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Crustless Pumpkin Pie [egg free, gluten free, reduced sugar]

‘Pumpkins and squash can withstand our harsh summer heat and Halloween is a good reason to celebrate our autumn harvest. Surprisingly there are still a few in Catholic Malta who are reluctant to acknowledge the feast of Halloween, for the obvious reasons that it is associated with being anti-Christian or perhaps seen as another over-commercialised celebration that is not part of our heritage.   But carving … Read More Crustless Pumpkin Pie [egg free, gluten free, reduced sugar]

Cauliflower Coconut Soup with fresh fennel leaf and coriander pesto

‘This is my kind of meal.  I enjoyed every spoonful after our programme.  I will use the pesto of cashew and fresh coriander as a dip with poppadums tomorrow.  Try to keep the cauliflower soup as white as possible as the contrast is striking. I like to boil the onions and garlic for my soup rather than frying them.  The sweetness comes out and … Read More Cauliflower Coconut Soup with fresh fennel leaf and coriander pesto

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Collins Street Style Christmas Cake

Collins Street Christmas Cake Lea Hogg Recipe

Tahini Walnut Cake with oranges and honey (lactose free)

This cake is one of my usual all-in-one, just folding in the liquids with the dry ingredients, barely mixed using a large metal spoon. I use no added sugar or butter and the cake is ready in no time at all. Result: looks great and tastes even better than it looks. All those Mediterranean flavors mingled together in a light and fluffly consistency. You … Read More Tahini Walnut Cake with oranges and honey (lactose free)

Curried Kohlrabi [Gidra] Soup with Puy Lentils

‘Kohlrabi is the most wonderful vegetable, eaten raw or cooked.  The whole vegetable is completely edible although in Malta it is more common to eat the bulb and the delicious leaves are usually discarded.   Purple bulbs are more common here. The best way to store it is to cut the leaves and store them separately to the bulb, placed in the paperbag in the … Read More Curried Kohlrabi [Gidra] Soup with Puy Lentils

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The eleventh day of the eleventh month

The Maltese kitchen in November starts to smell of Christmas, chocolate, of roasted chestnuts, cloves and oranges. The time is here to start soaking chestnuts and make citrus tarts and start to plan for December’s festivities.

Spinach and Orange Curry

This week’s paper We had a simple supper tonight, a quick and easy meal but it was delicious. I was inspired this afternoon when I visited a friend’s Indian Restaurant to make naan bread with the indian cooks. One of them was from Mumbai and the other from Kerala…what a long way from home but these boys have adapted well and can even speak … Read More Spinach and Orange Curry

Renato’s sweet ricotta pies

A savory version of these individual sweet ricotta pies are very popular on the island but the sweet ones are rarely seen. They will start making an appearance in the local confectionaries as Christmas draws closer. They are very festive decorated with bright red and green sugar and delicious with bits of candid peel and chocolate grated into the filling. This recipe was passed … Read More Renato’s sweet ricotta pies

Souvlaki Tray Bake …. a quick everyday meal

Musky and sweet … The rich aroma of fresh sage in mum’s garden this morning….. It has been a windy week, the clouds lurking in the sky with short spells of heavy rainfall. The winter season is short and I am longing for the sun to make an appearance this week and hope for a sunny, cool and crisp Christmas. The sun makes me … Read More Souvlaki Tray Bake …. a quick everyday meal

Melomakarona …..Greek honey and orange cookies …

I am in the mood for making more Greek sweets and I am going to carry on until i have exhausted all possibilities from my stack of recipes collected when I lived in Cyprus. These orange cookies soaked in a honey syrup are delicious and they are traditionally made by families during Christmas or special occasions. The dough freezes well so you can double … Read More Melomakarona …..Greek honey and orange cookies …

Very Chocolatey Pots ….with reduced fat reduced sugar …

Greek food at the hotel on Fridays and I make a variety of desserts, some soft and quite healthy desserts using greek yoghurt and a range of traditional Greek pastries and cakes using a stack of recipes I collected when I lived in Cyprus. Some were given to me by local friends who were great cooks and some came from chefs at restaurants. I … Read More Very Chocolatey Pots ….with reduced fat reduced sugar …

Ronan’s Mediterranean Soda Bread adapted from Darina Allen’s recipe

. This is Ronan Hennessy. He is 16 years old today… happy birthday Ronan ! He loves living on the island and has made a lot of friends and feels very settled here. He plays a lot of sports and especially likes football. Ronan appreciates the warm weather and the island’s mild winters. He also enjoys local food and cooking and last year he … Read More Ronan’s Mediterranean Soda Bread adapted from Darina Allen’s recipe