“Back to School” Lavender Lemon tart

Lavender Lemon Tart with candied lemons, Lingonberries & Thyme

– the pie shell:
100 grams of butter (can be substituted with margarine)
1/2 dl of sugar
1 egg
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Chia Masala Oatmeal cookies

Whether or not you are an  adventurous baker, this recipe inspired by the talented Susanna from Apron & Ink is not only foolproof but also incredibly delicit us. As they slowly bake, these little circles of perfection release the most intoxicating Masala fragrance and instantaneously tran sport you to faraway travels. They take a few minutes to assemble and…

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Pia’s grilled flat bread – Blinis Style

The home is cosy, elegant and inviting. On the wall, a large black and white picture of their wedding day, through the windows, the light invades the space and touches everything in a gentle white glimmer. The mood is calm, and as I sip on my ristretto, I fall captive to Pia’s incredible story of “leaving a trace”. Sitting purposefully,…

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Tonin herkullisen jouluinen kakku, vuoden ympäri

Toni astuu huoneeseen ja huoneen energiataso tuntuu ponnahtavan ylöspäin hänen tervehtiessään amerikanenglannillaan, jossa on ripaus brittikorostusta. Hän asettuu paikalleen kahvikuppi kourassaan ja ilma tuntuu suorastaan väreilevän hänen energiaansa. Toni naurahtaa tarttuvasti hänen ilmoittaessaan, että ”olen hypännyt kahvijunan kyytiin saavuttuani Suomeen, vaikka me britit juomme yleensä teetä”. Takana on yhdeksän vuotta Suomessa, viimeisimpänä käänteenä äskettäinen muutto…

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Toni’s delicious “All year long” Christmas cake

Toni enters the room and it’s a sudden bust of energy as she greets me in her unique American English flavored with subtle British inflexions! She settles with a cup of coffee and the air becomes almost fizzy with her energy. Her laughter is infectious as she announces: “I’ve hopped on the coffee train since I’ve been in Finland,  even though we…

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Meringue blossoms the “Pollock” way

On conquering my Everest, meeting a Princess & a Pollockian moment! This Sunday was filled with Birthday cakes, playing in a Tippee & a first meeting with our friends’ new Baby Girl. As usual on foggy days, I feel courageous, and decided to tackle one of my most irrational fear: Meringue to bring as an edible gift! These…

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Let the good times roll!

There are times in life when it seems like everything is possible; times during which the cards that may have been once ours can be reshuffled and opportunities that were previously concealed are revealed. These moments feel almost miraculous, and are too rare to be forgotten. They are celebrated, fondly remembered and more often than not, they have a flavor…

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I am an Anarchist… baker

I’m not much of a baker… there is a simple reason for that: I can’t follow a recipe to save my life. I’m more of a “Recipe book for inspiration” type of a person. I’ll browse at the perfect looking picture and imagine 100 ways how I can twist the recipe to make it mine….

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A “Kukka Omena*” Apple tart!

Food inspires me visually first; always! It usually starts with an obsession over an ingredient and evolves to take many shapes or forms until I feel content and ready to move on. I have a vivid memory of my first year as a new comer in Finland. My best friend came to visit me in Helsinki. I was…

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Delicious Quiches

As a rule of thumb, one should always have a few ready-made savory pies pastries in the freezer.  Yes sure, it’s as nice to make your own, but by all mean, no one will ever know the difference so think twice because by the time they are defrosted, you can prepare the filling & get your oven to the…

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Flour Power!

Once you figured out a good challah bread recipe, there is no going back. It took me a few years, many horrifyingly failed, stone-hard attempts in order to find the one I’m proud to call “mine” If you google “challah bread” you’ll probably get hit with 100’s of recipes. (to explain Challah i actually think that…

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Chocolate Vanilla Guerilla

It was a cold, rainy and windy afternoon, after I picked the kids up from daycare, it felt like nothing could warm us up, but suddenly here it was! “Let’s bake Mom!” The anxiety quickly filled my brain, no ingredient , have to shop… and the mess… plus which one would it be ? Chocolate Vs. Vanilla ?? The…

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a lazy French loaf

Have you ever noticed this strange thing about bread? I have.. 3 Cups of Flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 Teaspoon of dry yeast ( or a 1/3rd of fresh yeast cube) , 1.5 Cups of water and time (12 hours of it at least) … mix all the ingredients roughly with a fork and…

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Chocolate Chips – to be or not to be?

This moment when you plan to make cookies and realize you don’t have chocolate chips… is actually my favorite one. It gives me the opportunity to crack open a tablet of dark 80% chocolate, and observe the random event of slivers of strong, rich intensity forming under the knife. I enjoy their unevenness and anarchist…

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