lauantai 22. marraskuuta 2014

Lingonberry goes Christmas

I'm a Christmas person. I start waiting for it in September. When I was a kid I drove my parents mad when I insisted listening to Christmas songs at June! So little bit of Christmas in baking is okay now.

In this recipe I combined the traditional gingerbread taste with winter´s best berry: lingonberry. It's like sweet and sour mixed with Christmas. Wonderful!

Lingonberry-yogurt pie with a taste of Christmas

1 egg
0,5 dl brown sugar
2 tablespoon dark syrup
100 g melted butter
1 dl wheat flour
1,5 dl spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground clove
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


4 dl greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
0,5-1 dl sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon corn starch
3-4 dl lingonberries

Preheat the oven to 200 Celsius degrees. First let's make the base. Mix together wheat and spelt flour, spices, baking powder and vanilla sugar. Whisk the egg with brown sugar to make a fluffy foam. Add syrup and mix. Add the melted butter and flour mixture by turns. Take a pie plate, butter and flour it and press the dough evenly into the plate.

Then the filling: Just mix everything but the lingonberries together and add on the dough. Sprinkle the lingonberries on top. And then to the oven for 30 minutes to 50 minutes, test when the yogurt is set.

tiistai 4. marraskuuta 2014

Funnel chanterelle soup

I'm so disappointed that we didn't have the time to go funnel chanterelle hunting to the Eastern Finland this year. That's usually our tradition. But I had to have those beautiful mushrooms so the local market place was the place to go.

This soup is perfect for rainy, cold, almost winter evenings. Don't add butter if you want it vegan.

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Funnel chanterelle soup

1 l fresh funnel chanterelle
2 little onions
1 big potato (the kind that you would use for mash)
(1 tblsp butter)
7 dl vegetable stock
2 dl oat cream (Oatly)
black pepper

Put some oil (and the butter) to melt on a kettle. Add the chopped onions and let them simmer in the kettle until soft. Add the chopped mushrooms. Fry them for a while. Add the vegetable stock with diced potato. Let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes and then add the oat cream. Puree the mixture and spice it with salt and pepper. Yummy!

torstai 9. lokakuuta 2014

Toffee biscuits

Lately I've been having these "I-really-wanna-bake-something" feelings. But usually we don't like to eat the goodies. So we don't bake sweet things that often. Yesterday I had that feeling again. I wanted to bake but what to bake? Biscuits!! Because I remembered the perfect recipe from my aunt. I used to love these biscotti-type of sweets. They taste like toffee and are super easy. And you can just have one with coffee now and then and have a jar of biscuits waiting in the cupboard.

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Toffee biscuits

200 g butter
200 g brown sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tblsp brown syrup
3 tsp vanilla sugar
5 dl wheat flour (you can replace some with spelt flour)
2 tsp baking soda

Heat the oven to 200 Celsius degrees. Make sure the butter is room temperature and whisk it with brown sugar to make a foamy base. Add the egg yolk and whisk again. Mix the syrup with the butter-sugar-egg-mixture. In another bowl mix together the flour, vanilla sugar and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix again. There you go! Now we have the biscuit dough. Split the dough into 4 pieces that are same size and roll every piece into a bar that is about 2 cm thick and the length of your baking tray. Add all the bars to your baking tray. The dough will spread when baked. Bake the biscuits for 20 to 30 minutes. They are ready when they are toffee brown. Cut the biscuits while they are hot. Enjoy!

keskiviikko 3. syyskuuta 2014

Forest boletus pasta

The autumn is here! And we couldn't wait to go to the forest to pick up some mushrooms. And there were quite a few. I love the smell of the forest in the autumn. You can actually taste it in the mushrooms, too. Today we found lots of little boletus mushrooms, just enough to make a perfect dinner pasta dish for two. We added a little bit of bacon also but to keep it vegetarian just forget the bacon and add more mushrooms. And actually the taste was a bit better without the bacon.

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Forest boletus pasta

200 g fresh fettucine pasta (you can take the recipe from this lasagna recipe. But it's easy to remember also: add 1 egg to 100 g of flour with a hint of salt.)

1 onion
2 garlic cloves
150 g fresh boletus mushrooms in pieces
(70 g bacon in cubes)
1 tblsp butter
some fresh basil, chopped
squeeze of lemon juice
goat cheese
olive oil

If you use bacon, fry the bits on the pan. Add the pieces of boletus mushrooms with butter. Then add the chopped onion and garlic to the pan also. Fry them gently.

Boil the fresh pasta in salty water for few minutes. When the pasta is ready, take 1 dl of the pasta water (to be used later on) and drain the pasta. Take a big bowl, mix the pasta water with goat cheese, chopped basil, lemon juice and few drops of olive oil. The pasta should be well separated.

Serve the pasta with the boletus-bacon-fry and a slice of goat cheese on top.

torstai 19. kesäkuuta 2014

Summer salmon soup

We've been trying to fish for a few times now but the devils are so smart that they just nibble the worm from our hook and line and stay in the lake. So we had to buy our fish from the store instead. For me this is one of the most luxurious foods and one of my favorite foods. It's so simple, it's traditional Finnish and the fact of buying a whole fish for it makes it something special. You make it with love.

