Tag: #recipes

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Cooking with Kale

Kale has taken over the use of spinach and seems universally popular. All types of kale are available locally with some varieties now being cultivated in Malta. My favourite kale remains the Cavolo Nero or Tuscan kale.  It has dark green, textured, flat leaves and a sweeter and milder taste.  Flat-leaf kale cooks very quickly and has a more tender consistency than curly kale. … Read More Cooking with Kale

Pistachio pie crust and the secret of baking blind …

I had a bumper baking day yesterday and I have to share the secret of blind baking, something I have done before but perhaps in more detail. Some of my friends are not convinced yet and still use the ‘beans’method. But i guarantee that if you use this you will not go back to your beans. A better end result, quicker, easier, smoother … … Read More Pistachio pie crust and the secret of baking blind …

Easy weekend baking… Filo Cigars with Ricotta and Pistachio

Why buy ready made sweets? Why order cakes with colorings and enhancers ? Did you know that wastage is not affordable in commercial baking and artifical raising enhancers guarantee successful beautiful cakes every time, without fail ? Did you also know that old fashioned baking is very trendy today ? !! This is a wonderful recipe for anyone in a rush, for all those … Read More Easy weekend baking… Filo Cigars with Ricotta and Pistachio

Negneg Farm with a plate of amazing penne, arugula and sausage

I have often written here that the island’s pork is one of the most superior in both texture and taste and I am sharing with you today my lunch of a simple but most delicious plate of pasta with arugula and local sausage that is made with coriander seeds, garlic and flat leaf parsley. If you do not live on the island use a … Read More Negneg Farm with a plate of amazing penne, arugula and sausage

Bee pollen again, this time on a decadent chocolate tart

I first heard of Willie Harcourt Cooze on a Channel 4 documentary a few years ago. Willie gave up all all he had to pursue his dream and he went to South America with the hope of creating the purest cacao in the world. As soon as the documentary finished, the unusually shaped cylinders of pure cacao hit the shelves and they were completely … Read More Bee pollen again, this time on a decadent chocolate tart

My favorite Easter lunch… Leg of Lamb and Roast Potatoes with Bee Pollen, fennel and mint

I am sharing the recipes for my favorite Easter meal to be repeated again at lunch time tomorrow. As much as I like variety and experimentation with new ingredients, I seem to stick to the same meals for family occasions and I guess it is all about familiarity and wanting to eat your favorite things during the holidays. I love bee pollen scattered on … Read More My favorite Easter lunch… Leg of Lamb and Roast Potatoes with Bee Pollen, fennel and mint

A cake that hums and a Soprano bakes …

I had the pleasure to meet and interview world acclaimed soprano Celine Byrne when she visited the island to sing on St Patrick’s Day. She has performed for President Obama and she is already booked to sing at the White House next year. Celine is delightful, warm, fun and we had a few laughs as she has a great sense of humor. She has … Read More A cake that hums and a Soprano bakes …

Flying to the Mediterranean… March issue

This is from the February issue of the island’s airline magazine …

Daffodils in the garden and Tunisian Merguez Canapés

Yesterday 58 years after its independence from France, Tunisia remembered this special day on a little island in the Mediterranean. I visited the official residence of HE the Ambassador of Tunisia, Souad Gueblaoui in the morning to join her team of chefs while they made preparations for a formal evening reception to be attended by the President. The kitchen of this sunny and spacious … Read More Daffodils in the garden and Tunisian Merguez Canapés

Happy feast day Mr J! and Nadia makes Cantucci

Follow follow follow me on facebook x It is a public holiday on the island today and the name comes in all sorts of forms but to all the Josephs and Josephines I know and those i have yet to know, a happy feast day ! Happy Zeppoli Day ! Yesterday we were treated to the most brilliant natural light, something that many here … Read More Happy feast day Mr J! and Nadia makes Cantucci

Traditional Irish Stew

St Patrick’s day has become very big on the island. When I first arrived here a couple of years ago, I remember my surprise one sunny day in March driving down the coast road during St Patrick’s weekend. I could not get over the crowds, different shades of green gathered for an evening of joviality. As the hype soared the traffic came to a … Read More Traditional Irish Stew

A quick weekday meal…. Aromatic Vegetable Quinoa

I came home late from work one day last week and found a very welcome meal awaiting my arrival. A rare occasion with my son cooking a quinoa dish which without doubt was a very pleasant surprise which i hope will happen more often. We ate it warm for supper and it was even tastier the day after as a salad. I possibly prefer … Read More A quick weekday meal…. Aromatic Vegetable Quinoa