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Octopus Tagine

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Sautee the octopus in olive oil for a minute or two. Stir in the vegetables and spices, cook for further 2 minutes. Peel the orange and add to the octopus, squeeze in the juice, stir in tomato paste. Add in the sweet potatoes, cover with the stock and bring to the boil. Cover and set to simmer over a low heat or on in a tagine in a hot oven for approx. 35 min. Stir in the chickpeas and peas, chopped coriander to taste and a lime juice. Serve with extra lime wedges, coriander and crusty bread.

Marrows Balbuljata

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In a pan over medium heat the oil and add the onion. Cook for around 2 minutes. Add the carrots and the garlic and continue frying, stirring from time to time. Add the peas, the chicken spoon stock, salt and pepper. Continue frying for another minute and then add the minced pork and cook until well cooked. Add the marrows and continue frying till the marrows become a little tender but not soft. Mix in the tomato paste, sugar and water and continue frying for about 2 minutes. Beat the eggs in a bowl and mix them with the ingredients in the frying pan until well incorporated. Add the grated cheese and serve.

Pasta with Irkotta & Pine Nuts

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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

Tuna Farfalle Pasta Salad

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Cook the pasta according to packet’s direction. Wash the lettuce, roughly chop and add to the cooked pasta. Add the drained tuna, olives, salt and pepper and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix the Mayonnaise with the yogurt and the fresh basil. Mix until well incorporated. Drizzle on the pasta. Top the past with some mozzarella balls.

Vegan Chickpea and Lentil Curry

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Start by heating the oil and frying together the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger for 2-3 minutes. Add in the spices and cook for 1 minute. Add in the lentils, coconut milk, polpa, salt and ½ glass of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes to cook the lentils. When ready, check if any more water is needed and stir in the chickpeas to heat through. To serve, stir in the fresh chopped coriander and serve with the cooked basmati rice and lime wedges.

Meat Stew

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Coat the meat with the flour. In a large pan, heat some olive oil and shallow fry the meat from outside. Place the mean in a casserole dish. In the same pan, cook the onion for 2 minutes and then add the nutmeg, bay leaf, the beer, stock and Kunserva and cook for around 4 minutes. After, pour onion mixture on the meat. Slice the carrots, potatoes, peas and celery and cook on low flame for around 70 minutes. Serve hot with some Maltese bread.

Baked Macaroni

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Boil the macaroni according to instructions on the packet. In the meantime, in a pan fry the onions in the 3 tbsp oil. Add the garlic, carrots, salt and pepper and continue frying stirring from time to time. Add the minced pork and fry till the meat is almost done. Add the chicken stock together with the 1/2 glass of water and mix all together. Add the tomato paste and the peas and stir all together. Put the heat off. Drain the macaroni when they are ready and mix in the eggs and the grated cheese. Pour the sauce over the macaroni and mix all well. Pour all into a deep oven dish. Sprinkle some paprika on top and also a dash of oil. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven, temperature 200c until the top gets a golden colour. More or less it takes around 35 to 45 minutes.

Pastizzi Pie

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Preheat the oven to 180°c. In a medium-size bowl mix ricotta, grated gibna roll, pecorino, grana, beans, raisins, pepper, parsley & 3 eggs together. Set aside. Roll out around 400g of short crust pastry. Transfer dough to a 30cm pie dish, gently fit into the dish and trim the edges. Beat an egg and brush the dough with it. This creates a seal. Gently spread the ricotta mixture and fold the edges. Place 6 large (still frozen) pastizzi and 6 party size ones to create the ‘crust’ Make sure to cover most of the surface. Add a tablespoon of milk to the remaining beaten egg and mix well. Brush the surface completely and bake until golden brown. This should take between an hour to 75mins.