Pastizzi a treat from Malta

I have always idolized exotic and historic Malta as a perfect Paradise destination. So it was a real treat to prepare one of it’s most popular snack foods, Pastizzi.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. Get your luggage ready as we are exploring Malta this month.

pastizzi

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Roasted and Salted Peanuts in the Shell

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a ‘host’ picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want.

I’m so excited to be hosting this month again. It really is a fun group to get involved with and I love to see what the other participants come up with after we all see the same movie. I chose a very entertaining comedy drama that would require a little bit of mind flexing in choosing a recipe. The movie is not all about food but it plays a role. The movie in question is The Terminal and I decided to prepare Roasted and Salted Peanuts in the Shell.

salted and roasted peanuts pre macro

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Lemon Cream Cheese Truffled Grapes

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Caroline Makes… She picked a classic, Funny Girl.

And out of this challenge came a pretty healthy snack that will still satisfy your sweet tooth: Lemon Cream Cheese Truffled Grapes.

Lemon Cream Cheese Truffled Grapes topped

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Foodie Penpals: a Snacking Good Time

This is my first time participating in this fun exchange idea, Foodie Penpals. The idea is to send and receive a foodie care package of around 15$. Actually it has a lot of similarities with my old defunct program The Foodie Exchange where people chose each other. In the Foodie Penpals case the assigning is done for you and everyone posts on the same day.  Person A is assigned to person B (me). And person B (me) is assigned person C. They match you up with people in your country. There are now over 1000 participants.

My first exchange was with Lisa who unfortunately does not have a blog so I can’t link her up. But still I want to send Lisa a big thank you. She is from Calgary and obviously a snack fiend! Here is what I got!

 

 

– Two items for a sweet tooth like me:

  • Taste of Nature California Almond Valley bar
  • Tunnocks Bûche Caramel roasted coconut coated wafers

– A box of Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla, a Rooibos tea. Rooibos is one of my favorite teas so I really enjoyed discovering this product.

– A big selection of salty treats from Joe’s Tasty Travels:

  • Deluxe Emperor’s choice Rice Cracker Mix
  •  Cajun Jazz Mix with nut, sesame sticks and toasted corn
  •  Spicy Caribbean Plantain Chips (my favorite item of all)

– And finally, Palace Deli Dry Roasted Edemame

 

If you’re interested in participating for August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th! Hashtag for Twitter #foodiepenpals

Baked Almond Feta

I came across this recipe quite some time ago and I made it shortly thereafter. Time flies, I am only writing about it now. What got my attention in the first place was the word “feta”, a cheese I really enjoy. Upon further reading I realized there was not a crumb of feta in sight. It is actually  a recipe for an almond paté which has the texture of feta a little bit. How cool is that? I had to try it.

I found this Baked Almond Feta  recipe on the vegan blog Maple Spice, a new find for me. This is a great addition to a vegan recipe roster. To me almonds excite my sweet taste buds since I mostly use almonds in desserts. But this a savory recipe, a nice change. Spread it on bread slices and if you like drizzle with a flavored oil. This baked almond feta makes for a lovely and different kind of  snack.

Ξ Baked Almond Feta Ξ

1 1/2 cup ground almonds (I used whole almonds and processed, it was a coarser texture )
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Place everything in a food processor or blender and process until very smooth. It may take a few minutes.

Line a small bowl with 3 layers of cheesecloth and spoon the mixture into the cheesecloth. Bring all the sides of the cheesecloth together and tie into a ball with kitchen rope or a rubber band. Place the ball in a strainer over a bowl. Leave to drain in the fridge for about 12 hours. Discard liquid, I had very little.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Lightly grease a small baking dish. Unwrap the cheese from the cloth and transfer to the baking dish. You can free form it, I decided to pat mine down in the dish. Bake for about 40 minutes or until slightly golden and cracked on top and firm to the touch.

I See Green

No I am not going all environmental on you all (not that there is anything wrong with it in good Seinfeld dialect). It was just apparently the inspiration of the day.

At lunch time I headed over to La Maison du Macaron as the owners graciously donated their new hot-off-the-press recipe book as a prize for my Kiva Campain 2009. Well since I was there and I love supporting local foodie companies I bought some macarons…did I really have a choice hi hi.

Following a recommendation by the owners I did a little detour to a very close by store called Folie en Vrac. The focus here is natural foods, bulk and finer products. Since I had no afternoon snack hiding in my desk I got a couple of bulk selections. I just love the large array of nuts and candies offered and I always try to pick something new.

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And this is about the moment the inspiration started to form itself when I realized three of my products were green. And I had something at home to add to the plate. So I present to you Green Plate by Evelyne.

Starting from the left and moving in a clockwise direction we have:

  • Wasabi Cresents – they may look cute and innocent but they pack a spicy punch. And do not, I repeat, do not rub your eyes by accident shortly after…yes speaking from experience.
  • A succulent Pistachio Macaron.
  • Pear Chocolate Balls. Can’t see anything in the ingredients mentioning anything chocolate but they are yummy.
  • Finally some green licorice. It comes from a Rainbow Twizzlers licorice pack.

OK who is next with a color themed plate…send me your link!