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Cooking with Kale

Kale has taken over the use of spinach and seems universally popular. All types of kale are available locally with some varieties now being cultivated in Malta. My favourite kale remains the Cavolo Nero or Tuscan kale.  It has dark green, textured, flat leaves and a sweeter and milder taste.  Flat-leaf kale cooks very quickly and has a more tender consistency than curly kale. … Read More Cooking with Kale

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A simple ricotta and almond base for any fruit tart

This is the quickest way to make a simple base for a fruit tart and once it has cooled down to pile it with your favourite fresh fruit in season.  Scatter some nuts, drizzle honey or agave and you will make it again and again. I use ready made short crust pastry and for the filling you will need: 500g ricotta 200g ground almonds … Read More A simple ricotta and almond base for any fruit tart

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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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Healthy Feta and Quinoa Salad

This is the type of salad that you can make for supper and take the rest for an amazingly nutritious and delicious lunch-at-work.  It is one of those wholesome salads that are substantial enough for the autumn and winter months. For this salad you will need: 1 cup quinoa, cooked 200g sweetcorn 150g cherry tomatoes, cut up 1 avocado, cut up 150g feta cheese, … Read More Healthy Feta and Quinoa Salad

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Blueberry Frangipan Cheesecake

This is a treat and for me sweet enough, but blueberries are quite tart and if you require it sweeter brush the top with some barely warm agave or honey just before serving. This is another quick and easy recipe and it will not take too long to prepare.   You will need : 300g butter, soft 300g sugar 300g eggs, beaten and weighed … Read More Blueberry Frangipan Cheesecake

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Organic Iced Smoothies

Kids are always more eager to eat something when they help to prepare it.  I particularly like making ice lollies with them because the process keeps them occupied for a while and during the hot summer these have been a treat for all the family.     We start off with preparing the moulds on the tray provided.  Then simply use one of your … Read More Organic Iced Smoothies

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School-friendly quick muffins

I made these quick muffins on tv and they are ideal for putting into your kids’  lunch boxes or to send in to share for a celebration. Use gluten free flour if they are meant to be for sharing.  I usually omit the brown sugar when I make mine as I find the sweetness from the carrot and apple is enough but it depends … Read More School-friendly quick muffins

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Kapunata with Prickly Pear Paddles

The paddles of prickly pears are a common ingredient in Mexico and are sold in the vegetable section of supermarkets with spindles removed. Although prickly pear trees are all over the island, the paddles have not made their way to the supermarkets yet, nor to our kitchens.  I encourage you to try them out and they are best when the fruit is in season. … Read More Kapunata with Prickly Pear Paddles

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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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Quick Pina Colada Ice Cream

So many people are overwhelmed about making ice creams.   Recently I have shared a few ice cream recipes on tv and radio that do not require an ice cream machine.   There are many short cuts without going through a lot of work.    The best thing about making something at home is that you can add your favourite ingredients and leave out any flavours … Read More Quick Pina Colada Ice Cream

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A product that changed my hair this summer

Quite suddenly this summer, my hair started to feel dry and lifeless – a result of too much styling, the heat and the consequences of bleaching, highlights and days in the sun. So Antonella recommeded the new Moisture Plus Lotion by Milkshake Hair Products which accompanies the Moisture Plus Range. The Moisture Plus Lotion contains organic papaya extract and hyaluronic acid for age and colour … Read More A product that changed my hair this summer