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Five in-demand new kitchen gadgets

Ferment, smoke and sous vide your way to a luscious meal using the latest gadgets for the home kitchen. Elegantly designed to enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen and add a touch of luxury to your cooking, these innovations also provide inspiration for the modern chef as they enable you to expertly experiment with contemporary food trends.

- Cook your way to culinary success with the latest kitchen innovations.

1. The must-have new kitchen gadget: a sous vide machine

The sous vide technique has made the leap from Michelin-starred restaurants to home kitchens, giving gourmands the chance to reach new heights of precision with cooking temperatures. Update your toolkit with a sous vide machine, which allows you to vacuum-seal your ingredients to lock in moisture before immersing them in a heated water bath. For a streamlined alternative to large, enclosed water baths, smaller immersion circulators simply clip onto the cooking pot of your choice to circulate water and regulate temperature.

2. Add depth to flavours with an electric smoker

There’s something appealingly primal about cooking with fire, which may be why smoked cuisine never falls out of fashion. Sales of home smokers have increased drastically in recent years as amateur chefs infuse ingredients with rich, wood-tinged flavour. As well as enhancing the taste of meat and fish, electric smokers allow you to lend layers of nuance to butter, vegetables, sauces and even desserts. Choose a WiFi-enabled smart device to remotely monitor the smoker's temperature and cooking time.

3. Explore a trend with a fermentation kit

From kefir to kombucha, kimchi to miso, fermented foods are a growing trend for home chefs due to their depth of flavour and positive health attributes. You can reap the benefits at home by using a mason jar outfitted with twin bubble airlocks to release the gas that builds up during the fermentation process. Another option is to choose a water-sealed fermenting crock, featuring a shallow water-filled moat that fits just under the lid to provide a naturally airtight seal. Crafted from rustic ceramic materials, these are as charming as they are practical.

4. Make use of high-tech new kitchen gadgets with a smart cooker hood

Cooker hoods usually aren’t the first tools to spring to mind when you think of fashionable new kitchen gadgets, but Miele’s new high-tech models could change this conception. Their smart Con@ctivity 2.0 technology integrates neatly into the smart home, communicating with the hob below and automatically adjusting the fan strength accordingly. There’s been no sacrifice of form for function, however: the design’s sophisticated, cascading curves of glass provide an elegant solution to the problem of eliminating cooking odours.

5. Create a crisp finish with an air fryer

For those following the latest health and wellness trends, an air fryer is a must-have gadget. These smart new kitchen gadgets evenly circulate air to cook food rapidly at a high temperature, producing an enviably crisp finish. There’s no need for cooking oil and a deep fryer when you use this stylish, clean-eating design instead, suitable for frying anything from chicken to vegetables.

From entertaining dinner guests to preparing everyday family meals, the latest designs give your kitchen a high-end upgrade. Blending science and elegance, these new kitchen gadgets bring your home cooking arsenal into 2019 and beyond.

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Home to more than 450,000 inhabitants, Malta is the smallest country to join the European Union in 2004. In 2008, it became part of the Eurozone. Though Malta is well-known as a popular tourist destination with plenty of recreational areas and historical monuments including nine UNESCO world heritage sites, it is not known for its luxury properties and real estate for sale and rent! Besides having first-class accommodation, Malta is home to numerous companies and industries ranging from banking and financing to construction, retail, and i-gaming. Working in Malta requires the proper permits, and those seeking employment are encouraged to find a suitable job before moving into their purchased or rented property.

A new residency scheme was launched in June 2013 which allows people to buy a high-value property and pay taxes in Malta to benefit from the residence permit. Under the new Global Residence Programme, the value of immovable property bought in Malta by foreigners has a minimum threshold of €275,000. However, when the property is in the South of Malta or on the sister island of Gozo, the minimum value is reduced to €220,000. This new scheme also allows persons eligible if they wished to rent a property and this has been lowered to €9,600 in Malta and €8750 in Gozo or the South of Malta. The minimum tax to be paid under this scheme is a minimum of €15,000 on income derived in Malta, further income arising in Malta shall be taxed at a flat rate of 35%.

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For such a small island, Malta is packed with amazing things to see and do. From visiting historic sites to relaxing on beautiful beaches. Visitors can take their pick of activities which will suit any mood or taste.

A selection below are the top destinations that any person should see when coming to Malta. These include Valletta; Mdina; Paceville; Blue Lagoon (Comino Island) and Gozo

Valletta recently voted the European Capital for Culture for 2018 is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Valletta is the hub of tourism in Malta and for good reason. It is full of historical significance, with the likes of St John’s Cathedral, forts, and museums and much more squeezed into a tiny area. As far as beautiful towns go with plenty to see, Valletta is up there with the best.

Mdina is known as the jewel in the crown of Malta and it is a fair assessment. The walled city is full of tiny alleys which you can wind your way through, stumbling across beautiful churches and museums along the way. Now effectively part of the town of Rabat, this definitely shouldn’t be left off your Maltese itinerary.

Malta has a reputation for being a destination for the older generation, but Paceville puts lie to that. This is where the youngsters come to drink and party and you can rely on having a good evening out here. It’s not just loud music for teenagers either; there are plenty of civilized bars and restaurants if you don’t want to rave into the early hours.

A beautiful area of clear blue water which is fantastic for swimming and is the perfect place for a day out at the beach. Arguably the best place for swimming in the whole Mediterranean, the Blue Lagoon is located on the island of Comino.

Just a 30-minute ferry trip away from Malta, Gozo is a beautiful, rural island which gives you a glimpse into what Malta looked like a few decades ago. Sleepy villages, rugged coastline, and beautiful countryside all make this a fantastic place to visit. But one of the main draws is the diving off the coast. Malta has been named as one of the best places to scuba dive in the world, and Gozo is one of the best spots to do it.

No matter where your interests lie, Malta has you covered; with Engel & Völkers Sara Grech by your side, your home in this beautiful part of the world is also covered. Contact us today to find out more about our villas, apartments and other properties for sale and rent!

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