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    How to Cook dishes from Malta

    Malta Today, the Maltese people enjoy a varied Mediterranean cuisine, particularly influenced by Italian cuisine. Malta however has many historic links with other countries, and many other influences can be seen in Maltese cuisine, for example, Moorish influences.

    Some popular Maltese recipes and dishes include:
    • Aljotta - A fish soup containing garlic, herbs and tomatoes that is often served with rice.

    • Bigilla - A traditional bean dip made from mashed dried broad beans with seasonings and optionally chili.

    • Bragjoli - A thin slice of beef surrounding a mixture of breadcrumbs, bacon, eggs and cheese.

    • Brodu - A broth containing meat (beef or chicken usually) and vegetables, and served with pasta.

    • Fenkata - Rabbit served in tomato sauce or gravy. The meat is usually lightly fried and then simmered as a casserole for several hours.

    • Imqaret - A deep-fried pastry filled with dates.

    • Kapunata - The Maltese version of ratatouille. Served hot or cold, and even used as a pizza topping.

    • Kusksu - A thick soup made from chicken stock, and containing broad beans, pasta beads (known as "kusksu"), onions, tomato paste and garlic.

    • Laham taz-ziemel - Stallion meat with white wine sauce.

    • Lampuka - Mahi-mahi, a white fish. It can be eaten pan-fried with olive oil, oven-baked with a tomato and wine sauce, or made into fish pies.

    • Minestra - A thick vegetable soup, particularly popular in Winter, and usually eaten with crusty Maltese bread known as "hobza".

    • Mqarrun il-Forn - Baked macaroni with bolognese sauce and egg. Bacon and peas are added in some versions of the recipe, and the dish is usually topped with a layer of grated cheese or bescamella (white sauce).

    • Pastizzi - Pastry stuffed with ricotta or a mushy pea mixture.

    • Ravjul - The Maltese version of ravioli, filled with ricotta and parsley (and sometimes spinach), or with minced meat. The dish is covered with a tomato sauce and topped with cheese.

    • Ross il-Forn - Baked rice. This dish is similar to Mqarrun il-Forn, but with rice instead of macaroni (water is added before cooking), and the addition of curry.

    • Qargha Baghli - Stuffed marrows with ground beef and parsley. They can be baked or made into a creamy soup.

    • Soppa ta' l-armla - Literally translated, "soppa ta' l-armla" means "widow's soup", the dish supposedly having gots its name because neighbors donated it poor widows living in their communities. Soppa ta' l-armla is a thinner version of minestra (vegetable soup), but with the addition of fresh gbejniet (small, round cheeses, made from sheep's milk) which melt in the soup, and raw eggs added at the end to coagulate the soup.

    • Timpana - A pastry covered version of Mqarrun il-Forn (baked macaroni). A small amount of ground (minced) beef, and sometimes hard-boiled eggs, are added, then then the whole thing is encased in a pastry crust.

    • Zalzett tal-Malti - A traditional Maltese sausage made from pork and flavored with black peppercorns, coriander seeds, parsley, sea salt, and sometimes garlic. There are varieties which are dried and others that are eaten fresh.
    Some Maltese desserts and sweets include:
    • Figolla - An icing-coated biscuit stuffed with sweet ground almonds. It is traditionally eaten at Easter, and made into shapes such as a fish, a lamb, a heart, etc.

    • Helwa tat-Tork - "Turk's sweet" - The Maltese version of Halva.

    • Kwarezimal - Biscuits, traditionally eaten during Lent.

    • Pudina ta' l-Hobz - Bread pudding. Pudina ta' l-Hobz is made from stale bread, soaked in water over night, and milk, cocoa, sugar, dried fruit, nuts, and sometimes liqueurs, are then added.

    • Qaghaq ta' l-Ghasel - A light pastry ring made with honey or treacle. Originally eaten at Christmas, but now popular all yexar round.

