Of Odds and Ends on Malta

In 1964, Malta gained independence from Great Britain. Some things still bear witness to that British colonial time, such as this mailbox.

Malta mailbox

We had stopped at Ta’Quali Crafts Village while on the North Tour bus. This craft centre used to be a WWII military aerodrome and later was converted. It was worth stopping there if you like to shop and have a refreshment.

I had ordered a Maltese Omelet, but there was nothing Maltese about it. The seasoning was average and the fries that came with it were definitely British. I had not ordered them, so this accompaniment must be of British heritage. Serve fries with everything.

Maltese omelet

In Valetta, near the bus terminus, this German vendor sells Bratwurst and Currywurst. ‘Try my Sausage’. No thanks.

We are here for the Maltese experience.

German sausage in Valetta

We stopped at Mdina, which is the old capital of Malta and its origins can be traced back to 1500BC. Throughout time, the city had various names, which all depended on the current ruler. Its medieval name ‘Citta Nobile’ (Noble City) is most fitting because Mdina has one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city and its extraordinary mix of Baroque and Medieval architecture.

Mdina dungeon

Malta dungeon

My travel companion took this photo and somehow this does resemble someone spirit rapping with a Quija board. But I look much to happy to be calling on spirits, of that kind.

Maria ouija board

Id-dinja tghallmek aktar minn imghallmek.
The world teaches you more than your task master.

(translated from Maltese)

My Experimental Kitchen – Ramen Omelet

Traveling is a wonderful thing. Sometimes it only takes an arm chair traveler to discover more fusion cuisine on the net. When our son returned from Nottingham for spring break in Germany, he asked me to assist him in the kitchen with a new Korean recipe.

He had read about this ramen omelet and we gave it a try. My cooking skills had lost any inhibitions I might have had throughout my traveling years. And I remember exactly when it happened – looking through the bakery shop window at lines of French bread rolls, filled with Spaghetti Napoli – in Japan. And that was just the beginning.

Anyway, we prepared cup shin ramen the usual way, but without adding the prepackaged chili powder. Then we drained the water.

At the same time, we beat three small eggs, and added a bit of soy sauce and sugar (the Japanese way) and then most of the chili powder (the Korean way). All this got thoroughly mixed, which took a bit longer because of dissolving the clumps of chili powder. In the meantime, the noodles cooled off, which is recommendable.

ramen omelet

When the egg was ready, we just placed the cooked noodles in the middle and folded it over like an Italian calzone.

cup ramen served the Italian way

Last, but not least, I asked our son to leave me a bite. He didn’t. He said it was very good, you have to take his word for it.

Optional: layer it with thin lines of ketchup

Some college students also claim this to be the best hangover food ever.