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contents ISSUE 53 FEBRUARY 2012 013 Readers’ Letters 015 Home News 021 Trend Spot: imm Cologne 023 Greenworks 025 Maintenanceworks 028 Design Poetry 036 Welcome To The House of Fun 044 Scandinavian Sweet 050 Colour Confidence 056 Keeping It Safe 062 Enriching Environments 067 Home Ideas 079 Garden News 081 Art Nouveau Affection 085 Food News 086 Cuisine & Wine 092 A-Z Directory 098 Address Book 028 DESIGN POETRY Galea&Galea Architects transform the interior into a flexible space and use colours from the context of the environment in this striking home 036 WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF FUN Gattaldo and Mike Livingstone’s colour and retro inspired 16th century townhouse in Vittoriosa with a playful atmosphere and an uninhibited use of colour 044 SCANDINAVIAN SWEET A bright and vivid space complete with Scandinavian pieces that contrast deliciously well against the backdrop of the bright blue Mediterranean 086 CUISINE Three all-new recipies from Chef Joe Vella’s just-launched cookbook 009 .
It’s not likely that a lot of consumers are going to go out and purchase tangy orange furniture or paint their walls the cheeky colour. See how to make use of the colour wheel. LEVEL 5. whether photographic or otherwise. © 2012 PUBLISHER MARC SPITERI EDITOR LISA BORAIN PUBLICATION COORDINATOR TROIKA ZAMMIT ART DIRECTOR MARC SPITERI DESIGN JOSEPH CARUANA JONATHAN BAJADA PHOTOGRAPHY ALAN CARVILLE TONIO LOMBARDI MAS CONTRIBUTORS NICK BORG BARTHET ELISABETH CARDONA BILL HERMITAGE GUY LAGUENS CHARLES MERCIECA MELINA SCODANIBBIO JOE VELLA COLIN ZAMMIT SARAH ZAMMIT SALES & MARKETING ANDREW FARRUGIA +356 2133 9999 +356 9933 2224 sales@writeon. Neither the editor no publisher accept responsibility for any material submitted. AIRWAYS HOUSE. We thought starting off the new year with a vibrant and fun colour issue might help encourage inspiration to energise interior spaces with a dynamic burst of high-impact hues. the colour is chosen to represent a connection with the spirit of the age. We also experience free reign of colour use in Interior Designer Sarah Zammit’s decorating feature on page 050. This is how we’ve learned to use colour in general – through restrained accents here and there. ethical and political climate of the time.com. information and prices quoted are believed to be correct at time of going to press but are subject to change and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. 011 . the editor can give no guarantee that they will fulfil their obligations under all circumstances.mt PRE-PRESS & PRINTING PROGRESS PRESS POSTAL ADDRESS / E-MAIL WRITEON LTD. This year’s colour is even brighter and bolder – Tangerine Tango: “a spirited reddish orange. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the Publisher is prohibited.com. but I don’t doubt that we’ll start to see variations of it in decorative accents on the shelves of interior shops. All rights reserved. However. Dates. intellectual. What better way to start off the year with moods of well-being and cheer? HOMEWORKSMalta HOMEWORKS is published by writeon ltd. So when Pantone annually declares a particular colour “Color of the Year”. As with most design trends. which continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward”. HIGH STREET.500 copies distributed with The Sunday Times of Malta. every two months on Sundays with an audited circulation of 39. which “encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigour”. The 2011 Color of the Year was Honeysuckle.mt TM IS A REGISTERED TRADE MARK OF WRITEON LTD. inspiring design professionals with insight on colour exploration. influenced by the cultural. SLIEMA SLM 1551 MALTA info@writeon. this issue we encounter some particularly valiant homeowners who have used colour without inhibition. resulting in the creation of lively and vivid homes (starting on page 027). amongst secure neutrals. as well as what different colours may bring to your home within the same feature. design industries around the world listen. It’s undeniably the best way to experiment with colour and slowly pave our way to colour confidence.EDITOR’S LETTER HW For over 45 years Pantone has been the world-renowned authority on colour. While we endeavour to ensure that firms and organisations mentioned are reputable.
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such as Marca Corona. Olympia. www. white.spotonmalta. The fitting is complete with energy saving halogen lamps and can also be equipped with LED lamps. Lija.com B4 Textiles introduces a new collection from the renowned Spanish textile company.it INSIDEOUT The new InsideOut Design Finishes showroom on Ta’Xbiex seafront is the result of a partnership between a group of design and soft furnishing specialists.core. ceiling and pendant lights at Spot On.com.mt 015 . Jover SL. Keope. This highly textured wood is also available in solid wood by Grattarola. www. the new Perlota adjustable wall light is also suitable as a picture light.it / www.mt HOMENEWS NEWBORN KALEA core has just unveiled the cutting-edge rough sawn oak wood on the newborn Kalea kitchen by Cesar. Their hands-on. www.satariano.com. Glass and Siri.com LOVELY LIGHTS! Available in chrome. www.ceramax.grattarola.com. The range is now available in store or by order.H SPANISH TEXTILES NEWS HW WALLPAPER WONDERFUL The new range of Arte Wallpaper is now available at SatarianoHome.cesar. www. Find a wide variety of outdoor and indoor quality tiles complemented by the latest styles in bathrooms and fittings from designer brands.b4. all-encompassing approach translates into a carefully selected range of soft furnishings and home decorating solutions to suit a wide variety of spaces and budgets.com ALL NEW AT CERAMAX Ceramax are now offering a much wider choice of tile and bathroom collections at the new showroom on Mosta Road. copper or wenge finishes. Arte have recently launched their new ranges of cuttingedge wallpaper on a range of products from printed non-wovens to vinyl with paper and/ or non-woven backings.mt / www.insideoutmalta. Find the full collection of Perlota wall. www.
