Vegan Saffron Soup 🌱

Is it possible to create a Christmas dinner that pleases everyone? I say, yes! Are you of the same opinion? Today, I’ll share the starter of our Christmas menu. The main course and dessert will follow. So stay tuned. Soup: Peel and coarsely chop parsnip, carrot and shallot. Simmer in plenty of salted water until…

Vegan Ratatouille Spehere

One of the perks of spending the summer holidays in one of the most fruitful regions of the country — Seeland — is the infinite access to local produce of excellent quality. This plant-based dish summarizes the diversity of all those beautiful regional veggies. Ratatouille spehere: Sauté chopped onion, bell pepper, aubergine, carrot, squash and…

Vegan Faux Lox 🌱

What dish is a must on your brunch table? One of my all-time favorites is smoked salmon served with my mother’s delicious mustard sauce. This is a veganized version of that fond culinary memory. Faux lox (“smoked” carrot): Peel and thinly slice carrots. Cover with boiling water tasted with salt and liquid smoke. As the…

Rotmos med fläsklägg

Peasant food. One-pot meal. Comfort food. Root mash with ham hock. A traditional Swedish dish and quite a common meal in the Swedish-speaking part of Finland, as well. We used to serve it at the Viking Centre, where I worked during my teen summers. For me, this dish is a piece of home, really. Peel…

Heirloom carrot roses on a hazelnut crust 💚

My first dish for the Food Blog Challenge organized by Foodblogs Schweiz is a tasty pie consisting of a really short hazelnut crust filled with creamy goat cheese and topped with roses of naturally sweet heirloom carrots. Start with the crust. Cream 200 g butter. Add 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp…

Smoked sturgeon with carrot slaw

Do you remember my blog post referring to our wedding dinner based on regional produce? Last week, I came across some beautiful smoked sturgeon from the same farm delivering fish for our wedding reception – Tropenhaus Frutigen. Sturgeon is a fairly fatty fish that screams for a tart side dish. A crunchy carrot slaw balanced…

Peanut buttered carrot soup 🌱

I love the idea of how talented chefs invent new dishes by combining tastes they store in their flavor memory. Once in a while, I venture that kind of creative cooking myself. I’m limited by my personal flavor memory, though. And one flavor that seems to be missing is peanut butter. The reason is probably…

Bœuf bourguignon

Brown bistro food or “certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man” to quote the French cuisine guru Julia Child. That’s bœuf bourguignon. Even though visually not the most appealing dish there is, the strong flavors enhanced by slow cooking make this red wine braised beef stew perfect for Sunday feast. For…

Roasted tomato sauce 🌱

We have a small market garden. Did I ever tell you that? That’s where the flowers eventually ending up on my plates grow (or rather used to). And most of the herbs. We have tomato plants as well. And the other day, almost all tomatoes turned red at once. Time to make roasted tomato sauce….

Veal • Root vegetables • Bramata • Parsley

Ossobuco means comfort food for me (actually, it means “bone with a hole” in Italian, referring to the marrow hole in the cross-cut shank, but that’s totally beside the point). My mother used to cook it back home and I’ve continued that tradition. It’s a dish full of flavors and amazing meat just melting in…

Appetizers 🌱

Drinks and nibbles – that’s how to kick off a dinner party right. These delicious, vegan treats – carrot with paprika powder hummus, beetroot with cumin hummus and green pea with tarragon hummus as well as rosemary roasted almonds and lemon marinated olives – will surely amaze your guests. Hummus variations Blend 500 g canned…

Carrot cake

“Carrot cake, carrot cake, have ye any nuts? The carrot cake contains… no nuts.” Oh, how I appreciate Little Britain. Almost as much as I appreciate the nut-free carrot cake served in my favorite café Farmors Café on Högsåra, Finland. It’s moist and spicy and soft and tart. All at the same time. My recipe…

Sunshine bowl

It’s August, but summer isn’t over yet. The sun is still shining and I managed to catch some rays. In a bowl. Boil mountain lentils and quinoa for approximately 25 minutes. In the meantime, fry chopped salsiccia, carrot and yellow zucchini. In a separate pan, toast pine nuts. Season the lentil quinoa mix with reduced…

Meadow soup 💚

Part two of our vacation started with all of us being ill, one after the other. Nothing serious. Just stomach flu. But enough to put us out of action for a couple of days. Today, we were able to eat fairly normally again. We had homemade broth with veggies. So nourishing and so luscious. I…

Trio of salmon

Fish is an integral part of any archipelago menu. This summer, we had primarily salmon: hot-smoked, cured and in soup. Hot-smoked salmon on archipelago loaf and my mother’s mustard sauce with crème fraîche, dill and lemon pepper My mother made this amazing gravlax by marinating a salmon fillet (with skin) with coarse salt, sugar and…

Veggie soup with feta cheese

Have you ever had to cook with whatever ingredients you happen to have at home? That happens to me all the time. So a part of my creativity is forced upon my by the fact that I haven’t manage to grocery shop. Now it’s out. My secret is revealed. Chop zucchini, shallots, new potatoes, carrots,…

Salmon sashimi with soy sauce and vegetable spirals

Almost two months ago, I received a shoutout request on Instagram. To an Instagram newbie like me, the term was completely unfamiliar. After having googled it and checked out the requester’s stream, I decided to give it a try. There is some resemblance between the reposted picture and mine – or what do you think?…

Homemade chicken broth

Do you remember my deboning operation in connection with my green springtime menu? And the mountain of chicken bones as a result thereof. Those chicken bones transformed into a delicious, full-flavored chicken broth. Fry spring onions, garlic, a carrot and the chicken bones in some olive oil. Taste with salt, black pepper, chili and parsley….

Roast leg of lamb with young potatoes and rainbow carrots

Slow roast leg of lamb is a fix part of my Easter menu. The smell of garlic is overwhelming. And the meat is so tender that it’s melting in your mouth. This lovely dish is well suitable for any festive occasion, not only at Easter. Pin the leg of lamb with plenty of garlic cloves…