Category: Food

Finnish pancakes: pannukakku and lettu

If you visit a Finnish cafeteria or canteen on a Thursday afternoon, there is a good chance that you’ll find…

First visit to Sipoonkorpi National Park

Sipoonkorpi is one of the two Finnish national parks located on the edge of the of the Helsinki metropolis (Nuuksio…

Mushroom-picking in Sipoonkorpi

It was with great excitement that Brigitte and I headed out to Sipoonkorpi National Park early on a chilly Saturday…

A correction: Raspberries

Just briefly… I was wrong when I said in an earlier blog post that I’d not seen many raspberry bushes…

The best cupcake recipe in the World!

This is by far the best cupcake recipe in the world. And don’t just take my word for it, try…

Finnish cuisine: berries, berries and more berries!

My guess is that the biggest difference between South African and Finnish food is the predominance of berries among the…

Finnish cuisine: petturieska and nokkonenleipä

At the Medieval Fair in Turku earlier in the month (see our blog post), we recently tried two unusual (but apparently…

Finnish cuisine: kalakukko

One of the most truly and typically Finnish dishes must be kalakukko – a fish-bacon mix slowly baked inside rye…

Finnish cuisine: pot-roast reindeer

We had great fun hosting family for Easter lunch last weekend – and had our first stab at cooking reindeer….

This day 208 years ago, the Finnish national poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg was born in the small town of Jakobstad on…

Today we had another Ravintolapäivä (Restaurant Day) in Helsinki. And once again, we could just pop off to Karhupuisto to get…

At Vappu last year we were treated to home-made rosette. We so enjoyed these light little snacks that we looked…

On the way up to Kilpisjärvi last summer, we stopped at two little road-side coffee shops located a long, long…

In summer it was sima, now in winter it is glögi – Finland’s seasonal drinks are excellent!   Glögi is…

One sign of Christmas approaching in Finland is the appearance of tähtitorttu (= star + pastry / tart). The tähtitorttut…

  So as mentioned in an earlier post, we went off to Ravintolapäiva in our local park (Karhupuisto). And while…

This Saturday is the third Ravintolapäivä (“restaurant day”) – a celebration of food across Helsinki (and Finland). We didn’t attend the two…

Most of the food items in our local shops are pretty recognizable to us… but what is “lanttu”? Turns out…

Pelmeni are Russian-style dumplings – and also the signature dish of Pelmenit (in Finnish the plural of pelmeni) is a…

After trying tar ice cream, I decided that I was now well enough qualified to attempt the other famous –…

One of the more exotic flavours of ice cream that you can find in Finnish shops and at ice cream…

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