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such as water heaters. A Collection of Contemporary Interiors & Architecture.NEWS HW CURRENT > FULLY BOOKED! Now released.creationsomni. Stackable frameless glass curtains add metres to the home. www. Modern or classic. Each enclosure is custommade and installed to ensure a clear view without water. www.com STYLISH CONTRIBUTION Viroc International Limited is supplying the local market with state of the art wall-mounted flueless gas LPG fireheaters. which incorporate the latest in gas fire technology and do not need a chimney to operate.mt DOMINO! Kitchens by Domino Cucine can now be found at Creations.com.com SPECIAL OFFERS Don’t miss the all-new bedroom and living room Antaix Collection catalogues at Carmelo Delia. tables. now available at Tower Aluminium.finoferramenta. chairs (outdoor and indoor). The new Urban and Urban Store catalogues for beds and wardrobes also offers new designs.virocinternational.bigbon. For enquiries. Volume 1 – is now available at all leading bookshops. as all panels can be stacked away to the side. www. from different headboard styles to various new colour combinations. allowing for the addition of the balcony to the living space. contact on info@writeon. The book retails at €40 and can also be purchased directly from the publishers. www. Choosing a flueless gas fire makes it possible to make a real contribution towards reducing global warming whilst lowering bills at the same time! www. Be sure to look out for Carmelo Delia’s current special offers on these new collections. doors and locks.com FRANKLY FRAMELESS Want to enjoy a spectacular view without having to choose between the interference of mullions or installing a full fixed glass wall? The new solution is frameless glass curtains. Fino Ferramenta now offers a wide range of new products.com ALL NEW Apart from a huge variety of door handles. wind and dust problems. The Espacio Living Catalogue has extended various matte and gloss finishes that bring a touch of warmth to the bedroom with original modular solutions. each Domino Cucine design promises distinctive detail combined with convenient functionality. cookware and kitchenware at extremely reasonable prices.com 017 . HOMEWORKS’ first hardback book – HOMEWORKS.toweraluminium.
Creative Director of imm cologne’s ‘Das Haus’ – Interiors on Stage Jensen armchair designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti Capo by Capellini My Beautiful Backside by Moroso PANTONE 2012 Colour of The Year: 17-1463 Tangerine Tango “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive… reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset. But a brand like Minotti works better with quiet colours. can work very colourfully and with a lot of patterns.. there will always be several parallel developments because the firms and the designers themselves are so different. people are changing the way they buy things and what they choose.Dick Spierenburg. Faced with growing uncertainty and so many economic challenges. A lot of things depend on the brands rather than the designers. If only for that reason.. Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow.” DL Rocker by Richard Lampert 021 .” .TRENDS HW TRENDSPOT imm cologne living interiors fair 2012 >“People’s personal circumstances are changing. Moroso. Energise interior spaces with Tangerine Tango home accessories. magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy. for instance. to form a high-visibility.
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Once the walls are dry. It also helps to reduce water penetration deep under the surface. bell peppers. If the consistency of the adhesive was correct. and then immediately after – using another paint brush – apply the adhesive to the cracks and surrounding area.” CHARLES MERCIECA BRANDS INTERNATIONAL LTD. wet the cracks and surrounding area thoroughly with water from your water bucket. so spreading a good layer of mulch over the soil is a good idea. I would suggest trying a DIY solution that is both cost effective and relatively easy to do. melons and watermelons can be sown.” www. and should not stand proud of the original plaster work. beetroots. The timing is important – it needs to be done before the summer season starts. Using a paintbrush. SLIEMA “The winter season leaves us with a lot of humidity inside our homes. With the dry season approaching. costly and messy. In order to maintain your outdoor patio or pool decking and get it ready for summer. This of course can be labour intensive. it’s important to clean and oil it every year.brands.com NICK BORG BARTHET T&H DISTRIBUTORS “Tackle those cracks in your exterior plastered walls and prevent damp from seeping through into your interior. They’re typically one-time occurrences and once repaired properly should not reappear. mesh taped. you can repaint the areas that need it the most.melinascodanibbo. Start by allowing the mould on the walls to dry as much as possible by circulating the air and even using an air dehumidifier if need be. it needs oil to get through the harsher summer months. working the adhesive well into the repair in both horizontal and vertical strokes. the beds can be prepared for the summer annuals. Then prepare two small buckets. As soon as the spring flowering annual plants no longer look attractive. and after 48 hours you can repaint your wall with an exterior acrylic based paint. Cracks in the exterior plaster is most often ‘stress relief’ and commonly seen on new buildings or building extensions.com. 24 hours later apply a coat of liquid membrane (elastomeric resin) to the repair area of the wall. cucumbers.mt 025 .MAINTENANCE HW SEASONAL MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.eu COLIN ZAMMIT THP DIY. Clean it with a high water pressure power machine and then oil it to revive the wood.” www. retaining moisture in the soil is vital. aubergines. weeding. At this point you should no longer see the cracks. it should have been absorbed into the cracks and surrounding plaster. “Keeping outdoor hardwood decks looking good is not just a cosmetic exercise. beans. use anti fungal bleach free spray on the walls and then wipe it off with a cloth. deadheading and hoeing will promote growth and prolong flowering. Since wood is alive. After that. BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE PROFESSIONALS MAINTENANCEWORKS MELINA SCODANIBBIO GARDEN DESIGNER “Spring annuals will be bursting into bloom and regular watering and feeding. In the vegetable garden. Spring is the best time to clear it up. Pests will also be rapidly multiplying so take precautions to prevent attacks on tender new growth. and re-plastered.toolsandhardware. First clean the cracks with a coarse hand-held wire brush by lightly removing any loose material surrounding the crack. Ideally these cracks should be cleaned up.” www. filling one with water and in the other mixing the powdered tile adhesive and water to the consistency of a light batter. hoeing and watering are essential and in March marrows.
027 . and without exception.SPACES HW SPACES > This issue’s homes are all about vibrant and invigorating colour. where the playful colour has a mind of its own (page 036). bold colours are selected to enhance the flow of energy within. London-based Art Director Gattaldo and Mike Livingstone’s colour and retro inspired 16th century townhouse in Vittoriosa is nothing short of free-spirited. have all been chosen from the immediate context (page 028). Galea&Galea Architects bring us a home in which big. Colour is positively rampant in Eva Helzen’s home in Sliema with popping Scandinavian furniture and fabric that contrast with the bright blue Mediterranean view backdrop (page 044).
One of the various adaptive reuse residential projects undertaken by Galea&Galea, the design concept of this striking home seeks to retain the existing building envelope, while transforming the interior into a flexible space
Architects: Galea&Galea Photography: Tonio Lombardi Words: Elisabeth Cardona
ome to a young family, this house is undeniably a celebration of light and fluid space. The fluidity of the spaces is expressed horizontally within the open plan layout and vertically through the stairwells that flow through and fold in on the various levels. The use of raw concrete and exposed metalwork construction give a utilitarian feel to the interior. This is balanced by the warmer tones of the wooden surfaces used, the extra thick pile of the carpeting and the textured mosaics.
Architect Monica Audrey Galea explains, “The spaces unfold to reveal and conceal the activities within it to varying degrees, at times even blurring the boundaries between inside and out. “The finishes used have been consciously selected on the basis of their tactile and sensual qualities, interacting with the changing patterns of light throughout the day, that in turn gives a three-dimensional quality to the flat surfaces.”
