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Category: Special Diets

Maltese Village Cookies [Biskuttini tar-rahal] – no added fats

There are several recipes of traditional Maltese rusks but I particularly like this one with no added fats and a straightforward nearly all-in-one method.

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Healthy smoothie duo [and a hint of lemon grass]

The lemongrass flavour is divine and I made a two in one smoothie by mixing raw cacao with the mix for my bottom layer. I added oats and Greek Yoghurt and the result is amazing, both visually, nutritionally and taste.

Maltese Kawlata with Ham Hock

My mother and grandmother always added fennel seeds and local wild celery, both giving the kawlata a very distinct taste and I have done my own variation by sticking to their recipe and adding kale, sweet potato and fresh turmeric which are all very popular at the moment.

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Orange Almond and Chocolate Cakes [gluten free, lactose free]

Maltese and Gozitan oranges come in all shapes, flavours and sizes, blood oranges with bright red flesh that taste very faintly of raspberries, some with big navels and no seeds, bitter Seville oranges brought to the island during Arab rule and in the open rambling countryside, you can find fragrant bergamot oranges

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.

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Baked zucchini, mint and feta fritters

‘I like to make crispy fritters in the oven using hardly any added fats. I lightly coat the fritters and flour and brush them with olive oil to make them crispier.   The mixture easily holds together. I served with tzaziki but if you are in a rush, simply mix some Greek yoghurt with fresh mint, salt and a pinch of dried mint to use … Read More Baked zucchini, mint and feta fritters

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Gurbell al Cartoccio with roasted fennel potatoes, fish on Fridays

Gurbell [meagre in English] is one of the most delicious fish that is available locally. It has a firm and fleshy texture, with a mild taste that

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Barley and fresh mint soup with greek yoghurt [gluten free, diabetic friendly]

High in fibre, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, barley is one of those old fashioned grains that is perhaps not considered to be as trendy as some other popular ones being marketed today.  I like its nutty taste and the soft texture that never becomes mushy and it is lower in calories and fats than most other ancient grains. Combined with fresh mint and greek … Read More Barley and fresh mint soup with greek yoghurt [gluten free, diabetic friendly]

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Saturday night Chinese: Sweet and Sour Pork

Bing uses local Maltese pork. He loves the taste and texture and combines this with the freshest of ingredients. He believes that fresh ingredients contribute to success of this dish.

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Roasted cherry tomatoes and skate, fish on Fridays

‘Eating fish during lent is associated with the Greek word for fish, ichthys, which is an acronym for Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, meaning Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour. There are many interpretations of why Catholic tradition favours eating fish on Fridays, but the version that appeals to me most is found in the 15th Century Book of Festivals which says that when … Read More Roasted cherry tomatoes and skate, fish on Fridays

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Weekend Baking: Quick crumbly almond cupcakes [reduced sugar, reduced fat]

‘Mascarpone produces great results in baking as an alternative to butter. Did you know that 100g of Mascarpone has around 435 calories as opposed to 717 calories for every 100g of butter. For this recipe, I like to use the soft brown sugar that has 1/3 of its calories reduced with stevia incorporated into the sugar crystals, therefore giving the same texture and level … Read More Weekend Baking: Quick crumbly almond cupcakes [reduced sugar, reduced fat]

Weekend baking: Lemon and Ginger Polenta Cake [gluten free]

‘Weekends are meant for baking especially during the winter months.  Recipes can be adapted in many different ways to avoid gluten and to make life simpler especially if the cake is intended for sharing during a busy weekend. Citrus season is abundant and at its peak here and some of those lemons weighing down the branches in our back gardens can be used to … Read More Weekend baking: Lemon and Ginger Polenta Cake [gluten free]

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