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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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. … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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.   … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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; … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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. … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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: … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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). … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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. … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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:  … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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;  … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Skaloppini tal-brunġiel (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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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), … Read More

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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 … Read More

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Fresh tomato and basil sauce for pasta! (Għaġin biz-zalza tat-tadam frisk u l-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 … Read More

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