Friday, May 8th, 2015

Risotto biz-zalzett Malti, ful u ġbejniet
In a large pan (or wok) brown a large chopped onion, two garlic cloves chopped, 3 large Maltese sausages, 3 woody cheese sausages or similar, 3 plain woody or similar, 3 chopped rashers of back bacon; add 5 chopped tomatoes;  add a bowlful of peeled broad beans, another of fresh […]

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Friday, May 8th, 2015

Torta tal-pastard, ġbejniet friski u ful!
For the pastry:
Mix 250g wholemeal flour with 250g plain flour;  add 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda; add 8 tbs olive oil, some salt one egg;  add some water to bind;  rest in the fridge 1 hour before using.
For the filling:
Brown two large onions, steam half a cauliflower, cut in florets; […]

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

 
 
For the bread dough:  600g plain flour, 2 sachets instant yeast, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp sugar, 3 tbs oil, 400ml warm water;  mix all together to form into a dough;  knead on a floured surface for about 5 minutes;  allow to rise in a clean, oiled bowl, covered with a tea-towel.  When ready to […]

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Arancini
Boil 500g arborio or Italian risotto rice, add one vegetable stock cube to the water;l prepare the bolognaise sauce (one chopped onion, 2 cloves garlice, 500g lean beef mince, 4 rashers lean bacon chopped, 2 chopped carrots, 1 tin tomato pulp, 4 tbs tomato puree; 1 tsp mixed spice, 1 cup wine, 1 tsp sugar, […]

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Beef wellington
This is not a Maltese dish for sure but I am including it because it is so good and always impresses guests!  This is my version of beef wellington, where I add spinach (which in the usual version is substituted with mushrooms).
Ingredients:
1 whole cut (or two large cuts) of fillet of beef(about 1.5 kg […]

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Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Date, nut and orange muffins
Mix together the following:
600 g sifted plain flour, 250  g sugar, 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 large eggs, 12 tbs sunflower oil, 400 ml skimmed milk, 1 packet dates chopped and mixed with 1 tbs flour, 100 g brazil nuts chopped and mixed with 1 tsp […]

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Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Spaghetti with mussels and clams
Finely chop 4 large cloves of Maltese garlic;  fry in some butter and add the following:  1 tbs cajun spice, zest of one lemon, 1 tbs freshly grated ginger;  add the shell fish (about 4 mussels and 4 clams each) and sprinkle with a dash of soy sauce; add the juice […]

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Festive Buffet
This type of meal is especially ideal if you are entertaining a large number of people, and although you  would have spent days cooking, during the meal you can relax with your guests and enjoy the meal!
Pot Roasted Beef
Buy a large cut of beef (around 3 kilos);  brown on all sides in a water […]

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Home-made mince meat
Once you try this, you will never buy another jar believe me!
300g raisins, 200g currants, 200g candied peel, 300g sultanas, 200g mixed fruit, 200g light suet, 300g soft brown sugar, 4 apples peeled and thinly chopped, 2 Maltese oranges (zest and juice), 2 lemons (zest and juice), 4 level tsp mixed spice, 1 […]

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Chocolate sponge
Beat 4 eggs at room temperature with 100g sugar;  sift 100g plain flour, add 2 tbs cocoa (sifted) and 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda and baking powder;  fold in dry ingredients;  bake in a moderate oven (fan electric 180) for 45 minutes;  split in two and fill with cream!

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Meatloaf in pastry (Pulpettun fl-għaġina)
For the meatloaf:
500g lean mixed pork and beef mince
1 pkt lean back bacon
8 pork and beef sausages skin removed
1 chopped onion
Chopped parsley, fresh sage, thyme and rosemary
1 egg
1 grated carrot
a grating of nutmeg
Mix all together.  Prepare the olive oil pastry (500g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda,pinch salt, 7 tbs […]

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Waldorf salad!
Chop 3 sticks celery (foreign ones are best for this), 2 apples with skin on, 100g red grapes split in half seeds removed, 100g walnuts;  mix well and cover generously with low-fat salad cream;  season well and chill.  Nice served with the spinach jacket potato or any grilled meat!
 

 

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Spinach jacket potato!
Bake 4 large potatoes which  you would have cleaned, dried and pricked with a fork, for about 1 hour or till soft.  Remove from the oven and split in two while still hot;  scoop out flesh of potato leaving skins intact. Shallow fry one large chopped onion, 100g chopped bacon, 1 tbs of […]

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Different versions of Stuffed baked Peppers!
Here are two very nice alternatives for stuffed peppers!
Coronation chicken stuffed peppers
For the filling:  shallow fry 500g chopped chicken breast tenderloin, 1 chopped onion, 1 tbs curry powder, 3 tbs good mango chutney, 2 bay leaves, 100g cashew nuts, season well;  lastly add 1 tub low fat cream.  Cut the […]

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Prawn and spinach roulade
For the roulade:  beat three large eggs;  boil or microwave 300g spinach (fresh or frozen);  add to the egg mixture; add a grating of nutmeg, 50g grated cheddar, some parmesan cheese, chopped parsley and basil, season.   Cook the omelette till golden and the eggs are set;  scatter more grated cheddar on top […]

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Baked Macaroni with fresh tuna or swordfish
Boil 500g of penne.  Prepare a plain tomato sauce using one chopped onion, 3 cloves chopped garlic, about 500g chopped fresh tomatoes (or one tin chopped tomatoes), 3 tbs tomato puree, seasoning to taste, 1 tsp sugar, a good handful chopped basil, one cup white wine.  Simmer till tick. […]

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Mini focaccias!
For the dough:  mix 300g plain flour, 1 sachet yeast, 1 tbs olive oil, half a tsp  salt; mix well add 200ml tepid water mix to a dough and kneed till smooth. Allow to rise for about one hour till doubled in size.
Cut dough into small balls and flatten to make small discs.   […]

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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Easy bbq
Mix together 6 tbs ketchup, 6 tbs mango chutney, 2 cloves garlic chopped, 1 tsp ginger, 2 tbs soy sauce. Coat chicken drumsticks. pieces or pork chops leave to marinate for about  an hour and cook in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes.

