Gastronomic Discovery of Maltese cuisine and that famous pie!
WOW, what a wonderful week its been!
This week we held another very special Maltese cooking class with 3 lovely Japanese students who wanted to make that famous Traditional Maltese Pie which we previously cooked for the highly rated Japanese Television program “Another Sky”, starring Ko Shibasaki.
The lovely thing about this pie, is Malta continues to be celebrated in Japan through its cuisine, because of the program and the Japanese love for their famous actress Ko Shibaski. We are sure this connection will never be lost.
Ko Shibaski came to Malta when she was starting her acting career over 25 years ago, and ever since she has continued to share her love of Malta with Japan.
You can see in the photos that the students totally wanted to emulate her cooking experience and did a wonderful job in recreating the pie.
The pie is a very special recipe handed down from our lovely neighbour Mrs Josephine Healy. It truly is a wonderful recipe, made of lean beef seasonal vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, garden fresh peas, onions, spices and of course a good dousing of Masala wine. In my book, this pie is up there with some of the best pie I have ever tried, and I feel very blessed to have been entrusted with this wonderful recipe to pass on. So for this, the world and Japan thanks you Josephine!
The smells in the kitchen when this pie is cooked is just divine and the taste, well it is truly Malta!
During the 4 hours of cooking fun we also made Mqaret (a traditional Maltese dessert or street food treat) which they also absolutely loved!
Made of a delicate pastry lightly flavoured with Aniseed then filled with dates, lemon, orange and more Aniseed liqueur. Believe me when I make these, the whole house just oozes in Yum!
You can either bake or fry these, but typically as a street food they are fried. Look out for them at the local markets when you are next in Malta. I quiet often serve these as a dessert with a good dollop of vanilla ice-cream when I have guests for dinner, especially in the winter months. Mqaret equally qualify as a high-end dessert and just as perfectly as a morning treat. Mqaret anytime!
So, now a little about my classes. Julesy’s Kitchen runs Gastronomic Discovery events every week usually on a Tuesday but for special travel groups and corporate groups I can be more flexible to fill time constraints. The Gastronomic Discovery usually starts around 11.30am and finishes around 3:30pm.
My kitchen is deliberately designed so students feel as connected to the kitchen as possible, you wont find any fancy stainless steel or complicated gadgetry, its all about achievable fun cooking here.
Classes are held every week provided there are at least two or more people per class, otherwise I would decline the booking, it is generally much more fun with a friend or two, as I’m sure you would agree.
Within the package you will receive a lovely apron and sometimes even a lovely dish or specialty piece of equipment to help you recreate whatever you have cooked at home. All food, drinks and recipes are also part of the package. Prices start at just €190 per person.
Happy cooking adventures and I hope to see you here in my kitchen sometime soon.
Here we go again….
In an attempt to keep up with our overwhelming level of guests from around the world choosing to stay with us here at Julesy’s BnB, the construction of our 5th (and final) guest room on level 3 is scheduled to commence on Monday the 20th of August.
We actually have to demolish the existing roof and raise the height of the walls to comply with Malta’s building codes. That being said, a beautiful new roof terrace will transpire for the enjoyment of all of our guests.
Our new room will be named the Pinto Suite (once again named after one Malta’s GrandMasters), which will be individually designed, just like we have done so with our 4 existing guest rooms. There will also be private lift access too.
Sadly we won’t be accepting any guests from Sunday the 19th of August 2018 up until Sunday the 26th of August, whilst the roof is removed and a new one is created. Our construction team will then carry on the required work, whilst our guests are out enjoying Malta during the day.
At the same time, our Zondadari bathroom will get a long overdue remake, with a walk-in rain shower, etcetera.
So, by November we’ll be able to assist more guests wanting to stay with us. 🙂
MDINA MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
This special annual event is being held on both the 5th & 6th of May 2018.
Two days of re-enactments and pageantry that evoke Malta’s late medieval period (1200 – 1500 AD). Several re-enactment groups perform in various battle scenes and other actions in various points of the town.
The Malta International Fireworks Festival: 17th Edition
Fireworks are a yearlong pastime in Malta, and a major part of local festi – village festivals that celebrate their respective patron saints. Taking place all the year round but particularly so in summer, these festi are always lively and colourful. The colour, of course, is best provided by the fireworks that impeccably light the Maltese skies.
2018 sees the 17th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival, organised by the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority. In particular, it will be taking place on Saturday 21st, Friday 27th and Monday 30th of April 2018. Year after year, the festival a guaranteed time of excitement for locals, tourists, as well as the fireworks factories around the island that get the chance to show off their skills with more gusto than ever. International pyrotechnic companies also make their way to Maltese shores to participate. Previous editions of the festival have seen entries from countries all the way between Australia and Italy.
The Grand Finale on Monday, the 30th April will be like no other pyrotechnic show our islands have experienced. Fireworks which will be synchronized to live singing and a live musical orchestra, which will perform music written for the occasion from a floating stage in Malta’s majestic Grand Harbour, Valletta.
Now believe it or not, we actually have 1 room available for just this 1 night’s special event, which can be booked via this link.
