Song for the Dumpling

It’s been too long. There are no excuses. But needless to say, it would take something a bit more interesting to lure me back here to blog about my cooking. I blame you, Yotam Ottolenghi. You and your Guardian recipes. More precisely, this one:┬árye dumplings in borscht I’ve never made dumplings. Borscht, yeah, lots. But…

Freaky Leeky

I spotted this amazing recipe on Guardian a while back. Since there was an opened bottle of Chablis in my fridge (the recipe requires splashes of white wine) and parchment paper is a theme now (apparently), I decided to go for it. Leeks and Mussels Tagliatelle. Although technically, it’ll be something slightly altered because… Wait…

Just A Paper Bag (Hunger Hurts…)

A week ago, I attended this food-bloggers’ event at Teurastamo in Helsinki. Some time in between samples of mango sticky rice and difficult-to-eat-without-making-a-mess salad tacos, my friend and I were ambushed by an enthusiastic sales rep for a parchment/baking paper company. She asked us if we had ever considered using parchment paper for grilling. No…

Chicken Little

It was one of those days last autumn, when I had near-stale white toast lying around the house and some cheap extra-thin chicken fillets in the fridge. And some leftover Greek yoghurt. What’s a girl to do? Girl blitzes the toast (sans crust) into bread crumbs and googles breaded chicken fillets. Here’s the rest of…

What’s eating…?

What’s cooking? Well, not as much as I’d like. I must now express my humble apologies for having totally given up on blogging since early last summer… What can I say? I got a string of editing jobs on top of my full-time teaching gig. I have been cooking a bit and I most certainly…

Here Comes the GoT Dipper

For someone who works with language and texts, I do have moments when it all goes oddly awry. Coming up with a title for this blog post was definitely one of those moments… Perhaps, we’ll have to view it as a case of ‘the better the recipe, the worse the title’. You, my dear readers,…

Me So Glazed Over

Long time no blog. I’ve been a busy girl. My apologies for going… what’s the word? It’s not commando… It’s… M.I.A. That’s it. But now, June has arrived, and with it time off from teaching, a ton of freelance publishing work and African dance workshops and trying to work on music and writing and what-not……

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Pizza!

This is a recipe I tried out a while ago but didn’t have time to blog about at that moment. It’s a little treat when you feel like having pizza, but could really use a carb-free option. And I’m sure you could vary what you put on your little pizzettes. So it’s actually a nifty…

Hey Pesto! Hey Pasta!

Massive pasta craving after dance lesson… I needed carbs and I needed them quick. I started talking about aubergine and pesto in the dressing room. A mate from the lesson said: “Why don’t you roast your aubergine in the oven?” Not a bad idea. Red Pesto Pasta with Roasted Aubergine in Lemon & Herbs Dressing…

Not All Ramen – Yes, All (Hot) Ramen

People keep raving about sriracha sauce. It’s kind of a recent culinary discovery in Finland. I’m not a huge fan of terribly hot food. I have a sensitive tummy. But on one of my usual wild food inspiration pinning sprees on Pinterest, I clicked on this lovely-sounding noodle soup recipe that involved sriracha and poached…

The Big Dipper

Just before Christmas, I had a group of old work colleagues coming over for what has become an annual Christmastime tradition: Snacks and drinks at mine followed by a visit to the local public sauna. I suggested I make dips, one friend promised to make pita bread and others promised to bring veg for dipping….