Malta's history and geography had an important influence on its cuisine. Having had to import most of its foodstuffs, positioned along important trade routes and having to cater for the resident foreign powers who ruled the islands, opened Maltese cuisine to outside influences from very early on. Foreign dishes and tastes were absorbed, transformed and adapted. Italian (specifically Sicilian), Middle Eastern and Arabic foods exerted a strong influence, but the presence in Malta of the Knights of St John and, more recently, the British brought elements from further afield.
The Knights hailed from many European countries; particularly, France, Italy and Spain. They brought influences from these countries. Aljotta, for example, a fish broth with plenty of garlic, herbs, and tomatoes, is the Maltese adaptation of bouillabaisse. The Knights' contacts and wealth brought also food from the New World; it has been suggested that Malta may have been one of the first countries in Europe (after Spain) where chocolate was first tasted.
The British military presence meant a market of a garrison and their families and, later, mass tourism from the UK. British food products, condiments and sauces like English mustard, Bovril, HP Sauce and Worcestershire sauce are still a subtle but pervasive presence in Maltese cooking.
Other imports were only nominal. While the Maltese word "aljoli" is likely to be a loan word, the Maltese version of the sauce does not include any egg as in aioli; instead it is based on herbs, olives, anchovies and olive oil. Similarly, while the Maltese word "taġen" is related to "tajine" in Maltese the word refers exclusively to a metal pan.
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Romano46 (11461) 2013-09-23 7:08
hai la grandissima capacità di trarre dai particolari foto efficaci e quanto dico si addice nello specifico a questa bella composizione nella quale pocgi elementi e piacevoli contrasti di colore raccontano un dettaglio dell'Isola di Malta che altrimenti resterebbe sconosciuto.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
snunney (72680) 2013-09-23 7:26
A lovely study in tone and texture. Well seen this restaurant sign cleverly framed here. Pleasant warm tones and excellent rendering of the textural detail.
jemaflor (74044) 2013-09-23 9:03
Well presented, good focus on the maltese cuisine, perfect light and colors for your shot and now good appétit !
Schnappilic (9066) 2013-09-23 12:39
Imi plac: incadrearea, lumina si culorile. Bravo!
mesutilgim (72978) 2013-09-23 12:43
Another topclass entry in your gallery.
Perfect capture enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
carlo62 (19399) 2013-09-23 15:35
questo è uno di quei posti che attirano la mia attenzione, andrei volentieri ad assaggiare le specialità della casa.
Il cestino è uguale a quelli che faceva mio nonno e, solo per questo, vale la pena fare uno scatto.
Periko (1379) 2013-09-23 21:18
Extensive note and beautiful composition. The sign and the basket of bread on the barrel are good subjects.
jjcordier (67214) 2013-09-23 22:44
Très jolie composition verticale avec une belle lumière et des couleurs attrayantes.
krzychu30 (12651) 2013-09-23 23:49
I´m glad you´ve touched on the subject of Maltese cuisine.It definitely deserves it!
And your shot creates so lovely mood(and makes me hungry by the way:)
Very invating shot with delightful,vivid colors and excellent clarity.
PS.I would mention also Ftira(the best I´ve tried was also in Victoria on Gozo),banofee cake and of course Kinnie:),which collects very conflicting opinions.Btw.what´s your opinion about it?Have you tried it?
Have a good day
Nicou (105767) 2013-09-24 10:06
Avec le tonneau de bois et le cercles de fer et la pancarte quelle vue et compo sueprbe et ce plat qui à l'air délicieux sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
claudeD (26946) 2013-09-24 11:39
Very fine and interesting picture from Malta. I like the fine colors and perfect sharpness of your shot. Very good idea.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
kasianowak (3474) 2013-09-24 23:57
Lovely detail and very well composed image. The warm tones are great. Makes me want to be there.
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-09-26 10:32
Highly attractive shot of the local shop displaying their wares on the old oak barrel, an excellent themed shot and gorgeous details particularly I love the earth tones of the well textured rustic wall and the art of sign is there has quite a few over the years I think, but is still alive. This has summed the hidden beauty of this small place full of local flavour, culture, tradition and way of life. A little delight within with lovely touch of vivid red. A wonderful find and so well taken - Simply awesome.
emka (64142) 2013-09-26 23:35
Hio Daniel, Charming corner found in Malta. Simple bread but it looks delicious. Marvelous prese ntation.