A healthy walk in the Mgarr countryside
Mar21

A healthy walk in the Mgarr countryside

UPDATED The Sunday’s walk and activities at Mgarr have been postponed due to bad weather to Saturday 7th April from 11.30hrs till 13.30hrs. Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1419217998190554 ——————- We are all becoming more aware of the hazards of pesticides on and inside our food. Even locally there is a greater drive and awareness towards pesticide free and organic food and...

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Just Organic – an organic shop in the heart of Naxxar
Mar20

Just Organic – an organic shop in the heart of Naxxar

Veggy Malta visited Just Organic a quaint new shop in the centre of Naxxar. There I met with Sara Zammit Tabona and Cheryl Jordan. Nestled in the centre of Naxxar in a side road next to the church, Just Organic offers a number of interesting brands including some brought locally by themselves. The shop isn’t large but still manages to offer a diversity of products. Inside you will find laundry and household products, body care,...

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9 health benefits of turmeric
Mar19

9 health benefits of turmeric

Veggy Malta looks at Turmeric. A spice used for over 4000 in India since the Vedic cultural that is finally being recognised in the west for its natural benefits. It grows wild in the forests of Southern Asia including India, Indonesia, China along with some Pacific islands [1].  The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Whilst somewhat unsure, it is believed that the word turmeric comes from the Latin words terra merita...

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Bidni organic farm – fresh veg and free range eggs
Mar16

Bidni organic farm – fresh veg and free range eggs

Veggy Malta went to Marsaskala. To be precise I went to Bidni, which is between Haz-Zabbar and Marsaskala. There further in from the quaint chapel of Madonna tad-Dawl, there is Stefan and Antoinette’s organic farm. Their farm is a registered organic farm. The farm actually started as a hobby where Stefan and Antoinette Psiala could grow their own food without pesticides but is slowly taking up more and more of their time. It...

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Portobello mushroom pizza – vegan spelt pizza at Pash
Mar15

Portobello mushroom pizza – vegan spelt pizza at Pash

Veggy Malta tried out the spelt pizza at Pash restaurant. On Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays Pash is offering their range of spelt pizzas along with normal flour, wholemeal flour and gluten free. So lets start with, what is spelt? Spelt is an ancient grain with roots going back more than 6000 years in ancient Mesopotamia. It is very similar to wheat in appearance, but actually a distinct type of wheat. Like other ancient grains...

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TheFruit.com – an ample choice of fresh fruit and veg
Mar13

TheFruit.com – an ample choice of fresh fruit and veg

Veggy Malta visited TheFruit.com a fresh fruit and vegetables shop in the heart of Qawra. The one thing that stands out is the impressive range of fresh fruit and vegetables in the shop. You would expect this given that the shop is owned by Jimmy Vella Fruit and Veg. There is a long section of vegetables which includes; broccoli, cabbage, chinese cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, pumpkins, marrows, cucumbers, aubergines, tomatoes, cherry...

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Bare English & Co – splashing a dash of organic and vegan teas on your lips
Mar12

Bare English & Co – splashing a dash of organic and vegan teas on your lips

Veggy Malta met with Sarah Crockford to talk about Bare English & Co Lip Balm. In short this is an organic, vegan, tea infused lip balm. It is after all still cold, although spring is just round the corner. So what’s the story behind these lip balms? Sarah said that her cousin in Canada (a vegan chemist) started off in the kitchen fiddling about with ingredients. She infused a mix of oils with green and white tea. One tweak...

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Langbein’s Daily Meal Soup – plug and play organic vegan soup
Mar09

Langbein’s Daily Meal Soup – plug and play organic vegan soup

Veggy Malta tried out Langbein’s Daily Meal Soup, an organic vegan soup in a glass jar. The main thing behind the Daily Meal Soup is how simple and convenient it is. All you need to do is shake the jar, open it and heat it for 2 minutes at 600w in a microwave and enjoy. That is your lunch served in a jiffy. I actually tried out all three soup flavours. The tomato basil soup, the pumpkin mango soup and the sweet potato soup with...

