These days dessert in my house normally consists of a beautiful fruit plate. Neither my husband nor son has a sweet tooth (thankfully) so we just don’t have sweets. However, I do occasionally indulge in the odd favourite. These Finnish versions of cinnamon buns are one of my go-to sweets and best enjoyed with a steaming cup of coffee. They also keep well in the freezer, so you can pull them out when the desire strikes.
Makes about 16 small sized buns.
50gr fresh yeast (or 5tsp dried yeast)
½ cup castor sugar
I tsp salt
2 tsp ground cardamom
200gr butter, softened.
I kg pack of plain flour
100 gr butter, softened
2 heaped tsps cinnamon
½ cup sugar
Coarse sugar or decorating sugar
Dissolve the yeast into lukewarm milk in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, salt, cardamom and egg and mix ingredients together. Add half the four and stir into soft dough. Mix soft butter into the dough and add as much from the rest of the flour as needed. The dough is ready when it no longer sticks to the bowl or your hands. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for approximately 30 minutes.
Pour the dough onto a floured board and knead briefly. The dough should feel soft and elastic. Divide the dough into three and roll out one part of the dough into a rectangular sheet approximately 30cmW x 25cmL x 1 cm thick.
The dads in my life are pretty marvellous. My dad is a man of incredible effort, work ethic and generosity. My husband and dad to Kai…well what can I say. He’s the most patient, flexible, supportive, loving guy I know who left his homeland of Finland along with his friends and family for me. I could go on…but you get the gist. Lucky girl.
In celebration of the wonderful dads in my life, I’ve put together a Father’s Day Feast – a meal I know they’ll love. The best part about this menu is that it’s super easy, delicious, great for the health conscious and a simple way to feed a crowd….which in my family, amounts to quite a few people. You’ll notice I haven’t included a desert, but I find the best accompaniment with this menu is a delicious fruit platter and an espresso coffee. Just what my dad’s like! Enjoy!
FATHERS DAY FEAST
Porcini Mushroom Sauce
Super Green Salad
Boiled Kipfler Potatoes
Sourdough Rye Bread
Finnish cuisine isn’t typically enjoyed worldwide and before I started visiting Finland about 12 years ago, I knew very little about how simple yet flavoursome their cuisine is. I fell in love with some flavours instantly and have brought them home to share with my Cypriot/Italian family and friends who also now love them. I’m going to be releasing some of my favourite Finnish recipes from time to time, so stay tuned and enjoy!
Salted salmon is so easy to do yourself and in my opinion is way more delicious than cold smoked salmon. It has such a beautiful, fresh and delicate flavor. Enjoy it with boiled potatoes, wild mushroom sauce and delicious rye bread.
I’ve never been into diets but I’ve definitely experimented with food over the years to find out which foods my body performs best on. I like to think I eat a pretty wholesome diet but I still love a good detox every once in a while to keep the system in check.
Actually this 3-day detox (by Jay Robb) is the only detox I have ever done. I discovered it whilst training in the US about 10 years ago and I love it for these reasons:
- It’s only 3-days, so it doesn’t interrupt my training and I can always do it during a scheduled break. I like to do it every quarter but you could it monthly if you like.
- You can still eat! It’s restricted to fruit, vegies and salad but it appeals to me more than just a juice or soup!
- By the end of the 3 days I really feel cleansed and full of energy. Training feels easier and I feel like my body is absorbing nutrients better and more effectively. Even my taste buds get a real kick-start.
As with any detox, it takes commitment and support from those surrounding you to do it properly. Make sure you stock up on all the fruit a veg you need for the entire 3 days. The last thing you want to be doing is heading out to a supermarket where you’ll be surrounded by food. I find it helps if you can find a buddy to do it with. You’ve got to keep in mind that you should not do this whilst in heavy training (which is why I do t on breaks) and it’s important to keep exercise very light. Eg. yoga, stretching, walking. I hope you love this as much as I do! Good luck! (more…)