Sunday, September 13th, 2015

I suppose this should be called Chicken Soup rather than Chicken Broth.  We still call it Broth even though we do not strain it and turn it into a Consomme.  You can make Brodu with chicken, beef and even with just vegetables, same way as you would make stock.  My favorite though has to be […]

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Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Laham fuq il-Fwar, that is, steamed beef, is a very popular and traditional Maltese recipe.  Chicken Broth and this dish go hand in hand.  I remember my mother preparing the chicken and veg for the broth, then take out this old chipped enamel plate, place the ingredients in the plate, place it over the pot […]

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Caponata,  a Sicilian and also a Maltese Dish must not be confused with the French Ratatouille.  Both use aubergine, but Caponata is flavored with sugar and vinegar whilst in Ratatouille, these ingredients do not feature.  Although Sicilian, in Malta, Caponata is very popular especially in the hot summer months when eaten chilled with fresh crusty […]

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Since diagnosed, I do not recall how many times I tried making gluten free pizza dough, always with the hope that it will taste like the authentic gluten pizza I was so used to.  Until I made this one!  I know that I was finally happy with this dough because I have been making this […]

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Last visit to Malta, I was going through some old papers and found this typed out recipe that a dear friend of mine, Olly, used to make for us at work.  It was in the days when typewriters and Tippex Strips were still around! It is really easy to prepare and really does taste like […]

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

A variation on the usual mushroom risotto using potatoes together with the mushrooms to make it even more rich, creamy and delicious!
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300g Carnaroli or Arborio Rice
2 medium potatoes
250g mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup white wine
1lt Gluten Free vegetable stock
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 sprig of Rosemary
3-4 Sage leaves
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup freshly […]

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

From the little experience I have gained since I started cooking Gluten Free, I noticed that when it comes to sweets and desserts, you really cannot detect that they are gluten free, since nearly all recipes have other flavors added like vanilla, almond, chocolate and fresh fruits. This cake is a perfect example. It turned […]

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

I had some ricotta and mozzarelline that I had to use.  I usually make penne with tomatoes, ricotta and basil, a pasta my mum used to make often, but fancied something baked.  So I basically made the same thing, added a beaten egg and the mozzarelline and put it in the oven !  Mmmmm…delicious!
Ingredients
350g Gluten […]

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

A delicious Potato & Egg Salad served as individual timbales.  Very easy to prepare and assemble and also looks great!

Ingredients (Serves 2 to 3)
1 large or 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes
1/2 red capsicum chopped
1 spring onion, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
1/4 cup frozen peas
3 […]

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Another one of those quick, easy and healthy recipes!  Whilst you grill the swordfish steaks, you can easily prepare this fresh tomato and sweetcorn salsa.  Chopped avocado would also make it even tastier! Nice and fresh for summer!
Ingredients
2 Swordfish Steaks
Olive Oil
3 large tomatoes
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 large can of sweetcorn
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, […]

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

After a day’s work, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is slaving over a hot stove.  When you are having one of those days, this will be the perfect dinner idea for you.  I have been making this sauce for years and it is one of my favorites.  I sometimes just swop the […]

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

A very popular Italian recipe.  Perfect for us Celiacs as they are similar to cannelloni but are made with aubergines instead of pasta.  Sooo yummy!
Ingredients (Serves 2-3)
2 aubergines
300g Ricotta
50g chopped Rucola
1 egg, beaten
Salt & Pepper
Freshly made Tomato Sauce* (see below)
Freshly Grated Parmesan
Method
Slice the aubergines lengthwise.  Using a grill pan, cook the aubergines on both sides […]

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Maltese love their Rabbit.  A traditional dish, Rabbit is either cooked as a stew or braised in white wine and garlic.  Both are delicious.  Everyone gives their Rabbit Stew their personal touch.  This is mine.  Hope you will like it!
Ingredients
1 rabbit cut into pieces
2 rashers bacon or pancetta, chopped
Olive oil
2 tbsps tapioca starch (or […]

