Ensalada Rusa

It’s one of the most popular dishes in a Spanish tapas bar, Russian Potato Salad. During the Franco dictatorship the word Russia was “prohibido” hence the dish was called – in public only – Ensalada Nacional. As part of a tapas dish tuna (the canned variety in chunks) or small shrimps are added as well as sliced hard boiled eggs as garnish. I love Ensalada Rusa also as a side dish without tuna.

Rabbit in Red Wine Sauce

Stuffat tal Fenek is a national dish from Malta. The mild, tender rabbit meat is infused with rich, hearty flavors from the red wine sauce and spices. A marvelous slow cooked dish enjoyed by Maltese families on Saints Peter and Paul day on June 29. Tradionally served with pasta, I recommend polenta or roasted vegetables.