Starters & Soups

NICE ‘N SPICY PUMPKIN SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK

Date: 14 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Starters & Soups Comments

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I make nearly all my soups in the soup maker.  It is the greatest gadget ever really.  In under 30 minutes you have a delicious soup, whizzed smooth or else left chunky, however you prefer it.  You can still make any of my soups by literally throwing all the ingredients in a pot with stock…

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HEARTY SALAMELLA, LENTIL & VEGETABLE SOUP

Date: 09 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Starters & Soups Comments

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This soup became a regular thing at home.  It had started as a Cabbage Soup, you know the one, whenever we start feeling guilty and always try to start the Cabbage Soup Diet.  Oh well, the intention is always there … Anyways, to make it more interesting and definitely not what you can now call…

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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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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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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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NICE & CREAMY PEAR, SPECK & GORGONZOLA PASTA

Date: 06 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Pastas, Starters & Soups Comments

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This pasta dish in itself is the simplest ever.  The garnish will however make this humble pasta dish stand out if you have guests over for dinner.  You can prepare the pear chips a day before and store in an airtight container. And on the day you can just make the pasta sauce whilst the…

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TOMATOES STUFFED WITH CAULIFLOWER COUSCOUS

Date: 05 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Salads, Side Dishes, Starters & Soups Comments

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Don’t feel like cooking because its too hot?  Then here is something you can rustle up quickly which is healthy and still so delicious and looks pretty too ! 4 large Tomatoes 1 Head of Cauliflower 1/4 cup Fresh Basil, roughly chopped 1/4 cup Fresh Mint, roughly chopped 1/4 cup Parsley, roughly chopped 2 Garlic…

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AUBERGINE CREAM & GORGONZOLA RISOTTO

Date: 05 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Risottos, Starters & Soups Comments

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This risotto might require a bit more prep than the usual risotto since you have to cook the aubergine separately.  The bacon helps give this risotto a lovely mild smokey taste which blends so well with the Gorgonzola. Olive oil 1 small Aubergine 2/3 Slices of Smoked Bacon Fresh or Dried Thyme 3 Garlic Cloves,…

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TOMATO, BASIL & FONTINA RISOTTO

Date: 04 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Risottos, Starters & Soups Comments

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Lovely summer flavors can be found in this risotto! You can serve this as an elegant starter using a ring mold (see photo below) or else normally as a mains. This risotto can be eaten as is or even as a base, that is, it would be lovely with some fresh prawns cooked in garlic,…

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BLACK OLIVE, ARTICHOKE & CAPER PASTA

Date: 02 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Pastas, Starters & Soups Comments

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Too hot to cook?   Then try this ‘No-Cook’ pasta sauce. You would like this when the temperature reaches an all time high.  It can be prepared in just the time it takes for your pasta to cook! 200g black olives 3 marinated artichokes, drained 4 tbsp capers 1/2 tsp anchovy paste 1 tsp lemon juice 1…

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MUSHROOM & POTATO RISOTTO

Date: 20 Aug 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Risottos, Starters & Soups Comments

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A variation on the usual mushroom risotto using potatoes together with the mushrooms to make it even more rich, creamy and delicious! 300g Carnaroli or Arborio Rice 2 medium potatoes 250g mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves 1/2 cup white wine 1lt Gluten Free vegetable stock 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese 1…

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CAPONATA ON RISOTTO MILANESE

Date: 12 Jul 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Risottos, Starters & Soups Comments

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Take the humble Caponata to a higher level by serving it as a simple yet elegant dinner starter! The Caponata can be prepared before hand as well as the Parmesan Crisps.  So you just have to prepare your risotto and assemble everything just before serving. 1 white onion, chopped Olive oil 240g arborio rice 2…

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