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World Figolli Day 2012

By Ms.Gourmet on March 9, 2012 12:16 PM
Last year I came up with a hair brain idea to host World Figolli Day ©. One year on, and it's proved to be less hair-brained. Thanks to its huge success in 2011, it seems to be turning into a regular calendar event! Hence, we're running World Figolli Day © again this year and the event is open to everyone!

The idea behind World Figolli Day © is that you turn off your iPhone and shut down your MacBook and then head into the kitchen with your kids, nieces, nephews, nanna and nunnu and have a bonding session with some dough and hopefully pass on a few Maltese culinary traditions whilst your at it.

The 'day' is basically a virtual hang-out of figolli makers worldwide but this year we have decided to do things a little differently. As well as the virtual event  we also intend to assemble a physical gathering at the Maltese Community Centre in Melbourne on Saturday the 24th of March. It's a ticketed event and numbers are limited, so it's a case of first in best dressed. If your interested in coming please RSVP here.

If you are a blogger please feel free to blog about your figolli making efforts as we intend to do a round up once the virtual competition is over.
Remember to take photos and or video of your completed creations and then upload your images to the World Figolli Day © flickr group. We will then pin your glorious creations to the World Figolli Day © pintrest board.

Then, come Easter Monday Shane Delia will help me judge the best Maltese and best Australian based figolla. The winners will receive a signed copy of Shane's latest book Maha.


Maussies - Best of Both Worlds

By Ms.Gourmet on October 6, 2011 10:21 PM

Yes, I'm still here, just trying to navigate my way through the second week of school holidays here in Melbourne with two energetic kids and some frustratingly, temperamental weather. Anyway, I just wanted to share this great video that manages to capture some of the more entertaining highlights from the inaugural Maussies Tan-Nanna Helu Manna Cook Off.



Guza's Table

By Ms.Gourmet on September 22, 2011 11:39 PM
Last Sunday I had the great honour of being asked to judge at the inaugural Maussies Tan-Nanna Helu Manna Cook Off. For those of you who are unaware, Maussies is an organization that acknowledges and celebrates the best of both worlds. Hence the Maussies Cook Off was a feast of Maltese culture and cuisine here in Melbourne, Australia.

Ten teams consisting of three amateur, home cooks faced the daunting task of having their dishes critiqued by Maltese Consul General Charles Mifsud, Dean Delia of Maha, Anton Camilleri and myself in the hope of winning the title of best Maussie (Maltese-Australian) Cook for 2011. As if that was not challenging in itself, these home cooks had to then provide a three-course lunch for a very hungry crowd of 200 Maltese.

judges.jpgEach team consisted of three inter-generational family members, for instance, Nanna, daughter and granddaughter or Nanna, Aunty and niece or in some instances Nunnu, son and grandson. Needless to say the William Angliss kitchen here in Melbourne was taken over last Sunday by a handful of colourful and talented Maltese and Gozitan born nannas.

Sandra Mooney, one of the founding members of Maussies was the brainchild behind this amazing event. Her sheer passion, determination and driving force is the reason why this event was such a resounding success. Every person who attended last Sunday's event left feeling completely satisfied by the ħobż biz zeit, braġjoli, minestra, barbuljata, ravjul Malti, kannol ta' l-lrkotta and Guza's outstanding imqaret. Yet, what was even more satisfying was the wonderful sense of national pride that is beginning to emerge amongst second and third generation Maltese living here in Australia.


Since last Sunday's event I have received countess emails and facebook messages from people who participated or attended the Maussies Tan-Nanna Helu Manna Cook Off. Gathering from the overwhelmingly positive response, this will no doubt be, the first of many similar events.


In and amongst all the post euphoria I managed to ask Marija Cilia from the winning team Guza's Table to share with you a bit about her late mama Guza and the profound influence her cooking had on the life of her family. I'll leave you with Marija Cilia's heart-warming tribute to her late mama and her winning imqaret recipe.