So, if your quick and want the best view in Malta to see this spectacular, with complimentary wine, book today.
Introducing Samuel Sultana to Julesy’s BnB
Over the years, many of our guests have admired and purchased quality works of art we’ve exhibited from artists, such as Stephanie Borg; Caroline Said Lawrence; Clemens Hasengschwandtner; Rachel Farrugia and recently Sara Pace.
We are more than impressed with the beautiful original paintings that Samuel Sultana produces and now proudly have several large pieces on display. This vibrant collection look fantastic in our guesthouse and certainly won’t fit in your suitcase. Not to worry though, as we pack & ship worldwide.
Samuel Sultana is a Franco-Maltese creative, based in Malta. At the age of 1, he raised a hammer, as per Maltese tradition: a great tool to both build and destroy. After obtaining his Degree and Masters across a number of international institutions, he embarked on a shift from stability and familiarity by moving to Bristol and founding his first collective in late 2012.
Upon returning to Malta, he formed a new collaborative context that allowed him to create a more structured and entrepreneurial approach in order to retain his ethos.
We’re sure our guests will also love Samuel’s work and will snap up well priced original artwork, whilst here with us in Malta.
New Artist to Julesy’s BnB – Sara Pace
Julesy’s BnB love art and more-so love supporting local artists.
We are more than impressed with the beautiful original paintings that Sara Pace produces and now proudly have a small selection on display. The collection is suitably sized for guests to take as carry-on luggage, albeit we pack & ship worldwide too.
Sara Pace is a graduate fine artist and art historian, as well as a practising art educator in a secondary school in Malta. Sara has studied art at various local institutions such as the Malta School of Art and the University of Malta, as well as abroad at Clarion University, Pennsylvania, US and at the Burren College of Art, Ireland.
We’re sure our guests will also love Sara’s work and be able to take home a unique memento of their stay here with us in Malta.
Valletta Green Festival 2018
4th to 6th of May 2018
St Georges Square, Valletta
Each year, the Valletta Green Festival transforms one of the largest open urban spaces in Valletta, Pjazza San Ġorġ, with its colourful signature feature – a huge floral carpet composed of some 80,000 potted plants. A yearly programme of family-friendly activities happening in the capital city and other localities have established this much-loved weekend-long festival as a fun and accessible platform for initiatives promoting environmental consciousness on the Maltese Islands. The festival also offers visitors rare glimpses into some of the capital city’s little-known historical treasures, including the four-hundred-year-old gardens of the Archbishop’s Palace and the Convent of St Catherine.
Book your stay with us (whilst we still have availability) via this link and receive complimentary ferry ride across the Grand Harbour to enjoy this great event.
Guided Coach Tours
As most of our guests know, our current line-up of tours and excursions is already quite extensive. Our list on offer includes:
And now, we are proud to announce the launch of our new Guided Coach Tours. There are 14 different tours available all with experienced tour guides.
Our guests have a choice of 60+ different tours and excursions to make the most out of their time in Malta, assuming they can escape our luxurious guest rooms and sumptuous breakfasts, of course.
The Tour of Mosta, Ta’ Qali Crafts Village
& Mdina, the Noble City
You will first drive to the city of Mosta. Inspired by Rome’s Pantheon, the church in the center of the city was built in the 18th Century. It became known throughout the country in 1942 when during World War II, a dropped bomb failed to explode, thus sparing the lives of some 300 people. This church has the third largest dome in Europe.
You will then visit the town of Ta’Qali, located nearby was once a British WWII outpost, but has been converted to a village for local handicrafts. You will be able to watch local artisans at work blowing elaborate glass art pieces, intricately assembling original silver filigree jewelry, carving the local limestone and many more. This is the perfect place to pick up treasures that will remind you of your Malta visit.
Finally you visit Mdina, Malta’s ancient capital. It rests in a very majestic way, on top of a hilltop right at the center of the island. Mdina is also called ‘The Silent City’ because of its literally quiet and narrow streets that give off a quaint yet very homey atmosphere. Mdina is not only considered to be one of Malta’s precious jewels, but this ancient walled city is one of the best medieval fortifications. You will see magnificent views of the entire Maltese landscape. In Mdina you will have some time to relax and enjoy the area.
Pickup and drop off from Café Riche (just a 3 minute walk away from Julesy’s BnB)
Mosta, Ta’Qali & Mdina Half Day Excursion
€27 per person
Bookings should be made via email at least 48 hours in advance, noting a non-refundable 30% deposit is required.
Knights of St. John
Julesy’s BnB (a licensed guesthouse) is located in the historic Three Cities, which surrounds Malta’s Grand Harbour . This very region was the first home to the Knights of St. John, whom ruled Malta for 250 years.
The opportunity exists to visit and stay exactly where the Knights of St. John initially based themselves.
The property itself (c1750) has been beautifully restored to its former glory, albeit with today’s modern conveniences. The luxuriously appointed rooms are actually named after relevant Knights Hospitaller, being:
Named after the 57th Grand Master Fra’ Jean-Paul de Lascaris-Castellar (in office 1636-1657), a French born, Italian nobleman who died in 1657 and rests in the Saint John’s Co-Cathedral in Malta’s capital city Valletta. During Lascaris’s tenure, he famously created a series of fortification towers around the island of Malta, with the vast majority of these still standing today. More about Lascaris can be found via this link.
