International Cuisine

COMFORTING BEEF & MUSHROOM STROGANOFF

Date: 25 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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Creamy and rich, Beef & Mushroom Stroganoff would be so welcoming on a cold winter’s day! You can serve this with pasta, rice or garlicky mashed potatoes.  Works beautifully with all three! Olive Oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 350gr white mushrooms, sliced thickly 800gr beef, cut into strips ¼ cup brandy…

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CHICKPEA PATTIES WITH FETA, CARROT & CELERY

Date: 24 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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Very similar to the Lebanese Felafel, these patties are also made with chickpeas however they have some veggies in them as well as Feta Cheese which apart from keeping them moist,  gives them such a lovely flavour.  I have oven baked them and also shallow fried them.  Both ways came good.  Baked, they have a…

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THE CLASSIC FRENCH MUSHROOM DUXELLES

Date: 23 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Savory Snacks & Nibbles Comments

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Mushroom Duxelles is an old fashioned French recipe which dates back to the 1600′s.  It is basically a mix of finely chopped mushrooms and herbs cooked in butter.  It is used in stuffings, sauces, pastry fillings, to flavor soups or even as a garnish.  It is very simple to make and it adds an intense…

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OSSO BUCO WITH GREMOLADA & RISOTTO MILANESE

Date: 20 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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A traditional dish from Milan, Osso Buco is very easy to prepare.  There are two versions, the older and more traditional version is made with white wine whilst this one, which is more modern and popular is cooked in a rich tomato sauce.  Usually it is served with Risotto Milanese, made with Saffron, but many…

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DELICIOUS WATERMELON RIND AND SPINACH CURRY

Date: 12 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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Whenever we buy a watermelon, we usually slice it, remove the rind and just enjoy the delicious refreshing red flesh of this fruit, don’t we?  Well, next time, before you throw the rind in the bin like usual, do try this quick and easy recipe!  It is gluten free, vegetarian and vegan too! 350g Watermelon…

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SOPPA TAL-GWERRA OR TOQLIJA (WAR SOUP)

Date: 01 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes, Starters & Soups Comments

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Growing up, this soup was a staple in our household.  It is a very simple and basic soup and it was given the name ‘Soppa Tal-Gwerra’ (War Soup) by my dad but I do remember my mum calling it also ‘Toqlija’ (coming from the verb ‘Taqli’ which means to saute).  I guess they called it…

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BHAL FIL-FORN (BRAISED PORK & POTATO CASSEROLE)

Date: 23 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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A literal translation of Bhal Fil-Forn is ‘Like in the Oven’.  Basically it is layered pork chops, onions, garlic and potatoes with some thick Maltese Sausage thrown in.  And instead of roasting it, it is cooked in a similar way to braising.  However, everything is thrown in raw and left to cook slowly for a…

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INDIVIDUAL INSALATA CAPRESE, JUST AN INNOVATIVE WAY

Date: 16 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Starters & Soups Comments

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Always a favorite!  This is more a post for esthetics rather than a recipe.  Just a pretty way of serving individual Insalata Caprese if you have friends over for dinner. All you need is a sharp knife, beautiful red tomatoes, Mozzarella Di Bufala, some basil sprigs and a little patience. 4 firm Tomatoes 3-4 Mozzarella…

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THE LOVELY TRIO OF ACCOMPANIMENTS TO BEEF KOFTAS

Date: 14 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Salads, Savory Snacks & Nibbles, Side Dishes Comments

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And here is this lovely trio which you can serve with the Beef Koftas.  But it does not have to be just Koftas, all three can be served individually, or with other dishes, for example the Yoghurt and Cucumber which will go so well with a lovely hot and spicy curry.  In this case, it…

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STUFFED BELL PEPPERS, THE MALTESE WAY

Date: 14 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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There seems to be so many different versions when it comes to stuffed peppers.  Many fill them with a mix of rice and veggies, or with couscous and quinoa and many with meat too.   This is the way my mother always made hers.  Oh and the smell whilst they were cooking … heartbreaking.  I had…

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AUBERGINE, SWEET POTATO & CHICKPEA CURRY

Date: 13 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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  I never have enough of curries, be it Indian or Thai…sometimes even just in a normal stew…have to have that little hint of curry!  This Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry is great for both vegetarians and vegans and also for the meat lovers, try it … makes a nice change! Vegetable Oil 1…

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DELICIOUSLY CRISPY ASIAN CHICKEN WINGS

Date: 10 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes, Savory Snacks & Nibbles Comments

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I suppose you know that most cooking involves chemistry and chemical reactions.  I have to say I sucked at chemistry so I just accepted (and very happily too), the result of roasting chicken wings coated in baking powder.  The skin did come so crispy! The other thing I did notice was that the wings remained…

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