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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Soufle potatoes
Cook in a moderate oven for about an hour 8 small potatoes which you would have cleaned but not peeled.   Cool slightly split potatoes in half;  scoop our flesh.  Mash the flesh adding 2 tbs butter, 1 large egg, 1 tsp grated nutmeg, season, 4 tbs grated cheddar, 2 tbs parmesan.   Fill […]

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Moussaka!
This is a traditional Greek dish but since it uses produce readily available in Malta and I find it suits our taste, I am including it in my blog…I urge you to try it!
Ingredients:
500g lean minced beef and pork (a mixture works best)
1 chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic crushed, 6 chopped tomatoes, 4 tbs puree, […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Sicilian style ftira!
Grill or altenatively fry one small sliced aubergine, one sliced courgette with some chopped garlic, one sliced tomato.  Spread the base of the ftira with home-made pesto (a good handful basil leaves, 3 tbs olive oil, 3 tbs grated parmesan and 5 cloves of garlic finely chopped in processor).   Layer the aubergine, […]

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Kejk tal-karrotti (Carrot cake)
Ingredients:
225g brown sugar
225 ml sunflower oil
4 eggs
4 medium carrots grated
225g flour
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
zest of one orange
125g sultanas
100g shelled walnuts
Method:  Beat the sugar with the oil and eggs;  sift the flour and spices,  add 2 tbs flour to nuts and raisins and […]

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Banoffi cake!
This is a variation I invented on the yoghurt cake the result of which is yummy!
1 pot white chocolate light yoghurt (or vanilla)
1.5 pots sugar
3 eggs
1 pot sunflower oil
3 pots plain flour
2 tsps baking powder
2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
1 chopped banana
50g chopped cooking chocolate plus 50g for decorating.
N.B.  Use a cleaned yoghurt pot for […]

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Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Chocolate mint cake
250g margerine
150g sugar
200g flour
3 tbs baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
vanilla essence
4 large eggs
3 tsps coffee (dissolved in 2 tbs hot water)
4 tbs good cocoa
2 tbs drinking chocolate
4 tbs milk
Method:  Beat the margerine with the sugar;  add the eggs and beat well.  Add the other ingredients and beat well.  Cook in a preheated […]

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Brodu taċ-ċanga u qara’ twil u qarabagħli mimli
For the stuffing:  500g lean beef/pork mince, 100g lean chopped bacon, one small onion chopped, a handful of chopped parsley and some fresh sage, 50g grated cheddar cheese, 2 tbs good pickle, 2 small eggs to bind.  Mix well, and fill peeled and hollowed long marrow and courgette […]

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Figolli
For the pastry:  800g plain flour, 375g margerine, 300g sugar, zest of one orange and lemon, 4 egg yolks (reserve whites for almond filling).
Beat the butter and flour till it resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Add sugar, the zest and finally bind with the yolks…add some vanilla essence.  Add some water (about 3 tbs) if needed. Rest […]

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Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Kwareżimal
Mix together in a bowl:  500g plain flour, 250g brown sugar, 500g pure ground almonds, 3 tsp baking powder, half a tsp bicarbonate of soda, 3 tbs cocoa powder, 3 tbs honey, 3 tsp mixed spice, 1 tsp ground cloves,1 tsp cinnamon, few drops vanilla, grated zest and juice of one orange and one lemon, […]

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

Pasta con pesto di pistacchio
This is a very easy pasta dish but which is so delicious!  It traditionally hails from Bronte Sicily, but the ingredients are readily found in Malta.
Whizz together in a food processor 100g pistacchio nuts (shelled) a good handful basil, 2 large garlic cloves, half a cup good olive oil, half a […]

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

Orange poppy seed cake
Mix together in a beater:  250g margerine, 250g flour, 200g sugar, zest and juice of one orange, 3 tbs poppy seeds (optional, but nicer!), 4 tbs marmalade, 4 eggs, 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp ground cardamom, 1tsp ground cinnamon.  Bake in a moderate oven (fan electric […]

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Fruit cake
Beat together 225g margerine and 225g sugar;  add four eggs beating well after each addition.  Add some vanilla drops and 3 tbs milk.  Sieve 350g flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1 tsp baking powder.  Mix 100g glazed cherries 100g candied peel, 100g nuts, zest of half lemon with some of the flour. Fold […]

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Low-fat Zeppoli!
Zeppoli are traditionally made using a choux pastry which is deep fried, and filled with a ricotta mixture.  This is a healthier version which I devised myself which is equally delicious!
For the batter:  450g plain flour, 300ml skimmed milk, 300ml water, 4 large eggs, some vanilla essence, 3 tbs sugar.  Mix to a smooth […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Cherry cake
Mix 250g margerine with 200g sugar;  add four eggs beating well after each addition; fold in 325g plain flour (sieved), 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 1 tbs baking powder, some vanilla drops, add 200g cherries (which you would have mixed with some flour to prevent from sinking), and 4 tbs milk.  Swirl in some […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Torta tal-pastard u l-ġbejniet friski (cauliflower and fresh cheeselet tart)
Prepare shortcrust pastry as usual (200g margerine, with 500g flour, 1 egg);  add 200g grated cheddar before binding the pastry with egg and water (for cheese pastry);  leave to rest for half an hour and then lightly grease a dish, scatter some breadcrumbs, line with pastry […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Hearty bean, ham and meatball soup (soppa tal-fazola bix-xikel tal-perzut)
In a waterless pan cook two chopped onions till soft.  Add 1 tsp ground cloves and 1 tbs curry powder.  Add two tins red kidney beans, two chopped potatoes, a handful of chopped celery, one piece of smoked ham (with the bone).  Prepare the meatballs:  mix […]

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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Bounty cake
Bounty cake: 50g dessicated coconut, 150ml coconut milk, or ordinary milk, 150g self raising flour, 50g cocoa powder, 150 caster sugar, 150g butter (softened) and 2 eggs (double the amount of the ingredients for a larger cake). For the topping 125g chocolate (melted), 125g cream and about 4 bars (2 x 2)bounty; before you […]

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Rock buns (and a slight variation)
250g self-raising flour; 75g butter; 75g dried mixed fruit; 150g sugar; 1 egg; some vanilla; tsp mixed spice; 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda; pinch salt.
Using a processor rub butter in sieved flour till it resembles breadcrumbs; stir in sugar, fruit, salt, spices and egg.  Bind to form a stiff dough.  […]

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Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Chicken bake
(For this recipe you would need about 2 kilos of fresh chicken breast, 200g pancetta, 200g ham, 100g salami, a few spinach leaves).  Line a greased dish with two chicken breasts which you would have sliced open and flattened by beating, to completely cover base of dish.  Put a layer of pancetta, lean ham, […]

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Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Sicilian chocolate almond cake
Beat together 250g soft margerine and 250g brown sugar till light and fluffy;  add 5 eggs and beat well after each addition;  sift 300g plain flour and 100g cocoa powder and 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda;  add to the mixture and add 100g plain cooking chocolate chopped.  Add 1 tsp almond essence […]

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Lemon meringue pie!
Line a dish with sweet shortcrust pastry.  Bake blind (covered with baking paper and put some raw rice on top as weight) for about 30 minutes;  cool.  Add the lemon curd (recipe in the blog), and whisk 4 egg whites and 2 tbs sugar till thick.  Put blobs of the whisked egg white […]

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Maltese trifle (my mum’s version!)
In a class dish put a layer of sponge;  drizzle generously with Martini or dry sherry;  add a layer of melted jam (marmalade/strawberry/apricot works best).  On top of the sponge put a layer of custard and then a layer of chocolate custard;  finish off with beaten fresh cream or hopla or […]

