Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

Pretty much exactly this time last year, Maiju and myself were at a wedding where we were served this soup. And from that moment it’s been on my list of things to try. At the wedding it was topped with black truffle, but as that’s a) very difficult to get hold of here and b) […]

Silky smooth and smokey.

Smokey Butternut and Red Pepper Soup

I never could have imagined years ago that I’d eat and enjoy pumpkin soup but there you go. This is actually pretty awesome. Creamy, savoury and rich. 1 medium sized butternut squash 2 red peppers 2 medium onions 4 cloves of garlic 2L vegetable stock 1½t smoked paprika (i.s. “spanish paprika”) sunflower oil 3 bay […]

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

The winter in Finland can be rough. Especially if you, like me, come from a temperate country and the concept of the real, hard winter is completely foreign to you. Foreign to the point of never having seen it snow before let alone experience the ankle-deep snow, biting cold and 18h hours a day of […]

The summer's harvest.

Lohikeitto: Traditional Finnish Salmon Soup

In general I’m disappointed when I think of fish in Finland. Growing up as a Kiwi, eating lemon shark, warehou, snapper, king fish etc it’s difficult to get enthusiastic about ahven, kuha or muikku (perch, zander or vendace apparently). I say “in general”. There is one thing that, if I ever moved away from here, […]

after: it you see a slightly ethereal haze to this that's because the camera hadn't quite warmed up from a walk in -20C just before this

Tomato and Goats Cheese Soup

The other day I was wandering around the supermarket and spotted a lot of interesting looking tomatoes from Turkey. Green tigerish looking ones. Yellow and red mini-plum ones. Cherry red on the vine. And though it’s a fools dream, given I’m sure they were picked far pre-their-best and ripened in transit, I thought back to how awesome […]

101 Cookbook’s Curried Lentil and Coconut Soup

I’ve always had a bit of a stigma against lentils. Possibly born of watching too much of The Young Ones as a kid. After actually eating them in the last few years, they’re pretty good I reckon. This soup was really delicious. coconut red lentil soup @ 101 Cookbooks Addendum Those of you who didn’t grow […]