Tag: Quick Meals

A day of remembrance and planning Thursday’s meal…..

Today, the American Embassy on the island lowers its flag on the 50th anniversary of President J F Kennedy’s assassination …. I am fascinated by America and whatever makes America tick when it comes to food. Everyone watches while America innovates, everyone copies while America moves on to the next new creation…. And far away from the USA, on a tiny island in the … Read More A day of remembrance and planning Thursday’s meal…..

Pasta from a Mediterranean Pantry… a quick lunch today

Too busy to stop today but not too busy to eat. We love our food. It is one of the pleasures of life and I spend my day mentally planning the next meal. A standard Mediterranean kitchen  cupboard is well stock with tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, capers and olives, a selection of dried herbs, olive oil and lots of pasta. A quick  cupboard lunch … Read More Pasta from a Mediterranean Pantry… a quick lunch today

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 …

An Irish week in the heart of the Mediterranean !

The table is set ….. Following a dinner at the residence of HE the Ambassador of Ireland and Mrs Monica Hennessy to promote Irish foods with The Hon Karmenu Vella, Minister of Tourism and Mrs Vella as guests of honor, I am dedicating the next week to cooking dishes using ingredients from Ireland. My pages on today’s newspaper features Mrs Monica Hennessy at her … Read More An Irish week in the heart of the Mediterranean !

Mrs Hennessy bakes Irish Foccacia using Rachel Allen’s recipe !

The table is set for dinner with Waterford Crystal and Newbridge Silver cutlery at the home of HE the Ambassador Jim Hennessy and Mrs Monica Hennessy Mrs Hennessy welcomed me to her home and prepared a most delicious meal. She is a person of great warmth and intelligence and a wonderful mother to three children. Her eldest daughter is studying medicine in Dublin and … Read More Mrs Hennessy bakes Irish Foccacia using Rachel Allen’s recipe !

All about Halloween in the heart of the Mediterranean …..

Halloween is here and this is one of the carved pumpkins made by Reuben’s team ! So what’s cooking today ? What do Reuben and his team have in store for Halloween ? Here is a peek view of what’s coming up today ! Reuben’s Halloween Risotto And his Smoked Duck and Pumpkin Salad And my Roasted Plum Crumble Pie And have a look … Read More All about Halloween in the heart of the Mediterranean …..

Nutty Buttery Squash (with no added butter! )

This dish is all about simplicity, texture and flavor. It is one of my favorite recipes, because it is ridiculously simple and out-of-this-world delicious. It is vegetarian, gluten free and can be used as a starter on a bed of leaves with Parmesan shavings, crumbled ricotta or feta, as a side to accompany any meal or even as a warm or cold salad served … Read More Nutty Buttery Squash (with no added butter! )

Chili Bournville Chocolate Brownie in a Mug

So many blogs and tv chefs tell us about Chocolate Brownies in a Mug. At my mum’s today, my daughter had a craving for chocolate cake. So now I join all the other bloggers and tv chefs who have featured a brownie in a mug. And what a quick process it is…. from start to finish in under 5 minutes… Mixing the flour and … Read More Chili Bournville Chocolate Brownie in a Mug

Rustic and colorful… Local sourdough with Mediterranean peppered goats cheeslets

Last week I was given a sandwich for lunch bought from a cafe on an industrial estate. I never came across a combination of the fillings and it was wonderful. The local peppered goats cheeslets have a unique flavor. My sandwich last week was spread with tomato purée which seems to keep the bread very moist and it included a crumbled up goats cheeselet, … Read More Rustic and colorful… Local sourdough with Mediterranean peppered goats cheeslets

A quick pasta supper tonight… Penne Tricolor with Gorgonzola Dolce and Walnuts

What’s for supper tonight? An easy to prepare meal… under 10 minutes preparation time and its delicious. I use Penne Tri Color from Barilla and make a quick sauce using Gorgonzola Dolce which is milder than the regular Gorgonzola as it has a short aging period. The combination of walnuts, wine and a touch of single cream is heavenly. No slaving in the kitchen … Read More A quick pasta supper tonight… Penne Tricolor with Gorgonzola Dolce and Walnuts

Melanzane alla Parmigiana, a healthy nearly oil free version

Beautiful murals in the old Palace Aubergines are always abundant on the island and I love this quick and easy to prepare classic North Italian dish using ingredients popular in Southern Italy. I am making it today with a bit of a local twist and I am crumbling up with fresh soft gbejna cheese sandwiched between the eggplant layers . So many people assume that … Read More Melanzane alla Parmigiana, a healthy nearly oil free version

A quick weekday meal: Pork Chops with Rosemary and Pancetta

The awesome beauty of a warm October morning … A quick supper for tonight, mid week busy day. The pork on the island is amazing with over 160 pig farms here and it is so tender and far superior to the cheaper imported pork, both in quality and flavor. It is always best to buy fresh and locally sourced and I believe in quality … Read More A quick weekday meal: Pork Chops with Rosemary and Pancetta