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Pina Colada pudding (Pudina tal-ħobż bajda bil-coconut)
Tear one day-old loaf of bread, crusts removed and soak in pineapple juice (taken from a tin of pineapple slices);  add 100g coconut, 2tbs sugar (or to taste), chopped pineapple slices, vanilla essence, 300ml milk, 2 tbs vanilla custard powder, half a banana sliced, 3 eggs.  Grease a dish, […]

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Monday, January 27th, 2014

Stuffat tal-ħaxix u l-ġbejniet (vegetable and goats cheese stew)
Chop one large onion, one leek, two spring onions, 8 potatoes, 4 large carrots, 6 cloves garlic, 4 tomatoes, half a cauliflower and broccoli.  Saute the onions and leek in 1 tbs oil;  add the following spices: 2 tbs mixed spice, 1 tbs mild curry, 1 tbs […]

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Lemon cake with lemon curd
ingredients:  250 g margerine, 250 g plain flour, 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 175 g sugar, 4 tbs maple syrup, 4 large eggs, 2 tsp baking powder, zest of one lemon.
method:  beat the butter and sugar till fluffy, add eggs and beat well. Add maple syrup. Sift the flour, and dry ingredients; […]

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Chocolate orange Maltese bread pudding
In a bowl tear one loaf of Maltese bread crusts removed;  add the zest and juice of 5 Maltese oranges;  add 3 tbs of cocoa, 2 tbs of drinking chocolate, 4 tbs of sugar, 1 tbs mixed spice, 4 tbs home-made marmalade (I made some with Maltese oranges; please see recipe […]

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Broccoli and blue cheese quiche
Line a dish with shortcrust or olive oil pastry.  Chop two leeks, two spring onions and saute till soft.  Cut some broccoli florets;  put on the base 200g ricotta, add 100g grated cheddar cheese, one half a grated white gbejna, add the sauted leeks and spring onions, the broccoli florets and […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Chocolate and orange curd muffins
For the orange curd:  Take the zest of three large Maltese oranges and set aside;  squeeze the oranges, put in a stainless steel bowl, add three large eggs and 100g of sugar.  Put bowl over a pan with simmering water and stir till thick.  Add the zest of the oranges and […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Brodu tat-tiġieġa  (Chicken broth)
Stuffing for the chicken:  500g sausage meat (buy good quality pork and beef sausages and remove their skin)
500g lean beef mince
one chopped onion
some thyme, chopped parsley and chopped fresh sage
a handful of cranberries (optional but nicer!)
seasoning, one egg to bind.
Mix all together and stuff the chicken;  I try to use free-range or […]

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Orange chip cake
ingredients:  250g butter, 250g sugar, 300g flour, 4 large eggs, zest and juice of 4 Maltese oranges, 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 100g chopped walnuts, 75g chocolate chips.
method:  Beat the butter and sugar till nice and fluffy;  add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, add the zest of […]

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Lemon cupcakes
Mix together 250g butter,250g sugar, 325g plain flour, 5 eggs, 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, zest and juice of two lemons.  Line a patty tin with cupcake cases, fill the cases and bake in a preheated oven (fan electric 175) for 20 minutes.

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Monday, January 6th, 2014

Crunchy coconut cookies!
In a processor mix 250g margerine with 300g flour and 200g coconut; add 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda and 200g sugar; add some vanilla drops and two eggs.  Form into balls and place on a dish lined with baking paper, flatten slightly and place half a cherry on each.  Bake in a moderate […]

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Monday, January 6th, 2014

Smoked salmon and prawn macaroni cheese!
In a pan cook one chopped onion and 500g chopped smoked salmon;  remove from heat add 3 tbs flour;  add one fish stock cube, and 500ml skimmed milk; put on a low heat and stir till a thick sauce forms.  Boil 500g penne and stir in the sauce; add 500g […]

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Veggie dishes for roast turkey!
Spiced red cabbage:  cook one chopped onion, half a chopped red cabbage, zest and juice of one good Maltese orange, add one cup red wine, one cinnamon stick, season and 1 tbs balsamic vinegar;  cook for about 45 minutes.

Honey glazed roasted carrots and parsnips:  Cut one parsnip and four carrots into […]

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Stuffed roasted turkey!
For the stuffing (for a 6 kilo bird):  one packet good quality pork sausages, skin removed, one packet chopped back bacon, one onion chopped, 500g good lean beef mince, a handful of fresh sage, parsley and thyme, chopped, 2 beaten eggs, some turkey seasoning;  mix all raw ingredients well and stuff the bird. […]

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Smoked salmon vol-au-vents!
This is a quick and delicious starter!
Cook a chopped onion till soft in some oil;  add some good chopped smoked salmon, and 200g of good shelled prawns;  add 3 tbs of flour and mix well;  then add the zest of one lemon, 500ml skimmed milk, and season well.  Cook till sauce thickens….fill cooked […]

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Baci cake!
Crush in a processor one packet of plain biscuits (morning coffee or similar), 100g hazelnuts, 100g almonds;  add 4 tbs cocoa powder and 2 tbs drinking chocolate. Add 150g sugar (about a cup); 50g melted butter, some vanilla essence.  Whisk 3 egg whites till stiff and fold in mixture.  Line a dish with rice […]

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Left-over turkey Christmas pie!
If like me you were left with about 2/3 of a large bird over the holidays, I urge you to try this delicious and easy-to-make pie!
In a pan cook one large chopped onion and one leek till soft;  add 4 rashers of back bacon, chopped, 8 pork sausages (skin removed), turkey seasoning […]

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Qagħaq tal-għasel
For the pastry:
500g flour
125g semolina
200g margerine
some vanilla drops
2 tbs sugar
some lemon juice (2 tbs)
water to bind
Work the flour,semolina and sugar into the butter, add the juice, vanilla and bind with water.  Leave to rest for two days in the fridge.
Treacle filling:
500g treacle (about one bottle)
500 ml water
200g sugar
one lemon, orange and tangerine
2 tbs cocoa
1 […]

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Christmas sweets
Almond macaroons
Beat 2 egg whites with 200g sugar and juice of half a lemon till thick;  fold in 500g pure ground almonds.  Line a baking dish with rice paper (karta tal-ostja).  Form into balls and press an almond or a cherry in each.  Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes;  should come […]

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Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Christmas biscuits!
ingredients:
250g sugar
250g margerine
500g plain flour
2 eggs
vanilla essence
Method:  Beat the eggs and the sugar thick thick;  add the vanilla essence.  Add the flour and lastly add the margerine till a soft dough forms.  Let to stand for half an hour in a cool place.  Cut into Christmas shapes and brush with a beaten egg, scatter […]