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    Traditional Maltese Catholic Lenten Cookbook

    By Hope and Life Press

    Independently published
    Paperback (60 pages)

    Traditional Maltese Catholic Lenten Cookbook
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    The "Traditional Maltese Catholic Lenten Cookbook" presents 45 recipes of various foods and drinks that the people of the Maltese Islands have consumed during Lent and Easter since the time of Saint Paul's Shipwreck in Malta. Using weights and measures in both American and metric systems, with cooking methods handed down intergenerationally often through oral transmission, this cookbook, which is the first of its kind, gives the reader mouth-watering recipes for soups, dips, main dishes, drinks, sweets, desserts, and coffee to enjoy, all of which are meatless and can be consumed not just during Lent, but throughout the whole year by the health-conscious. Included are delicious and timeless Maltese recipes of the main dishes, cakes and sweets traditionally consumed on Easter Sunday.

    East/West: A Culinary Journey Through Malta, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Morocco, and Andalucia

    By Shane Delia

    Interlink Pub Group
    Hardcover (272 pages)

    East/West: A Culinary Journey Through Malta, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Morocco, and Andalucia
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    Follow award-winning chef Shane Delia as he visits souks and local kitchens in six countries. From Morocco, Malta, and Andalusia in the West, to Turkey, Lebanon, and Iran in the East, the food and flavors of the Middle East permeate almost every aspect of daily life. Orange blossom and rose petals, spice-encrusted slow-cooked meats, fermented yogurts, dates, and olivesthese are the flavors that have entranced visitors for centuries and that have recently experienced a surge in popularity in Western kitchens. Award-winning Maltese-Australian chef Shane Delia journeys to both the well-trodden souks and private dining rooms of locals across six countries, in search of the most exciting local flavors to bring back to his kitchen. East West offers 80 recipes, distilled for the home cook. Accompanied by hundreds of stunning images shot on location, this is a book for foodies and anyone who has ever dreamed of taking their own culinary journey.

    Taste of Malta

    By Claudia Caruana

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    Describes traditional techniques and ingredients for Maltese cooking, and includes such recipes as lima bean and chick pea salad, stuffed eggplant, octopus stew, rabbit pie, and bread pudding

    The Way We Ate

    By Matty Cremona

    Midsea Books
    Released: 2011-06-14
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    What is Maltese food? Like the food of all nations it moves with the times and food fashions or fads are quick to come and go. It is the signature dishes - the tried and tested dishes - that endure to become "traditional". But even these are subject to change and availability. Imagine if food purists sneered when potatoes were woven into the tapestry of Maltese food? What then of our famous patata Maltija, patata fgat or patata fil-forn? Or our perfect hobz biz-zejt that was probably first made with oil and a few olives - if traditionalists had sniffed at the tomato and said, "what's this strange foreign fruit?", where would our national dish be today? So it is far more interesting to trace the evolution of our nation's favourite dishes; why we eat what we eat and how we eat it. Even, when we eat it. All of these play a part in stitching together a multi flavoured backdrop to our history because eating is something people have to (and want to) do every day and always have. The foods they chose to eat were the result of the environment they were living in. The foods we choose to eat today are conditioned by their choices and influenced by our situation today. Therefore our meals are a tiny, if slightly cloudy, window onto the past, kindly held open by recipes handed on down through the generations, making us the eaters we are today. This book traces the history of some of our popular dishes, meals and festivals. The information therein creates a wonderful picture of the past.

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    MEMORIES CARVED IN STONE: Bread, Olives, Honey, San Martin; MEMORIES CAUGHT IN PAINT: Carnival Food, Coffee and Rebellion, Ice-cream and Visiting Ladies, Oranges; MEMORIES TRACED ON PAPER: A Baptism at the Palace, Pasta and a Burly Maltese Officer, The Old Porker, The Rabbit Habit LIVING MEMORIES: The First Half of the 20th Century, Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, Wartime food and Victory Kitchens

    Recipes from Malta: A Guide to Traditional Maltese Cookery

    By Anne & Helen Carvana Galizia

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    Recipes from Malta: A Guide to Traditional Maltese Cookery

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