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

A vegetarian version of the classic Pasta Carbonara which is equally delicious.  This time I thought of adding some pesto to the egg mix which really goes well with the zucchini.  Came out really nice!
Ingredients  (Serves 4)
400 g Gluten Free Penne
2 Zucchini, sliced thinly
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Garlic Clove, minced
4 Eggs
80g Freshly grated Parmesan + […]

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

I love lemons, in sweets though, not in food like on fish or vegetables. The tangier the dessert, the better! This is such an easy cake to put together, even kids can do it! I used Lemon Essence as well as it makes the taste even sharper!
Ingredients
2 medium eggs
3/4 cup peanut or vegetable oil
1 cup […]

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

OK, this is not for the calorie conscious … but it is seriously good! A twist on the usual Spinach & Artichoke Dip by adding some basil pesto to the mix.  Gives it such deep flavor!
Ingredients
250g softened Cream Cheese
3tbsp Prepared Basil Pesto
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese or Ricotta […]

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

A great way to use leftover spaghetti! This is what I call an ad hoc recipe and so the weights and amounts are not accurate as I was working with what I had left.  So use your judgement.
The pasta I had as leftovers was a simple tomato sauce spaghetti.
Ingredients
Leftover Spaghetti
1 egg, beaten
1 small tub of […]

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A chicken dish that is bursting with flavors … sweet and spicy at the same time.   You can use chicken pieces, which will give better flavour because of the bones, or chicken breasts.
Ingredients
4 chicken portions
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp cinnamon
Large pinch of Saffron Threads, crushed
50g whole almonds, preferably blanched
100g dried apricots, sliced thinly
25g […]

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

These mushrooms are so delicious … creamy, cheesy and spicy !  A perfect recipe if you have any leftover chicken.  They would also make a great starter! Choose mushrooms that are similar in size – approximately 2 inches in diameter or so.  Below I have calculated for 6 skewers of three mushrooms each.
Hope you will […]

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Now that summer is close, we start looking for nice, cold and refreshing desserts.  This semi freddo can also be made with frozen ones if fresh ones are unavailable.  I would imagine this would be so delicious if made with fresh cherries too!  The recipe below calls for shop bought meringues, unless you want to […]

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Yes, yet another way to use Polenta!  This time in sweets.  A slice of this cake goes down really well with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon!  And it is incredibly quick and easy to prepare!
Ingredients
3 eggs
170g sugar
150g of polenta (I used half Polenta and half Fumetto which is  very finely ground […]

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Next Sunday, we are celebrating Mother’s Day!  Many of you are really lucky to be able to spend this special day with them.  I miss mine a lot and I still made this cake with her in mind because she used to love chocolate and hazelnuts! So this is for you, Mum!
This would make a […]

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Oooh boy these are so so yummy!  And perfect for those who would like to make gnocchi for the first time as you do not have to boil the gnocchi separately.
Ingredients
500g of frozen spinach
250g of fresh ricotta
2 tbsp of freshly grated Parmesan
Freshly Grated Nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
Olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 […]

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Better known as Involtini, these roll-ups combine spaghetti, tomatoes, mozzarella and eggplant in the most beautiful presentation ever.  Not to mention also, the combination of Mediterranean flavors!
Ingredients
Olive oil
2 egglants
2 cans crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
Pinch sugar
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bay leaf
1 tsp gluten free vegetable stock
3/4 cup water
300g of gluten free spaghetti
Salt […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Ingredients
57g butter, room temperature
165g of either Ricotta cheese, Cream cheese or Stracchino/Certosa Cheese
113g Gluten Free Flour Mix *
Filling
Pesto
Frozen spinach, thawed
Mozzarella, finely cubed

Preparation
Put all the dough ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer and combine to form dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 160 C degrees. On lightly floured surface […]

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

I had many ask me about Sushi, a dish that is increasingly becoming so popular in Malta.  I think Tony should rename the website and FB page to I love Maltese Food and all other Foods that Maltese love ! 🙂  That way we will have no one comment or criticize that only Maltese Food […]