Bold colours are selected in various spaces to enhance the flow of energy within, and without exception have all been chosen from the immediate context
The ‘heart’ of the home, the double height living area is a dramatic volume that amplifies the natural connection of the house to its external spaces
fitted with blackout shutters for privacy when required and delicate mesh screens to filter the light. the hall is the introduction to the home. Flooded with natural light and dominated by the ‘green wall’ of bamboo that spills into the breakfast space. The dining area is part of the open plan space. The two storey high glazed openings. An extension of the kitchen.a multifunctional desk space and networking station. the focus is entirely on bathing and relaxation. as well as the glass flooring that gives light to the floor below. Through a concealed door. the dining area is intimately connected with the external landscape through the large glazed openings on one side of this room. This area is characterised by the contemporary oversized limestone slabs. with subtle references to sea and pebbles in the design of the enclosure walls. 031 . but defined by a change in level that highlights its importance. Here. this area also links to another area referred to by the homeowners as ‘the bridge’ .SPACES HW The dining area is part of the open plan space. this area is both defined by and connected to the adjoining areas by a series of metal columns. Etch Lights on table by Tom Dixon and dining chairs by Karim Rashid A clutter free calming space where everything has its place in the custom-built storage of the bath and sink areas. The timber clad volume of the upstairs sitting room is designed as an external elevation overlooking the double height space and can be as open or closed as desired due to the layering effect of the outer wall. but defined by a change in level that highlights its importance. This working space marks the spot where the handrail becomes a desk and seems to be suspended in the trees outside due to their proximity to the glass. the double height living area is a dramatic volume that amplifies the natural connection of the house to its external spaces. Vase with flowers and all towels from One Two One Interiors The most minimal of the spaces. Raw concrete floors and a multifunctional concrete bench keep the space grounded. allow this space to embrace the external space in its entirety. The ‘heart’ of this home. used by the whole family.
All services are concealed within the deck 032 .HW SPACES STATE OF THE ART SOUND AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS ARE BUILT INTO THE SOFT LANDSCAPING TO COMPLEMENT THE ‘RESORT’ FEEL OF THE SPACE WITHOUT UNNECESSARY VISUAL COMPLEXITY The same materials and level of detailing are identifiable externally.
designed to accommodate a variety of different moods. The house transforms completely when switching from day mode to night: by harnessing natural light and exploiting it to its full potential by day. The colour scheme is much darker and warmer than the rest of the house.SPACES HW The sitting room is the most enclosed of all the spaces. For instance. Environmental considerations and sustainability play an important role in the design. Then on winter weekends. The greys and whites were actually sourced from the very particular rocky landscape. have all been chosen from the immediate context. when the lighting system. it’s possible to match the activities that go on inside with the desired intensities of light and shade. designed with a variety of textures and materials. not far from where the house is situated. and without exception. such as the orange colour in the double height living space that was inspired from the Clivia flowers in the perimeter planting and the orange tree visible from the living room. while the aquamarine tones in some areas are a reference to the sea. Hence. Large glazed north-facing openings are calculated to allow 033 . This transformation is extended to yet another level with the onset of nightfall. summer lunchtime usually takes place in the terrace adjacent to the kitchen – at the point when the house casts maximum shading from the summer sun. the family customarily connect together over the dining table at the time when the last rays of sun bathe the surrounding landscapes. with the exception of white in the leather sofa and thick carpeting. the spaces within the house are designed to contain and shape activity patterns in a flexible and timeless manner – one that goes beyond the mere allure of style or trend. also close by. Bold colours are selected in some of the spaces to enhance the flow of energy within. takes over.
and timber decking characterise the external spaces of the house. glass mosaics. All the services are concealed within the deck. The external concrete pathways. exposed metal structure. the hall is characterised by the contemporary oversized limestone slabs that add a subtle warmth and natural texture. State of the art sound and lighting systems are built into the soft landscaping to complement the ‘resort’ feel of the space without visual complexity. 034 . Air conditioning was never installed because the homeowners never felt the need. defined by pebble borders that conceal all the drains. as well as the glass flooring that gives light to the floor below the desired amount of light. whose thermal mass aids in cooling the house in summer. the result is cool sleeping spaces in summer and warmer open plan areas in cooler weather. while maximising views. the same materials and level of detailing are identifiable from the outside area. The multifunctional timber decking is designed to appear as though it slides out from below the structure of the outdoor jacuzzi and plunge pool. By reversing the ‘standard’ layout and placing the entrance level above and the bedrooms below.HW SPACES The most minimal of the spaces. which is partly due to a strategically placed body of water. An extension of the interior spaces.
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HW SPACES WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF FUN Gattaldo and Mike Livingstone’s colour and retro inspired 16th century townhouse in Vittoriosa is nothing short of free-spirited. With a playful atmosphere. colour seems to have a mind of it’s own here: think Alice In Wonderland meets Vittoriosa Photography: Alan Carville Words: Guy Laguens 036 .
SPACES HW “I wanted to make use of a more adventurous palatte. Gattaldo. We liked the fact that Vittoriosa is not tediously co-ordinated and uniform. yet in tune with summer in Malta” attaldo and Mike bought the townhouse about three years ago with the intention of using it for themselves during part of the summer season and renting it out when they returned back to London. one inspired by the rich dyes of India and the Orient. We wanted to create an accommodation that would do the same for others. “When Mike and I travel. starting with what we look for in a property. We chose the location because it’s in the hub of local life but not popular with tourists. we always look for properties that somehow enhance the way we experience a place. but rather a place with local colour and character.” G The antique turquoise Murano chandelier was the starting point of the wild colour scheme 037 .