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Salmon soup

Half salmon (about 400 gr)
new potatoes
1 spring onion, chopped
2-4 garlic cloves
2 dl cream
black pepper
1 bay leaf

Soften the chopped onion in a butter on a kettle. Add the chopped garlic a bit later. Add water (not too much) and spices. Let them boil and add potatoes. When the potatoes are half done add the fish (we also used the gutted bits and pieces from the whole fish. It gives extra flavor to the soup. If you use those, remember to take the bones away and boil the bits before you add potatoes.) Cook until everything is done and then add the cream. Let is boil just a while and check the flavor.

With the soup
sour cream
1 garlic clove

malt bread crutons

Mix minced garlic to the sour cream and add salt. Serve with the soup.

lauantai 31. toukokuuta 2014

Lemony goat cheese lasagna

Italian food! We both adore it. The taste of every single ingredient, fresh tomatoes, herbs and everything. The meditative process of doing the food from the beginning, also the lasagna strips. The making of it is the perfect quality time for long weekend days, and the taste is heavenly!

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Lasagna strips:

2 dl durum flour
2 dl basic wheat flour
3 eggs
1 tblsp salt

Mix the two flour and salt together. Add eggs and knead the dough about 10 minutes until it's tough but elastic. Make a ball from the dough and wrap a cling film onto it. Put it to the refrigerator for the time you're making the sauces.

Red sauce:

6 cloves of garlic
3 chopped red onions
few fresh plum tomatoes (buy the trusses of tomatoes) and few pieces of the tomato stem
5 dl tomato passata
chili pepper

Chop the onions and garlic cloves. Add oil to the pan and soften the onions. Add the fresh tomatoes whole and throw a few pieces of stem from the tomato too (it gives the perfect tomato flavor to the sauce!). Add tomato passata and some water, not too much. Let the sauce simmer about half an hour or until you finish everything else. Add spices.

Green sauce:

300 g fresh spinach (frozen is ok, too)
3 dl almond milk
150 g cream cheese
100 g goat cheese
2 cloves of garlic
lemon zest from 1 lemon
lemon juice from 1 lemon

Fry the spinach on the pan to make them soft. Chop the garlic cloves and add to the pan with everything else. Let the sauce simmer so the goat cheese melts into the sauce.

The lasagna:

On top of the lasagna:
100 g goat cheese

Warm up the oven to 200 Celsius degrees. Make the lasagna strips with a pasta machine or just roll them thing with an empty wine bottle. When everything is ready, grease a lasagna pan. Add a layer  of red sauce first. Add a layer of lasagna strips. Add green sauce layer. Keep continuing like this. The most top layer should be a green one. Put a cover on the lasagna pan. Put the lasagna in the oven for a half an hour or until it's done. Then add pieces of goat cheese on top and put the lasagna on the upper level in the oven to get a beautiful crust on top of it. It takes about 15 minutes but check the lasagna regularly. Take the lasagna from the oven and let it sit. Serve with good red wine in a good company!

sunnuntai 6. huhtikuuta 2014

Good morning, Asparagus!

It's asparagus season! And we love it. This morning we woke up and started to think about breakfast. We didn't have anything special but what we did have was asparagus, eggs, avocados and basil. Simple is the best. So here is a dish that is worthy of a fine dining restaurant menu. Luxury in the easiest way to your mornings.

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Asparagus, poached egg, hollandaise and avocado platter
for 2

Put a cast iron pan to the stove to heat up (for the asparagus). Then jump in to making the sauce:

Hollandaise sauce: 
 2 egg  yolks
1/4 dl water
1 tblsp vinegar
50 g clarified butter (ghee)
splash of lemon juice

Put the egg yolks, water and vinegar to a metallic bowl and put the bowl over the simmering water bath. Whisk constantly for a minute or two until the mixture is slightly thickened. Take the bowl away from the heat and add the clarified butter slowly while whisking constantly. Add the lemon juice and salt.

4 asparagus stalks
butter and oil

Peel of the asparagus stalks thinly (not the buds). Cut the wooden, white end of the stalk away so that the stalks fit to your pan. By now the cast iron pan should be hot so add a drop of oil and butter to it and let it melt. Put the asparagus stalks to the pan. It takes about 2 minutes per side but check it out yourself.

Poached eggs:
2 eggs
cling film

Put a kettle with water to boil (use the boiling water that you used when making the sauce). There are a few ways to make poached egg, use the one you are familiar with. We made it like this: Put a piece of a cling film on top of a glass so that the film makes a little nest for the egg. Crack the egg on top of the film and make a little bag and wrap it tight. Put the egg bags into the boiling water, keep the top of the bag out of the water. Boil 5 minutes, after that remove the cling film and put the egg in to the plate.

Serve everything with avocados and basil and a hint of parmesan cheese.