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

This is a good way to maybe entice kids to eat some vegetables!  They are simple and also quick to make.  Lovely to snack on, or can be great too if served with a simple salad as a light meal.
Here is what you need … makes approximately 12
2 Zucchini, grated
3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
2 Spring onions, […]

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Today woke up with the urge to make these Cannoli.  They are not at all difficult to make, although you do need the metal tubes on which to roll the pastry.  Just be very careful as they are very very sharp.  I was wiping them with a bit of oil so the pastry will not […]

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

It is certainly not easy being Celiac or Gluten Sensitive, especially when you start getting cravings or when you walk into a Pastry shop and you see all things delicious, so full of gluten and you cannot eat them 🙁
Today I woke up craving Qaghaq Tal-Gunglien. Something I always had at home, lovely with a […]

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Winter is slowly approaching …  and that is when we start making soups to keep us all nice and warm.  Chowders are a favorite as they are very hearty, nourishing and filling – normally always made with potatoes and sweetcorn.  This recipe is perfect if you have leftover chicken.  It equally tastes great if you […]

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

As I have already said in my previous posts … since diagnosed Celiac, I have been experimenting with so different ingredients.  One of them was something I always meant to try before, but never bothered.  Polenta!  It is any Celiac’s life saver!  You can make so many things with it, both savory and sweet!  It […]

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Everything looks so much cuter when small or mini doesn’t it?  This timballo can be made in a normal springform pan if you do not have the patience, but I thought of making individual portions which would make lovely starters.  Just enough not to fill you up.
I only had a small problem when making this […]

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Autumn is here and we now start looking forward to more comfort food like soups, chowders and stews to keep us warm and cozy!
This is an incredible easy stew to make but yet it is so delicious! And it is not just for Celiacs!
I served mine over creamy polenta but you can also serve it […]

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Monday, September 16th, 2013

This actually is very similar to a curry that my mum used to make when I was little … the Maltese ‘Ross bil-Curry’, using minced beef, potatoes and peas.  It must have originated from somewhere and to date, a lot of Maltese still make this.  It is very close to the Indian Keema Curry which […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Avocado is lovely in salads, sandwiches, in dips like Guacamole, in pasta sauces and even in sweet dishes! It is a healthy food and high in fat, but the type of fat that provides research-based health benefits.  This is yet another way to eat Avocado … baked as wedges. These wedges are really delicious, sooo […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Mmmm …. Chocolate! Who doesn’t like it?
These Chocolate Cookies cannot be more chocolatey than this! They are crispy and crinkly on the outside but sooo soft and rich on the inside! I used to love Cadbury’s cookies and used to think that nothing beats them! Obviously I cannot eat them now because of gluten, but […]

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Sunday, September 8th, 2013

All those who have not tried Polenta yet … you are missing out!  I too used to screw up my nose whenever I saw it in recipes … I suppose I turned to it when I was diagnosed Celiac.  And seriously, you can make so many things with it! It is so versatile!  Obviously you […]

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Sunday, September 8th, 2013

I really really am not into sweet stuff and desserts … but I think that is changing slowly …..
I bought some raspberries and was going to make some muffins … and as usual I changed my mind about five times.  I settled on this Cheesecake slice … raspberries and almonds … what a lovely combination […]

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Thank God that Rice is one food we Celiacs can eat! I love rice in any form … Long grain, Brown, Basmati, Carnaroli, Vialone Nano, Arborio, Jasmine, Wild … so many to choose from and so many different recipes that you can conjure up with rice!
Having said that, Risotto is one of my favorite rice […]

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

This was a recipe that my mum used to make. Hers always tasted better somehow. I should have asked her for her recipe, but I guess it is too late now so I will go by memory and taste.
I love it and it tastes even better cold from the fridge the next day! It used […]