World Figolli Day 2011 Roundup and Winners!

By Ms.Gourmet on May 14, 2011 10:47 PM
I'd like to apologise for the delay in announcing our World Figolli Day winners for 2011. When I first introduced World Figolli Day back in March I seriously had no idea that the idea would take off the way it did. Your enthusiasm, passion and zeal took me by surprise and then completely blew me away! Hence, as the event gained momentum and more and more people began to jump on board the World Figolli Day bandwagon, the overwhelming demand from participants resulted in us deciding to extend the event for another week.

My initial intention was to encourage families into the kitchen in the hope that this Maltese tradition would be passed down to the next generation of Maltese. Yet as figolli fever began to sweep across the globe we started to see people making figolli not only in Malta and Australia, but also in America, Italy, France and as far as India. So, before I launch into announcing this years winners I'd like to share with you some of the amazing figolli that were made around the world in 2011.

My dear friend Denise from San Francisco who runs the popular food blog Chez Us decided to join in the fun and here are some of her stunningly bright and gorgeous figolli.



Introducing World Figolli Day

By Ms.Gourmet on March 13, 2011 1:09 PM
So I've come up with this hair brain idea to host a World Figolli Day this year and was wondering if you'd be interested in participating? Nothing too strenuous is involved, just some flour, eggs, sugar and almonds and hopefully a whole lot of fun!

The idea behind World Figolli Day is that you turn off the television and get off the couch and head into the kitchen with your kids, nieces and nephews and have a bonding session with some dough and royal icing and hopefully pass on a few Maltese culinary traditions whilst your at it.


Fancy Bread

By Ms.Gourmet on December 12, 2010 9:02 PM


Time Honoured Flavours

By Ms.Gourmet on November 28, 2010 9:30 PM
Neatly tucked behind the market in Victoria is the centrally located little green grocer called It-Tokk. The name is derived from the Maltese word tokk, which means central or meeting place, thus the store was originally named It-Tokk after the Pjazza t-Tokk.

For both locals and frequent visitors alike, It-Tokk is synonymous with Independence Square, which up until recently was called Pjazza t-Tokk. This popular store, that I love to frequent when in Gozo, has been situated in Independence Square for more than fifty years.



Indipendenza - Maltese Independence Day

By Ms.Gourmet on September 23, 2010 10:21 PM
Malta's central Mediterranean sea location has given it great strategic importance thus allowing a sequence of powers including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Sicilians, Knights of St John, French and British to rule the islands throughout history. Despite it's turbulent past, Malta finally gained independence from the United Kingdom on the 21st of September 1964 and this day is celebrated as Independence Day or Jum l-Indipendenza.

maha_indipindenza.jpgOn Tuesday evening I had the great privilege of attending Indipendenza as Shane Delia and the fabulous team at Maha celebrated Maltese Independence day here in Melbourne in unique culinary style. The room was full of dignitaries and famous Maltese sporting and cultural personalities. But I guess the thing that excited me the most was meeting fellow second generation Maltese, who are doing amazing things both locally and abroad to raise the collective cultural awareness of Malta.

This new generation of Maltese in Australia are passionate, creative, imaginative and bright. They are also warm, exuberant and distinctly Maltese. One person who is all of these things is Shane Delia and his food is both modern and refreshing, yet is firmly grounded in the traditions of his ancestors.


Orange Bike

By Ms.Gourmet on September 15, 2010 12:02 AM


Triq Il-Qolla Il-Bajda

By Ms.Gourmet on July 31, 2010 10:55 AM

qbajjarsteps.jpgEach day as I read the facebook status updates from both family and friends in Malta, brag about their glorious sun drenched days spent lazing at the beach, I grow more and more frustrated about our decision to not return to Gozo this year.

*Sigh* there is always next year!


By Ms.Gourmet on July 2, 2010 11:32 AM

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