Spiced and Infused

This year’s Christmas present and party treat du jour? (No, not a urine sample.) I was thinking I wanted to make something myself, something that would keep, something I could package nicely… Ah, what the heck, booze. I got some nice bottles to fill and some vodka. Some spices (organic) and fruit (less organic than…

Lasagna Challenge Part 2: Béchamel Mucho

I’ve been craving veggie lasagne again. A while ago I had some nice lasagna at Sandro’s for lunch. They put aubergine and spinach in it. I thought, this time, I’d go for classic béchamel sauce, as well. So this is basically a Vegetable Lasagna. I’ve consulted several different recipes to come up with this one….

Puff Goes The Salmon

I’ve been in the grip of my yearly evil flu. This time it became bronchitis, and I’m still not fully in the clear… Running a temperature as I type. Times like these call for proper comfort food. We’re talking childhood stuff. I’d baked a big piece of salmon in the oven and I had a…

Pumpkinitas

Had leftover pumpkin from Operation Risotto. Had two avocados verging on overripe in the fridge. Had pretty much everything I need for some damn fine veggie fajitas. Roasted Pumpkin and Black Bean Fajitas (will feed 2-3 people) 1 pumpkin, peeled and diced + roasted 1 red onion, roughly chopped 1 shallot, roughly chopped 285g cooked black…

A Pot o’ Risotto

Some weeks ago, I had a girls’ night out with a dear friend (a psychologist). We treated ourselves to a nice dinner out. Some of the food was really nice, some… not so impressive. Our main course was pumpkin and blue cheese risotto. Way too salty. And we started talking about how one could easily…

Butter Bean, Bada Boom

Autumn makes me yearn for soups and homey smells. I’d been pining for roasted garlic and pine nuts for a while. After a brisk walk with a friend in the sunshine, which – OK, I admit – included a brisk stop at the lovely Blue Café by Töölönlahti which meant consuming a very satisfying cinnamon…

Miso Hungry, Miso Veggie

It was a lazy Sunday morning yesterday… After making my Asian-inspired edamame dip on Saturday, I had an opened plastic bag of miso to put to good use. I also had some mushrooms and aubergine going off, plus bell peppers… And I’d just bought some super thin, instant noodles aka Chinese vermicelli or cellophane noodles…

Dip Me Baby One More Time

A friend moved recently to a lovely little flat with her four cats (making her officially a crazy cat lady, as she cheerfully/sarcastically declared). She invited a couple of friends over last night and asked me to provide something savoury… Feeling a tad lazy, I went for my staple party food, dips. I made my…

Lazy cooking: Vegan, Work It Out

Odd cravings, as Autumn sets in. Maybe it’s the dance lessons I’ve been going to, maybe it’s some general need to lighten the load, so to speak, but I seem to be gravitating towards a more vegetarian end of the dietary spectrum. Fish and meat are fine, occasionally (fish more often, because it’s good for…

Light at the End of the Fennel

This isn’t my usual cheerful, chipper blog post. Summer is over – or at least the holidays are. Helsinki enjoyed an almost record-breaking heatwave of 5 weeks. But no more (sort of). Today was the first day of school for the kids. And what do I wake up to this morning? The sad news of…

Red Hawaij

My cousin lives in Tel Aviv and she came over for a visit. The weather was cold and icky, like it’s been all summer. Yay, Finland! Anyway. My cousin brought me a bag of Hawaij, which, I now know, is a blend of spices used in stews and soups by Yemenite Jews. There is another…