Named after the 60th Grand Master Fra’ Raphael Cotoner (in office 1660-1663) and the 61st Grand Master Fra’ Nicolas Cotoner (in office 1663-1680). During Raphael’s tenure, an Italian artist commenced his work with the St.John’s Co-Cathedral, where Raphael was laid to rest in 1663. Raphael’s brother Nicolas succeeded him, and continued the redecorating efforts in the St.John’s Co-Cathedral, where he was laid to rest in 1680. During the tenure of Nicolas, the Cottonera Lines were constructed to protect the Three Cities, which could accommodate 40,000 people.
Named after the 65th Grand Master Fra’ Marc’Antonio Zondadari (in office 1720-1722). Zondadari, born in Siena (Italy) in 1658 was actually a Prince of the Church, in which today titled as Cardinal. In 1722, the village of Bormla (where Julesy’s BnB is) was renamed and declared to be the City of Cospiua during Zondadri’s tenure. Whilst his resting place lies within the St. Johns Co-Cathedral (in a magnificent monument), much to the dismay of the Maltese, his heart was buried in his native Siena.
Named after the 66th Grand Master Fra’ Antonio Manoel de Vilhena (in office 1720-1722). A Portuguese nobleman, also a Prince of the Church was very popular with the Maltese people, which was unlike a number of previous Grand Masters. Manoel founded Floriana and constructed both Fort Manoel and the Manoel Theatre which both stand today and are very popular tourist attractions. He was laid to rest in the St. John’s Co-Cathedral in 1736.
Pinto Suite: (available late 2018)
Named after the 68th Grand Master Fra’ Manuel Pinto de Fonseca (in office 1741-1773). A former Knight of Lange in Portugal, Pinto was elected as both a Prince of the Church and the Grand Master in 1741. Pinto renamed the town of Qormi in his own name, being the City of Pinto. Whilst Pinto’s method of appropriating revenue in Malta was not too favorable, he did mange to establish what is now known as the University of Malta, along with Malta’s 1st printing press being built during his tenure. Pinto managed to complete the construction of the Auberge de Castille (now the Office of the Prime Minister), which adorns his bust and arms on its façade. “Pinto’s Wharf” (part of Valletta’s marina) is where still stands 19 storehouses which Pinto had built. Today these are quality restaurants and offices.
Malta’s rich history also extends far beyond the Knights of St. John period, with temples dating as far back as 3,600 BC, pre-dating Egypt’s pyramids and Britain’s Stonehenge by over 1,000 years.
At Julesy’s BnB, we offer over 45 excursions and private tours to make the most of your time in Malta.
Look forward to having you here as our guest.
Julie & Glen
Happy New Year!!!
We would like to wish all our guests, past & future, a wonderful Happy New Year – may 2018 be a fantastic year for you and your loved ones. If you have never stayed with us at Julesy’s BnB before, why not make it a New Year’s resolution to book a stay with us this year?
With Valletta being the 2018 European Capital of Culture, there is an overwhelming amount of events to partake.
So, stop reading; book a flight; and then book your accommodation right here.
Friday the 15th of December 2017 sees “The Nutcracker”, performed live in St George’s Square, Valletta.
Under the direction of Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing an extensive selection of music from this heart warming ballet. The orchestra will also be performing Mendelssohn’s famous Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream and his only Violin Concerto, for which it will be joined by the internationally acclaimed young violinist Esther You.
There’s still time to take advantage of a low-priced airfare and stay with us here at Julesy’s BnB.
While there are plenty well known Christmas Markets in mainland Europe, Malta too also has one that’s not to be missed.
From the 7th to the 12th of December, is a 6-day event transforming Rabat’s historic core into a Christmas wonderland. Around 80 stalls will form Malta’s largest Christmas Market, while historic building will be hosting various Christmas-related activities, such as the Nativity Trail within the Franciscan Friary’s Secret Garden, the Natalis Notabilis Crib Exhibition located in a 500 year old convent, Ta’ Gieżu Church will be hosting a number of choir festivals. A new drama production, ‘Scrooged’ will be held at 18th Century Palazzo Xara.
Entrance to the Christmas Market is FREE.
There’s still time to take advantage of a low-priced airfare and come and stay with us, here at Julesy’s BnB. 🙂
Bitcoin Now Accepted!
We are pleased to announce we now accept Bitcoin.
Simply book your stay with us as per usual via this link and pay with Bitcoin using our below Bitcoin Address:
Julesy’s BnB – keeping up with today’s world. 🙂
15 of the best Christmas destinations around the world
Now we don’t invent this stuff, but CNN Travel has Malta as their Number 1 destination for the Christmas period, which by the way is already in full swing.
Here’s the link for more info.
Okay, so we actually have our own personal time out from Christmas until New Year’s Day…..but we’re here right now!!! 🙂
Do yourself a favour and spoil yourself, by staying with us here at Julesy’s BnB.