Luscious Lime & Bean Guacamole

This guacamole was born from one missing avocado at the eleventh hour yesterday, but you know sometimes a mishap can be converted into something quite beautiful. This rich protein-packed dip is smooth and, frankly, delicious – this was confirmed by the gusto of our guests. We are now seriously addicted to this version, and here is the recipe for your delight. Great with crudités, on my crunchy flax crackers (recipe to follow soon), on bread, […]

Earthy Porcini & French Lentil Pâté

Here is a wonderful pâté, that you will enjoy time, and time again. The texture is close to real pâté, but without the cholesterol or cruelty.  It is ideal for taking out to picnics, as a starter, or to round off a satisfying meal.  It is perfect in sandwiches, and can be the basis of a light lunch, served with a fresh mixed salad of your choice.  A great combination of flavours, which will be […]

Aunt Polly’s Magical Eggplant Dip

I have had this at my aunt’s house many a time, and I simply love it. I managed to extract the ‘secret family recipe’ from her, and here it is in all it’s simple glory.  You will love this – it’s just so Mediterranean and flavoursome, and goes well with fresh Mediterranean bread and crudités, and a glass of chilled white wine. A great summer treat, and so easy to make too ! INGREDIENTS 1 […]

Zesty Zucchini & Fava Bean Garlic Dip

Dip deep into the Mediterranean . . . A simple dish made with simple locally grown produce.  Villa Bologna has some great produce here in Malta.  I visited last week, and just couldn’t resist the produce and the pottery, simply beautiful (the Ceramika Maltija bowl in the picture is one of theirs).  Their broad beans match no other that I’ve ever laid my eyes on, and their lemons ever-so-fragrant. This is made with locally grown garlic […]

Seafood Platter Dip

This is the most amazing seafood dip ever.  Tasty, ‘fishy’, the sea in your mouth, for all those vegans who miss the taste of fish – this one’s truly for you !  A great sandwich filler, perfect for picnics to come, party food, or just a weekday snack filler.  Make it, enjoy it, and come back to me with your feedback.  Thanks. INGREDIENTS 1 400g can cannellini beans, or 2 cups home-cooked cannellini beans 2 […]

My Exotic Tabbouleh (Tabbouli)

I make my own version of Tabbouleh and I love it – it’s fresh, versatile and one handsome salad.  Loved and enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, this is a wonderful treat any time of the year – serve with hot pitta bread and my hummus or better still my Smoked Red Pepper & Garlic Bean Dip Enjoy ! Note:-  For a gluten-free tabbouleh use boiled millet with quinoa – follow cooking instructions for […]

Smoked Red Pepper & Garlic Bean Dip

This dip is simply awesome.  It’s got a little kick, and is so flavoursome.  It can be eaten on toast, you can make bruschetta with it, or have it with crudités. It’s also great in sandwiches for picnics, so mark this as a sandwich filler too –  particularly if you serve it on ciabatta bread with thinly sliced tomatoes and olives, a drizzle of oil on the tomatoes, and you have the perfect sandwich ever.  […]

Beautiful Baba Ganoush

Here is one of the most delicious Baba Ganoush’s I have ever tasted. Enjoyed with smoked hot pitta bread and a drizzle of olive oil, it is in itself a hearty and rich appetizer.  The flavours that merge from this little creation collide on your palette to bring you culinary joy and wonderful smooth and rich texture, which makes it all the more Moorish.  Middle Eastern Cuisine at its super best ! Serves 4 INGREDIENTS […]

Hot Chilli Hummus

This is an exciting and hot variation on my own hummus recipe, which seems fitting for the blinding, hot summer we’re having in Malta at present.  Why not turn up the heat a notch more, I say ! INGREDIENTS 1 tin of chickpeas (washed and drained) 2 cloves fresh garlic 1½ Tbsp raw tahini ¼ tsp chilli powder juice of 1 fresh lemon 3 or 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt to taste (this […]

Moroccan Smoked Eggplant (Aubergine) Dip

This is probably one of my most favourite dips – full of flavour, wonderful texture and very versatile, yummy and satisfying.  You can have this with wholemeal toast, pitta bread, crackers, ciabatta, wraps, etc.  The smoked flavour in this is ever so addictive – if you want a hot version of this, add a little chilli powder and off you go.  So let’s make this. INGREDIENTS 1 medium-sized eggplant (aubergine) 3 tbsps olive oil salt […]