Things start getting back to normal after the celebrations and I like the routine of normality. The weather forecast is very cold for this weekend and this is another quick soup made with fresh and ordinary ingredients found in the kitchen cupboard and making a great big pot provides a healthy snack any time of the day for a cosy weekend indoors.
The flavour of ginger with the zucchini is just wow, and the addition of that bit of coconut milk. Key is to use fresh vegetables – it makes a difference.
‘I like making my own energy bars as i know exactly what has gone into them. This is a quick recipe and the result is amazing. Once they are set, preferably the day after they are made, I cut them up into bars or squares, pack them individually and freeze them’
‘Pippa’s apple pie can be made so very quickly without the use of any kitchen appliances, simply mixed by hand. It is gluten free and Pippa grids whole blanched almonds for absolute freshness… and when its ready, the smell, the taste – just divine. If you are in a mood for an extra treat, Pippa suggests topping with fresh cream’
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.
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
‘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.
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]