March 5, 2015

Leave the excellent Maltese bread alone

One thing which is pretty unique in Maltese cuisine is our bread. Its really quite extraordinary especially when eaten still warm with a table spoon of olive oil, some fresh Maltese tomatoes, capers and tuna or what many call “Hobz biz – zejt.” Of all and everything in Maltese cuisine our bread is the one thing that has some international recognition of really being one of the tastiest sour dough around. The Puglia loaf comes close but doesn’t make the grade.

I was quite bemused when I read that the local health authorities  are suggesting to revise” the salt content in Maltese bread, potentially altering an ancient recipe that is already under siege from mass production and modern machinery. I mean really who comes up with this stuff? Can we tackle the disgusting fast food restaurants selling all that processed food before? What about any alcohol, sweets, cigars and cigarettes? Why don’t we ban everything and anything that might kill us or give us a couple of bars more in our blood pressure.

Surely the road to take here is to indeed protect the artisanal making of our Maltese bread and to remind the populace, through education, that moderation and a varied diet is the key to good health. There are plenty bigger fish to fry than our innocuous “hobza”…




  1. Linda Shasteen

    I was in Malta last May. Didn’t get the chance to try the bread but was blessed and tried the Pastizzi’s and love them. I even tried making them but didn’t turn out to well. I hope to be back this fall and will dive into trying some breads. A friend of mine from Malta turned me onto your voice and listen to you quite a bit. Be healthy and stay safe.

    Arizona USA

  2. Malcolm R McEwan

    Start a campaign for EU PGI status for the Maltese hobza using only the original recipe

  3. Alfred Clottin

    First a quick recovery from the flu, Hope to see you at the Met on the nineteen be in the balcony forever proud and cheering. God Bless dress warm its cold here. sahha

  4. Anne Aldridge

    Lovely website – the bread sounds lovely – particularly like cholla bread myself and granary with all the seeds! Well done for Ballo and best wishes. AA

  5. Anthony Busuttil

    I would suggest that there will be an additional bread made with less salt. That way one has a choice. Our bread is excellent, but than again some might wish to have a choice of less salted bread!
    That would be fair for one and all. 🙂

  6. Rachel

    Yes! Leave it alone!! So much more unhealthy food out there… And some people need salt!! Salt is healthy… Unlike lots of Chemicals and junk food!! Some people have to watch their salt intake… just like lots of other food and allergies. So because some people are allergic to nuts and eggs… shall we ban these too!!!!

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May 16th, 2016

Quo Vadis Eurovision and other stories

Malta did not win the Eurovision but lo and behold the sun still rose and the island (the center of the known universe) still spun…

My two cents is that Ira Losco gave a really good performance and that the whole presentation was excellent. She shouldn’t have performed cause she is pregnant? Come off it – I have performed repeatedly with pregnant opera singers well into their 7th and 8th month of pregnancy and trust me when I say that rehearsing and performing for a full opera production is much more physically demanding than a couple of days at the Eurovision. Of course there are those who know much better than the undersigned and who went on to say that the presentation was a tad “camp”…oh the irony when one considers that the Eurovision is the campest of them all.

Meanwhile, this wouldn’t be Malta and the Eurovision wouldn’t be the Eurovision unless its politicized to the exhaustible hilt. The inevitable “mud slinging competition,” which we will see a lot of in the coming 22 months, ensued and even yours truly (inexplicably) ended up in the midst of the fray, in yet another “supernova” in a tea cup. The Eurovision suddenly became an interchangeable bullet to be used ad nauseam by both sides much like bitter parents who use their innocent children during disputes.  I have always found sycophants interesting, even amusing but they will not be getting the much desired Streisand effect from me, thank you very much. It is part of human nature after all to conjure conspiracies and we are not going to let the simple truth get in the way of some exciting and convenient fiction.

Speaking of “conjuring” is it me or is a company advertising real estate using a chap “connected” with the tragic and unnecessary death of an underage girl? It must be a clone or a”doppleganger”, otherwise this would be the epitome of bad taste and a 100 shades of wrong. Don’t get me wrong I am all for “second chances” and all of that but shouldn’t there be due process first? After all Lisa Marie didn’t get a second chance did she?