Pastry

  • 400 g plain flour (type 0)
  • 100 g semolina
  • 100 ml sunflower oil (cold pressed) (I used canola oil)
  • 100 g Light muscovado sugar (I made 1 cup of dark brown sugar using 1 cup granulated sugar + 2 Tbsp molasses… damn that’s why the pastry is so dark)
  • 1 egg yolk (fresh from the backyard!)
  • 1 pinch table salt
  • milk (to bind) (I probably ended up using 1/2 c of soy milk)

Filling

  • 500 g black treacle (molasses, damn it really is the same thing as molasses, I waited 1 week on an order of black treacle from the internet…

Mostly taken from this site: http://tessavalletta.com/2016/03/maltese-figolli-recipie/

The Dough is a simple recipe.

3.5 cups all purpose flour

1 cups granulated sugar

1.75 sticks of butter

2 egg yolks (set aside whites for filling)

1/4 cup orange juice

.5 tsp vanilla extract

.5 tsp lemon extract

.5 tsp almond extract

Combine all ingredients. Dry first, followed by wet. The mixture will form into a ball.

Which leads us to the filling.

1 cups powdered sugar

.5 cup of granulated sugar

7 oz ground almonds

2 egg whites (that you reserved earlier)

1/4 tsp almond extract

lemon zest

Using a mixer. Mix…


Ingredients:

2 egg plants/aubergines, 1/2 lb. minced meat, 1 egg, tomato paste, 1 onion, grated cheese, semolina, salt and pepper

Method:

Cut the egg plants in two, lengthwise, (without peeling them )— let them soak for some time in a mixture of water and vinegar. Parboil the egg plants (on no account should they be allowed to become too soft). strain and let cool. Scoop out the aubergines, leaving a hollow in the centre. Chop the onion, mix with the minced pulp of the aubergines and fry in a deep saucepan. Add the minced, and lightly fried meat together with…


Ingredients:

1 Chicken (fair sized), 1/2 lb. minced meat (pork and beef), 1 egg, 1 tablespoonful chopped parsley, 1 cup breadcrumbs, 1 hard boiled egg, 2 tablespoonfuls grated cheese, Salt and pepper to taste.

Method:

Clean and wash the chicken well, remove and dispose of the entrails with the exception of the liver (this may be used for the filling). Clean the inside of the chicken, wipe well and rub inside with half a lemon.

Filling:

Mix the minced meat, breadcrumbs, parsley and chopped liver in a medium bowl. Add the chopped hard-boiled egg and bind with the beaten egg…


Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. beef, 1 cupful breadcrumbs, 2 eggs, 1/2 lb. minced meat, 1 slice ham or bacon, pepper, 2 tablespoonfuls chopped parsley, salt.

Method:

Cut the meat in largish slices, if meat is not tender enough beat a little with a rolling pin.

Prepare the filling as follows:

Fry the minced meat. Mix the breadcrumbs, parsley, pepper, salt and chopped ham or bacon together and add the fried minced meat. Bind with the eggs. Lay out the slices of meat and spread about 2 tablespoonfuls of this mixture on each. Roll meat and secure (tie round) with a…


Ingredients:

1/2 lb. rice, 2 eggs, 1/4 lb. lard or margarine, 1/2 lb. minced meat, pepper, 1 small tin tomato paste, salt, 4 tablespoonfuls grated cheese

Method:

Wash rice thoroughly. Fry the minced meat. Dilute 2 to 3 tablespoonfuls of tomato paste with 2 tablespoonfuls of hot water and add to the minced meat. Let simmer. Beat the egs, and prepare the grated cheese. Prepare a well greased oven casserole. Mix the rice with the meat sauce, add the beaten eggs and mix in the grated cheese. Add salt and pepper to aste, stir until mixture is well mixed with…


Rabbit pie another favourite local dish.

Ingredients:

1 medium sized rabbit, 1/4 lb. lard, 1 small tin tomato paste, 1 bay leaf, 1 small tin peas, 1 lb. onions, 1/4 pint red wine, pastry.

Method:

Cut the rabbit in fair-sized pieces and sprinkle with vinegar or wine. Chop the onions and fry in lard. When onions are done, remove from pan and fry rabbit in same juice. When rabbit is fried, place in a plate. Put the fried onions, tomato puree, and bay leaf in a casserole adding the peas and fried rabbit pieces. Add pepper and salt to taste. Let simmer…


Ian —

We did it. You did it. I did it.

Makes most sense to start with “we” because I didn’t quite do this thing by myself. This “thing.” I’m working through, still, what it is I’ve really done.

I saw the whole country in 108 days. The “whole” country surely has it’s caveats. I saw a part of each part of the country, at the very least.

In the last two days of radio silence, I’ll catch you up. We (me and you, Ian) drove from Pittsburgh to Sandusky, OH. Met up with my friend from age 5, Gabrielle…


Meg & Sam —

After completing my long drive from Burlington, VA to Pittsburgh, PA, I was excited to get to sit down with you both for a meal.

I’m infinitely thankful for the sheer size of our country, and the fact that I know friendly faces in every corner of it. Getting to hang out with family that I rarely get to see makes the experience of exploring the country all the more rewarding.

Cousins, first and second

And of course getting to meet your boys, Sam, for the first time in more than just passing was awesome. They are supremely cute, and…


Grandpa —

Today I drove through the rain, six hours to Buffalo, NY. I’m on my way to hang out with two of your favorite people in the world, Samantha and Marydeth.

On my way out of Burlington, my friend Mary who is a creator and artist, suggested I take a few side streets to see some of her work before setting to my arduous drive.

Ian Guerin

read my notes from wherever me and the van gogh

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