Main Dishes

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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SWEET & SAVORY SWEET POTATO & PORK CRUMBLE

Date: 19 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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The very first time I made this, I kinda wasn’t convinced how it would turn out …. a sweet crumble on top of something so savory? But oh my when it was baking … the smell of the cinnamon was heartbreaking!  And the taste, sweet with salty … lovely!  Do not be put off…first give…

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NO PASTRY & ALL VEGETABLE AUBERGINE LASAGNA

Date: 19 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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I know that thankfully, today we have available such a large variety of gluten free pasta, however, our pasta is still full of starches.  So if you are looking for something with less carbs, than this is perfect.  This lasagna uses aubergine slices in lieu of the pasta.  You will not even notice there is…

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DELICIOUS INDIAN SPICED ROAST CHICKEN & POTATOES

Date: 15 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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I must have been Indian in a previous life … as you may note I tend to make a lot of curries and add many spices to my dishes.  I do not like bland dishes like many do not like spicy ones.  So if you happen to be one of those who would shy away…

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POTATO TOPPED, CHEESE & ONION OAT PIE

Date: 14 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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An interesting and different kind of pie.  Filling is mostly made with oats and crushed hazelnuts which is then combined with eggs, onions and cheddar cheese.  This is topped (which actually is the bottom as you will see) with scalloped potatoes, grilled to a lovely golden brown. Olive oil 25gr butter 2 large onions, sliced…

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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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ZUCCHINI STUFFED WITH BROWN RICE & VEGGIES

Date: 03 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable, although, botanically, zucchini is actually a fruit!  Can be cooked in so many ways that are savory and also in sweets.  So it is no wonder it is unbelievably delicious in cakes, since it is a fruit, after all! A top favorite way is definitely stuffed zucchini.  Our traditional…

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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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CRISPY & HEALTHY SAUTE OF VEGETABLES

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

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This delicious mix of vegetables can be served as a side dish for any dinner or it can also double up as a mains for a meat free dinner! It is also lovely added to some boiled and cooled pasta to make a pasta salad.  It must the the easiest recipe ever, really.  You can…

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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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