Materia Prima #1.

  I am attaching some pictures we took during the night of the 23rd, which was indeed a great night, all the people that came where perfect guests, everyone enjoyed the food, and the communal nature of the meal seemed to unite everyone in colourful conversation, which made me very happy and blessed to be…

A note on writing a Menu.

  On Writing A Menu   Materia Prima will be a series of dinners revolving around the idea of seasonality, the importance of the ingredient and the coming together around a table. I thought about writing a small note on the process of creating a menu for such an event. The dinner celebrating Spring produce…

Soil&Spice No;17 A recipe for nurturing tomorrow’s cooking.

  Was watching the first episode of Michael Pollan’s ‘’cooked’’ on Netflix the other day, and was really struck by the first five minutes of the episode where he said that the more obsessed with televised food and photographed food we become, the less time we seem to be spending in our kitchens. He might…

Soil & Spice Recipe Number 15 : Strawberry and Coconut Jammy Doughnuts.

One thing that fascinates me about Parisian hipsters is the food phases they go through, food trends are a huge deal here and lately everyone seems to be going crazy over doughnuts, it’s like everyone just tasted a doughnut for the first time in their lives, they have obviously branded the whole concept making them…

Soil&Spice recipe No.14; Home Made Chocolate Covered Honey Comb

Growing up in the eighties in Malta meant that chocolate was not an integral part of my childhood, or any of my peers coming from the same socio economic background as mine. Right from the sixties when the British left the island and made everyone believe that we had become independent as a nation, a…

On Crystallizing Botanics.

Crystallizing is one of the best ways to capture essence and conserve the freshly cut flavours in all type of edible flowers and herbs. Commonly used to preserve rose petals and violets, however it is a technique that can be applied to aromatic herbs like Rosemary, Thyme or Tarragon. The proteins in the egg white…

Soil&Spice Recipe No.13 ; Agnese’s Fennel Village Biscuits.

A note on the handing down of recipes… Because hairdresser’s salons are the best places to learn about food, recipes, and how to get your husband to buy you a new washing machine just by using a pair of pantyhose and a metal clothes hanger. I literally grew up inside a hairdressers’ salon. My mother…

Soil&Spice recipe No.12;Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting a head of Cauliflower transforms it completely, the humble vegetable becomes moreish and a feast to have, it is a very communal dish, that is wonderful eaten with bare hands between two people and makes for the most romantic of meals at the lowest of prices.   Cauliflower is the quintessential winter vegetable, highly underestimated…

Soil&Spice recipe no.11 My Mothers’ Garlic Fried Rabbit.

Childhood Sundays are made of Garlic Fried Rabbit and a dancing Shirley Temple… Just Saying.   They say that children start remembering things and accumulating memories at the age of three, when the child starts gaining proper consciousness and acquiring the most important tool that will accompany the child throughout life, language. As a thirty…

Soil&Spice recipe No.10; Rose and Earl Grey Syrup.

If I had to point at one of my mayor food related obsessions, syrups would have to be it. Syrups offer the base notes when it comes to flavour and scents to any good bake. Anyone who is serious about baking has to have a good repertoire of syrups, that will help enrich and solidify…

Soil & Spice Recipe No.9; Nomad Chicken Soup with Dumplings.

  This bowl of soup is for all the nomads and travellers, for those who find home wherever they find themselves in, and for those who find home in themselves.   To pack your bags and leave your country is no small feat, especially when doing it with a tiny two year old daughter. It…