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What is Eatmania?

In this page you will find anything related to food & wine. We speak mostly about food… what to cook, what to buy, what to eat, what to preserve etc. It’s like a religion for us. We love simple, good quality ingredients especially, mainly of Italian origin… but we are ready to experiment with any enticing ingredient. Around 2 years ago we used to run the Bocconci restaurant in Valletta, Malta. Alas, today we have all returned to our desks but our passion for food still remains and thus we have created this page to share with our readers our ideas and inspirations. So enjoy and your ideas and comments are most welcome.

Who is Eatmania?

About Olivia

OliviaJust started my 30s yet my passion for cooking, eating and drinking good quality wine has been within me for ages. The older I get the stronger the passion grows. I spend my workdays in an insurance company handling claims… yeah quite a negative environment! Yet, I colour my days with talk about recipes, restaurants and travel. I enjoy entertaining friends and family… preparing food for them to indulge into… if I had enough money I could easily buy any recipe book I find in front of me. I dream of living in Italy and on a lower scale I wish I could go for a cookery course in Italy as well… these are all plans for the future cause right now I am studying insurance… but you can never give up on dreams eh?! they might always come true! :)

About Karl

Karl VassalloWe might not be alike as two peas, but my sister and I have one same affinity – our unconditional love of food! If I recall well what brought me so close to cuisine were these cooking magazines, which my aunt used to buy regularly. She had this whole collection of neatly filed magazines each one containing recipes from a particular country e.g. Italian, Indian, Chinese, French, etc.  Then right at the centre of each magazine there was a whole menu with national recipes, depending on the country in topic. I used to decide which menu to try out and ask Mum to buy all the necessary ingredients. Poor Mum! Sometimes she had to keep looking for some ‘strange’ ingredients which were not found easily on our supermarket shelves, especially around 15 years ago. So that’s it, a 15 year old love story, evolving and developing into a professional hobby. I am now residing in Amsterdam, the land of tulips… or bridges … or coffee shops… call it what you prefer! I cook and experiment with dishes independently now. I must admit that I do not have the hard task my Mum had in Malta to find all the required ingredients, here there’s variety, not only in terms of quality, but also in terms of ingredients. Well then, you will be watching more about me as I start contaminating eatmania with my recipes and thoughts…. till then bon appetit!

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12 Responses to “About”

  1. Lindsay says:

    Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.

  2. Sheri Jorden says:

    Hi! Wondering if you ever posted about your trip to Trentinara…we are headed that way in a few weeks. We want to eat at Il Vottaro; would love info about your time there…did you spend the night? I am trying to access their web site but it won’t load. Trying to make a reservation for Sunday May 16th…any help, advice you can provide would be most appreciated. By the way, I run a wine shop on the coast of Maine and will be traveling to Campania to tour wineries with my husband. Where are you located??? Your food pictures look divine!

    • Olivia says:

      hi there… sorry for the late reply. Well, for Lo Vottaro you can contact Cristina on +393297793347 and she will take your reservation and give you more information. We are located in Malta. It’s a small island just beneath Sicily. Thanks for your positive comments. Trentinara is a small village in Salerno – it’s very quiet and the food served at Lo Vottaro is excellent. All fresh, genuine and prepared with passion. Keep me informed if you encounter any difficulties in contacting them. Enjoy your holiday!

  3. sims says:

    Are you still doing insurance claims for work?

    Wow, you seem so into cooking and expert that it’s hard to believe you don’t own a restaurant or something.

    I’m impressed with the taste shown on your blog.

    sims

    • Olivia says:

      Hey, thanks for positive feedback! I really love cooking and can’t get enough of it! Hope some day I can focus on food & wine more than I presently do! Thanks once again and hope you continue to follow my blog! We have plans to develop blog further so keep in touch!

  4. Ian Mark Zammit says:

    Hi Oli,do not go to feed the italians ,there are loads of hungry people in malta to feed who would appreciate well prepared high value cuisine and good wines.I will be a good client of yours lol.IAN.

    • Olivia says:

      hehe… hello there… don’t worry I don’t feed Italians… but I like it when Italians feed me! as for the rest I will be glad to feed you and make you taste some of my dishes! Tell Thelma to employ me as her full-time cook 😛

  5. Gordon says:

    Hi Olivia! Nice blog you have here. I just found out your Food blog through a post on my Facebook Food Group. Keep up the good work hope you’ll drop by my Food site :)

  6. sims says:

    Olivia & Karl,

    I have a special request, I hope you can help me with this.

    Do you have advice for pasta with sea urchin roe for me? Cooking it but also time of year. I’ve had it in Sicily but not sought fresh roe in Malta before.

    I’d like to know the months that fresh from the sea urchin roe is available here. Fresh roe much surely be available here in Gozo where I live – but what months? Is it both Spring and Fall?

    Thanks,
    sims

  7. Olivia says:

    Hi Sims,

    Fresh sea urchin roe is mostly available in Summer however if the weather is fine and the sea is calm you should find it in local fishmongers even at this time of year.

    As for the recipe it’s quite simple: you need a tub of fresh sea urchin roe; a couple of fresh tomatoes deseeded and peeled and some fresh parsley. You boil the pasta, drain it and add this mixture to it. Season with some fresh pepper and enjoy its unique taste!

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