Month: September 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies with M&Ms

For a while now, I was planning to learn how to make the softest and chewiest chocolate chip cookies. I was searching for the recipes and it looked quite easy but there was one quite big problem: where the hell would I buy chocolate chips?! I checked the baking section of many stores but there were just some crushed chocolates but no chips… Just when I decided to make crushed chocolate cookies, I remembered the life saver little store: behnford’s.. And yes, of course I could find chips there.. And so, I could finally bake the easiest but at the same time yummiest cookies!

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

I am not a professional cook, nor have I been cooking for a really long time. I just have the rather newly acquired passion, it gets bigger and bigger as I cook more and as people love what I cook more. This motivates me big time! But, I am still learning the secrets of cooking and especially baking. So what do I do when I want to try experiment something really new for me?

Focaccia Bread with Herbs and Tomato

I’m 33 years old and I finally know what I really, REALLY want to do in life. I want to wake up at 4 a.m. every day, bake fresh bread and pastries and I want to provide people with their first food of the day, in a cosy, small and warm bakery. It will be a small neighbourhood bakery and I will know my regular customers by name and say “Huomenta Maija! Mitä kuuluu?” (“Good morning Maija! How are you?”) with a smiling face.

A Savoury Cake – with Dried Plum, Pistachio and Goat Cheese (Rachel Khoo recipe)

By now, if you have been following my blog, you must already know that I lived in Paris for a while years ago. Maybe because of that, or maybe because for some reason (that even I don’t really know about) I have always felt a connection with the “French”, I surely love trying French recipes regularly. My passion for experimenting on French cuisine got even bigger when I discovered (thanks to my friend Minni, otherwise I would never turn that TV on) the wonderful little show “Pieni Keittiö Pariisissa” (aka Little Kitchen in Paris) by witty and joyful Rachel Khoo. Ever since, she has become my idol!!

Fresh Fig and Raspberry Cake

My father and I, we have one HUGE difference: he LOVES figs – even though it is strictly forbidden for his diabetes diet, whereas I, well, I hate figs! Ok maybe hate is a bit too big word.. But I simply don’t like it. It is not the taste that I don’t like, it’s the texture and most importantly, it’s because fig is always too soft! But me hating fig does not mean that I cannot use it in my recipes for my guests. Especially when it’s the short season for figs and when it comes from Turkey all the way to Finland. So, when I was invited to a nice dinner party by a friend, I decided to try a fig recipe for dessert. Incidentally, I had bought a heart-shaped silicone cake mould in that morning from Ikea (heart-shape? ok i know that it’s quite lame, but I liked it somehow!) and this cake was the perfect opportunity to try the mould right away!