A taste of Malta

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I’m going to start this off by saying we love food in the Treasure household so imagine my absolute delight when I was offered a huge hamper full of new food to try for the Expedia World on a Plate campaign* I was challenged to create a feast using foods from Malta. The hamper itself contained absolutely masses, in fact, it kept us going for an entire week. Safe to say we are now complete Maltese food converts.

Here’s what I came up with…

To begin, along with various pastries, we had traditional Maltese water biscuits called Galletti to try with Maltese cheese. I added a few fresh figs and grapes and this was all served as a posh starter!

Maltese water biscuits Galletti with goats cheese, figs and grapes

For our main I used the traditional Maltese sausages to make meatball spaghetti with a very simple fresh tomato sauce:

Traditional Maltese sausage with a tomato based sauce and spaghetti

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • Maltese sausage (renowned for being salty so don’t add it at the cooking stage)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 spring onions
  • glug of olive oil
  • 3 yellow tomatoes
  • 3 red tomatoes
  • a tin of chopped tomatoes
  • half a glass of white wine
  • Maltese goats cheese
  • flat leaf parsley
  • 1 packet uncooked spaghetti

Method

  • cut sausages into sections and form into balls
  • thinly slice garlic and chop spring onions and add to frying pan with a glug of olive oil
  • add sausages and brown
  • add wine, cook for around 5 minutes
  • add tinned tomatoes and cook for 20 minutes
  • meanwhile, boil water for spaghetti and cook for 11 minutes
  • add fresh tomatoes to sauce and cook for a few minutes
  • add pasta straight to sauce and combine
  • garnish with a handful of chopped parsley and a grating of goats cheese

spaghetti, tomato sauce with Maltese sausage meatballs

I also made a traditional Maltese desert called ‘prinjolata’ the name comes from the word ‘prinjol’ which means pine nuts in Maltese. The prinjolata is usually prepared around carnival time and is instantly recognisable from its unusual shape. When ready, the prinjolata is supposed to resemble a snow-capped mountain. Ta-dah!

Prinjolata a traditional Maltese desert

Technically you should make an egg sponge for this, but I have a life, so I used swiss roll don’t judge me! And have it on good authority from my friend Prabs (who lives in Malta) that swiss roll is indeed widely available in Malta, probably.

Serves 12

Ingredients

For the sponge:

  • Swiss roll of course

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon whiskey
  • 50g pine nuts, chopped and roasted
  • 50g glace cherries, chopped
  • 250g softened margarine
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 250ml double cream
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 50g glace cherries, halved
  • 50g pine nuts, roasted
  • 50g dark chocolate

Method

  • line the inside of a medium sized bowl with clingfilm
  • slice swiss roll into 1-inch rounds and put them on the bottom of the bowl and up the sides
  • depending on how big your bowl is you might want to add a double layer before you add the filling
  • whisk together all of the filling ingredients and add them to the middle of the bowl
  • finish by adding a final layer of swiss roll rounds to cover the filling. The top of the bowl is now the bottom of your dome cake. Simples!
  • fold the clingfilm over the top of the bowl and put in the freezer
  • after it’s firmed up in the freezer you can take it out to add the topping
  • for the topping whisk together all the ingredients until thick and creamy
  • lift the dome shape sponge from the bowl by pulling on the clingfilm, place on a plate and unwrap
  • cover with the topping using a spatula, it doesn’t need to look perfect as it’s supposed to be a mountain remember?!
  • melt the chocolate in the microwave and drizzle over the top and sides finish with the glace cherries and pine nuts.

Prinjolata a Maltese dessert that resembles a snow capped mountain

We finished our Maltese feast with coffee and traditional biscuits which included honey rings Qaghaq Ta L – Ghasel, sweet biscuits with sesame seeds Buskutini Tal – Guglien, sweet biscuit with aniseed Buskutini Tal – Rahal, sweet biscuit with almonds and Kearesemar Krustini Tal Lews.

A selection of traditional Maltese biscuits

What a feast it was! I have been the hostess with the mostess all week supplying the builders doing work on our house with Maltese biscuits as there was so much leftover.

Black coffee and a traditional sweet Maltese biscuit

Have you ever eaten Maltese food or tried Prinjolata? I’d love to hear about your favourite cuisine in the comments and you can follow the challenge on Twitter by checking out #ExpediaWorldonaPlate

*Thanks so much to Expedia for providing us with such an amazing hamper full of food

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Comments

  • Mum Reinvented

    Written on 15th December 2015

    Reply

    That looks gorgeous Amy! Much better than the meals I’ve had here in Malta – I must be eating in the wrong restaurants! (and yes we do definitely have swiss rolls – infact anything sweet/covered in pastry you’re pretty much guaranteed to find in Malta) x

  • absolutely prabulous

    Written on 15th December 2015

    Reply

    Fab. You need to come over here and teach people to eat like that here! Average diet here does NOT look like that! xx

  • Donna

    Written on 15th December 2015

    Reply

    Oh wow! Loving your Maltese feast. Your photos are gorgeous and that pasta dish looks so simple and yet so tasty! x

  • Cathy (MummyTravels)

    Written on 15th December 2015

    Reply

    Mmmm this all looks delicious. I love Malta, such an underrated island, although I definitely didn’t get to try those – some rabbit, lots of lovely seafood, and more pastizzi than I probably should have eaten :)

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    Written on 17th December 2015

    Reply

    Your food always looks (and tastes!) totally divine! Stunning pictures huni xxx

  • Robyn

    Written on 18th December 2015

    Reply

    This is great, I’ve never been to Malta or eaten Maltese food but it certainly looks very attractive!

  • Catie: An imperfect mum

    Written on 18th December 2015

    Reply

    These all look amazing. I am definitely trying the meatball spaghetti I think that even my mega fussy little man would eat that. Thanks X

  • Samantha Rickelton

    Written on 18th December 2015

    Reply

    I’ve never been to Malta but I love the idea of creating different recipes at home – I’m going to look up Maltese cuisine next year !

  • Kate / Pouting In Heels

    Written on 18th December 2015

    Reply

    It looks delicious Amy! And as for that pudding! *licks screen* Gorgeous photos too! x

    P.S I am now feeling the pressure as I also received a Malta bundle too. How nice are the little crackers and biscuits?! ;-)

  • Random Musings

    Written on 18th December 2015

    Reply

    Love the sound of the Prinjolata, definitely one I was be trying! I like the look of the Maltese sausage dish too :) Thanks for hosting #TheList
    Debbie

  • Jessica Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Written on 18th December 2015

    Reply

    It looks lovely (and is definitely making me hungry!) :D #thelist

  • Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    Written on 18th December 2015

    Reply

    Wow! these all looks yummy… the dessert is to die for. Have not tried any maltese cuisine yet but these food looks interesting. Thanks for sharing! #TheList

  • Silly Mummy

    Written on 19th December 2015

    Reply

    Sounds lovely! The spaghetti looks so nice! Happy Christmas #thelist

  • Lucy Melissa Smith

    Written on 20th December 2015

    Reply

    That dessert looks absolutely amazing (I’m not going to attempt to spell it!)
    Great recipes and as always, your photos are gorgeous!
    Lucy
    x

  • Wave to Mummy

    Written on 21st December 2015

    Reply

    Wow this looks lovely! I’ve never tried Maltan food but it must be fun doing a themed food evening like that and experience something new :) Thanks for hosting #thelist

  • Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)

    Written on 21st December 2015

    Reply

    Oh how yum does that dinner and pudding look! I love the photos (so i see the food really clearly and it’s making feel me hungry!) #TheList

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