My previous apartment was a quite big one unlike my tiny (but big in Helsinki standards) studio apartment. At some point, my roommate was my classmate Anja. We threw quite many big parties at our apartment when we lived together. And we also went to many picnics together. She would often bake this one bread roll with herbs for these occasions and we all loved it. This savoury cake is the cakey version of this bread – similar at least, with a few changes from me.
Black sesame tahini is a thing and you are going to love it.
Ever since I was a kid with a very picky appetite, I loved celeriac. I loved everything about it. I loved its taste, its smell, its weird shape. For years I ate it the same two ways, one as my mother cooked with onions and peas and carrots, the other as raw salad with mayonnaise. And I was happy. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better and tastier, I ate a whole roasted celeriac dish in a quite hipster restaurant in Berlin in October 2016, and it changed my life. I knew, after that moment, that celeriac was the most amazing vegetable.
I lost my older uncle Sulhi when I was 12 years old. I loved him dearly. I can barely remember him now though, it’s been 26 years since he passed away. He loved me too. We used to visit him on Sundays and stay for dinner (or was it lunch? maybe sometimes..). He and my younger uncle Lemi would sit at two heads of the table. I would always sit closest to uncle Sulhi. I remember being slightly frightened by him too, to be honest. Probably because he was the oldest person in the family and he had an authority. Also, at that time respect meant a bit of fear..
About a month ago I bought a vegan magazine in Stockmann Herkku. I don’t normally buy cooking magazines but this one looked interesting. In the magazine, there was a vegetable paella with basmati rice and lots of veggies. I decided to change the recipe a little and use freekeh instead of basmati rice. It turned out to be a delicious dish with a rich taste coming from all the different ingredients.
Last May I published my first Finnish “laatikko” aka casserole recipe with cabbage as the leading star. This time, this second casserole, features rutabaga, a very strange vegetable for me as I had never eaten before I moved to Finland. And I specifically chose this one because it is one of the most loved Christmas dishes in Finnish cuisine.
Well, actually this sandwich is great for breakfast too, especially big weekend breakfast or brunches if you like them. Family and friends around the table. During weekday everyone has their own schedule and breakfasts are rarely a common occasion, and even if it is, then it is just functional, so no long chats before leaving for school or work. But when you have time on the weekend, you can make a big, rich breakfast table and one of the things you serve can be this!
Here is a salad that has always been one of the staple food in my mother’s feasts. Or how I remember it. Because apparently she also puts tomatoes, but this very much green and yellow colours were always the only version I remembered, so I made it like that, providing a little hint of red with chili pepper flakes.
I think my first encounter with haydari was in one of those raki-mezze places in the back alleys of Beyoglu/Istanbul.
I know I know. I’ve been silent for far too long. It’s only because I’ve been exhausted from work. Last week I had the biggest catering ever – I fed 70 people 3 meals a day between 27-29 October, for Legal Design Summit’s side event Brainfactory. Preparing for it was a week long journey. And right after that, I had another catering gig for Aalto Studios. So yes, by Wednesday this week, I was feeling like a few massive trucks ran over me.