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Raw citrus ginger and turmeric shots – totally good
Mar08

Raw citrus ginger and turmeric shots – totally good

How about some daily detox with some raw citrus ginger and turmeric shots. This certainly isn’t a revolutionary drink but one that has many benefits. You can prepare a large jug, store it and consume a shot/glass a day. This tea mixes the health benefits of ginger, turmeric and also citrus. This is an evolution from my fresh ginger tea. The raw citrus ginger and turmeric tea is obviously vegan. Some benefits: Ginger and turmeric...

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Eyes on Koawach – an organic energy chocolate drink that is an alternative to coffee
Mar06

Eyes on Koawach – an organic energy chocolate drink that is an alternative to coffee

Veggy Malta tried out Koawach, an organic energy chocolate drink that is an alternative to coffee. The main ingredient is guarana. Guarana is Latin American plant. It gained popularity when the Jesuit missionaries in the Amazon realised that when the tribesmen consumed the seed they managed to hunt for extended periods of time. In fact the name reflects the Guarani Indian tribe in the Amazon, who ate the plant seeds. A number of...

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Traditional Maltese Easter treats by Anurakti – gone vegan
Mar05

Traditional Maltese Easter treats by Anurakti – gone vegan

Easter, the biggest celebration for Roman Catholics, is round the corner. The religious celebration is linked to a number of food traditions from the figolla, bajda ta’ l-Ghid (Easter egg), kwarezimal, karamelli tal-Harrub (Carob syrup sweets) and qaghqa tal-appostli (Apostle’s ring bread). Veggy Malta met up with Adriana and Alan from Anurakti to see what vegan plans they have for this Easter. Easter is a beautiful time...

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The Grassy Hopper – a vegetarian restaurant or a vegan philosophy?
Mar02

The Grassy Hopper – a vegetarian restaurant or a vegan philosophy?

Veggy Malta met up with Yasmin Degiorgio, owner of The Grassy Hopper to see what was the inspiration behind this venue. So what kick started The Grassy Hopper? Yasmin had come back from abroad bringing with her all the experiences at vegetarian and vegan restaurants abroad. This inspired her to want to open a vegetarian restaurant in Malta and make vegetarian and vegan food more accessible. Yasmin is a vegetarian herself believing...

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Livwell at Naxxar – a safe heaven for whoever wants to eat gluten free
Feb28

Livwell at Naxxar – a safe heaven for whoever wants to eat gluten free

Veggy Malta went to Livwell in Naxxar and met up with Joselle Borg Meilak to understand why she opened a fully gluten free health and snack shop. Livwell is a quaint health and snack shop situated on the outer part of Naxxar just opposite Valyou Supermarket. The main distinguishing feature about Livwell is that it offers a safe and 100% gluten free environment. It certainly is a breath of fresh air for gluten intolerant individuals to...

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Le Bistro at Radisson Blu has a specific menu for vegetarians and vegans
Feb26

Le Bistro at Radisson Blu has a specific menu for vegetarians and vegans

Veggy Malta went to Le Bistro restaurant at Radisson Blu in San Giljan. Le Bistro have actually made the effort in creating a separate menu just for vegetarians and vegans. I would say that this is a win! There I met up with Ramon Muscat the Culinary Director. Ramon explained how 3 years ago the restaurant adopted a farm to fork philosophy which meant using fresh local and seasonal products as much as possible. Furthermore, this...

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Arla Lactofree cheesespread – it’s made from milk but still lactose free!
Feb23

Arla Lactofree cheesespread – it’s made from milk but still lactose free!

Veggy Malta tried out Arla Lactofree Spreadable cheese. Although I am not lactose intolerant, I was interested in knowing more about this product. As a starter, Arla Lactofree is still made from cow milk. So what is the difference? Why is it ok for people who are lactose intolerant? I did some digging and tried to understand how milk is converted in lactose free. Regular milk contains the milk sugar lactose. NHS UK explains this well....

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