Category: Food

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What’s in season in late October?

Just checking out the fresh produce that seasonal this month, whats new in the market and the best  budget buys on the islands. It is important when we use fruit and vegetables in recipes to use it fresh.  It makes a difference in the taste.  So best to buy small quantities and more often and this also avoids waste. The budget buy this week … Read More What’s in season in late October?

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Kefir as a frozen dessert – and this one is lactose free

Kefir is an Eastern European ingredient that I fell in love with as soon as I started seeing it on the shelves of the Bulgarian and Polish specialist shops and Russian deli a few years ago. It is an ancient ingredient and has been used for over 2000 years.  The taste is tangy and fermented and it is a stronger version of a drinkable … Read More Kefir as a frozen dessert – and this one is lactose free

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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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The language of food – Prickly Pear Paddles

The language of food can vary even in two islands that are just over 20 km away from each other.  😉 Saute of Prickly Pear Paddles

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Calorie Counter #2

Sunflower seeds in particular,  offer a good replacement for nuts because they taste very nutty. I like to dry roast mine by shaking them in a very hot pan over high heat for a few seconds to add that roasted flavour. Portion size comes into this as well as although they are very high in fibre, minerals and vitamins  [Vitamins E, B complex, magnesium, … Read More Calorie Counter #2

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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

‘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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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

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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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Maltese Marmurat Tart

Traditionally baked for special celebrations, the Torta tal-Marmurat is not easy to find in local shops. The combination of chocolate, orange marmalade and almonds is without doubt divine.

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Eggplant and sweet potato bake

This is a smart and quick kitchen creation and just as delicious served cold with a green leaf salad in the summer. No need to make a sauce. I just used canned chopped tomatoes. Who wants to spend hours in a hot kitchen during Maltese summer months?

Here’s how to make it.

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Simplicity is best: Chocolate Hazelnut berry slices

I love Crema Novi, more so than other chocolate spreads because it has a higher content of hazenuts and contains no other fats other than those found in the nuts and cocoa itself.