HW SPACES “I love the Maltese stone walls. but it can get a bit overpowering if all the walls of the house are exposed” 038 .
as they wanted to breathe new life into the house. It wasn’t just a question of restoration. There are a few pieces that worked well as they were within the space (such as the French Liberty bed). 039 . while restoration specialist Architect Mireille Fsadni provided the expertise for all that the building works threw at the couple. More than mere space saving solutions. in what must have been a rather cramped space. transforming these answers into clearly defined comfortable areas. Skilled local craftsmen were employed to make the bespoke furniture. work had begun on remodelling the house as a café. as they wanted to focus on introducing more light and ensure that the result was a space that both inspired and intrigued. as well as the apertures and spiral staircase. old maritime graffiti can be spotted on the stone walls Originally. “It would appear that there had been a large family living in the house. both the adjacent house and the shop beneath were one and the same with the space. as it had already been divided. the amusing design utilises every corner of the small townhouse. The neutral limestone walls are a blank canvas to the colourful fabrics and a backdrop to the statement pieces. The couple pursued a contemporary design. The house had gone through a few changes when Gattaldo and Mike embarked on their renovation adventure. When inspecting closely. We wanted to bring it back to its original state as much as possible.” Gattaldo’s immense experience in art direction helped the clarity of his vision.SPACES HW The bedroom was once the private chapel of the house. So we had to undo the poor restoration that was harming both the character and the actual fabric of the place. whilst respecting its rich history. Unfortunately some of the restoration that took place wasn’t up to standard – the supervision of an architect was missing. using traditional materials and skills. but most of the furniture is customised or altered in some way. Prior to the purchase.
I wanted to make use of a more adventurous palette. The Murano chandelier hangs over the figure of eight shaped Carrara marble table. held together by the white floor and the stone walls.SPACES HW The ice white minimal box with its orange back splash contrasts intimitably with the uneveness of the Maltese stone As for the liberal use of colour. the kitchen offers its surface area and cabinets in the form of an ice white minimal box with only a strip of bold orange. It contrasts inimitably with the unevenness of the stone. The antique turquoise Murano glass chandelier that I had purchased before I actually fell in love with the house was the starting point.” Upon entrance. The colours had to be radiant and manifold. “I previously worked on another house with its own history and had furnished it with muted traditional colours. one inspired by the rich dyes of India and the Orient. the design is uninhibited from the muted colours. yet in tune with summer in Malta. Here. The kitchen leads to the offbeat dining area with its bespoke and funky furniture. 041 . but large areas of white consolidate the wild colour scheme.
An antique Indian batik scene hangs just above the Art Nouveau bed. “The piece is an altar to the few ensembles we choose to take with us on holiday. The romantic en suite features a curvaceous double shower decorated in glass mosaic. Pieces of original art hang on pristine white walls set off by dark Moroccan tiles. A stone arch frames the inner sanctum of the luxurious double bedroom. it’s designed for short adventures. “I love the Maltese stone walls. We fitted plaster board and took the opportunity to introduce insulation between that and the walls. flush with the large window separating the room from the roof terrace. which is dressed in fine linen. 042 . Gattaldo and Mike have cleverly intertwined such rich themes into their design process.” Rather than do away with centuries of history and culture. resulting in a contemporary style that is distinctly unique. This is the only part of the house that was extended to make the room higher and bigger so the stone wasn’t as authentic (we used hand cut stone recycled from another building to match the rest). This bounces off the light that flows through the large glass windows. old maritime graffiti can be spotted on the stone walls. In fact. are reminiscent of the goddesses of fertility and Mediterranean female forms. but it can get a bit overpowering if all the walls in the house are exposed. Up the spiral staircase the lounge is situated on the second floor.HW SPACES The door-less wardrobe sits off to the space between the dining area and the bedroom. The corpulent legs. Of course it would be totally impractical if I were to live here all the time. which was once the private chapel of the house.” Past the wardrobe lies the bedroom. resulting in a clean contemporary look. each one unique in form. an open pièce de résistance. It’s my favourite. when inspecting closely.
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complete with Scandinavian pieces that contrast deliciously well against the backdrop of the bright blue Mediterranean Photography: Tonio Lombardi Words: Elisabeth Cardona 044 .HW SPACES SCANDINAVIAN SWEET The Swedish Helzens have created an exceptionally bright and vivid space in a Qui Si Sana seafront apartment.
SPACES HW “I really appreciate designers who are not afraid of colour” 045 .
HW SPACES Bright Josef Frank fabric. Eva’s artwork lines the walls throughout the apartment 046 . which ties in with the cute Ikea sky blue lamp.
foxes and other wild animals) is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Sliema. One week was all it took. as well as the convenience of catching Ryanair flights between Stockholm and Malta helped make Malta our first choice. experiencing the best of whatever worlds you love the most. It was just so easy – the fact that Malta is a member of the EU. they made friends with the owner of Relocate Malta. “We were so lucky to meet him because he also came up with some good ideas and solutions for our needs. and their summerhouse situated in the countryside just outside of Stockholm. This is precisely what the Helzens do. they enjoy each environment immensely. the couple paid the island a visit.” The couple’s summerhouse in Sweden is situated in the countryside close to a forest at Lake Mälaren. the couple spends their time residing in these three places at the best times of the year. When the couple set about finding a property.” 047 . He came around with us to different outlets to help choose what we needed. because they can change their setting regularly. When friends recommended Malta to them. they moved back to Stockholm from Berlin and made a decision to spend their winters in a warmer climate. With their daughter and grandchildren based in Australia. I When the couple both retired. you would probably hope that it would include visiting all your favourite places on a regular basis.SPACES HW f you had to picture the most attractive retirement you possibly could. venison. Eva Helzen: “The climate was fantastic and we loved the Maltese friendliness. He helped us order everything and managed all the people that worked on our apartment. as well as send them in the right direction to purchase what they needed for soft furnishings. However. who helped them purchase the apartment. their seafront apartment in Malta. The quiet area surrounded by nature (eagles.
it uplifts my mood. We actually like Malta more and more every year. Helzen uses to contemplate the sea.HW SPACES Although it’s not typical of Scandinavian style. which Mr. which she began exploring about 10 years ago. Understandably. but also exhibits and sells her work. The Helzens are happy with their three-country split life (who wouldn’t be?) but Malta is particularly special to them. Stockholm and Malta. Eva loves light and colour. Eva has a soft spot for Scandinavian designers. This perhaps comes from the artist within her.” 048 . “I really appreciate good designers who are not afraid of colour. the Josef Frank curtain fabric in the living room. which is clearly reflected throughout the apartment. Eva not only decorates her own walls with the vivid pieces. It’s just so pleasing to the eye and as a result. It doesn’t matter which country or home I’m in – I love to use colour whenever I can. the pieces by the Danish designer Georg Jensen and the appearance of Ikea with pops of colour. An old rocking chair brought over from Sweden sits on the balcony. “We’ve been living here now for more than six years and our experience is that it’s so unproblematic to live here. Educated by various professionals in Berlin.” The open-plan northeast facing kitchen/living area allows light to flood in through the floor to ceiling sliding glass doors.
