Thursday, 24 June 2010



I sometimes get the most brilliant ideas: like waking up at 7.15 so that I can go for a morning work out. It was nice actually: 50 minutes of running stairs, jogging and walking. But now I’m feeling a bit dead :D AND COLD, it’s freezing in here, and it looks like it’s going to rain, wohoo! Anyhow: fun day ahead with lots of cleaning and planning Finnish delicacies for our Scandinavian Midsummer celebration on Saturday. Actually. I’m just supposed to make a cake and bring the vodka, but I feel inspired.


Blueberry pie is a must in summer!



Rye crackers filled with salmon or ham and cheese.



Karjalanpiirakka AKA Karelian pasties. These are extremely tasty and something very Finnish :)

Karelian pasties or Karelian pies (South Karelian dialect of Finnish: karjalanpiirakat, singular karjalanpiirakka; North Karelian dialect of Finnish: karjalanpiiraat, singular karjalanpiiras; are traditional pasties from the region of Karelia. Today they are eaten throughout Finland.

The oldest traditional pasties usually had a rye crust, but the North Karelian and Ladoga Karelian variants also had wheat alongside of rye to improve the baking characteristics of the available rye breads. The common fillings of this era were barley and talkkuna. The 19th century first introduced potato and buckwheat as new fillings, and later due to trade, also rice and millet.

Nowadays in the most familiar and common recipe the pasties are made from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. Butter, often mixed with boiled egg (eggbutter or munavoi), is spread over the hot pasties before eating.

Karjalanpiirakka have Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) status in Europe[1]. (source:


OK, remember to drink responsibly. And if you are under 18 (or 20 or 21 depending on where you are), stay away from that bottle :)




Sebastián Moncho said...

Con tanta foto de comida siempre que entro en tu blog me da hambre XD

Zsuzsi said...

Te daré un poquito de tarta de arándano si alguna vez te encuentras por Paterna:D
La verdad es que estos días siempre estoy pensando en comida, tengo que encontrarme un hobby :D

knickknacks said...

Wow, are you planning on baking all of them? Those Karelian pies look really good!

Zsuzsi said...

Knickknacks, I'm planning on trying to bake them... our oven isn't really working so we'll see how it turns out (haha, it's a good excuse for someone as hopelessly bad as me in the kitchen :)) The pies are really good!