The rocky island of Malta is home to some beautiful rustic recipes that sing of Mediterranean flavour and freshness. Maltese cuisine is peasant cuisine, using vegetables in season, homemade cheeses, and cheaper cuts of meat. These are cooked slowly with fresh tomatoes and herbs, to create tender stews with lots of flavour, like this recipe for rabbit in tomato and wine sauce with rice
 
Maltese sweets also err on the hearty, homely side. Influenced by both their Middle Eastern and Mediterranean neighbours, the desserts tend to contain fruits, nuts, spices and liqueurs. For an easy sweet, try pears baked with white wine, almonds and armaretto or the festive specialty that deserves to be enjoyed all year round, Christmas chocolate salami
 
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To find out more about Maltese cuisine, check out our food guide here.