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Christmas cake
Ingredients:
275g margerine
400g plain flour
1.5 level tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp of ground ginger, cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, ground cloves
1 tbs mixed spice
360 g demerara sugar
7 large eggs
2 tbs black treacle
lemon and orange (zest and juice)
fruit:  200g sultanas, 200g currants, 200g golden raisins, 200g raisins,
200g pitted prunes, 200g glace cherries
1 bottle of lacto
Method:  Mix […]

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Pastini tal-coconut
200g margerine
200g sugar
300g coconut
300g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a few drops vanilla essence
3 large eggs.
Method:  Beat the butter and the sugar; add the eggs and beat well;  add the flour, coconut, and all else.  Shape into small balls and top with a glace cherry, flatten slightly.  Bake in a dish […]

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Fruity bread pudding!
Ingredients:  a day old loaf of bread, one ripe banana, two apples, two clementines, two kiwis, one tin of light milk, sugar (to taste), vanilla drops, 50g melted margerine, 2 eggs.
Method:  tear up bread and soak in some hot water and the milk.  Beat by hand and add the sugar and vanilla, then […]

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Mince-pies!

Pastry:  500g plain flour, 250g margerine, 200g sugar, lemon zest,few drops of vanilla essence, 1 egg and some water to bind.  
Work the margerine into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs in texture.  Add the sugar, vanilla essence and lemon zest.  Add the egg and the water and beat till it forms into a […]

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013

This is a different version of our traditional stuffed marrows;  it is so good that I just had to include it even though it is not Maltese!
Ingredients:
Marrows
2 onions
500g beef mince
4 tomatoes, chopped
1 tbs Ras al hanut spice
1 egg
1 cup raw rice
1 cup raisins
parsley
1 can tomato pulp
Method:  Finely chop one onion and saute together with the […]

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Banoffi style bread pudding!
This is another creation of mine when I was left with loads of bread…this is the yummie result!
Ingredients:  
one load stale bread
one tin caramel
one large banana
3 tbs nutella
2 eggs
one mugful of milk
4 tbs demerara sugar
one tbs butter
Method:  Tear the bread in pieces;  soak in the melted butter and warm milk.add some hot […]

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Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Mince meat
300g raisins
200g currants
200g candied peel
300g sultanas
200g shredded light suet
300g brown sugar
450g peeled and finely chopped apples (about 3)
2 oranges (zest and juice)
2 lemons (zest and juice)
4 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp grated nutmeg
 
Mehtod:  Mix ingredients in a large dish, stir and cover with cloth and leave overnight.  Cook in a very low oven […]

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Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Pan forte di Sienna
300g plain flour
200g sugar
300g glace cherries and candied peel
300g mixed nuts (almonds/hazelnuts/brazilnuts)
3 eggs
3 tbs honey
3 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
Rice paper to line the dish
some water
Method:  Mix the dry ingredients;  beat the eggs and melt the honey in a micro-wave oven;  mix the eggs with the honey and beat into the mixture, […]

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Injokki l-forn
Ingredients:
1 kg packet of gnocchi pasta
750g rikotta
2 fresh gbejniet
a handful of chopped parsley
100g grated cheddar cheese
1 grated white dried gbejna
seasoning
a grating of nutmeg
2 beaten eggs
Mix the ricotta with rest of the ingredients (minus the pasta).  Fill the pasta shells with the ricotta mixture (best way to do this put it in a clean plastic […]

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Almond, apple and cinnamon cake (kejk tal-lewż u t-tuffieħ bil-kannella)
Ingredients:
175g butter/margerine softened
175g sugar
175g ground almonds
175g self raising flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 large eggs at room temperature
3 peeled and sliced apples
2 tbs milk
Method:  Beat together the butter and sugar till fluffy;  add the eggs and beat again.  Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda,and […]

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Slow cooked stuffed chicken
Filling: Mix together:  200g lean beef mince, 4 pork sausages (skin removed), 4 back bacon rashers, one finely chopped onion, a handful chopped parsley, seasoning, 1 egg to bind.   Stuff the chicken with this filling, any left-over filling can be rolled into balls and put in the dish;  season the chicken […]

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Torta ta’ San Martin (St. Martin’s flan)
Slowly melt in a pan one packet chopped dates, one packet dried figs, 2 finely chopped and peeled apples, 1 tbs mixed spice, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp aniseed, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, juice of 3 Maltese oranges, lemon and orange zest, one tot Martini or sherry.  Meanwhile […]

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Ingredients:
150g sugar, 150g margarine, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp mixed spice, ½ tsp ground cloves, 300g self raising flour,200g chopped dates, 200g chopped dried figs, 200g walnuts, 2 peeled and chopped apples, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2/3 tbs milk, 3 eggs.  (Double the amount for a large cake).
For the topping:  1 tbsp chopped nuts, […]

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Monday, October 28th, 2013

Banana bread pudding
This is a different take on the traditional pudina tal-ħobż, which is equally delicious! Just soak a couple of bread slices (I used wholemeal) in one mugful of warm milk and some hot water;  add 1 and a half sliced bananas, 2 tbs cinnamon, brown sugar to taste;  add 2 tbs butter, 2 […]

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Monday, October 28th, 2013

Qarabagħli mimli fiz-zalza
Stuffing:  500g lean beef mince, one large chopped onion, two chopped spring onions (optional), chopped parsley, basil, fresh thyme, four chopped tomatoes, a handful of sultanas, 1 tbs ras-el hanut spice (or mixed spice), some courgette flesh (about one cupful, chopped), 2 eggs beaten, one cupful of raw rice, season to taste.  Mix […]

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Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Torta tal-ispinaċi
Pastry:  use olive oil pastry or normal short crust pastry
Filling:  Steam a kilo of fresh spinach for a few minutes;  drain well.  In a pan saute one chopped onion, 4 cloves chopped garlic, one large can tuna, one can chopped anchovies, a few broccoli and cauliflower florets, 200g chopped olives, some frozen pease,optional, but […]

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Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Biskuttini tar-raħal
Mix together:  500g flour, 350g sugar, 3 tbs semolina, lemon and orange zest, 2 tsps aniseed, vanilla essence, 4 eggs.  Mix to a soft dough.  Form into small balls and line a dish with baking paper.  Place the balls apart on the dish and flatten slightly and dust with some more semolina.  Bake in […]

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Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Pasti tal-lewż
Pastry and Filling:  Follow the recipe of the sweet pastry and almond filling given for Bones.  Cut into fingers and sandwich pieces of pastry with the almond filling in the middle.  Bake for aroun 30 minutes on 150 (fan electric oven).  Cover with pink or chocolate glace icing.

