Maltese Food

Try our local specialities

Cultural & Gastronomic Holidays

The Maltese islands are rich in history, culture and our hospitality will make you want to get involved and learn more about our way of life, and to get to know what kind of food we offer and how it is cooked.
A week’s holiday will consist of various excursions to historical places, walks through the country side and time to enjoy our beaches as well.

Accommodation will be in our house where you will stay on half pension, (breakfast and dinner)  so that every evening, you enjoy a real good dinner consisting of the traditional dishes.  Maria starts her day with shopping for the freshest products and would also be glad to show you how it is cooked.  She will also be glad to give you some of her recepies which she learned from her ancestors.  Her main ingredient is her great love for cooking and this is what makes her food really good and genuine.

For many, a good holiday is as good as the food is, and there is nothing better than trying different food when you are on holiday in different parts of the world.  What is the fun in having the same fillet that you normally have at home or the usual type of food, even though there is no doubt about how good it is?   A variety of cooking specialities and a selection of exquisite and typical meals of the place you are visiting  can really make a difference. On tasting  the local food with  its typical local ingredients and cooking traditions, one really learns more and gets to know better  the country visited and its people.

The South Mediterranean diet is well known for its healthiness and many are turning back to this healthy diet consisting of daily fresh products.  It is enough to say that a loaf of bread is not considered fresh unless it is still hot from the bakery!  Fresh vegetables means being picked the same morning!  The local butcher opens on certain days only following the day of fresh meat supply.  One has to understand that this is the result of the fact the refrigerators were not available on the islands until the early fifties.  The first ones were the ones that worked by paraffin as electricity supply was not exisiting in the rural villages.  Up to this time, the street lamps were still oil lamps lit every night by the lamp lighter who rode through the village on his bicycle pulling the ladders behind.  That is why fresh means “of the same day”.  

To describe the Gastronomic Heritage of the Maltese Islands, one needs to understand the social as well as the cultural influences which afftected this trend.  The islands were ruled by all the powers of the Mediterranean and naturally all left some impact on our type of diet based on local fish, meat and vegetable from the south Mediterranean region.

Many people are surely familiar with  food which have become internationally popular,  such as Thai, Chinese, Turkish, Italian, Sicilian and in our case TRADITIONAL MALTESE FOOD.

Maltese local food needs a lot of preparation and slow cooking and that is the main reason why it is not so easy to find in most restaurants.  This kind of food needs to be ordered before, unlike the “A La Carte Menu”. Since  a lot of vegetables and aromatic herbs are used in the process, these all need to be freshly picked, as otherwise the aroma and taste would be largely affected.  The long cooking process is needed so that the aromatic herbs will integrate their tastes and smells into the food.

For this reason, every morning, we offer a specific menu for dinner, consisting of Traditional Local Cooking. We usually  take the order for the same evening at breakfast time.  The daily menu consists of a 3 course dinner including a starter, a main course and a dessert.

This allows Maria to shop for daily fresh products and cook the particular specialities at her own pace, so that by the evening the food is ready to be served.  This is the ideal way to have the real local cuisine - the slower the food is cooked,  the better and more tasty is the result.  Look out for some of our typical dishes.

First Courses
1Soppa Tal-Pastard (Cauliflower Soup)
2Aljotta (Fresh Fish Soup with rice and herbs)
3Soppa Tal-Qara Hamra (Pumpkin Soup with bacon)
4Minestra (fresh vegetable soup with Fresh Gozo Cheese)
5Kosksu (Local pasta dish with vegetable, fresh sheep cheese, beans,eggs etc.)
6Timpana (Baked macaroni with meat sauce and ricotta cheese)
7Ross il-Forn (Baked Rice)
8Soppa ta’ L-Armla (Widow’s Soup)
9Torta tal- Lampuki (Lampuki Pie)
10Torta Tal-Gbejniet Friski (Fresh Cottage Sheep Cheese Pie)
11Torta Tal-Gbejniet Friski bil-Ful (Fresh Cottage Sheep Cheese Pie with broad beans)
12Torta Tar-Ross u Qara Hamra (Pumpkin & Rice Pie)
13Torta Tal-Gbejniet biz-Zbib (Fresh Cottage Sheep’s Cheese Pie with Rasins)
14Torta Tal-Qara Ahmar u Ross (Pumpkin & Rice Pie)
15Torta Tal-Laham (Mixed Meat Pie with vegetables)
16Ftajjar Tan-Nemusa (Fresh Baby Fish balls)
First Courses
1Ftira t’Ghawdex (Local Pizza with sliced potatoes,tomatoes, olives, anchovies etc.)
2Braggioli (Stuffed beef Olives)
3Fenek bl-Imbid u Tewm (Rabbit in Wine and Garlic)
4Stuffat Tal-Fenek (Rabbit Stew)
5Haruf il-forn (Casserole of Spring Lamb)
6Stuffat tal-Majjal (Pork Casserole)
7Kawlata Tal-Majjal u Zalzett (Pork Shanks & local sausages cooked with vegetables)
8Majjal mimli l-forn (oven baked stuffed Pork)
9Stuffat Tac-Canga (Beef stew)
10Tigieg Il-Forn (Baked Chicken)
11Stuffat Tat-Tigieg (Casserole of Chicken cooked with mushroom and wine)
12Serduq mimli il-forn (Baked stuffed Chicken)
13Pixxispad (Fresh Swordfish Steaks cooked with capers, olives, tomatoes and herbs)
14Lampuki (fresh Dorado fish cooked in various traditional ways)
15Stuffat tal-Qarnit (Octopus stew)
16Klamari mimlijin (Stuffed squid backed with potatoes and herbs)
17Frott tal-Bahar bil-Lumi u zejt (Seafood in fresh lemon juice and local olive oil)
18Hut tal-Gurnata (Fisherman’s catch of the day cooked in wine and herbs or grilled)
19Brungiel Mimli (Aubergines stuffed with mixed meat and herbs and backed in oven)
20Qara Bghali Mimli (Baked Stuffed and baked marrows)
21Bzar Mimli (Baked Stuffed peppers with rice and various meat or fish)
1Torta tat-Tamal (Date and Walnut cake)
2Torta tal-Lumi (Lemon pie)
3Torta Tal-Lewz (Almond cake)
4Bankuncini (Almond tarts)
5Qaghaq ta’L-Ghasel (Honey Rings)
6Mqaret Helwin (Fried Date Pastries)
7Kannoli ta’ L-Irkotta ( Rikotta Cheese Cannoli)
8Tin Mqadded (Sun dried Figs with Rum)
9Bajtar Tax-Xewk (Prickly Pears)
10Frott ta’ L-Istagun (Local Fresh Seasonal Fruits)
11Kejk tal-Gelat bil-Frott (Ice cream and sponge cake with fruits)
12Qubbajt (Local Nougat)
1Bajtra (A liquor made from Cactus fruit (prickly pears)
2Anisette (Liquor made from Anniseed)
3Limoncell (Liquor made from fresh local lemons)

These are only a few of the many dishes that are typical of our island and some recipes are seasonal as they consist of certain items which are typical of the season.

For those who like to see how these products are grown, we can organise visits to local farmers who will take us to their fields and farms.  As for fish, we can also organise a day’s fishing trip with a local fisherman on his traditional small fishing boat.  The eye of Osiris on his fishing boat will keep any harm away from you and I can assure you that having such an unusual holiday with us will make you go back in time and enjoy the beauty and bounty of our islands.