read More New collection at Ange by Maria Bonavia

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Quinoa Salad with aubergine and fresh gbejna [gluten free]

This salad is wholesome and has great texture. Adding some smoked paprika gives a really good flavour when paired with the baked aubergine flesh.  What makes this salad particularly different is that the aubergines are baked and peeled, then the flesh is broken down until it is almost a puree and it is added to the quinoa. Quinoa Salad with Aubergine and Fresh Gbejna … Read More Quinoa Salad with aubergine and fresh gbejna [gluten free]

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Memories of my mother – Professor Albert Fenech

My mother was Portuguese  and through various turns of life events came to Malta with two very young daughters, eventually ending up marrying my father.   She was ebullient, full of fun, had a great sense of humour [and a naughty one at that] She was a great home maker in spite of the modest means of our existence. We had a never ending … Read More Memories of my mother – Professor Albert Fenech

Catch us at Cafe Riche this weekend

The repeat of this week’s Summer Life and Style will be aired on Net Television at 9.45pm on Sunday. One of my guests is musicologist Dr Lydia Buttigieg with her harp.   We will be transmitting from the iconic Cafe Riche in Cospiqua.  Not to be missed. And a bumpy view from someone’s mobile phone while we filmed Episode 3 from the iconic Cafe Riche … Read More Catch us at Cafe Riche this weekend