'Giginit etiam Melita cuminum, notam herbam medicinis et condimentis, quod et crustae panis inspergitur gratissime.' - Jean Quintin d'Autun, 1536. English The above Latin excerpt is what Quintinus had to say about our cherished bread. Quintinus showed us how the Maltese bread-makers used to lace the crust of their bread with Cumin. Maltese soil is optimal for Cumin,... Continue Reading →
Food is a marker of culture, this is because food is the result not only of specific climatic and geographic condition but also of resource availability, trade, politics and religion. Food has become democratised and is part of what makes the world globally connected. Food is mass produced and no longer dependent on specific condition... Continue Reading →
We Maltese pride ourselves in living on a quiet and peaceful Mediterranean Island. Despite this, we have our fair share of harrowing stories scattered around our history. Some are ingrained in our culture; others are still held in our memory; and others still have seemingly faded from our folklore.
The Middelalder Center in Denmark is a museum like no other. Whilst it is crucial to visit museums displaying primary and secondary sources to better understand our history, this medieval centre gives its visitor a different perspective of how we learn and experience the past.
Perhaps many have at some point in their lives fantasised about putting on a suit of armour and playing knight for a day. I was one such person in my childhood through my teenage years and eventually I entered the realm of reenactment. Like many before me, I did the mistake of purchasing armour before anything else and this was a lesson that cost me dearly.
According to archival sources found at the Mdina Cathedral Archives, the majority of Jews in medieval Malta lived within the walled town of Mdina. They were considered as citizens of the town and were involved in landowning, economic activities and employing Christians to work the land under their responsibility. On a day-to-day basis, the trade... Continue Reading →