It's the middle of the week, hooray! Did you guys do anything exciting today? Or is everyone just counting the hours until the weekend? lol I think my roommate is, and I am sure most people probably think everyday is a weekend for me since I'm off work. But that whole "everyday is a weekend" gets old pretty quick, and I can't do a lot because of my health. I get bored a whole lot faster than the average person, which is probably the first reason I decided to blog, but the reason I blog consistently, is my passion for the kitchen.
My passion started very young, over at grandmas making play dough and cookies, and watching my grandfather make dishes from his home country of Malta (tiny island off the coast of Sicily). He taught me how to make his baked macaroni and baked rice (I'll do separate posts for both), but the one thing that EVERYONE in my family goes absolutely crazy for, are pastizzis.
So needless to say, when he told me my grandmother had "requested" he make more, I jumped at the chance to learn how to make an old world treat straight from the pro! Pastizzis are savory pastries filled with one of two fillings: a) ricotta cheese or b)corned beef and peas. They are a very popular and well known Maltese pastry, and they are hard to find in the grocery store, but the store bought ones are no comparison to a home made one!
We prepped both the dough and one of two fillings today, and tomorrow we will make the second filling and complete the pastry, and enjoy the fruits of our labor ;) I was shocked at the simplicity of the dough recipe, but to be honest some of the tastiest dishes are quite simple aren't they :) I cannot wait to have some fresh out of the oven. lol I say this because when I got home I cooked some that he had given me previously that I froze, but nothing beats fresh :) Now let me get to the first half of my pastizzi adventure.