Maltese Christmas Log

The Maltese Christmas Log is very different than the Yule log, popular throughout Europe. Instead of sponge cake, the Maltese one is made with crushed biscuits and a variety of nuts, fruit and sometimes chocolate chips. It is very popular during the festive season, and besides it being sooo delicious it is very simple to…

A day in Gozo

We recently visited Malta, our home country, for our annual family visit. We were not exactly in total holiday mode though, as my husband had to work remotely and we also had a lot of errands to run. However, we enjoyed our time there and it was good quality time with our families. Of course…

Kwareżimal – Maltese Lenten Cookies

This recipe reminds me of home and the beautiful smells that would fill our house while baking these cookies. The orange blossom water smell also reminds me of Spring, which happens to be round the corner. 🙂 Kwareżimal refers to the forty days of Lent, during which traditionally in Malta most animal products were avoided. In fact,…

Memories of home

The past 5 weeks have flown by so fast! We had a great time with our families, with the highlight of the trip being celebrating my parents’ birthday and my brother’s wedding. We also met some of our old friends to catch up over drinks, lunch or a bbq. Although we had planned to do a lot…

Malta’s Other Gems

Apart from Valletta, the Three Cities and Mdina, which I have covered in detail in my other posts, there are other beautiful places you may want to visit while in Malta. Starting from the south of Malta, the small and quiet seaside village of Marsaxlokk will give you a glimpse of local lifestyle. Historically, it has been a fishing village…

Gozo, Malta’s Sister Island

Għawdex, as Gozo is referred to in Maltese, is just 25 minutes away by ferry from Malta’s northernmost point. When compared to Malta, Gozo is quite different, mainly because it is more rural. Although small in size, it offers a lot in terms of natural beauty. It is a place to relax, enjoy nature, hike and a…

Mdina, Malta’s Silent City

Mdina is one of my favourite places in Malta. Back when we lived in Malta, we used to visit quite often, either for an evening stroll or an afternoon coffee and cake. Before Valletta was built, Mdina was Malta’s capital city. It is a tiny walled medieval city and sits on one of the highest…

What to do in Malta’s Three Cities

Birgu, Bormla and L-Isla are commonly known as The Three Cities. The area is also referred to as Cottonera after the Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta, Nicolas Cottoner. Birgu is the oldest of them and predates Valletta. After the Great Siege of 1565, the Knights of St. John named the cities Vittoriosa, Cospicua and…

Traditional Maltese Figolli

Figolli are a traditional Easter cookie cake with almond filling, decorated with chocolate or icing. Traditionally they were made in the shapes of Catholic symbols related to Easter but nowadays you can find them in all shapes, such as lamb, rabbit, heart, fish, butterfly, cars… At home, we bake Figolli every year. They are not too hard…

Valletta, Malta’s Capital

As a child, I have fond memories of our Saturday morning trip to Valletta. Mum would dress me and my brother up in one of our best attire. It was something we would look forward to, to hop on the bus (or as we used to call it tal-linja) and visit the Monti (a market selling…