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36) from INSIDE OUT • Various turquoise & brown cushions (starting from €36) from INSIDE OUT • Abode Aroma Reed diffusers (€42.41) from INSIDE OUT • Lime green throw (€68.22) from FORM • Green ashtray (€24.DECORATING HW All paint from CROWN • Turquoise and taupe striped wallpaper (starting from €15 per metre) from INSIDE OUT • Large candle floor stand (€158.50) from THE ATRIUM • Purple poodle (€115) from THE ATRIUM • Villa Louis chair in green velvet (€265) from THE ATRIUM • Deco factory wall clock (€107) from THE ATRIUM • Libra purple coat hanger (€90) from THE ATRIUM • Greyhound silver set of two bookends (€ 99 per set) from THE ATRIUM • Purple floor lamp (€135) from THE ATRIUM • African Queen armchair (€760) from THE ATRIUM • Oxford leather sofa (€1.61) from INSIDE OUT • Brown pots on side table (starting from €8.70) from FORM • Orange teacup & saucer (€10.105) from THE ATRIUM • Mobile shelving (€325) from THE ATRIUM • “Macho” purple cushion (€30) from THE ATRIUM • Brown ladder (€160) from THE ATRIUM • Enjoy carpet (€620) from THE HOUSE SHOP • Roma black leather chess set (€580) from THE HOUSE SHOP • Red coat and hat from SISLEY 051 .70) from INSIDE OUT • Red Chinese chest (€450) from FORM • Array of Genevieve Lethu coloured glasses (starting from €14.24) / orange quilted candle (€70.39) from INSIDE OUT • Green pear ornament (€195.68) INSIDE OUT • Wooden ball (€396.98 each) from INSIDE OUT • Turquoise ornamental pot on side table (€17.68) from INSIDE OUT • Side table (€676.
Block D. Tel: 2134 6637. Interior Designer Sarah Zammit believes that in order to bring a room to life. If you’re stuck for ideas when trying to decide what colour scheme to choose for a room. www.theatrium. www. Ta’ Xbiex. Look around you . Triq Abate Rigord. Mriehel.formltd. it’s an ideal background Green teams up well with strong and vivid colours providing a stable backdrop for them FIND IT: CROWN PAINTS. Colours & More Paint Centre. As red flatters the skin. The first step to letting go of playing it safe is to understand the psychological effects different colours have on us. so it possesses both warm and cool properties 053 . earth (rocky.net Use red with caution if you’re looking to use a lot of it Purple is derived from the mixture of strong warm and cool colours.insideoutmalta.com. Blue Harbour Mansions. www. Tel: 2722 3323. Triq it-Torri. B’Kara. www.Wied. Tel: 2144 6000. Triq ix. By Pass ta’ l’Mriehel.com INSIDE OUT DESIGN FINISHES. four elements need to be incorporated: fire (warm colours and light). and water (cool colours and liquid features). but the basics can be learned quickly.DECORATING HW t’s probably no surprise that colour is one of the biggest influences on the human state of mind. FORM LTD. wood (greenery and wood). look at the furniture and objects you want to use. stone elements).Xatt ta Ta’ Xbiex. Tel: 2133 4226. Many interior designers build up complex colour schemes from just one item. Triq il.mt THE HOUSE SHOP.com THE ATRIUM. You may have a painting or a rug that can act as your inspiration. Swatar.thehouseshop. 1 Marina Business Centre. Tel: 2147 0000. I It’s not easy to be brave when it comes to introducing colour into the home. Ta’ Xbiex.even an old purple vase or the faded red covers of a collection of books can be the starting point of a whole room scheme. It is important. It is a complex subject.
which expresses re-growth and rejuvenation. subtle colours. Pairing one dark and one light tone of each of your two colours can work well. Use it on the walls to make a room feel cosy. For instance. Since yellow is such a cheerful colour. as they can simply change the way it looks. it can be used in scattered accessories. Decide which of the two colours you want to 054 feature more. bathrooms or studies. People tend to either like orange or not – it’s not for everyone. If you use them both in equal amounts. it’s great to use in bedrooms and bathrooms. Green teams up well with strong and vivid colours. orange and fuchsia. Accent colouring used in small quantities to lift or to add punch works really well within a neutral based colour scheme. but there are a lot of variations. You might want to try introducing a complementary scheme in the form of an accent before you go ahead with an actual paint colour. which makes it a great colour for the dining room. there is a method to throwing colours together. Choose your first colour and look directly at the colour opposite. As the colour red increases the respiratory rate. warmth and shelter. USING A COLOUR WHEEL As seen in Sarah Zammit’s decorating feature. It’s useful for children’s bedrooms. grey. It adds flamboyance. white. It can work equally as well with soft. They all go together and can be layered and mixed and matched. Look at the colour wheel and you will see the left hand side of the colours are warm and the ones on the right are cool. sophisticated look and it also boosts creativity and aids concentration. Red can be a great colour for focal points or features. If not. broken up and diluted. as it’s not usually widely used in the home. It gives rooms a delicate. Although it seems like vibrant colours. or non-colours to work with. brown and beige. so getting the correct balance is important. YELLOW-ORANGE (Intermediate) YELLOW (Primary) YELLOW/GREEN (Intermediate) ORANGE (Secondary) (Tertiary) RED-ORANGE (Intermediate) (Tertiary) (Tertiary) (Tertiary) GREEN (Secondary) (Tertiary) BLUE/GREEN (Intermediate) (Tertiary) (Tertiary) RED (Primary) BLUE (Primary) RED-VIOLET (Intermediate) RED-VIOLET (Intermediate) BLUE-VIOLET (Intermediate) . as it will enclose the space. by altering the colour of the accents and accessories as they get older. It encourages socialisation and stimulates appetite. Neutral colours are one of the easiest groups of colours. turquoise and red-orange. A fun colour. That is your second colour. albeit in different shades. which is why most designers break it up in accent colours. Purple is probably the most mysterious of colours. Yellow is a warm and radiant colour and sharpens the memory. A lot of people imagine a vibrant sunshine yellow when they think of the colour. it possesses both warm and cool properties. These colours are naturally made to go with one another. Too much yellow in a room can cause hostility. It’s a restful colour. but can overpower them. such as food. providing a stable backdrop for them. Because purple is derived from the mixing of strong warm and strong cool colours. as it’s a relatively safe colour to match up with others and it’s always in trend. No neutral colour will try to dominate over another. while soft. However. Use red with caution if you’re looking to use a lot of it. it’s not ideal for bedrooms.HW DECORATING As red flatters the skin. while pastel yellow is warm and cheerful for a baby’s nursery. It focuses our minds on issues of physical comfort. Blue is one of the easiest colours to use when choosing colour schemes. They don’t appear on the colour wheel and include black. such as orange and fuchsia would clash. it’s an ideal background colour for rooms that are used for social functions – such as the living or dining room. The reason that designers like to use green so much is because it’s like a neutral colour. orange is stimulating and people’s reaction to it is a combination of the physical and the emotional. it’s an ideal colour for bathrooms and bedrooms. while lighter purples give rooms a more romantic and delicate air. deep gold in a dining room aids digestion. they actually harmonise because they sit next to each other on the colour wheel. Deep or bright purples add luxury. it’s fitting for virtually every room. making it more intimate. If you’re going for a third colour. since it’s the colour of nature. Complementary colours are ones that are opposite to one another on the colour wheel. Dark green is elegant and luxurious when matched up with velvets and silks. Since blue is a calming colour. the eclectic retro look allows for bold colours in wild combinations: violet and lime green. a crisp and freshness. warmth and energy to a room. they will fight for attention. mint green is good for baby’s nurseries. ideally it’s in a different tone from the other two. As it’s known for its nerve calming association.
