I have a confession to make first – I’m not usually a huge fan of panto. Last year I decided to give Summer Panto a go – some friends were over on holiday and despite suspecting that they might not understand all the jokes (local politics, comments in Maltese) we decided to start our night there. We didn’t regret it, there was much laughter and even some gasping!

This year is no different – with a strong cast of actors who aren’t afraid to dare, bare and make fun of everything and themselves, Jack and His Beanstalk offers a night of laughter and pearl-clutching moments.

In my books the winning formula is the easy mix of toilet humour, politics and current affairs, in a way that it didn’t feel like too much of one and not the other. Despite the temptation for many local productions of the kind to rely on cheap tricks, this was not a recycling of puns and crass words that some of us are getting tired of. Instead, Antsinpants productions offers you an evening of fun and laughter that will leave you chuckling for days to come. There are some things that you can never un-see…!

Take yourself and your sense of humour out tonight – but watch out for that golden egg!

Tickets here.

Photo by Sergio Morana

Photo by Sergio Morana


This is a great appetizer or light meal (it is also vegan, gluten-free and lactose free) that can be made even by kitchen newbies. Serve it hot or cold.

To prepare the aubergine slices:
Heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
Cut very thin and even slices of aubergine and spread them on a baking dish
Brush both sides with a good quality extra virgin olive oil
Sprinkle some freshly ground sea salt and pepper on one side
Let them cook for about 10 minutes on each side, or until they just start to brown and become crispy

The rice:
Cook according to instructions and add turmeric, cumin and other spices to the water while it cooks. If preferred add half a cube or some stock. Drain and fluff up with a fork.

Lay a couple of aubergine slices in each plate.
Spoon your rice into the middle, do not overcrowd.
Garnish with cherry tomatoes.
You may also add more freshly ground pepper, balsamic glaze and coriander leaves at the end.

Today I decided to post a little treat for my blog followers. I’ve recently started a facebook group for my poetry / writing persona as ‘Miriam C‘ and I have been posting news and more poetry there, as well as other things that I find interesting and inspiring.
So just for today, put that wooden spoon down and try not to over-cook your food while you read these short poems. Or else, save the page for a little treat during lunch. It is a much better thing to do than watching tv while you eat :) Smile, breath deeply, slow down and read…11140763_10152681783206371_6420192540236091732_o11001558_10152810185888655_1544599211799112539_o WP_20140602_001 (1) (1) IMG_20150610_231837

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