I had a very nice Midsummer (Juhannus in Finnish) eve with lovely friends on Friday. I was a little stressed that day because of personal issues, but a day of eating, drinking and spending lovely time with friends helped me quite a bit. We all brought food to the table. A similar version of this salad was served by our lovely host, Essi. After all, one cannot think of a Midsummer in Finland without potato salad! So here today is my version.
So yes, I know that it’s not exactly pumpkin time right now. However, I had a few cans of pumpkin puree sitting quietly in my kitchen and I thought this was a good time to get my hands on them!
This recipe combines some of my favourite things, and there is not so much fuss in making it! I saw it in a Turkish website, made some teeny meeny changes and voila!
I’m writing this blog post in my sick bed right now. Or ok, more like recovering bed because the peak of flu passed and I am indeed on the path of recovery. And I can breathe again. And I feel like eating again, dreaming of pastries like this one.
I admit. I haven’t felt inspired to write for a while. I’ve been baking & cooking as usual, so it’s not about food. But I just felt like doing other things, like reading – I purchased many books lately about food justice, feminism and seed sovereignty. So I’ve been reading them. And I also went to a 2-weeks holiday in Istanbul during new year so yes, excuses excuses, but this blog post was long overdue..
Ever since I saw Rachel Khoo’s Little Paris Kitchen program and her salty cake recipe in there, I’ve been in love with salty cakes – a type of cake that I’ve never known before which existed. I’ve made many salty cake recipes after that myself, but this one is one of the most scrumptious salty cakes I’ve baked yet.
Ok, this is it. I finally know what my favourite vegetable in the world is: celeriac. Yes, I decided that last week. Because I love everything about it (and I am probably also feeling a bit sad that it is not well known or much loved vegetable). But do not listen to any of those people, my dear celeriac, you are the BEST!
This is one of my all time favourite dishes. It is also one of the easiest dishes to make with very cheap and easy to find ingredients. One of the most traditional dishes in Turkish cuisine, my version is cooked without meat, while many others cook it with beef or lamb. Its best companion is rice pilaf and you can find the recipe for that here.
Last week I had my close friends from school for dinner. It was very refreshing to cook for friends in between all the catering gigs! I made a nice little menu from baba ganoush to stuffed peppers, but I also wanted to try something new. And as the absolute lover of phyllo dough, of course I baked something with it instead of many other options!
I’ve been working on gluten free baking lately. A lot. I’ve baked many gluten free cakes before, but this time I’m working on bread. Or bröd as we say in Swedish (who are “we”??!). This bread is one of those new trials.