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

I have not cooked polenta for quite some time …well, by my standards, three weeks is a long time! So I thought hmmm… what about a lovely ricotta tart with something, but not just ricotta on its own filling, in a polenta crust.  First it was going to be a mushroom tart, than I changed […]

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

I have always wanted to try this Blooming Onion, but never got round to it as it is normally deep fried.  Not that I do not like fried stuff, once in a while I love it.  But I sincerely hate the mess deep fried food makes, it sticks to almost anything in the kitchen and […]

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Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Got any left over cake?  This is the ideal way to use it! These lovely one bite treats are perfect for that after dinner treat! And they are sooo easy to make!  I used Gluten Free left over cake, but these can be made with normal cake crumbs too for the non Celiacs!  They make […]

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Chicken recipes are always so popular.  Why wouldn’t they be? Chicken is not expensive and cooks very quickly but most of all it is very versatile!
These Chicken Skewers are so easy and quick to prepare.  The marinade although very simple, gives the chicken a bit of an Asian feel to it and this is further […]

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Scones are an English thing really, maybe not so popular with Maltese but I just bought some fresh blueberries and the first thing I thought of was either muffins or scones …
Cate’s recipe that I found and have tried, has bits of slightly frozen cream cheese in the batter. It gives the scones a lovely […]

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

As you gathered from past posts, I am still looking for the ‘Perfect Gluten Free Bread Recipe’.  Gluten Free Sweets and many other Savories come very close to the normal Gluten food we were used to … but bread … hmmm …not yet.
I came across this lovely recipe for flavored bread.  I gave it a […]

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The other day, I asked my better half to bring me some fresh figs with him after work from the supermarket as I wanted to try out a recipe I came across with figs.  He came back with another type of fig, what the Italians call ‘Fici D’India’ as they did not have the figs […]

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Sun dried tomatoes taste very different than fresh tomatoes, they are intense in flavor, more sultry and indulgent.  They add a punch of flavor to any dish.  I find the sun dried ones that are preserved in oil more flavorful than the dehydrated tomatoes which I find a bit too sharp and tarty.
I have used […]

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

If you love cream cheese and artichokes, than you got to try out these mushrooms!  Recipe is sooo simple and it can make a great starter.
Here is what you will need …
8 large mushrooms
110g cream cheese
3/4 cup frozen spinach, defrosted, squeezed dry
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp yoghurt
Approximately 8 to 10 artichoke quarters, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 […]

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Monday, August 26th, 2013

Still on Artichokes … hmmm… this makes another lovely appetizer! I have used a mix of Gluten Free All Purpose flour and some Chickpea Flour as it gives them that distinct taste!
Here is what you need …
1 jar artichoke hearts, halved or quartered
2 cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Chickpea Flour
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups […]

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Monday, August 26th, 2013

Who doesn’t like appetizers? There is nothing better than having friends over and preparing platters of finger food, relaxing, snacking and enjoying some good wine!
These are so easy to prepare and taste so good … you will not get enough of them!
Here is what you will need …
120g cream cheese
1 jar artichoke hearts, drained and […]

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Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Spaghetti with Rabbit Sauce is no doubt a very popular recipe amongst all Maltese and even with some foreigners. (definitely not with those who keep rabbits as pets and would not even dream of stewing one!).  Mind you, I would probably feel the same way if I saw the rabbit still alive and kicking, all […]

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Saturday, August 24th, 2013

The other day I passed by the meat section at the supermarket and saw some lovely fresh spare ribs, they looked so tempting!  I really could not resist, so I just got them, even though I had already planned what to do for dinner … I am known to change my mind about a menu, […]

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013

If you look again at the heading, I did not put Gluten Free  … which does not mean that these cookies do have gluten in them … Noooo!  The reason is because they coincidentally do not have any flour of any sort, so they can be enjoyed by all!
They are made with basically three ingredients, […]

