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Today's Mediterranean Recipe is Aljotta - Maltese Fish Soup


Malta is itself a cooking pot of cultures and languages, situated between Libya and Sicily.

It has been  influenced over the centuries by the Moors, the Crusaders, and numerous other temporary visitors.

Serves 3-4 


  • 1 lb white fish 
  • 2 onions, chopped 
  • 8-12 garlic cloves, minced depending on size
  • 1/2 kg (1 lb) tomatoes, peeled & sliced 
  • 1 tsp tomato pure√© 
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • pinch of marjoram & dry mint 
  • 5 peppercorns 
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice (optional) 
  • 4 cups fish stock




Fry the chopped onion in the olive oil until soft then add the garlic, herbs, tomato paste. Cook for a few minutes then add the tomatoes and fish stock. Bring to boil. Add the fish, bring to boil again and simmer for about 10 minutes. Before serving add cooked rice if desired.

The recipe is easily adjusted for more servings with more stock, and as an alternative if you don't have the best rice cooker some potatoes could be added instead, though take care not to overvook the fish whilst waiting for the potatoes.

Enjoy with some hot crusty bread!



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