One of Jas’ highlights

Happened in the beautiful little village of Moniaive, south-west of Scotland, back in 2008.

This 36-cover restaurant was the heart and soul of Jason. He designed the kitchen himself, produced home-made cracking food from the freshest of the local ingredients whilst managing a team of eight people to run this brand new Scottish-with-a-Mediterranean-twist restaurant. See the local newsletter review below 🙂

Regretfully it only lasted 2 years as an opportunity was offered in London at The Savoy and had decided to take the next adventure on board.

One of the most popular dishes at the Three Glens was the Veal Osso Buco which was also featured in this review. This is where this week’s recipe comes from and we highly recommend it to be tested. If you’re looking for a special occasion meal, this has to be it!


Head Chef and Manager of the Three Glens in Moniaive, Jason Azzopardi has come a long way since he first started in the restaurant industry.
Hailing from Malta where he learned the trade, Jason has worked for top fine dining restaurants in Malta, England, Ireland, Scotland and Australia.
He has maintained the position of Head Chef since the restaurant’s opening in December 2008 and  has watched it go from strength to strength as its popularity with local food-lovers grows.
Jason advocates the use of fresh, local produce which he combines with herbs and spices to create honest dishes with an Italian Mediterranean twist that are full of flavour.
“I let the food speak for itself”, he says. The Three Glens, situated in the eart of Moniaive, where the Craighdaroch, Castlefairn and Dalwhat glens meet, caters for all tastes and appetites.
It’s a la carte menu is a favourite of discerning local diners, while the wide range of pizza and pasta dishes are both satisfying to the stomach and the pocket.
Jason makes pizzas and breads fresh from the wood burning oven imported from Italy when the restaurant opened in December 2008.
The Three Glens is a 36-cover restaurant: small and intimate it creates a homely feel in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.



Fresh Spinach & Mango Smoothie

As time passes, more and more people are choosing to live a healthy life style. The healthfulness of a smoothie depends on its ingredients. In this refreshing Smoothie recipe we used the vibrant taste of fresh spinach combined with tangy taste of pineapple and the sweetness of Fresh Mango and Honey.

Ingredients – makes 800ml

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  • 175g fresh spinach
  • 1 mango
  • 1/4 of a pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 100ml natural yogurt
  • 30ml honey
  • 50ml water
  • fresh juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of chia seeds for garnish


  • cutting knife
  • blender
  • container for peelings
  • chopping board
  • large bowl


  1. Start by taking off the bottom of the spinach. Roughly chop, put in the large bowl, fill it up with cold water and leave it on the side.
  2. Peel and roughly cut the mango, add to blender.
  3. Peel and add the banana.
  4. Drain the spinach and add to blender.
  5. Add natural yogurt.
  6. Add honey.
  7. Add lemon juice.
  8. Start blending, pour into a glass and garnish with chia seeds.

For Vegans substitute honey with maple syrup and use vegan yogurt

Kitchen won’t function without …

Preparation, Food and Service

So let’s continue where we left from in the last blog Life’s a journey not a destination.

Food – Is the main thing in our household, the bigger the family gets the more we give importance to it. Jas relates this to his background at home, they’re a family of 7 and he always says “I remember my dad he made sure the fridge and freezer are always full and I believe I took his tradition”.

We always make sure we stock and pile up with food and this is how we work it out:

  • A4 shopping list book in the kitchen to write down what we need as we go along so nothing is ever missed (we try our best at least cause annoyingly there is always something missing)
  • Every last week of the month I do our big shopping online and get it delivered by the beginning of the following month.
  • On top of that, we buy fresh products that we consume daily/weekly.
  • Ingredients that have a long shelf life we try to stock as much as we can and look out for good deals so our pockets can benefit from that too.

Preparation – What is it exactly, what does it mean? This is the million-dollar question.

According to our experience, preparation is a great tool to follow in everything we do in life in general. When it comes to food, without a good preparation (what they call mise-en-place in the professional kitchen) we don’t have or are able to put together a good plate of food.

At home, preparation of food includes the writing down of a big monthly shopping as mentioned earlier. This is when it gets easier to have an idea of what you’re cooking on a daily basis and those not-knowing-what-to-cook days are dramatically reduced.

When it comes to kitchen, before we even start cooking, preparation has to include making sure that:

  • Recipe’s instructions are well read through.
  • We’re keeping a good eye on the ingredients amounts, utensils needed for the whole recipe and cooking timings.
  • When we get to the cooking stage, we’d have ready peeled/cut/chopped/rinsed etc ingredients all set to go on the hob.

If either of these are not prepared well, it’s easy to find ourselves stuck in the middle of a recipe and cooking time will be all over the place, resulting in an overcooked ingredient disaster.

I understand that sometimes it is not as easy to follow a recipe and that’s why we launched this robandjas project to provide you with an easy step-by-step guide for a successful family meal.

Service – It’s all happening here!


Fresh Mussels in White Wine Sauce

Ingredients – Serves 3


  • 1.5kg Fresh Mussels
  • 1 large shallot/onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 300ml white Wine
  • 300ml Double Cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Lemon wedge/slice for garnish


  • Large bowl
  • Medium pot
  • Knife
  • Chopping board


  1. Clean and wash the mussels under running water, watch video at 00:58 to see how. Put them in a bowl.

  2. Prepare a medium pot on a high heat with lid on.
  3. Start chopping shallot, slice garlic and add them to the mussel bowl.
  4. Add fresh thyme, bay leave and wine to the bowl.

  5. By this time the pot is really hot so we can transfer mussels to the pan and cover it immediately. Leave to steam until all mussels are open.mussels7
  6. In the meantime, you can start chopping the parsley.
  7. When all mussels are open, add the butter, the cream and chopped parsley to the pan. Give it a gentle stir.

  8. Cover pan again and wait until the cream comes to a boil.
  9. Give it another gentle stir and plate.