Expedia World on a Plate

I was recently asked if I would be interested in taking part in a cookery challenge with Expedia. Called ‘World on a plate’, the project involved creating culinary delights based around the cuisine of a given European location. I was given Malta – a place that I have visited in the past and totally fell in love with.

Malta is a small Mediterranean island with a interesting cuisine that seems to take it’s influences from both nearby Italy, with oily seafood and salads, and also Middle Eastern dishes, including Pastizzi Tal Pizelli, which is a sort of mushy peas pasty, and also comes in a variety filled with Ricotta cheese. We were sent a huge selection of Maltese foods, including spicy sausages, and Maltese cheese and Gelleti water biscuits, as well as Kimmee drinks (think Campari bitters without any alcohol) and a huge variety of biscuits.

Now, I am the World’s worst cook, but I am pretty good at entertaining, and as my brother and his fiancee were coming to visit, I decided to do a huge Mediterranean buffet, using all the elements and then adding a few of my own – garlic infused prawns, marinated meats, additional cheese, a large dressed salad and some good Maltese wine. Non of the other people around the table had either been to Malta or tried Maltese cuisine, so I thought lots of picky things and taster dishes was a good idea. It proved to be a huge success.

Maltese Buffet with a twist (Chedder Cheese Christmas trees for the little one!)

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Maltese food is definitely an acquired taste. Pete loved the rather course bread as he remembered his dad buying something really similar from the Italian shop when he was a child. The biscuits were sweet and delicious, the ones with the pink icing had an almost floral taste – think Lavender biscuits, and were simply delicious.

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Water crackers

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The buffet is starting to grow – quite a lot of food for five people…

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A selection of Maltese pasties and pastries

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Spiced Italian sausage – very popular.

Prawns marinated in lemon, herbs and garlic.

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Pastizzi Ricotta and Mushy Peas

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The buffet was a huge success, with everyone converted to the delights of at least one of the Maltese dishes (the cheese being a particular delight). If you are planning a family get together this Christmas, why not think outside the box and go Maltese?

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3 thoughts on “Expedia World on a Plate

  1. It’s so interesting to see dishes from around Europe, I really love the look of the Pastizzi Ricotta, I’ve become rather obsessed with this type of cheese since going vegetarian. I’m intrigued to try making some Maltese food now!

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