 

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Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Għadam tal-lewż
Pastry:  Mix 350g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 175g sugar, zest of one lemon/orange, add 175g of margerine and mix till mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Add two egg yolks, some vanilla essence and add a few tbs of water to form a soft dough.  Refridgerate for at least one hour.
Filling:  Mix 175g […]

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Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Stuffat tal-Majjal
Shallow fry  1 kg of lean pork cubes, 2 chopped Maltese sausages, 2 chopped onions, 4 cloves garlic, 6 large potatoes (cubed), 4 chopped carrots. Add 1 tbs mixed spice, 1 tsp curry powder, seasoning, one glass white wine, one can chopped tomatoes (or chop 5 large tomatoes), one bay leaf, and one mugful […]

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Monday, October 14th, 2013

Torta tat-tuffieħ (apple flan)
Line a dish with short-crust or olive oil pastry (no need to use sweet pastry);  thinly slice four large apples;  dust the base with some breadcrumbs and some cinnamon and ground cloves;  layer the sliced apples to form a nice pattern, overlapping each other.  Sprinkle with some sugar, some cinnamon and ground […]

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Monday, October 14th, 2013

Torta tal-patata (potato flan)
Line a dish with olive oil pastry (recipe in the blog);  thinly slice 4 large Maltese potatoes; boil for two minutes in the microwave in some water, should still be firm and uncooked.  Thinly slice one large onion, chop 200g back bacon, four thinly sliced carrots and shallow fry till golden, add […]

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Pudina tal-ħobż bil-butir(Bread and butter pudding)
Spread 6 slices of bread with light butter;  lightly grease a dish.  Line the bottom of the dish, buttered side down, spread with some nutella.  Add 2 sliced and peeled apples, some cinnamon, some golden raisins, and drizzle with some golden/maple syrup.  Place more buttered slices spread with more nutella, […]

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Torta tal-qarabagħli
300g olive oil pastry (look for recipe in the blog);  fry till golden one large chopped onion,100g chopped back bacon, 2 thinly sliced large courgettes.  Season well and add some grated nutmeg. Cool.  Line a dish with the pastry, scatter some breadcrumbs on the base, add the courgette mixture, add some mashed ricotta mixed […]

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Qarabagħli mimli fiz-zalza
In a bowl mash 4 large fresh ġbejniet, half a cup grated cheddar, one grated dried ġbejna, a handful of chopped parsley, 2 beaten eggs, 1 tbs grated nutmeg;  mix well and season.  Fill courgette shells with this stuffing and cook in slow cooker with one chopped onion, 6 chopped tomotoes, 3 tbs […]

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Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Pudina tal-ħobż ta’ San Martin
Tear some brown bread/white sliced bread or Maltese bread in pieces and add 2 mugfuls hot water;  soak and squeeze out excess fat;  add 200g sultanas, 200g pitted dates chopped, 200g chopped dried figs (which I boiled for a few minutes in some red wine in the microwave, to soften), orange […]

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Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Fish pie
This is a healthy all-in-one fish pie which my family loves!  I do this often in winter.
Lightly grease a dish;  put some fish fillets to cover the bottom of the dish.  In a pan cook in some olive oil a chopped onion, add some sliced green pepper, 4 chopped tomatoes, 3 sliced carrots, season […]

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Maltese bread pudding! (a slight variation!)
Tear some bread slices into pieces;  you may also add some pieces of dry cake/cupcakes etc which you might have left-over.  Add 4 tbs cocoa, 200g sultanas, 3 tbs brown sugar or to taste,lemon and orange zest, 1tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tbs mixed spice, 100g candied […]

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Fried filleted lampuki!
To fillet the lampuki:  cut the head and tail of the fish; split the fish in two;  remove the middle bone and cut away the side bones using a very sharp knife.  Beat an egg and dip fish fillet first in the beaten egg then in some semolina mixed with some salt.  Shallow […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

This has to be one of  our most delicious dishes!  I used the healthier olive oil pastry (recipe found here in my blog).  Just follow my recipe of baked macaroni and simply encase in olive oil pastry (Both recipes found here).  Cook in a pre-heated oven (175 lowered to 150 fan electric oven) for around […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Nutella or Peanut butter and jam Cupcakes
Mix together in a beater:  250g soft margerine, 325g  plain flour sifted, 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsps baking powder, 250g sugar, 5 eggs, 5 tbs milk, some vanilla essence.  Beat till smooth.  Line a cupcake tin with cupcake paper cases.  Half-fill the cases with the batter; add […]

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Sunday, September 8th, 2013

This is a variation on the traditional Maltese bread pudding which I served for dessert!
Individual mini Maltese bread puddings!
Soak  a loaf of bread in one mugful hot water and one mugful milk…squeeze out excess moisture.  Add 4 tbs cocoa powder, 100g ground almonds, 200g sultanas, 100g glace cherries, 100g candied peel, 100g orange/tangerine candied peel, […]

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Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Gluten and dairy free lemon curd!
Squeeze the juice of three large lemons, of which you would have taken the zest.  Add 150g sugar, and three large eggs.  Put all the ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and whisk over a pan with simmering water till thick; add the zest and 1 tsp of sunflower oil.  […]

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Saturday, September 7th, 2013

This recipe is a result of an experiment of mine which turned out delish!  It is similar to a rum baba in texture the only difference being the lemony taste!
Gluten and dairy free lemon pudding
2 mugs pure ground almonds
4 tbs Demerara sugar
2 tbs bicarbonate of soda
2 tbs baking powder
1 pkt yeast(7g)
Zest of one lemon
1 tsp […]

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Saturday, September 7th, 2013

This is a very refreshing starter to serve at a dinner party, which is also well presented!
Ingredients:  one 500g packet of good smoked salmon slices;  100g frozen shrimps, 3 hard- boiled eggs, one peeled and deseeded beef tomato, 2 small pickled onions, zest of half a lemon, one small tin pink salmon, parsley, paprika, mayonnaise […]

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

This is a variation that I have invented to the yoghurt cake…I must say the experiment really worked!
Ingredients:  Mix 1 tub lemon yoghurt with 1.5 tubs sugar and 3 eggs, mix well.  Add 2 tubs plain flour sieved, 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsps baking powder, zest of half a lemon.  Mix well.  Add […]

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Buy the leanest burgers you can find or alternatively make your own (mix 500g mixed lean mince, 1 pkt back bacon, 1 onion, some fresh breadcrumbs, 2 eggs, parsley, nutmeg, seasoning, soy and worchester sauce;  process and shape into burgers). Dry fry, bbq or grill burgers.
Fry or grill some sliced onions; fry some mushrooms in […]

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Olive oil pastry:  Mix 500g plain flour with 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 7 tbs olive oil, 2 beaten eggs;  rest for one hour in the fridge.
Filling:  Brown one chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, 4 chopped lean bacon (best use back bacon), 500g lean mixed beef and pork mince;add 1 tbs mixed spice; add 5 […]

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Yoghurt dough:   Mix 400g plain flour, 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda with two tubs light plain yoghurt.  Work into a dough and kneed for a few minutes.  Rest in the fridge for one hour before using.
Roll the dough to a circle larger than your dish.  Line a baking dish with baking paper….put the dough […]

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Sunday, August 25th, 2013

These are very nice drizzled on salads,grilled vegetables, pasta or the vinegar, on chips!
Just add one sprig rosemary, one dried chilli, two cloves garlic; top with extra virgin olive oil.  For the vinegar, add one chilli, 2 cloves garlic and top with vinegar!

