I was intrigued to discover that the flavours of the Mediterranean islands of Malta are strongly influenced by both its neighbouring cuisines - those of Italy and North Africa. Not too many countries can boast such a wild combination - gorgeous pastries, sausages, wines, cheeses, ravioli, hand made sweets and artisan preserves filled with African influenced spices.
Malta's favorite snack - Ricotta and Spinach Pastizzi
To my surprise, we have a thriving Maltese community here in Brisbane and they all call Joyce from Maltese Foods when in need of some delicious goodies to remind them of home. The savoury Ricotta and Spinach Pastizzi from Maltese Foods are generously stuffed full of ricotta cheese and would make a great snack and/or talking point for any upcoming function.
In Malta, savoury Pastizzi are an integral part of everyday life, accompanying many a strong Maltese coffee or home grown wine. Those Honey Rounds (Qaghaq tal-ghasel) also taste (and look) amazing - full of a sweet spiciness which reminds me of North African cuisine. Anyone searching for an unbelievable Fig Chutney, must try these ones made by Savina, and I could get quite used to sipping the bittersweet Kinnie soft drink on a hot summer afternoon. Ahh, so refreshing.
Kinnie Herbal Soft drinks - uses real Chinotto bitter oranges among other herbs
If you happen to know someone from Malta and truly want to impress them (trying to win some points with your Maltese mother-in-law or girlfriend perhaps?), order some traditional fresh Pastizzi, Galletti biscuits and genuine Kinnie herbal soft drinks from Maltese Foods and I'm absolutely certain you'll be onto a winner. Joyce from Maltese Foods is always keen to meet and connect with other Maltesers and is passionate about all things Maltese. Go on - be adventurous and give Maltese food a try.
Artisan Maltese Preserves made from Sun Ripened Tomatoes and Figs in aged wine vinegar