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Quick weekday meal: Healthy lamb koftas with watermelon and mint…

A busy Monday and a quick meal for tonight, a healthy one. I am using good quality minced lamb for my koftas, no oil required as I bake them on a sheet and they retain all the moisture. The salted watermelon and mint has no dressing. I bake the koftas in a hot oven on baking paper and then put them on kitchen towel … Read More Quick weekday meal: Healthy lamb koftas with watermelon and mint…

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So curious about the Cronut !

Follow follow follow me on facebook x The American dream certainly lives on in the form of the cronut. What a discovery! Since I read about the birth of the cronut in May, I have been curious… so very curious that my mouth waters when I hear about the long queues and waiting lists to get one. How will I manage to try one … Read More So curious about the Cronut !

Carob Syrup from the heart of the Mediterranean!

I get excited when I stumble on old recipes and look forward to trying them out in my kitchen. Today I am making a cake from a really old recipe but it requires carob syrup, a rather unusual ingredient. Although it is available on the island, I decide to make it myself. Is this a good idea? Carob is gluten free, nut free, dairy … Read More Carob Syrup from the heart of the Mediterranean!

Storing summer in a jar … Strawberry Jam

There is a quaint strawberry village in the north of the island where fat luscious strawberries are harvested from April and last through the summer. This island is truly blessed with all that is good in life. We can indulge in a fresh handpicked strawberry feast every single day all through the summer. There is something quite rewarding about preserving a taste of the … Read More Storing summer in a jar … Strawberry Jam

And my weekend baking…. Nutella Cake from Ferrero !

I was pleased to receive a leaflet by Ferrero to promote its Nutella Professional Line. There are nine recipes including one for Nutella Cake ! I could not wait to give this recipe a try. Nutella was discovered in 1944 by Pietro Ferrero and is now the most famous chocolate spread in the world. More Nutella recipes from http://www.ferrero.com/products/the-most-famous-products/nutella/an-original-idea/ This is the most delicious … Read More And my weekend baking…. Nutella Cake from Ferrero !

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Quick All-in-one Sponge

There is nothing better than simplicity. This is the simple, perfect sponge adapted from Delia Smith’s recipe.  There is no creaming method, or pre-stages.  You just use an electric hand whisk to bring the ingredients together by putting them into the mixing bowl at the same time and this is one of the reasons why it is so perfect because it is also so … Read More Quick All-in-one Sponge

Roast Potatoes with Aniseed, Bee Pollen and Olive Oil

Last week we visited the hives of a reputable local honey producer and what an experience it was ! I made roast pork at home today and have been meaning to find different ways to include bee pollen in some dishes. It is a superfood and my jar looks like its full of little specks of gold dust. When I tried it last week … Read More Roast Potatoes with Aniseed, Bee Pollen and Olive Oil

Sharing with friends tonight: a most unusual Cold Minestrone….

Tonight I am having guests for supper and as a starter, would like to make a cold soup as it is rather hot on the island. I would like a change from the gazpacho or cucumber soup I usually prepare and I was given this this recipe by Andrew Borg who is probably the most talked about chef on the island at the moment. … Read More Sharing with friends tonight: a most unusual Cold Minestrone….

Good old fashioned Peach and Cherry Sundae Tart ….

A great aunt who passed on to me so many good old fashioned recipes came to tea yesterday. I am going through a phase of making fruit tarts as I love the summer fruits available locally. Somehow tarts feel more summery than cakes. I decided to make a Peach Sundae Tart from a recipe she gave me and as I was finishing it off … Read More Good old fashioned Peach and Cherry Sundae Tart ….

Arancini for an al fresco lunch …..

We are getting together with family visiting from abroad today to enjoy an al fresco lunch and I am making some Arancini to take with us. They are quite time consuming to make but after a busy week, I enjoy the peace of a very early Sunday morning when everyone is still asleep and this is when I like being in the kitchen making … Read More Arancini for an al fresco lunch …..

Healthy Bran Muffins

I am baking two kinds of muffins, Strawberry Bran and Almond Bran Muffins, to take with us for a day out at the beach. I have just taken them out of the oven and they look fantastic and taste divine as I am having one with a cup of tea before I go to bed! This is the basic muffin recipe that was passed … Read More Healthy Bran Muffins

Roast Poussin with Lemon, Rosemary and Olives

These little chickens are so tender, moist and juicy. I am making them for lunch today and it is a quick and easy meal to prepare. I am serving them with a leaf and tomato salad and you will need one poussin per person. It is not the most economical chicken to buy but as a treat and to serve something a bit different, … Read More Roast Poussin with Lemon, Rosemary and Olives