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Tag: #malta

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Pippa’s Mqarrun fil-Forn [Maltese Baked Macaroni]

‘it was with great pleasure that I welcomed Pippa Mattei to my weekend tv show. Pippa is a good friend who was also my cookery teacher. She introduced me to the preparation of real Maltese food when I returned to live in Malta a few years ago. We will be seeing more of Pippa’s recipes and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. ‘

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Halloween Cupcakes by Martha

Martha made some plain cupcakes during this week’s show and here is the simple all in one recipe. The theme of her sugarpaste decoration was Halloween this week and I hope you will enjoy seeing her work as much as I did.

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Life and Style Weekend 2/39

‘My special guests this week were Joe Vella and his wife Julie. Joe never fails to impress me. He is the writer of 3 amazing cookbooks and is in a class of his own having won many awards for his contribution to the hospitality industry.’

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A salad of barley, fresh herbs and fennel [Vegan, diabetic friendly]

One of my favourite barley recipes is using it in a salad. It is of course not gluten free and if you are following a gluten free diet, swap with quinoa. On tv I used 250g of barley to add volume to the recipe if feeding a large crowd.

How to make a Gozitan style ftira

Gozitan ftira is ideal for a party, to serve with drinks. My preference is always for homemade, no matter what it may be and although it is very easy to make the dough, ftira dough is available in most local bakeries and provides a quick shortcut.

Maltese Rabbit cooked in wine and garlic

‘It is a public holiday today dedicated to St Peter and St Paul when the feast of Mnarja is celebrated. Picnics and outdoor family celebrations are organised an one can enjoy the warm weather before it gets too hot. Traditionally rabbit is eaten today and the rabbit in one of my grandmother’s recipes is simmered in wine, herbs and garlic.’

Maltese Village Cookies [Biskuttini tar-rahal] – no added fats

There are several recipes of traditional Maltese rusks but I particularly like this one with no added fats and a straightforward nearly all-in-one method.

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Healthy smoothie duo [and a hint of lemon grass]

The lemongrass flavour is divine and I made a two in one smoothie by mixing raw cacao with the mix for my bottom layer. I added oats and Greek Yoghurt and the result is amazing, both visually, nutritionally and taste.

Maltese Kawlata with Ham Hock

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 Easter Figolli [gluten free, vegan, reduced sugar]

‘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.

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Baked zucchini, mint and feta fritters

‘I like to make crispy fritters in the oven using hardly any added fats. I lightly coat the fritters and flour and brush them with olive oil to make them crispier.   The mixture easily holds together. I served with tzaziki but if you are in a rush, simply mix some Greek yoghurt with fresh mint, salt and a pinch of dried mint to use … Read More Baked zucchini, mint and feta fritters

Sfineġ of anchovies and feta cheese

Sfineg are associated with the the northern town of Rabat and I made them during today’s tv show adding Greek Feta cheese, by rubbing it into the flour before adding the other ingredients.