it’s important to take the measurement from the edge of the door to the centre of the old lock in order to avoid drilling new holes. There are two types of locks: surface mounted and mortice. This lock is complete with 5 keys with double teeth. anti-seizure revolving bushing. The level of security is the same between the two – the difference lies in the aesthetic aspect. even if it’s in black and white. It’s not like the films where they fiddle with the lock”. Find it at Fino Ferramenta Intercoms generally carry a two-year guarantee and range in price from about €60 . “We have a false sense of security in Malta. the more of a deterrent it will be for possible break-ins.€1. Adrian Cutajar at Alberta: “Half or more of robberies are subject to the front door being broken into with a crowbar. “Thieves will target a place depending on how easy it is to get into and out of without getting caught. Complete with a 2-year guarantee. Particular places of target are those homes that are left empty for long periods of time. while video systems offer the audio plus the visual – either in black and white or colour.500.140. Adrian Ferris at Fino Ferramenta: “Door phones combined with door locks that have electric strikers are the safest locks because you can find out who is at the door from a distance. 056 . Find it at Fino Ferramenta drian Cutajar at Alberta says. Social status has nothing to do with targets nowadays. Protecting your home doesn’t have to mean installing an expensive system. the resident can see what is happening at the front door. A lot of the time burglars are looking for money to buy drugs. which means that they’re not planning huge heists – they’re taking their chances to get whatever they can get. as surface mounted can be seen on the door. drill-proof cylinder and door level adjustment corrector.” A LOCKS A good lock and door is essential because burglars know their locks and the better quality one is. This way. Locks can range from €35 . even if a noise is heard outside. terraces or balconies are potential marks. as often the common building door is left open and there’s not always a lot of traffic through these areas.€2. penthouses with glass doors in populated areas are also targeted. There are a wide variety of ways to secure your home and bring you peace of mind without breaking the bank. Adrian Ferris: “My suggestion is that even if the budget has to be pushed slightly it’s worth getting a door phone with a monitor. Also. while mortice locks are concealed inside the door. When replacing an old lock for a new one. There are two types of surface mounted security locks – consisting of a side locking version and a second version comprising vertical rods. when there’s an empty building next to the home the burglars will often jump over the roof to get in. Homes next to fields and neglected areas or with accessible gardens. Surprisingly.” Commax Wall surface mounted 7-inch colour monitor LCD with 4 wiring system. anticrowbar.HW SAFETY KEEPING IT > Don’t wait for an incident to take place before you realise what a small investment security and safety systems actually are. The lock’s security level varies according to the number of pins within the cylinder it possesses. Jewels would be a bonus. Robberies are taking place daily.” There are two types of door phones: audio systems and video systems. Audio systems offer hearing and talking facilities. HOMEWORKS takes you through the ins and out of security and safety systems in Malta [SAFE] High security lock with fixed cylinder.
with keyless entry systems the risk of a key being copied is virtually non-existent. LED lighting solves this problem because a 1-3w light would be enough to light up the area. which controls the intruder alarm. Engineer Oliver Pace at Brighter Solutions: “The invention of LED lighting is as big and revolutionary as the incandescent bulb and will change the industry over. They also have a much longer lifetime as well . and even face recognition has now become a reality.SAFETY HW SECURITY & SAFETY > ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS Technology in access control systems has come a long way and today entry into buildings can involve complex lock mechanisms linked to finger print readers. but which takes time to light up. A 150w halogen floodlight can be replaced with a 30w floodlight and they are identical in luminosity. pin code pads. Find it at Firetech External wall recessed LED fitting with emergency Ni-MH long life batteries incorporated for 1-hour autonomy. Typically. Find them at Firetech Elvox external components are weatherproof and economically designed. Good quality locks ensure that replacement keys are only available from reputable outlets. Available from Brighter Solutions Teletek alarm keypad.50. Designer facia for Elvox Video Hall Porter Control Panels come in various colours and finishes. have a very high success rate and are easy to use. Find it at Unitech 057 . GOOD LIGHTING Security outdoor lighting has infrared sensors that light up when anything moves past them. LED lights (which range from €30 -€300) are far more energy efficient than halogens and they light up to 100% immediately. In the past. However. halogen has been the only choice. which is not very energy efficient. “Keyless entry also offers the additional benefit of a builtin memory. The alternative was compact florescent light. Off and on switching does not affect battery life either. or user code systems are no longer very expensive.000 hours. which means that the user has access to the information of who went in and out. and when”. it’s installed next to the main door so that the user can switch the alarm on and off when leaving or entering the premises. as opposed to halogen’s 200”. Systems can include both readers as a back-up option. Card readers are popular. Donald Pace at Firetech: “Fingerprint recognition. cost effective (€100-€300) and easy to use. which is energy saving. Many worry about the astronomical energy bill that would involve keeping a front door lit throughout the night. The lock mechanism itself can involve various configurations with Euro Type locks being the most standard to work with.
