Homemade Christmas Mince Pies

Christmas is coming! 🌟🎅🤶🎄🎁 Mince pies are muffin-size pies filled with a delicious mixture of liqueur soaked fruit and topped with a pastry lid. They are one of the traditional English Christmas treats that have been adopted in various countries. In Malta, you can find them in all supermarkets and you can also find jars…

Zucchini & Aubergine Pasta Bake

This recipe is inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi’s Pasta and Butternut Squash Cake. A couple of weeks ago, I followed this recipe to prepare my version of this ‘cake’ for a weekend lunch. I did some minor twists to the original recipe and it was definitely a hit and super delicious. Any leftovers were soon gone…

Maltese Christmas Log

The Maltese Christmas Log is very different than the Yule log, popular throughout Europe. Instead of sponge cake, the Maltese one is made with crushed biscuits and a variety of nuts, fruit and sometimes chocolate chips. It is very popular during the festive season, and besides it being sooo delicious it is very simple to…

Cheesy Zucchini Muffins

It is the season for BBQs and picnics, when everyone prepares meals and snacks to share with their family and friends. I have a perfect food item for your next get-together! 🙂 These savoury cheesy zucchini muffins are easy to make and sooo delicious! They can be eaten on their own or served with a…

Lemon ‘Cheesecake’ with a hint of Earl Grey

During our vegan challenge, a sweets festival was held here in Budapest. Various vendors set up stalls in one of the main squares and sold their heavenly products to the crowd. We decided to pop by and admire the works of art made out of chocolate and other candy, the beautifully decorated cakes and the stunning macaroons…

Quiche

Quiche is another all time favourite at home. It is great for Sunday brunch, light lunch or even dinner accompanied with a leafy salad. It is very simple to make! The basic ingredients for a quiche are the pastry, eggs and milk or cream. You can then opt for a vegetarian version or add meat if…

Traditional Maltese Figolli

Figolli are a traditional Easter cookie cake with almond filling, decorated with chocolate or icing. Traditionally they were made in the shapes of Catholic symbols related to Easter but nowadays you can find them in all shapes, such as lamb, rabbit, heart, fish, butterfly, cars… At home, we bake Figolli every year. They are not too hard…

Qassatat tal-Piżelli

Last week, I was really craving some Maltese qassatat. These are the fast food of Malta, along with the pastizzi, square pizza, sausage rolls and various pies. In almost every village you will find that small shop selling these tasty snacks. I had never made them before, but knowing I would not find something similar here…