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Pasta shells with Borlotti beans

I share this simple dish that is one of my favorites. You will need : 250g Borlotti Beans 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda Borlotti beans: Soak overnight in water. Rinse and place in a pot. Cover in cold water and add one teaspoon bicarbonate of soda. Bring to boil. Simmer and cook on low heat, rolling boil , for 45 minutes. Drain the water. … Read More Pasta shells with Borlotti beans

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Fig and Walnut Cake

A Mediterranean Diet focuses on ingredients that are as close as possible to their natural state. You will need : 2 1/2 cups self raising flour, sieved 1 cup brown sugar or stevia 1/2 cup melted butter 3 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup mashed ricotta 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice Juice of one lemon topped with strained tea to make one … Read More Fig and Walnut Cake

Salsa verde with walnut and parsley couscous

I love salsa verde and although you can add a mix of fresh herbs I made this one with flat leaf parsley only. I wish there was more left but we ate it, too irresistible. I love it also with grilled meats and tossed with pasta, nearly like a pesto, but much lighter ! You will need: 2 large cloves garlic, peeled 2 spoons … Read More Salsa verde with walnut and parsley couscous

Fenkata with minced meat

We featured this dish on tv this week. Did you know that rabbit meat is higher in protein and lower in fat and cholesterol than other meats ? For this pasta dish, you will need: 75 to 120g spaghetti per portion 250g minced rabbit meat 1 spoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, finely chopped 1 carrot finely chopped 1 bay leaf … Read More Fenkata with minced meat

Fennel Soup with Spelt Couscous

A very cold Mediterranean January calls for more soups on the menu and the delicate anise flavor of this one is delicious. I use spelt couscous and although did not notice a difference in flavor or texture, it is lower in gluten content than regular couscous. For the soup, you will need : 1 fennel bulb, chopped, keep aside the fennel leaves 1 medium … Read More Fennel Soup with Spelt Couscous

St Peter’s Pool, chocolate and cherries

You can now follow my blog via Facebook I had to borrow the photo of St Peter’s Pool in the South of the island. An amazing place and a must to visit if you are here. And some more fun with these chocolates studded with cherries. They are tiny, just bite size and great as a treat but also look stunning on a table … Read More St Peter’s Pool, chocolate and cherries

Sponge with a ricotta layer and jam, happy new year !

End of a year and a new beginning, a new cycle and hope for good things to come. This is what a new year is all about, it is about closing doors and starting afresh. My sponge with ricotta was one of the most popular recipes this week and you will need : 4 eggs 100 g sugar 100 g self raising flour A … Read More Sponge with a ricotta layer and jam, happy new year !

Apple yoghurt tray cake with no butter

This is a traybake, so quick and easy, an all-in-one that is soft, moist and fluffy. It contains no butter but I have used olive oil instead. You will need: 2 cups yogurt 1 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cups sugar 5 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 cups self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 … Read More Apple yoghurt tray cake with no butter

Borscht Mediterranean Style

We live on an island with clear skies and calm waters in the middle of winter and this is Christmas Eve on an island blessed with so many good things in life. I have eaten Borscht both as a clear soup and thick purée and during my last trip to Poland recently with potato dumplings. Here is my Mediterranean version with very little cooking … Read More Borscht Mediterranean Style

Bormla and an easy bake apple cinnamon cake

‘I spent a good part of the day in the Three Cities where the feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated in Bormla. I love this area and for me it is the best part of the island. The history, the architecture, access to the sea and the most glorious views, warm and genuine people …’ Here is an easy all-in-one recipe adapted from … Read More Bormla and an easy bake apple cinnamon cake

Pork Meatballs with haricot beans in tomato sauce

  This dish has great flavors, great textures. I used gluten free oats to coat/bind the meatballs rather than bread crumbs or flour. I tend to use oats now for this purpose and for giving a bit of texture for example to dishes like these ricotta stuffed zucchini . The sauce is with fresh tomatoes and red wine. Smoked paprika in the mince and … Read More Pork Meatballs with haricot beans in tomato sauce

Chickpea Crostata di Ricotta (with kale and sundried tomatoes)

I am happiest when i am cooking in my kitchen, closed off with all the wonderful fresh ingredients that are easily available every day here. Crostata di ricotta is usually sweet and is of  italian origin but my crostata is savory and the green and red bits of candied peel used in traditional crostata are replaced here with chopped sundried tomatoes and shredded kale. … Read More Chickpea Crostata di Ricotta (with kale and sundried tomatoes)