The countdown for Valentine’s begins. One month to go for Cupid to do his magic and we celebrate the feast of Saint Valentine. Our menu for this special evening is not ready and we are happy to share it.Read More »
In this cold January weather a nice hot drink is certainly welcoming. Considering Malta’s colonial past, the hot toddy is one local favourite which we inherited from our British rulers.Read More »
We are organising one last wine tasting session as 2018 comes to the close. The wine tasting will be held in our open kitchen upstairs on Friday, 28th December 2018 at 8pm.Read More »
We have finalised our menu for New Year’s Eve . We have tried our best to utilise the best ingredients we can sources during the festive season as we plan to wine and dine with a blast at the end of the year.Read More »
Maltese for sugar, originating from the Arab language. This is no wonder as the Arabs were masters of growing, refining, and cooking with sugar as early as the year circa 650. When the Crusaders took over Jerusalem in the year 1099, they learned more about sugar production and introduced the ingredient to their fellow Europeans.Read More »
With December on our doorstep, we are glad to announce that we have finalised our menu for the Christmas period. This menu will be served for dinner on Christmas Eve and for lunch and dinner on Christmas day.Read More »
Maltese for sausage. ‘Zalzett tal-Malti’ to specifically refer to Maltese sausage. Maltese sausage is one of the few charcuteries still made in local butcher shops. It is basically a pork sausage seasoned with salt, garlic, parsley, crushed black peppercorns and crushed coriander seeds. Even though it is a pork sausage, it is consumed raw by locals.
Interestingly enough, the way this ‘Maltese’ sausage is prepared, is influenced by the British (no wonder, since Malta spent 164 years under British rule) according to Portuguese traditions.
The word has obvious vulgar connotations in Maltese idiom, owing to its quite straightforward phallic shape. Preferring to be prudent, a good example of ‘zalzett’ in Maltese idiom would be ‘Iż-żmien itwal miz-zalzett’ (Age is longer than sausage) referring to the endless length of time.
Maltese for a singular loaf of bread. No meal is complete in a Maltese household without this kitchen staple. Traditionally, the Maltese loaf is a sourdough bread baked in wood-fired ovens, giving its thick dark-brown crust. The traditional classic is ‘Ħobż biż-żejt’ (bread with oil) which refers to a sandwich with kunserva (tomato paste), olive oil and occasionally canned tuna. Read More »
As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we look back to enjoy a few food items or ingredients as we find them used in the Maltese vernacular. Maldonado Bistro has always persisted in trying to be creative and forward looking. But for the time being, we hope you enjoy reading, as much as we enjoyed researching how the Maltese used their favourite gourmet items not only in the kitchen but also to express themselves in the most of articulate manners in their daily lives. Sliem! (Be blessed, in Maltese)
After two dry years, it seems that 2018 will be a good year for wine makers after healthy rainfall we experienced around the Maltese Islands this past winter. We have seen great leaps in quality in Maltese and Gozitan wines which augurs well for the future of the wine industry in Malta. Read More »