I recently spent 4 weeks in Malta, specifically in a little seaside town known as Marsalforn on the island of Gozo. Gozo only has a population of 31000 and is more rural than the island of Malta. The only way to get to Gozo is a 25 minute ferry ride from Malta. Gozo is known for it’s rich history – having the oldest man-made, free standing structures in the world, the Ggantija Temples, as well as the oldest religious structures in the world.
“The island of Gozo has long been associated with Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer‘s Odyssey. In that story, Calypso, possessed of great supernatural powers, and in love with Odysseus, holds him captive for a number of years, until finally releasing him to continue his journey home.”
Whilst I was excited to be spending time in Malta I knew there were some things from home that I would miss. Number one being smoothies. I’m a regular smoothie drinker for breakfast. I knew I would miss my smoothies, so I purchased a cheap blender from Kmart for $30 before I left. It was light enough to not impact my 30kg luggage allowance and the cup was made of plastic so I wasn’t worried about it breaking in my case. And it was the best travel decision I’ve made! All I needed was a power adapter and some fruit.
Maltese cuisine relies heavily on dairy and meat – two categories of food that I don’t eat. Malta does not have a lot of options like we have in Australia, like rice milk or oat milk. So armed with my smoothie maker, I made a smoothie (almost) every day. Ironically, one of the things I love about travelling is trying local food. And believe me, once I’d eaten breakfast, I ate the local food, and lots of it. But more of that later.
Every morning there was a little fruit and veg van about 100m from our apartment.
I would go down and buy a couple of bananas and some other type of fruit – usually peaches, nectarines, apricots or kiwi fruit. The main fruit grown in Gozo is watermelons, most of the fruit I bought was imported. Although, I did try a locally grown apple. I didn’t need to add any milk or water to my smoothies and as you can see from the pictures most of the time I ate the smoothie with a spoon.
The fruit, a little bit of muesli and some raw nuts was enough to keep me going until
lunchtime I saw some pastizzis.
What are pastizzis? Well, I’ll leave that for another post, along with lots of other food I ate whilst away.
I would definitely take my blender away again with me. What’s something you can’t go on holidays without?