Christmas

Luumukisseli / Prune Soup

Commonly in Finland you may be served ‘kisseli’ for desert. I’m not sure what might be a very good translation for that. I’ve seen ‘fool’ but I don’t really know what that is. To me they’re like fruit soups, typically thickened with starch (usually potato flour). These can be made from basically anything. I’ve probably […]

Rice Porridge

Rice porridge is a very traditional thing to have at Christmas up North. Or actually any time during the winter but especially at Christmas. It’s super easy, it just takes a little bit of time. 200ml porridge rice (i.e. starchy rice like risotto rice) 100ml water 2T butter a pinch of salt 1L milk Place […]

Christmas Date Cake – Taatelikakku

It’s traditional to have a date cake at Christmas time in Finland. This works really well as a glutenfree cake as, the date fibers do a good job of holding the cake together and combating the usual glutenfree ‘crumbliness’. And they also add an awesome natural, caramel flavour. What follows here is pretty much a […]

Glazed and ready to serve.

South Pacific Christmas Cake

As a kid, I pretty much hated this cake. Which was somewhat of a tragedy as this is the most traditional and most common NZ “celebration cake” – at Christmas time and a at wedding in NZ you can be almost sure to get something like this. The funny thing is that as the years […]