“I am half Asian so it’s no wonder that I came up with a stir fry! The Mediterranean influence comes out in the sauce…” – Nadeen Shaw
Tell us a bit about yourself. Do you have a background in cooking?
I am married and have a 6-year-old child. My outlook on life is very positive and there’s a lot of things that I like doing and experiencing, which includes cooking for friends and family. I cook at home as well and love experimenting with new dishes.
What was your motivation to take part in the l-Ikla t-Tajba sessions?
Initially, I was introduced to l-Ikla t-Tajba by one of the Filipino Community in Malta (Fil-Com) officers. The idea of learning more about local food really appeals to me so that was further motivation for me to participate in the course.
How did you decide on the ingredients for your signature dish?
After the 3rd or 4th cooking session with chef David Darmanin, he asked to think of our own recipe. I am half Asian so it’s no wonder that I came up with a stir fry! The Mediterranean influence comes out in the sauce as I chose to go with mozzarella and yoghurt blended with honey and coriander leaves.
What was your inspiration?
When it comes to my inspiration, it’s more who rather what. My husband happens to be a chef so I am inspired by his cooking.
What will you take away from L-ikla t-tajba?
Looking back on the l-Ikla t-Tajba sessions, they allowed me to learn a lot about planning, improvisation, presentation, and team work.