November Bones

“L-Għadam tal-Mejtin”, literally “Bones of the Dead” or “Ossa dei Morti”, are sweet almond based pastries supposedly resembling bones. Traditionally this recipe was prepared during November starting from All Souls Day as a reminder to the believer that while remembering those who passed away, it is also a moment of rejoicing as they are sweetly and happily in heaven. This Maltese tradition is parallel to a Sicilian custom from where it might have originated soon after the arrival of the Knights of Malta in 1530 who depended on Sicilian markets for their food.