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Don’t you sometimes feel like something tasty, but cannot be bothered with too much cooking?  Or worse, you got so distracted with chores that you forgot to plan anything for dinner?!  Happens to the best of us!  Take-away food is not so ‘friendly’ with us Celiacs … so here is something quick and easy … […]

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013

I am still not 100 % happy about Gluten Free Bread … Obviously it is not easy to make Gluten Free Bread to taste like Real Wheat Bread.  Hmmmm …..Delicious Gluten Free Bread – The Holy Grail of Gluten Free Baking! I miss bread a lot and I have been trying so many Gluten Free […]

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

 Ingredients & Method (Serves 2)
This dish has a simple and tasty sauce which can be poured over chicken involtini like mine but is equally as good over simple chicken breasts or chicken parts if you do not wish to go to the trouble.  The involtini come much better with chicken thighs that still have the […]

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Ross il Forn, (Maltese Baked Rice) has always been one of my favorite Maltese dishes.  I also love curry, so I combined a bit of both in this dish 🙂  It is not made with the usual tomato sauce that we are used to, but minced meat and curry. Make it as hot as you […]

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Traditional Gnocchi alla Romana are made with Semolina but since we cannot consume semolina because of the wheat, I decided to make these with polenta instead.  It obviously is not the authentic Gnocchi alla Romana, then again, it is not dissimilar.  So as usual, with just a little tweak here and there so we can […]

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

 

Ingredients & Method

3/4 cup gluten free plain biscuits, finely crushed
1/4 cup ground walnuts
4 tbs butter, melted
2 packages cream cheese, softened (approx 500 gr)
1/2 cup banana, very ripe, mashed 
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon
1/4 cup + 2 tbs sugar
Fabbri Chocolate Syrup
Fresh Cream, whipped
Finely Chopped Almonds or Walnuts
Cherries for garnishing

 
Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. Grease or spray a […]

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

These delicious cookies are so simple to make and if stored immediately in an airtight container, they will remain as lovely as if they were just baked.  Although I doubt if there will be any left to store !
Ingredients (makes about 20)
230g gluten free all purpose flour (I used Dr Schar)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp […]

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Potatoes are so versatile, especially to us Celiacs.  It is a vegetable that we can make use of in many recipes, from gnocchi and potato cakes to pie crusts!
However, one of my favorite potato recipes is this Potato Galette.  There are many methods on how to make this dish, but this version is simpler as […]

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Roast chicken is good … but it takes a bit of time to cook.  However if you spatchcock it, that is split it, remove the backbone and then you flatten it, it will take less time.  This way you are exposing more skin, therefore it will roast and crisp perfectly whilst still retaining lovely, succulent […]

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

This is a perfect dish to whip up in just a few minutes! It is sooo creamy and thick that you would probably think that it was made with some sort of cream.  So this is ideal for all those who are also Lactose Intolerant!
Ingredients (Serves 2)
1 Avocado, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
1 Garlic clove, […]

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I have tried so many recipes for gluten free muffins.  Not that they did not turn out great but they always seemed to lack something …
This time, I have added one secret ingredient to these muffins, maybe it was this ingredient that made these muffins sooo moist! Chocolate Syrup! And they definitely do not taste […]

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

My initial reaction when I was diagnosed Celiac was … oh my God … no pasta! I could eat it every day I loved it so much! You could combine it with so many different sauces!
So I began trying out different brands of gluten free pasta … some were so terrible that whilst cooking, the […]

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

I just love Garlic … and Chilli … two things you will always find in my kitchen!  Maybe Mediterranean influence, hmmm don’t know, but I grew up with a mum, an aunt and a grandmother who always used garlic profusely! So I guess it rubbed off!
I nearly always add garlic to my dishes … but […]

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I always loved pies, maybe because I loved pastry so much, shortcrust and puff pastry mostly.  Those made great pies indeed!  Being Celiac, although you can still manage to make very good pastry with specialized flours, sometimes, you want something just as tasty, but less time-consuming to prepare.
This recipe ticks all the boxes!  I loved […]

