Vegan Melon Salad 🌱

On a hot summer day, melons are probably the best hydrating foods out there. Additionally, they are a great source of potassium. Perfect on a day like today. Salad: Thinly slice peeled and seeded watermelon, Cantaloupe and Galia melon as well as cleaned cucumber. I used a mandoline. I lightly salted the cucumber to make…

Crayfish and wild mushroom bruschetta

Foraging for wild mushrooms and celebrating crayfish parties are two dear Finnish traditions of mine. This dish pays homage to both. Start by (sending your better half) collecting mushrooms. Mine brought me chanterelle, penny bun and birch bolete, but you can use any edible fungi you find. Then separate the tails and tomalley from the…

Hazelnut soup 🌱

Last summer, I watched Tangled for the very first time. And I absolutely loved it. Especially the hilarious language. We are still mimicking Flynn Rider’s smolder at home and laughing ourselves to death. You might ask yourself, dear reader, why I prelude this post with a reference to a Disney princess movie. The reason is…

Monkfish with mountain lentils and beetroots

Fish with lentils is an inseparable team. I don’t even remember when I had it for the first time. And I think I have tried every possible combination. This recipe is a self creation resulting from ingredients available in the fridge. Boil 100 g mountain lentils according to the instructions on the package. Separately, boil…

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….

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…

Cherry chutney on veal chop

Early summer means cherry season. Sun-ripe, juicy, sweet drupes waiting to be transformed into delicious dishes. This cholesterol reducing superfood is so versatile – it can be used in sweet and savory cooking alike. I turned the cherries into a tasty chutney, which I paired with wonderfully tender veal chops. What a feast! Cherry chutney:…

Pimientos de Padrón • Halloumi • Raspberries • Herbs 💚

This is another simple dish where different tastes come together nicely: a sweet sourness of the raspberries, a gentle saltiness of the halloumi and an earthy bitterness of the green peppers. Plated elegantly, this dish could even be mistaken for haute cuisine. Pimientos de Padrón: Drizzle the small green peppers with olive oil and roast…

Deboned chicken thighs on green bell peppers and chimichurri

Have you seen the movie Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep as the famous chef and cookbook author Julia Child and Amy Adams as the food blogger Julie Powell? Do you remember the final recipe Julie cooks – Pâté de Canard en Croûte – and her successful attempt to debone a duck? Yesterday, I successfully…