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 […]

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Passionfruit Posset

This is one of the simplest desserts you can make. And it’s awesome. And that’s pretty awesome for me, as I can’t say I’m overly blessed with free time at the moment (young child to look after and all). Feels like it’s some kind of trick to be honest. 3 ingredients and 10 minutes and […]

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Super Moist Grain Free Carrot Cake

The annoying thing about being Celiac and baking is that it seems to me that most 5 different exotic flours (that are a nightmare to track down in Helsinki). This isn’t like that at all. It’s only has 5 ingredients. No flour at all. And is super easy. It’s also totally awesome tasting and with […]

Frozen Lingonberries and Caramel Sauce

Frozen Lingonberries and Caramel Sauce

Picking wild mushrooms and berries is a tradition held close to the heart in Finland. It’s held so dearly that there is a law to protect it: it’s Everyman’s Right to pick the fruits of the forest (even from private land). Those berries and mushrooms are definitely one of the best things about eating in Finland. […]

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Cardamom, Coconut and Pistachio Kulfi Truffles

This is kinda ‘cheats’ version of the famous Indian desert. Kulfi to me is like ice-cream, this isn’t that. But it hits the same kind of flavours, is way easier to make, doesn’t require an ice-cream maker or to be kept frozen. So while often it’s nice to take your time and do things properly, […]

Caramellised Bananas

This is another one of those things where is a way it’s soo simple that it perhaps doesn’t warrant the description “recipe”. And yet, on the flip side, it’s exactly that simplicity and the time it takes compared to the result that makes it awesome. It the perfect kind desert for unexpected guests – you’ll likely have all the ingredients […]

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Pav. Although it sounds like a Russian psychology experiment it is actually: 100% Antipodean (we’ll let the Aussies share the glory here) and has nothing to do with dogs. It’s awesome. Believe me, once you’ve had a good pav, you’ll salivate at the thought. Pavlova is perhaps the most traditional of Kiwi foods. It’s the […]

lovely passionfruit - why do I live in Finland again?

Rice Pudding and Two Minute Caramel Passionfruit Sauce

I bought a test tube full of vanilla pods some weeks ago. And them promptly dropped it on the floor and smashed it. So I’ve been searching for vanilla using recipes: What better than rice pudding? It’s funny to me that “exotic” things like passionfruit or mint can go 6 months between sightings here in […]

Mum's Creme Brulee

Mum’s Creme Brulee

Creme brulee is one of those things that exemplifies French food. Simple, it’s basically just cooked custard with a sugary coating but a mouthful of a well made creme brulee is heaven. I’ve seen a million recipes for this – this one is from my mum and has never failed me. You can flavour your custard […]

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin

I haven’t exactly been on a health kick lately…. Note: the proportions are for my pan – which happens to be about 10inchs in diameter – you might need to scale this to work for you. I would say at least that the apples should be pretty packed into the pan (they shrink substantially when […]