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I love mushrooms, in any way they come, sautéed in garlic, in sauces, in casseroles, in pasta dishes and risotto … and they are also delicious, stuffed!  I have a few recipes for stuffed mushrooms which I will share with you.  I will start with this easy and straightforward one.  Takes only minutes to prepare! […]

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

We somehow always conjure up a nice place of spaghetti in our minds, when we hear ‘Pesto’.  But another great way to use pesto is to mix it with rice as in this timbale.  It makes a great side dish, especially for a barbecue.  Prepared ahead of time, it takes few ingredients and is so […]

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Hmmm…. have a backlog of recipes to put up but since I just finished baking these yumster cookies and many would like this easy recipe… I decided to start with it !
There is no flour nor eggs in these cookies.  They are nice and chewy and yet kinda crunchy too! It depends on how long […]

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

I am not really a ‘Sweets’ kinda person, but I do love the occasional sweet indulgence.  Gluten Free sweets are not as difficult to make as one might imagine and most of them you can hardly detect in the taste that they are actually gluten free.  This is one of them.  These Brownies are so […]

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

This was a recipe which mum used to make occasionally. It is similar to the Maltese Bragioli, minced beef and hard boiled egg wrapped in thin slices of beef, except she used to make one big one instead and call it Pulpettun or Bragolun.  I still remember how nice it was, served cold the next […]

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Monday, July 1st, 2013

I love rabbit ! I always loved it since I was a little girl, I just loved eating the meat off the ribs and then licking my fingers, my face full of sauce …. bliss !  I still do that, years did not change my habits! LOL.  Although now, not in public! 🙂
Rabbit can be […]

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Monday, July 1st, 2013

This is the other GF Pasta Recipe which I made with Dr Schar All Purpose Flour, which is easily available in mostly all supermarkets.  It is far easier to throw this dough together as you will see.
Ingredients
185 g Dr Schar All Purpose Flour
2 tsp Xanthan Gum
4 large egg yolks
1 large egg
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Monday, July 1st, 2013

There is nothing more refreshing as a dessert on a hot summer evening, than a cool and tangy lemon cheesecake!
This is a very easy no bake recipe which has to be made ahead of serving as it has to set in the fridge, preferably overnight.
To make this Gluten Free, as a base I used the […]

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Monday, July 1st, 2013

It is funny how you take things for granted.  Before I was diagnosed Celiac, Ravioli were not really something I used to go crazy for.  Maybe because when I was a kid, it was a dish that my mum always made for Good Friday so it felt like a sacrifice to eat Ricotta Ravioli.  Even […]

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Jello Sugar cookies have been around for a long time in the US, but just like fashion, they have made a comeback.  They are lovely, chewy and sweet.  The Jello adds a fruity tangy taste apart from giving it a bit of colour … although you do have to add some food colouring if you […]

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Mmmmm … there is nothing better than a lovely Spaghetti Vongole in summer!  Being Celiac or Gluten Intolerant need not change that! Sauce ingredients are practically the same, just use Gluten Free Spaghetti! I had to use frozen Clams in the shell as am nowhere near the sea here 🙂  Obviously, fresh ones would taste […]

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

This recipe was inspired by the traditional Apulian recipe in Southern Italy for a potato based pizza. The crust which is made with potatoes, is not grated like in most potato based pizza recipes, but is made differently which reminds me a bit of the potato gnocchi recipe.  It is quite easy and straightforward, with […]

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Sunday, May 26th, 2013

 

Further to my earlier post for the GF Sandwich Bread recipe which
was made in a bread maker, I now would love to share with you the
recipe for this lovely crusty bread.  No bread-maker required this time!
You will however need a stand mixer.
It does require a lot of ingredients, some of which will probably have to
ordered […]

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Monday, April 8th, 2013

 

How can you resist something like this? It is the ultimate
sweet treat! These mini pavlovas are lovely and crisp on
the outside and chewy in the centre. They are topped
with fresh cream, strawberries and raspberries  ….
And finally drizzled with a berry coulis.
Here is how…
Ingredients for the mini pavlovas (makes approx 8)

