A few weeks ago, I was invited to take part in the Expedia World on a Plate Challenge, Maltese style.
The challenge was to create a meal using a massive haul of Maltese food that was sent to my doorstep.
As it’s coming up to Christmas and New Years Eve, they’ll be more family and friends popping usual, you might even be hosting a bit of a get together!
With that in mind, I wanted to create a bit of a spread that you could put on for any seasonal guests. We usually stick to the traditional sausage rolls, breadsticks and ham sandwiches – why not have a theme buffet for something a bit different?
Here’s what’s in my Malta inspired party spread, in order of the photos:
- traditional maltese bread drizzled in oil
- Twistees – a traditional cheese snack that tastes like cheesy Nik Naks!
- salsa and humous as dips
- olives, sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella
- traditional Maltese water biscuits (Galletti) with chutney and cheese
- traditional Maltese biscuits
- Qaghaq Ta L – Ghasel – honey rings with black treacle and orange rings
- Buskutini Tal – Guglien – traditional sweet biscuits with sesame seeds
- Buskutini Tal – Rahal – traditional sweet biscuit with aniseed
- Krustini Tal Lews – sweet biscuit with almonds and Kearesemar – a chew biscuit with almonds, nuts and orange water
- Kinnie – a maltese traditional soft drink with better orange and aromatic herbs, an ideal Vodka mix.
- Cisk – a traditional maltese larger.
My favourite has to be the water crackers with cheese – I love crackers and cheese and they always make a great party food. The Twistees were also delicious, think of it as a cross between a Wotsit and a Nik Nak!
The sweet biscuits were all delicious too, but savoury has always been where it’s at for me!
As for the beer, it’s delicious – I’m not very good with describing the taste of a beer, but it does remind me of a house beer you’d get in a European pub, which makes no sense, but I know what I mean. I wasn’t too fond of the Kinnie drink, as it was a little bit too bitter for me, but I’m going to try it with some spirits over Christmas and see how it tastes as a mixer!