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Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Pickled onions!  Just peel, wash and dry small sized onions;  put in a jar and add one chilli (optional, but nicer!), one bayleaf;  leave in the sun for a few days.

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Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Zalza tal-bżar aħdar (green pepper salsa)
Shallow fry one chopped onion, two chopped peppers, 3 cloves garlic, 3 chopped tomatoes; season; simmer till thick;  add 2 tbs capers, 1 tbs balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp sugar, chopped fresh parsley and basil;  nice served hot or even better, cold!  Nice served with fish and chips!
 

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Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Pan-fried fresh fish!
In Malta fish is plentiful; thus we get to eat all sorts of fish all year round;  for this recipe I used sawrell; this can be substituted for sardines, larger bogue fish (vopi) or any type of medium sized fish.
Clean and gut the fish;  cut the head and tail but do not throw […]

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Sunday, August 25th, 2013

GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE MUFFINS!
This is the result of an experiment I conducted which was a success!! Not only are they good for anybody on a strict gluten and dairy free diet, but also are low on a calorific count!
Method:  Mix 1.5 mugful of pure ground almonds, 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 1 tbs baking […]

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Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Home-made lasagne!
First prepare the tomato sauce:  sauté one finely chopped onion, two cloves garlic, and add some mixed spice (1 tbs); add six large fresh tomatoes, 3 tbs tomato puree, 1 glass wine, 1 stock cube;  simmer till thick.
Meat filling:  Fry a chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic with 500g mixed beef and pork mince, 250g […]

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Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Refreshing pasta salad!
Boil 250g of fresh tortellini (spinach and rikotta) or stachetti according to packet instructions;  fry in some olive oil a chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, 6 chopped sun-dried tomatoes, one cubed courgette, half a small aubergine, cubed, one small green pepper chopped;  drain pasta and mix with 2 tbs home-made pesto; add the […]

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

BĦAL FIL-FORN BIL-BRAĠOLI TAL-MAJJAL (PORK ROLLS CASSEROLE)
Buy thin lean pork fillet slices; put a layer of sliced gammon, slice provolone cheese or similar, slice tomato, 1 sage leaf on each pork slice; roll up and cook in slow cooker or pan on the hob with sliced potatoes, thickly sliced onions, chopped garlic to taste (for […]

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Monday, August 19th, 2013

ROSS IL-FORN (BAKED RICE)
There are two methods which I use; one uses boiled rice, the other raw rice.  I tend to prefer the first method, with the pre-boiled rice because the result is of a nicer, softer consistency.  You may cook this in the oven for around 45 minutes on 175 (fan electric oven) or […]

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Sunday, August 18th, 2013

TORTA TAL-ĦAWĦ U Ċ-ĊIPRESK (PEACH AND NECTARINE TART) by Sandra Hammett
It is best to do this in summer, when you can get the juicest and sweetest Maltese peaches and nectarines you can find!
For the pastry:  Mix 200g plain flour, 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 1 tbs ground cinnamon;  add one tub low-fat vanilla yoghurt, some […]

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Sunday, August 18th, 2013

FENEK BIL-GRAVY (STEWED RABBIT)
This is best served with chips and lots of crusty Maltese bread to mop up the delicious gravy!
Soak the cut rabbit portions in some red vinegar for an hour or so;  shallow fry the rabbit portions in lots of chopped garlic, 2 onions, sprinkle with 2 tbs mixed spice, 1 tsp ground […]

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Sunday, August 18th, 2013

This has to be my absolute favourite sauce for spaghetti…nothing beats it!
SPAGETTI BIZ-ZALZA TAL-FENEK (SPAGHETTI WITH RABBIT SAUCE!)
Shallow fry in some oil one chopped onion, 4 cloves garlic, and some rabbit portions till browned, sprinkle with 2 tbs mixed spice;  add 6 chopped fresh tomatoes, 1 glass red wine,  1 mugful of pork stock (1 […]

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Insalati għal mal-laħam mixwi (salads for a bbq)
Prepare the following:  tomato and grilled courgette salad, grilled peppers, aubergine mozarella rolls, couscous, potato salad.
Aubergine rolls:  simply grill some thinly sliced aubergine, cool and spread with pesto, put a mozzarella ball and roll, secure with a toothpick.
Couscous:  prepare the couscous in the usual way (as instructed on […]

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Maltese platter!
This is easy to prepare and goes down a treat with guests;  just chop some good ġbejniet, and arrange on a large plate or two together with sundried tomatoes, broad beans in garlic (simply boil and add chopped garlic and parsley, seasoning, olive oil and chilli vinegar), bigilla and aljoli dip with Maltese galletti, […]

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Ruġġata (orzata/almond squash)
1.5 kg sugar
2 ltrs water
8 whole cloves
quarter of a lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 teaspoons almond essence
1 cinnamon stick
2 tsp tinned milk
Put the whole cloves andthe lemon quarter, plus all the other ingredients in a pot and let it boil then simmer for about 15 minutes. Let it cool completely, strain in a […]

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

Qarabagħli u tadam mixwi (grilled tomatoes and zucchini)
Finely slice one large courgette (zucchini) and two firm tomatoes; line a dish with baking paper; arrange in overlapping rows, alternating between the zucchini and tomatoes;  sprinkle with oregano, season, grated parmesan and drizzle with olive oil.  Cover in foil and bake in a hot oven (2oo fan) […]

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

BIGILLA (BROAD BEAN DIP)
Clean thoroughly, under running water 500g dried broad beans (ful tal-girba);  soak overnight.  Boil in pressure cooker for 20 minutes; cool slightly and process with some of the water used for boiling and add the following:  6 cloves garlic, a handful of parsley, 4 tbs chilly vinegar, 1 tbs balsamic vinegar, 4 […]

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

TORTA TAL-LEWŻ U T-TIN (FIG AND ALMOND TART)
For the pastry:   Blitz in processor to a fine breadcrumb consistency 500g plain flour, 250g margerine, 100g sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon,1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1 tbs lemon zest;  bind with two beaten eggs and some water.  Rest in fridge for one hour before using.
 
