A few words about Maltese cuisine

A few days ago I had a very interesting conversation about the celebration in Malta and of course, about traditional food habits that are related to these events. I’d like to share some of my notes with you.

So far I have never eaten almost any of following mentioned delicate. However, I am going to eat them as time will be passing.

Carnival:

  • This celebration is held onFebruary before the Easter, especially a lent. Funny information was that extravagantly coloured floats are perched on lorries ready for the procession. I can’t imagine so I will have to wait for the next year.
  • „Prinjolata“ and „Perlini“ are typical food for this time. Both of them are sweet and caloric, of course. Perlini is also highly associated with weddings in Malta. What’s more, it looks like a bean or our tic-tac bonbon and it is a bit crunchy. Prinjolata is something as a caloric cake with the scream on the surface of the cake, it consists of nuts and candied fruit.

Lent:

  • It takes approximately 40 days and ends up with the Easter. It is a fasting and before Malese took it more strictly. You should avoid to eat all kind of meat (but fishes sometimes don’t considerate as meat) and mainly sweet. For this reason, Maltese come up with special kind of sweet for this festival (what a smart!) – „Karamelli tar-Randan„, „Kwareżimal“ and „Qagħaq tal-Appostli„. All of them are traditional Maltese sweet (origin of Malta). On the internet, you can find the recepi and of course with the reduced sugar (lots of products here are with the headlines as like as lowed fat, reduced sugar, free laktose, free gluten. And still Malta is the leader of obesity in EU as I have written before). The last one I tasted and I share some photo of this sweet. The taste is similar to Czech gingerbread but I would prefer our gingerbread instead of it. However, the one piece of Qagħaq tal-Appostli (200g netto) made me full for the whole of the afternoon. And it cost 1 euro in the supermarket.

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Easter:

  • I guess that I cannot describe the purpose of this celebration. But if I tried to describe why I really hate celebrating of Easter, I found out that during Easter Monday Maltese guys don’t lash the women and get some gifts in return. I know that it is not part of faithful so maybe, for this reason, this stupid event is not part of Maltese Easter.
  • Typical meat (and main course) is lamb. But I don’t know what side dish is. Traditional sweet should be „Figolli“ in the shape of the lamb, of course. It is an interesting comparison to our country. I described that we have an Easter hare. When you look at the photos on the Internet, you will come across lots of shapes and the sweet will look like our gingerbread again. But it is absolutely different that I got the explanation because it consists of the cream (for this reason, I tried to find out the most right picture).

Imnarja:

  • Feast of St Peter and St Paul held on 29th June
  • This Maltese celebration, which starts on the night of 28 June and continues all the next day into evening, is probably less to do with religion and more about common rural life, country old-times and mainly folk music.
  • Typical food as the main course is a rabbit. I learnt that there is three kind served rabbit. The first kind is stewed rabbit with tomato sauce, the second one is fried rabbit (but they use less oil than me for frying) and the third one it should be served with spaghetti (I can’t imagine because we have rabbit with dumplings and cabbage as I tried to describe). As sweet it is served the traditional Maltese nougats called „Qubbajt„. Last year I brought one of kind for my former colleagues. I must admit preferring the Czech (black) nougats. Maltese nougats is more sweet than I am used to eating.

Christmas:

  • In Malta, they don’t have a fasting during morning and part of the afternoon. Something as like as having only soup for lunch is not possible here.
  • Lots of families don’t have a Christma tree. Of course, there are lots of immigrants and Arabic people.
  • There is not a specific time when people change a gift themselves in comparison the Czech Republic ( we have traditional Christmas Eve). They very often go to the church at noon, then they have a hot chocolate and change the gift and then (for me it is unimaginable) they go to the Paceville and with their friends they probably drink an alcohol, not being with family.
  • Public holiday is hold only on 25th December. Some of them visit their extended family. However, they very often visit nuclear and extended family in one day (and then go to the Paceville :-)).
  • The main course is a turkey – yes, it is British influence.

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