Almond Matcha Cookies

Inspired by my recent blog post about our trip to Japan, I got hold of some matcha green tea powder. The smell of it and the flavour took me straight back to the streets of Kyoto, the capital of matcha tea. I decided to bake some matcha-flavoured cookies. These are not traditional cookies you will…

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

This recipe is inspired by the Hungarian 🇭🇺 dish – töltött káposzta (stuffed cabbage). Recently, I discovered that it is commonly served during Christmas time, however, it is also a popular dish during the cold winter months. With the Christmas season fast approaching, I think it was appropriate to prepare these cabbage rolls. Töltött káposzta…

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…

Gluten free Cheesy Spinach Bites

Spinach is packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It has a lot of health and nutritional benefits. Spinach is very versatile and can be included in so many recipes. It can be eaten raw or cooked and can be added to salads, pasta, sandwiches, stews, smoothies and dips. This recipe will turn bland spinach leaves…

Għadam tal-Mejtin, Maltese Almond Cookies

Għadam tal-Mejtin, which literally translates to “dead men’s bones”, can sound a bit creepy. But never mind the name… they are absolutely delicious almond cookies. The name comes from the shape of the cookies, which are prepared in the form of a bone. These traditional Maltese cookies are prepared in the beginning of November, in…

Imqarrun il-Forn, Maltese Baked Macaroni

Imqarrun il-Forn (baked macaroni), also known as baked pasta (Għaġin il-Forn), is a traditional and popular Maltese dish. It is very often served as starter during Christmas lunches, however, it is also enjoyed throughout the year at family gathering and Sunday lunches. The dish combines penne or rigatoni, a rich tomato ragù sauce, hard-boiled eggs,…

Roasted Aubergine with Spiced Rice

I am back with another aubergine recipe! I have already mentioned on this blog that it is one of my favourite vegetables. I know some people absolutely hate it… let’s face it… if it is not properly cooked, it can tend to be spongey and unpleasant to eat. However, with some help from a good…

Middle Eastern Inspired Halloumi

I always have a packet of halloumi cheese in my fridge. It is quick to prepare and very versatile. You can easily slide it into a pan, cook it for a couple of minutes and it’s done. You can add it to salads or grilled vegetables or even serve it as a vegetarian burger. It…

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…

Roasted Pumpkin, Feta & Spinach Salad

After a short summer break, I am back to share with you more of my favourite simple recipes. During the past weeks, I took the opportunity to test out some new recipes and also had the chance for a short holiday in Bavaria, Germany (more on this in an upcoming blog post). It is still…