leaving the aggressor unaware that help is on the way. the alarm will sound. recording any attempts at intrusion. such as Firetech and Alberta. even from the phone. while villa protection also focuses on the perimeter of the property. certain LED lighting can provide up to 2-3 hours of lighting after power cuts – a great security feature to help prevent burglary. Duress alarms allow the user to type in a code indicating that all is not well. Apartment protection focuses on the building itself.SAFETY HW SECURITY & SAFETY > With the new emergency kits. Intruder alarms can be connected to the user’s telephone so that when the alarm sounds it automatically dials a list of selected numbers with a recorded message identifying where the alarm is coming from. designed and installed by Alberta only outside of the chosen zones. Prices start at approximately €500 for a basic intruder alarm. hardwired is best. the monitors are small and flat. which respond to calls according to the agreed procedure with each client. Find them at Firetech Various cameras can be set up on one server and now with everything being digital. In all the time that I’ve worked in the security industry I have only ever seen one case of burglars attempting to break into a place that had an intruder alarm. offer 24-hour alarm centre services. especially for apartments. so not that many are needed. These small infra-red sensors can be located strategically to cover high-risk areas. so it was successful too. Adrian Cutajar at Alberta: “Burglars go for easy targets. the alarm sounds. a good quality intruder alarm coupled with a minimum of two to four CCTV cameras connected to a digital video recorder would protect all entry points. Home security cameras are very useful in preventing crime and investigating crime scenes. One main concern is of course that intruders could cut the wires and disable the system – most systems are set so that if this were to happen. Pet friendly sensors for small pets are also available. They can be programmed to cover different zones at different times. A single IP camera can be connected to a home 059 . which means that they’re a good damper. Passive infra-red sensors detect differences in temperature and/ or movement. or both. Donald Pace at Firetech: “In our opinion. Through the DVR an owner who is away a lot or lives alone can monitor his premises remotely via the internet. which means that they’re on site within minutes. INTRUDER ALARMS Just showing potential intruders that there is an alarm present is already a huge deterrent. Some companies. FIRE TECH CCTV cameras are discrete and available in a black or white finish to blend in with the decor. as well as verify the cause of an alarm. with the cameras wired directly to them. the entire home could be covered. In new buildings careful design and planning will ensure that containment pipework is included in all areas to pass system wiring in walls without any damage to the finish. Such services can also include the intervention of a dedicated response team. the sensors would be set to detect body heat or movement High quality images from some of the best choice of CCTV brands on the market. Various types of sensors can be positioned to indicate when the security of the building has been breached.” Nowadays intruder alarm systems exist in various configurations. so when they pick up on body heat in a supposedly empty space. If the user were in the house sleeping. Home security cameras range from €120 €10. Alarm sirens can be set to go off inside or outside. as well as sounding the alarm if the premises were actually entered. ranging from the wireless type to the more conventional and well-proven wired systems. A home security camera should be a part of a larger security system because the camera alone is not enough to scare intruders away. if the user were abroad. Donald Pace: “For a basic system to secure an average sized house. Wireless systems are highly dependent on the environment in which they are used and there is a risk that effectiveness decreases due to local building characteristics. Further to this. cables are extremely thin and can be very well concealed. A CCTV camera can be connected to an intruder alarm so that all the security is within one system. For instance. To protect any building from intrusion the main entry points need to be identified and classed into two categories: high risk and low risk.000. alongside a mobile police squad. Main apertures can be protected with a magnetic contact so that if the contact is broken. Each sensor point covers approximately 5-10 metres. HOME SECURITY CAMERAS CCTV cameras allow users to view their properties remotely. Nowadays. the alarm would sound all the same”. €350 for a small CCTV system and about €100 for a safe. as soon as the alarm went off they ran away.
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the Armour-Stiner Octagon House’s exterior is covered with one of ten different colours. www. The interiors are equally decorative with painted and stencilled ceilings. violet and red. which serve as terraces in the front. tramway flows and thus pedestrian flows. The exterior embellishments are bravely festive with floral detailing in the cast iron cresting and railings. woodwork and etched glass. FRANCE Arc en Ciel by architects Agence Bernard Bühler hosts about forty homes and offices. blue. The building consists of three layers with five levels consisting of bands of coloured glass. Coloured boxes. domed shape of a classic Roman temple. and eight-sided motifs in plasterwork.com IRVINGTON. break the rhythm of stained slides.com 063 . trim with gold.josephpelllombardi. One of the more visually unique homes possibly in the world. it’s the only known residence constructed in the eight-sided. silver and bronze leaf. although we tend to think of it in terms of faded black and white photographs. Positioned at an intersection and near a shopping centre it manages its urban context.bernard-buhler. the flow of cars. and elaborately carved wood scrollwork and capitals – all painted in shades of rose. Restored by architect and preservationist Joseph Pell Lombardi.ARCHITECTURE HW BORDEAUX. www. NEW YORK The Victorian period was actually a very colourful time.
the famous Austrian architect and painter.nl DARMSTADT. which incorporate irregular. who is widely renowned for his revolutionary.ARCHITECTURE HW ROTTERDAM. NETHERLANDS Architect Piet Blom was commissioned by the city of Rotterdam to design housing on top of a pedestrian bridge. The structure with 105 apartments wraps around a landscaped courtyard with a running stream. www. The concept behind the housing is that each cube represents an abstract tree – collectively. www. organic forms. He opted to use a cubic housing idea that he had originally developed in the 1970s.org 065 . GERMANY The Hundertwasser house Waldspirale (Forest Spiral) was built in Darmstadt by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. a forest. colourful architectural designs.piet-blom.hundertwasserfoundation.
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Dracaena marginata and ferns growing happily in a shady spot. making sure the process is correct right from the beginning. “in the right climate they all grow outdoors. David continues.” Each pot is labelled with a date and contents. “Get the basics right”. such as ferns. turns a plant to make sure it gets the best light or lifts huge pots of galletti (Farfugium) to look for snails. or fiddle leaf fig.GARDEN HW Arched Trellis Fern Farfugium Wisteria Crotons Cinereria An arbour leads to the front door. a huge Ficus lyrata. east and west. Flanking the path are the two feature trees. Every year. sown in trays in August and transplanted in January / February. “The PH value is very important – for example. David tells me that while his very experienced gardener gives him some valuable advice and does the heavy work. more for acid loving plants. and every trip abroad is a good excuse to visit famous gardens all over Europe and as far away as Brazil and Argentina. As we talk he carefully nips off dry twigs. David grows most of his plants from seeds or cuttings. as he enthusiastically explains all his gardening tricks. Another lovely feature is the gazebo. and is looked after until it is ready to be transplanted into the open soil or brought in the house as a feature during winter or when entertaining. the areas of open soil are prepared to receive the Cineraria (Senecio cruentus) seedlings. which certainly proves another of David’s maxims: “What you put in. he says showing me the great soil he mixes using his own compost maker. a day after David’s daughter was born. collects slugs. which was planted exactly 46 years ago. comes out!” 083 . carob tree compost is acidic so generally it must be used in small quantities. a grape vine and a beautiful Solanum wendlandii. as well as the perfect vantage point to admire the garden and the views of the marina. shading the path and providing support for honeysuckle. His passion for gardens extends far beyond his own. His wise conclusion is that all gardens have their beauty – even dry and drought tolerant ones. which with its three columns facing south. the whole family is often roped in with daughters and grandchildren collecting seeds and taking cuttings. This has become a sort of ritual and the gorgeous display of colour is admired by many. A real gardener’s garden. David is a passionate gardener and the love for his plants is obvious. which may be hidden in the curl of a leaf. to which he adds sodium for a faster decomposition. “There is no such thing as an indoor plant”.” In fact. is a real suntrap and ideal for outdoor lunches throughout winter. I spot a few typical ‘house’ plants such as crotons. and a lovely Jacaranda.
