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Lemon and Courgette Drizzle Cake (no butter)

Lemon and Courgette Drizzle Cake (0594)So let me set one thing straight: I’m definitely not on some kind of health kick, as in eating clean and all that hoo-ha. However lately I’m on this…how shall I put it?…try-many-new-things…thingamabob. I’m sorry, but my vocab skills are out the door today. Please bear with me just a tad longer. This little gem of a recipe is worth the wait.

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Coffee Date #2

Coffee at the Old Spitalfields Market (0467)C&T has by now become quite the fixture in my life. I find myself thinking about new recipes and reviews continuously, especially when I’m doing the usual mundane things, which most of the time are house chores. Stirring a soup in the kitchen is also included in this list, although funnily enough it’s not as boring as it seems for me. Anyways, all this is to tell you that I feel I haven’t had a proper catch up with you in ages.

A few months ago, I registered for a couple of online short courses with WordPress. One of the writing tasks was exactly like this – a kind of coffee chat/date, and I’m thinking about making it a series on this blog. I’ll try to post them regularly, although not that often as to become mind-numbingly tedious! That’s not my plan at all. I don’t keep a journal for various reasons, however this format of blog writing could serve me well.

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Broad Bean Risotto

Broad Bean Risotto (8030)

When I woke up this morning I kept reminding myself that it’s Thursday (not Sunday) and a public holiday on the rock. It’s not as quiet as one might hope, and to type this I had to close the window in my study. It’s easy to focus now and I *am* calm. Which brings me to a recipe made best when you have a good thirty minutes of peace. So tell your partner in life to babysit the kids and the pets for a little while and spend some time in the kitchen with me.

Broad Bean Risotto (8029)

One of the things I love about Malta is the fruit and veggie trucks you see dotted around the many towns and villages on the island. I love going to the one near to where I grew up in Birkirkara. I love visiting my mum too which goes without saying and of course, going there brings back good memories. I have been meaning to post the following recipe and the above photo for ages so here it is. It’s starting to get warmer here now and we’re already finding plenty of spring and summer produce. I’m finding good quality strawberries too which I macerate in lemon juice, some sugar and pepper too. Delicious.

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Some fruity photos, a little chat and a strawberry and banana milkshake.

Smoothie (7913)

So I have some time to myself on this lovely Sunday morning and thought I would drop a few lines. This week has been quite a hectic one. What made it worse was another little round of the flu. It’s easing a bit now all due to some rest I had yesterday. J wasn’t feeling too good either and after a bowl of minestra (the Maltese version of minestrone) we had a delightful movie afternoon. My feather blanket and hot water bottle became my best friends. I still managed to bake chocolate cookies *just got up and having one right now*. The Sun’s out today and that makes me happy. (Is Spring around the corner?)

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Images: Bluebells at Winkworth Arboretum

Bluebells at Winkworth (9471)This is just another quick bluebell post before we won’t be able to see them again till next year. These photos were taken a few days ago on my second no, third visit, to Winkworth Arboretum. It was a miserable day, very gloomy. It seemed like winter, minus the colder temperatures. There were a few breaks in between the downpours and we managed to take a few interesting shots.

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Happy Spring!

Begonia (0471)

I don’t know if the sun’s out in your neck of the woods, but if it’s not here’s a photo of my Begonia, which hopefully will cheer you up a bit. We had some seriously sunny weather in Surrey lately. I was out and about quite a bit last week…myself and everyone else in the area I reckon! Including a neighbour’s cat, lapping up the rays of the sun like there’s no tomorrow. Who can blame her really?

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Linguine with prawns


As I look out the window this afternoon, the sky is grey and so gloomy. Unbelievable. I won’t complain but boy we need the Sun, and soon! (Hopefully the weather will give us a break by the time this is published.) What do I do then to bring some sunshine in? I cook. This.


It’s very very easy. To me pasta is a healthier version of fast food. Did you know that four portions of sweet and sour pork from a takeaway have around 36g of salt? So why not make this instead? It’s really child’s play. You can even throw in some spring greens or some young baby spinach instead of the courgette, and some honey for extra sweetness.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 small onion, very finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 courgette, cut into cubes
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • shot of white vermouth
  • 200g large frozen prawns
  • 1 large tomato, cut into cubes
  • juice of half a lemon
  • pepper
  • 250g dried linguine

Fill a pasta pan with water and wait for it to boil.

In the meantime, place a large shallow pan on the heat and leave it to heat up properly. Pour in the olive oil (not extra virgin – it would be a waste) and on a gentle heat add the garlic, onion, chilli flakes, salt and stir.

Add the courgette, red pepper, give everything a stir or two and wait till the veggies are softened but still have a bite to them. If you prefer cook them for a few more minutes. Pour in a shot of white vermouth and let it bubble away.

Cook the linguine according to packet instructions; they usually take 7-9 minutes to cook through.

Now it’s time to add the prawns to the sauce. When these are done add the lemon juice and the tomato. Add a little pepper.

When the pasta is cooked al dente, drain and tip it into the sauce (that’s why you need a large pan), and mix everything well.

Serve immediately into 2-3 serving bowls and eat away.


A fresh weekday dinner great for Spring, preferably eaten in a garden or terrace. Enjoy!

Rob x