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Pecorino Semi-Mature Cheese Platter...

Arrange slices or cubes of Pecorino Semi-Mature cheese on a serving platter. Surround the cheese with a cup of mixed olives, including varieties like Kalamata and green olives, ensuring they are pitted. Distribute 1/4 cup of sliced pickled chili peppers throughout the platter, adjusting the amount based on your spice preference. Drizzle the entire platter with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and season with freshly ground black pepper to taste. Optionally, garnish with fresh herbs such as basil or parsley for added color and flavor. Serve the Pecorino Semi-Mature cheese platter with olives and chili peppers alongside sliced baguette or crackers for a delightful and savory appetizer or snack.

Xikel tal-Ħaruf

Ixgħel il-forn 1900C, gass numru 5. Naddaf l-ixkla, poġġihom fuq dixx tal-forn u roxx ftit klin fuqhom. Sajjar fil-forn sakemm jieħdu kulur ħamrani. Qaxxar t-tewm u qattagħhom f’biċċiet żgħar. Naddaf il-karrotti u qattagħhom ukoll f’biċċiet żgħar. Saħħan ftit żejt ġo taġen u qalli l-basal u t-tewm għal ftit minuti. Ħawwad il-ħin kollu. Baxxi n-nar, żid il-karrotti u ftit klin ieħor u kompli sajjar għal ftit minuti oħra. Żid il-kunserva l-inbid u ftit ilma. Roxx ftit bżar u ħawwad tajjeb. Kompli sajjar għal madwar 5 minuti. Żid ir-rand u ara jekk ikunx hemm bżonn li żżid ftit melħ. Neħħi l-ixkla mid-dixx, poġġihom ġo casserole li jkollha l-għatu u ferra’ z-zalza lesta fuqhom. Sajjar fil-forn għal madwar 90 minuta. Zid ftit ilma fietel jekk tinnota li l-likwidu ikun qed jonqos waqt is-sajran. Tista sservi ma’ ftir ross jew patata-il forn.

Kejkini bil-Pastard u l-Ġibniet

Bring a pan with water to a boil and cook the cauliflower. When cooked, drain and mash it in bowl. Add the eggs, half of the grated dry ġibniet and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. In another bowl, mix the fresh cheeselets with the remaining dry, and add some pepper. Pour the caulflower mix into muffin moulds, make a whole in the middle and add one teaspoon of ġibniet mix, and close top with the cauliflower mix. Bake at 200°C for around 30 minutes. Decorate with mustard and a cherry tomato half. These can be served as a starter, or a snack and prepared before and heated when necessary.

Pulpetti tal-Makku

Clean the fish very well and roughly chop or press and set aside in a bowl. Peel and chop the garlic in small pieces. Finely chop the tomatoes and add to the fish along with the garlic. Add the parsley, mint and lemon rind. Mix well. Add the ready mashed potatoes, eggs, salt and pepper. Add some semolina if mixture is too sticky. Form small balls and lightly flat by hand. Pass the patties from some flour. Warm some vegetable oil in a deep pan and cook the patties from both sides until well cooked. When cooked, place on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Serve warm with some fresh salad and some tartar sauce.

Stuffat tal-Qarnit

Sajjar il-qarnit fiż-żejt taż-żebbuġa għal minuta jew tnejn. Itfa' l-ħaxix u l-ħwawar u kompli sajjar għal 2 minuti oħra. Qaxxar il-larinġa u żid il-qoxra mal-qarnit. Agħsar il-meraq tagħha u żidu wkoll flimkien mal-kunserva. Itfa' l-patata l-ħelwa, u għattih bl-istokk u ħallih jagħli. Għattih u ħallih itektek fuq nar baxx għal madwar 35 minuta. Issa itfa' ċ-ċiċri, il-piżelli, il-kosbor u l-meraq tal-lumi. Servi l-qarnit bi flieli tal-lumi aħdar, kosbor u ħobż mixwi.

Balbuljata bil-Qarabagħli

Saħħan iż-żejt f'taġen fuq nar medju u sajjar il-basal għal madwar 2 minuti. Żid il-karrotti u t-tewm u kompli aqli waqt li tħawwad minn ħin għal ieħor. Żid il-piżelli, l-istokk tat-tiġieġ, u l-bżar u l-melħ. Kompli aqli għal minuta oħra u żid issa l-ikkapuljat u sajjar sakemm ikun imsajjar tajjeb. Żid issa l-qarabagħli u kompli aqli sakemm isir iżda tħallihx jirtab iżżejjed. Mat-taħlita ħallat il-kunserva, iz-zokkor u l-ilma u kompli aqli għal 2 minuti. Ħabbat il-bajd fi skutella u żidu mal-ingredjenti l-oħra fit-taġen sakemm jitħallat kollox f'daqqa. Żid il-ġobon maħkuk u servi.

Għaġin bl-Irkotta u l-Pine Nuts

Cook the pasta ‘al dente’. Set aside 100ml hot water from the pot than drain the pasta. In a bowl mix the irkotta, peas, mint leaves, stock, pepper, and some pine nuts. Put the Irkotta mix in the pot and add the 100ml water and stir. Add the pasta to the pot on low heat and mix well to warm all pasta.  Serve hot, topped up with the grated ġibniet and remaining pine nuts.

Recipe by Mill Kcina ta’ Pawlina

Insalata taċ-Ċfuf bit-Tonn taż-Żejt

Għalli l-għaġin skont l-istruzzjonijiet tal-pakkett. Aħsel u qattar tajjeb il-ħass. Qattgħu f'biċċiet u żidu mal-għaġin. Saffi t-tonn taż-żejt u żidu mal-għaġin flimkien maż-żebbuġ, il-bżar u l-melħ. Ħawwad tajjeb. F'reċipjent ieħor, ħallat il-mayonnaise ma' ftit yogurt flimkien mal-ħabaq. Ħawwad sakemm l-ingredjenti kollha jitħalltu flimkien. Ferrex din it-taħlita fuq l-għaġin. Żejjen il-wiċċ tal-insalata bil-blalen tal-mozzarella.