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Phyllo Asparagus Pie – Crissspy

I’m currently melting into my bed while writing this blog post. Even though the window is open and my tiny electric fan is blowing right towards me at full speed, I’m still melting. Yes, the summer is in Helsinki! And if you’re going to eat a pie right now, it should be crispy and delicious, not heavy.

Spiced Flatbread With Turmeric And Herbs – And It’s Yellow!

Yellow is my favourite colour. And so today I’m giving you the recipe for yellow bread! Since February this year, I’ve been working with Oma Maa food co-op here in Helsinki. I work in their farm kitchen in Tuusula, Finland, about 25-30 minutes distance from Helsinki, and once a month, I make a product for their weekly food bags, using their products. I also go there to help them with their bags on other weeks. This flatbread was a product I made for their food bag last week. Well, it’s not entirely the same bread; there are a couple of ingredients missing or added in this one. But it’s more or less the same type of bread. I also made this for my weekly food bags yesterday. I think the bread is relatively easy to make, but I will still mark this as medium difficulty since some of you may need a bit more practice with, for instance, rolling the dough. I got the inspiration for this recipe from a youtube video, but I changed …

Gluten-Free Thursday: Toast Bread With Poppy Seeds

When you are not forced to eat gluten-free bread, you may not want even to taste it. Why try a gluten-free baked good when you can have all the gluten in the world? I’m like this most of the time too. But this bread is so good that even gluten eaters will love it! I love poppy seeds a lot, and there are a few recipes on this blog with poppy seeds, such as buns with poppy seeds or a lemon poppy seed cake. This time, I am using these cute seeds on a loaf of bread. I got the inspiration for this recipe from a Swedish gluten-free baking cookbook. I changed a few things, such as some of the measurements and instructions, to better fit my baking methods and ingredients. The resulting bread is soft, delicious and stays in good shape for many days, as long as you keep it in an airtight container. You can put the leftover bread slices in a toaster, and they will taste as good as new. The warm …

Phyllo Pastry Rolls With Cheesy Filling

I absolutely love working with phyllo – and eating pastries made with phyllo – and this easy peasy recipe turned out to be another fantastic pastry feast. First of all, I made these using regular cheese, but you can replace that with dairy-free grated cheese. The butter I used was vegan anyway, and you can use that too. Phyllo sheets are vegan themselves, so in the end, you can easily make a vegan version of these pastries. The only thing you might struggle with is the pesto; however, there are many recipes online if you want to make vegan pesto. Unfortunately, I have never seen a gluten-free phyllo pastry, and I’m too lazy to try to do it by myself, so I can’t give you any clues on making this pastry gluten-free. I used phyllo sheets that I bought from the Turkish market here in Helsinki, in Itäkeskus. These sheets are not frozen, but they must be kept in the fridge. Before using them, you must leave them at room temperature for a while to …

Black Bean Balls And Coconut Milk Rice – A Delicious Lunch

Here is an excellent lunch menu recipe for you. You can add a light salad to this if you like, and you will be ready to go! I love making bean or vegetable balls. They are some of the best lunch or dinner dishes for a vegetarian. They are filling enough themselves, but in this menu recipe, I also wanted to add one of my favourite rice pilaf dishes, the one with coconut milk. I got the inspiration from two different recipes to make these balls and rice pilaf, but I put my own twists. I used couscous with black beans because I like the texture of couscous in this kind of balls. The gluten-free alternative for couscous can be quinoa or a mixture of almond flour and breadcrumbs. Of course, all these substitutions will result in different textures and tastes themselves. I used parmesan in the black bean balls, but if you want to make it vegan, you can substitute parmesan with grated vegan cheese. I made them once this way, and they were …

Tahini And Molasses Cake – Light And Fluffy

I’m sitting on my bed, drinking my morning tea and writing this blog post. I was planning to write it last night, but I was a tad too tired, and the pain in my body was too much. I also have pain right now, but it’s slightly better. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few weeks ago, and it’s been hard to adjust to it, but then cakes like this one help every once in a while to lift my spirit. About six years ago, I published a very easy dessert recipe, made just by a certain proportion of tahini with molasses. That mixture is so simple to make and has been a part of my childhood so much. This recipe turns that mixture into a light and delicious cake, together with one of my favourite things in the world, black tea. This recipe originates from one I saw on Youtube one day purely by chance. I can’t find that recipe anymore, but luckily I noted it down. I added a bit of my twist, …

A Delicious Fava Bean Spread With Locally Grown Beans From Oma Maa

This spread is similar to hummus, but it does not have chickpeas. Instead, I used crushed dried fava beans locally grown by Oma Maa food co-op (the beans were a part of the food bag I got from them in December). I’ve been thinking of what to do with them, and finally, I found a delicious use. Being involved with the producer of the food product you use is a great thing. Why? You can, of course, just go to the supermarket and buy a package of crushed fava beans, there are many different brands. However, when you know the producer, you also get to learn how the beans are prepared. Let me tell you. After being harvested, the beans are taken to Oma Maa’s kitchen building, which is slightly farther away from the farm (Lassila Farm in Tuusula). The kitchen building has different rooms: a cold room to keep harvested produce where there is also a couple of freezers, a room full of machines where you can wash and peel fresh produce, crush or …