4 large egg whites
Pinch of salt
250 […]

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

 

Juicy marinated chicken tenders and red peppers
skewered on bamboo sticks, basted with tangy sweet
honey mustard barbecue glaze spiked with an Asian
sweet chilli sauce.  Sooo delicious!
Ingredients
Chicken thigh meat or chicken breast for two persons
1 Red Capsicum chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic pepper
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
2 tbsp honey
1/3 cup Chinese Sweet Chilli Sauce
2 tbsp yellow mustard
2 […]

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

 

Succulent lamb simmered in a rosemary, onion, garlic,
red wine and orange sauce.  Served on a bed of garlicky
mashed potatoes and topped with spinach and julienned
carrots.
Ingredients :
10 Lamb pieces (you can also use lamb shanks)
4 tbsp gf flour
Seasonings
1 tsp paprika
1 cinnamon stick
2 onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves crushed
2 cups beef stock
Juice of an orange
Grated rind of an […]

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

 

Ever soooo moreish …..
Hmmmm … do you ever feel like something good and
sweet but easy to make as well?
Well, this is sooo quick to make and tastes so wicked!
What you need :
100 grams Gluten Free Cornflakes (I used Schar)
100 grams dark chocolate
3 tbsp Nutella
Sprinkles for decorating
I used the microwave as it is quicker, less messy […]

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

 

 
Mum used to make lovely qassatat and also torti tar-ricotta
and pizelli, the latter being more time consuming.
It was not that often therefore that she made tal-pizzelli
but it would be worth the wait! It was equally delicious
just out of the oven and as lovely eaten cold the next
morning.  That is, if any would be left! 🙂
Replicating […]

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

 

I cannot tell you exactly how many times I have tried
making bread.  And how many times, I threw the whole
thing away.  One time, I completely forgot that the pedals
were still in the loaf I had just baked, which tasted awful I
must add, and I threw it out with the pedals still inside it!
So we then […]

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

 

Mum used to make this soup which I loved, very often.  It
is a very simple soup and it was given the name ‘Soppa
Tal-Gwerra’ by my dad but I do remember my mum
calling it also ‘Toqlija’.  I guess because it is made with
very basic ingredients.  It is however, very similar to our
Kusksu.  In fact she used […]

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

 

I have just tried this out out yesterday. It tasted so good,
and did not have (at all!), that ‘gluten free acrid taste’,
breads usually have!  It is the closest I could get to the
Gozo Ftira.  It is an easy recipe and I suppose it can
work out with any GF bread mix available.  I have used
Nutri Free […]

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

 

Mum used to sometimes whip up these tasty morsels
for Dad as he used to enjoy something sweet with
his tea at teatime.  They take practically minutes to
prepare and bake.  Hence ‘Pastini ta’ malajr!’ 🙂
You can top them up with a teaspoon of jam, a glace
cherry, a blanched almond, or drizzle them with melted
chocolate. Since it was […]

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Saturday, March 30th, 2013

 

These cakes are so quick and easy to make! Do not be
disheartened if you see the cakes rising so beautifully in the oven
and then collapse as they cool.  There are many reasons why
this happens with Gluten Free cakes, which I will talk about in
another post. Mine did too, but they still taste so yummy and
light. […]

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

 

As a kid, I grew up with my aunt living next door to us.
My grandma lived with them, but I don’t have that many
recollections of her except that she too loved cooking and that
she was a great cook. I suppose my aunt learnt how to make
qarabali from her. I used to love the crunchy, slightly […]

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Hi all, thanks for dropping by!  Being Easter, I decided to start
my mini blog with some Easter goodies, no doubt a Maltese
favorite, Figolli 😀
I have never ever made a Figolla in my life, although I just love
them.  I suppose I found them ready and just ate them 🙂
My mother and my sister were in charge […]

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Gluten Free Figolli