International Cuisine

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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OUR MALTESE VERSION OF THE ENGLISH TRIFLE

Date: 09 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Desserts, Food, International Cuisine, Sweets & Treats Comments

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This ‘Maltese’ style of Trifle reminds me of my childhood.  It was quite popular during that time and if invited to someone’s house, somehow, you are either given Trifle or you take them a Trifle! It is a refreshing dessert as it is eaten chilled and is exploding with so many different yummy flavors! 2…

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RABBIT WITH SPAGHETTI ISCHIA STYLE

Date: 08 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes, Pastas, Starters & Soups Comments

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I love our Maltese Rabbit and most of the time I cook rabbit the usual Maltese ways.  However I came across this rabbit recipe on a Neapolitan Cookbook I had.  It comes from the little island of Ischia, in the Gulf of Naples.  It is quite simple really, and the author stresses that it should…

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HEALTHY CAULIFLOWER TABBOULEH

Date: 05 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes, Salads, Savory Snacks & Nibbles, Side Dishes Comments

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Hey, just because we cannot have Bulgur Wheat, we can still enjoy a lovely refreshing Tabbouleh!  And it is also less calories too!  Try this Tabbouleh version.  Hope you will like it.  It is perfect Summer Fare! 1 Head of Cauliflower 1 Garlic Clove, chopped 4 firm tomatoes 1 Cucumber 3 spring onions, white and…

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