Filling:  Beat together 3 […]

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013

TORTI KESĦIN TAL-MAJJAL (COLD PORK PIES!)
These are absolutely delicious to eat in Summer with a refreshing salad; they also transport well for a day by the beach!
Pastry:   The traditional English pork pies call for a pastry with lard;  I have here used the normal short-crust pastry, which also came out fine, and with less calorific […]

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

Insalata bil-brunġiel u bżar aħdar mixwi (grilled aubergine and pepper salad)
Thinly slice one aubergine;  cut one large green pepper into thick strips; drizzle with olive oil and grill for about 15 minutes;  cool; in a dish layer two slice grilled aubergine overlapping each other, one slice gruyere cheese, top with grilled pepper strip and top […]

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

Tadam mimli bil-couscous (Couscous stuffed tomatoes)
Halve four tomatoes and remove flesh and seeds; in a bowl prepare instant couscous by adding 200g couscous, one mugful of vegetable stock; cover for 5 minutes; separate grains with a fork.  In the meantime fry a chopped green pepper, one small onion, 2 chopped garlic cloves, and add a […]

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

Pulpetti tas-salamun (salmon patties)
Boil 5 chopped potatoes till soft;  drain;  in a processor chop the boiled potatoes, two small tins salmon, one small packet of smoked salmon,  one onion, the zest of half a lemon, a handful of basil, 2 tbs mayonnaise, 2 eggs;  season.  Form into patties and coat in breadcrumbs; shallow fry or […]

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

This is surprisingly very tasty and is an excellent light and healthy lunch for a hot summer’s day!
GAZPACHO (chilled tomato soup!)
Whizz together in a blender the following ingredients:  1 kilo chopped and seeded tomatoes, one half chopped green pepper, 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic, one half peeled, chopped and seeded cucumber, seasoning, one mugful […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

I am calling this variation ‘summertime’ because I experimented with summer produce for the filling, rather than the usual ham/egg/cheese/herb filling.  Besides, when I cook the traditional beef olives in winter, I cook them with peas and carrots in a thick gravy and serve them with mash…this variation is more suitable for the hot days […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

TORTA TAL-MARMURAT (ALMOND AND CHOCOLATE TART)
For the pastry:  process 200g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 100g butter till like finebreadcrumbs;  add 2 tbs sugar and continue mixing;  add some lemon zest and vanilla essence.  Bind with one egg and some cold water.  Rest in fridge for about an hour.
Filling:  In a bowl mix […]

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Tuna and tomato
Prepare bread base as described in the cheesy ftira;  top with sliced fresh tomatoes, 2 cloves chopped garlic,one small tin tuna, one tin anchovy fillets, one chopped onion, one thinly sliced pre-boiled potato, some capers, seasoning, and chopped fresh herbs (basil, mint, marjoram).  Drizzle with olive oil.  Bake in a hot preheated oven […]

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Gozitan Cheesy pizza!
This is best done using a bread dough;  you can buy it from your local baker or make your own just like I did…here’s the recipe:
Bread dough
Mix 600g plain flour and 2 sachets yeast, with 60g melted butter, 3 tbs olive oil and some salt; work into a dough.  Spread some olive oil […]

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Peanutbutter and chocolate cookies  by Sandra Hammett
300g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
150g butter
100g peanut butter
100g brown sugar
100g sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp golden syrup
2 large eggs
100g mixed nuts (walnuts and almonds) chopped
Chocolate chips
Cream the butters, sugar, vanilla and add the eggs.  Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder.  Gradually stir […]

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Chicken and mushroom pie
Olive oil pastry:  mix together with a fork 500g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 7 tbs olive oil;  rest for one hour in the fridge before using.
Filling:  Fry in some olive oil one large chopped onion, four chopped bacon rashers, 750g cubed chicken breast, (optional) chopped green pepper;  add some […]

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Spaghettini and cheese omelette
Boil some spaghettini for five minutes; drain. Beat four eggs, add grated cheddar, white ġbejna (cheeselet) and some grated parmesan. Finely chop some parsley and basil (optional, but nicer!).   Mix pasta with eggs, cheeses, herbs and season well.Shallow fry on both sides on medium heat for about ten minutes (five mins. […]

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Pulpetti tal-laħam (Pork and beef patties)
Process till smooth 500g pork and beef mince, 1 onion, 1 slice bread, fresh thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, pinch ground cloves, seasoning, 1 egg , (optional some sausage meat).  Form into patties, coat in breadcrumbs, and fry or bake till golden.

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

In Malta fish is plentiful, and luckily, so is seafood!! This is a delicious and easy dish to prepare to impress family and friends!!
Fresh seafood spaghetti
Chop about six tomatoes and some cherry tomatoes;  finely chop six cloves of garlic and fry in some olive oil;  add fresh mussels, glass of white wine, 4 tbs tomato […]

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Monday, August 5th, 2013

Get the crunchiest ftira you can find and cut in four.  Finely chop one small onion,two cloves garlic, two tomatoes, one green pepper, one peppered ġbejna, some capers, some chopped olives, one large pickled onion, 6 sun dried tomatoes, some ġardiniera (pickled veg.), some chopped cucumber, one tin tuna, four fillets of anchovies, handful of […]

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Aubergines (or Marrows) stuffed with mushrooms! By Sandra Hammett
Recipe: Saute some chopped onions, few cloves garlic, chopped pancetta, gammon in a bit of olive oil…add some of the aubergine (and marrow) flesh….season with salt and crushed pepper, thyme, chopped parsley….. add half a cup flour and mix to a roux;  add 1 mug of […]

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Wash and roughly chop about six kilos tomatoes;  remove all seeds and as much liquid as possible;  put in a large pan with half a cup olive oil, 3 tbs rock salt and 2 tbs sugar and cook for about 15 minutes, cool. Process the tomatoes, skin and all, then transfer to a blender and […]

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Choose some ripe but firm tomatoes, wash and dry;  split in halves and put on a dish lined with baking paper;  sprinkle liberally with rock salt and cover with a net;  put in the sun for three or four days but take in at night as dew will spoil them.  Bottle and top with either […]

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Sinizza by Sandra Hammett
This is a delicious Maltese sweet consisting of a soft sponge roll, filled with ricotta and candied fruit, cooked in puff pastry.
For the sponge:
4 eggs; 100g plain flour;  100g sugar; 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda; 1 tsp baking powder;  vanilla essence.
Beat the eggs and sugar for about five mins. till thick add […]

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Today I went to the farmers’ Market in Ta’Qali and bought a whole lot of aubergines for just 1 euro!! This is how I freeze them;  first wash and remove stalk;  cut into slices and sprinkle with rock salt and leave in sieve for around twenty minutes to ‘sweat’them (remove the bitter juices);  rinse thoroughly […]

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Pulpetti tal-qarabagħli (courgette fritters)
Boil 500g chopped courgettes in salted water, drain.  Fry in some olive oil one chopped onion;  process together the courgettes, onion, 4 cloves garlic, 1slice bread, some grated parmesan, parsley, seasoning, one egg.  Form into patties, dip in breadcrumbs, and fry till golden.  Nice served on a bed of rice with a […]

