Sunday, April 28, 2013

Chow Down to Eurovision 2013 - Malta

Yes hello, this is Valetta calling, we are in beautiful Malta. If Eurovision does nothing for you it should at least help you learn European capital cities. You may remember the little tiny fish that feasted my feet in Amsterdam, well as they say revenge is a dish that is best served fried. This dish was really tough to make because let us be honest here, how can anything fried be bad. I hope that the frying advantage can give Malta a winning chance as they usually send such good entries to Eurovision but are always pipped at the post.
Chiara or as she is known in this house "Miss Malta" is the queen of the Maltese "nothing but quality" ballad and placed 3rd in 1998 to Dana International of Israel in 1st and Imaani of the United Kingdom in 2nd place.
Miss Malta came 2nd in 2005 behind the gyrating bare chested Greeks, so being someone that likes patterns (not to a medically alarming level) I advise Malta to send her again so that they can score their first win.
This recipe is really addictively moreish but make sure you don't eat the whole 1kg of whitebait between AB and yourself for dinner as you could end up feeling a little poorly, I would imagine, OK, OK so I did it!

Makku - Whitebait
  • 1kg whitebait
  • 4 eggs
  • 4-5 tbsp. plain flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 minced garlic clove (optional)
  • Oil for frying
  • 1-2 lemons
  • Rinse whitebait in a colander under running cold water
  • Leave the whitebait whole, head and guts intact, yum!
  • In a mixing bowl add the eggs, flour and beat to a lump free batter but not too runny
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Add the garlic and parsley to the batter (or leave out garlic and sprinkle parsley over at the end as pictured)
  • In a large pot heat the oil on high
  • In batches dip the whitebait in the batter and then fry till golden brown
  • Reduce the heat of the oil if the whitebait are browning too quickly
  • Drain in a metal colander over a bowl to maintain the crispness
  • Place on a serving plate and season
  • Sprinkle with parsley and add some lemon.
Will Gianluca be able to do one better than Chiara and secures Malta's first win with Tomorrow?
Xorti tajba!

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