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Roll out the pastry thinly and pipe some of the stuffing at the centre.O. sweat the ginger. boil the raviola. blend and sieve. as it coped easily with both the veal and the stronger flavoured tomato reduction. I felt that even a light red would be slightly too overpowering. Surround with some mushrooms and drizzle with truffle oil. Then put some tomato reduction and place the raviola on top. thyme and the mushrooms. Serve the perfect meal with the ideal wine accompaniment recommended by Bill Hermitage of Delicata MUSHROOM & VEAL RAVIOLA TOSSED IN A TOMATO AND TRUFFLE OIL Ingredients for the raviola (serves 4) 400g 240g 200g 6 20g 400g selection of mushrooms veal onions garlic cloves thyme pasta dough Ingredients for the sauce 600g 60g 100g 20ml 60ml fresh plum tomatoes ginger sugar bean sprouts to garnish white vinegar truffle oil Method For the stuffing. which produce this full flavoured. BILL HERMITAGE’S BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT RECOMMENDATION: 2010 GRAND VIN DE HAUTEVILLE VIOGNIER .HW CUISINE EASYGOODNESS Recipes: Joe Vella Photography: MAS Wine Recommendations: Bill Hermitage. The white wine I chose is made entirely from hot climate. After sweating everything in a pan. When done.K. soft dry white wine that possesses really good structure and weight. add some diced plum tomatoes and leave to reduce. A full bodied un-oaked white on the other hand was perfect. onions. SUPERIOR MALTA “Initially with this dish I was going to opt for a light red as an accompaniment.D. glaze with sugar and vinegar. ripe Malta grown Viognier grapes. For the sauce.” 086 . Delicata Winery Tableware: Zara Home Styling: Troika Zammit >HOMEWORKS brings you the tastes of Executive Chef Joe Vella’s allnew easy-to-prepare recipes from his recently-launched cookbook ‘A Passion for Cooking – Recipes By Joe’. mince together the veal. To serve. garlic. season to taste and allow to cool. but the flavours of the veal and mushroom are very delicate and when they are combined with the scented flavours of the ginger and truffle oil. Cover with a pastry lid in order to form a kind of hat.
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Heat the frying pan and fry the pieces of chicken until they turn golden brown.CUISINE HW CHICKEN & FRUIT TAJINE Ingredients (serves 4) For stage 1: 800g chicken thighs cut in chunks 1 lemon juice 1 orange juice salt and pepper For stage 2: 150g chopped onions 2 tbsp crushed garlic 2 tbsp cumin powder 4 tbsp olive oil 1 orange juice Method for stage 1: Mix all the chicken pieces with the lemon juice. BILL HERMITAGE’S BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT RECOMMENDATION: 2010 MEDINA SYRAH . raisons.D. full flavoured dish definitely benefits from a red wine. apricots.” 089 . orange juice. Method for stage 4: Add all the ingredients in the saucepan and cook together with the chicken and sauce for 20 minutes until the liquid is reduced. add the cinnamon stick and the peeled lemon with the chicken stock and fry on a hot pan until the chicken turns tender. Leave in the fridge for two hours. You can serve this dish with an almond French bean salad on the side.K. berry-flavoured fruits that makes it an ideal accompaniment to this delicious poultry dish. It’s packed with ripe. salt and pepper in a dish. This dish has so many mixed ‘fruity’ flavours in it coming from the prunes. A wine that has all of these characteristics and is drinking so well at the moment is the young Medina un-oaked Syrah. For stage 3: 1 cinnamon stick 1 tbsp peeled chopped lemon ¼ ltr chicken stock For stage 4: 100g prunes 50g dry apricots 100g roasted almonds 50gr raisins 1 tbsp maltese honey Method for stage 3: When the chicken is well coloured. but the red of your choice needs to be crammed full of ripe fruit with little tannin. SUPERIOR MALTA “This tasty. Method for stage 2: Mix all the ingredients together. orange and lemon that the red wine needs to be juicy.O. pour on the marinated chicken and leave to set for another two hours.
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as it has the weight and viscosity to complement the sweetness of the dish whist remaining crisp enough to refresh the palate. Whisk together the inverted sugar with the egg yolks then whisk in the hot milk. melt the butter and chocolate over a bain-marie. Bake at 180º for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the orange peel. tasty dessert requires a wine that is as equally rich and sweet. delicious mature honeyed flavours intermingle with the citrus elements of this dish perfectly. slowly fold in the dry ingredients and the bitter chocolate drops. ORANGE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE CRÈME Ingredients for double chocolate brownies: (serves 4) 2 175g 240g 150g 1 20g 3g 60g 100g eggs sugar 64% dark chocolate butter vanilla pod cocoa powder baking powder flour 71% bitter chocolate drops For orange and white chocolate crème: 200ml milk 50ml crème 3 yolks 25g inverted sugar 2 gelatine sheets 300g white chocolate orange peel of 1 orange orange segments of 1 orange BILL HERMITAGE’S BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT RECOMMENDATION: 2009 GRAND VIN DE HAUTEVILLE MOSCATO – D. The mouth-feel of this wine is also important. This rich. the white chocolate and the softened gelatine. stir until combined. Then. In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients then fold the melted butter and chocolate to the foamy eggs. 091 . In the meantime. Stir until all is combined. Method for orange and white chocolate crème: Heat the milk and cream.CUISINE HW DOUBLE CHOC BROWNIES.K. long after the richness of the chocolate has disappeared. MALTA LIQUEUR WINE “Chocolate and Moscato are a classic combination. Let them set in the fridge. especially when oranges are used in the recipe as well. Place the orange segments at the bottom of a shot glass and pour the cream mixture on top. and because of the little bit of age of this particular wine.” Method for double chocolate brownies: Whisk the eggs and sugar until frothy.O.
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