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Mqarrun il-forn (Baked macaroni)
Boil 500g macaroni al dente (about ten minutes).  For the bolognaise sauce fry one chopped onion, 3 cloves chopped garlic, 4 chopped back bacon rashers, (optional, chopped chicken liver), 500g mince (I use a mix of pork and beef), 6 large chopped tomatoes, 3 tbs tomato puree, some mixed spice, seasoning, stock […]

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

Pudina tal-ħobż (Maltese bread pudding)
Take a day-old loaf (or sliced loaf) and tear into pieces (remove crust).  Pour one mug hot water to soften, then drain;  add one cup milk, 4tbs cocoa, 2 tbs drinking choc., 1 pkt dried mixed fruits, some glace cherries, some almonds/hazelnuts, sugar to taste (I suggest about 3 tbs), 1 […]

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Maltese Bread Pudding
Monday, July 29th, 2013

Mediterranean Tagliatelle
Fry in some olive oil one chopped onion, four crushed garlic cloves, one chopped green pepper, one thinly sliced courgette, 6 sun-dried tomatoes (chopped), 3 tbs capers, some whole olives, chopped fresh parsley and basil.  Add seasoning.  Process a large handful of basil, half a cup olive oil, 4 tbs grated parmesan and 8 […]

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

Aubergine and pepper dip by Sandra Hammett
Prick with a fork one aubergine and one green or red pepper;  bake in a hot oven for about 45 mins or till skin is charred;  cool in a plastic bag;  cut the aubergine in half and peel the skin and chop flesh;  peel pepper, remove seeds and chop;  […]

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

Aljoli dip by Sandra Hammett (My absolute favourite!)
Chop in processor one day old loaf of bread or sliced bread (crusts removed) till you have fine breadcrumbs;  add two tomatoes,1 cup olive oil, 8 cloves of garlic, 2 tbs chilli vinegar, 2 tbs balsamic vinegar, half a tin of kunserva (tomato puree), 6 sundried tomatoes, 2 […]

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

Patata bil-kemmun (cumin spiced potatoes) by Sandra Hammett
Peel and chop in evenly sized cubes 6 potatoes; boil for ten minutes till cooked but still firm; drain and cool; chop 4 garlic cloves,a handful of parsley; mix with potatoes and add 4tbs olive oil, 2 tbs chilli vinegar, 3 tbs cumin seeds, 2 tbs ground cumin, […]

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Cumin spiced potatoes
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Kejk tal-jogurt (Yoghurt cake) by Sandra Hammett
1 pot vanilla or plain yoghurt
2 pots sugar
3 eggs
3 pots plain flour
1 pot sunflower oil
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbs bicarbonate of soda
Mix yoghurt with sugar.  Add eggs and beat well, then add the sieved flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.  Lastly add oil;  may be mixed by hand!  […]

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Cinnabons by Xandra!
For the dough:
235 ml warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 eggs, room temperature
75 g margarine, melted
615 g bread flour
6 g salt
100 g white sugar
10 g bread machine yeast
Cinnamon spread for dough:
220 g brown sugar, packed
15 g ground cinnamon
75 g butter, softened
Topping for cinnabons:
85 g cream cheese, softened
55 g butter, softened
190 g confectioners’ […]

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

For the cake:  Beat together 225g soft margerine, 225g sugar, 275g self-raising flour, (sieved), 2 tsps baking powder, 4 large eggs, 4 tbs milk, until very soft and fluffy.  Line a 30x23cm round dish with baking paper….level and bake for around 40 mins in a preheated oven (180 lowered to 150 fan oven).  Cool and […]

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Savoury party wraps by Sandra Hammett
Spread six small wraps with one portion cream cheese each;  add some mayonnaise and spread;  layer with smoked salmon and add some cucumber cut lengthwise with seeds removed.  Put cucumber sticks on the side where you are going to start rolling so that they end up in the middle.  Roll […]

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Skaloppini tal-brunġiel
Skaloppini tal-Brunġiel (Aubergine escalopes)
(aubergine escalopes)  by Sandra Hammett
Slice aubergines and prepare them by sprinkling some rock salt on them and leave in a sieve for about twenty minutes for the bitter juices to be removed.  Rinse well and grill but do not brown.
Beat two eggs in a bowl;  mix together some breadcrumbs, crushed pepper, […]

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Braġolun…Beef Roll by Sandra Hammett
Fry in some olive oil 4 beaten eggs, mixed with chopped basil or parsley, some grated parmesan and seasoning;  this amount should yield two large omelettes.  Overlap  4 large slices of beef to form one large square, place omelette on top of beef, then gammon slices, two sliced tomatoes, and one […]

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Watermelon sorbet by Sandra Hammett
Roughly chop half a large watermelon, remove seeds.  Blend well.  Boil 1 mug sugar in 1 mug water till dissolved.  Cool.  Mix with the blended watermelon and freeze till solid.  Take out of freezer for about 15 before serving.
Watermelon sorbet!
 

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Watermelon sorbet!
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Salmon fillets on creamed spinach by Sandra Hammett
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a griddle pan over medium heat. Add the salmon fillets and cook for 15 minutes, turning over after 7 minutes.
In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and cook one small chopped onion over medium heat for 5 minutes; add […]

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Salmon Fillet on creamed spinach served with roasted Maltese potatoes and tomatoes
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Almond and strawberry pudding
Tear half a loaf of bread (slices) into pieces and soften in one mug warm milk and one cup hot water.  Mix to a soft consistency.   Add 2 cups pure ground almonds, (optional) few drops of almond essence, some vanilla essence,  2 beaten eggs, strawberry jam (about half a jar), fresh strawberries, […]

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Pudina tal-ħobż bil-lewż u l-frawli!
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Nanna’s icecream  by  Sandra Hammett
Freeze overnight two tins of milk (one can also use light but the result won’t be the same!);  line two plastic boxes with slices of plain vanilla cake, spread with warmed jam (I used strawberry), drizzle with Martini bianco (dry).  Beat the frozen milk with a whisk, add some vanilla and […]

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Il-ġelat tan-nanna!
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Yoghurt pastry: 400g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tubs light plain yoghurt. Mix to a pliable dough and rest in fridge for at least one hour. Grill one sliced aubergine, zucchini, pepper, 4 chopped tomatoes, season…in some olive oil fry one chopped onion, 4 cloves garlic; line a dish with baking paper, […]

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Ftira tal-brunġiel u l-ġbejniet!
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Fresh tomato and basil sauce for pasta! (Għaġin biz-zalza tat-tadam frisk u l-ħabaq!)
Għaġin biz-zalza tat-tadam frisk u ħabaq!
Finely chop 4 cloves of garlic, one small red onion, 6 large tomatoes. Fry in some olive oil the garlic and onion….add the chopped tomatoes, 4 tbs kunserva (tomato puree) and a handful of torn basil leaves. Add […]

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