This next entry is submitted by Donna. I have found that Donna has a very emotional aspect and response to photography and so it is with this entry. Let me have her tell you about it in her own words…
“My mother immigrated from Malta with her family in 1937. On Sunday afternoons my mom and grandpa used to make Pastizzi for snacks or dinner. My mom and I made these for the food challenge so I could capture her and this famous Maltese tradition.
Pastizzi are ricotta or pea filled pastries which are the most popular and…best known culinary export of Malta. Pastizzi (singular: pastizz) are popular amongst Maltese people, and are also produced amongst the immigrant communities of Maltese in Australia, the US and Canada. Pastizzi lend their name to “pastizzerias” – the dozens of fast food outlets dotted around Malta which primarily sell pastizzi (along with pizzas, qassatat, timpana and sausage rolls). Pastizzi are typically cooked in batches of 30 on wood furnaces on black metal trays. Pastizzi come in the two standard ricotta and pizelli (pea) varieties, with the ricotta version notably the more popular of the two. Pastizzi are particularly popular snacks on Sundays in Malta, with vendors all over the islands opening in the early hours to cater for late night clubbers. Pastizzi have a particular place of pride in Maltese culture and are light-heartedly considered one of the nation’s unique achievements. Locals consider no visit to
Malta to be complete without eating some pastizzi. ”
For those of you who do not know where Malta is… it is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily, Italy.
Thank you Donna for your very personal submission and for sharing the history of this favorite Maltese treat. Now if we can just get some samples! YUM!