Foggy day & Sweet potato gnocchis

Unlike most people, I love foggy days! The thicker the fog, the more cosy and serene the mood. Living near the sea in Kalasatama, I have enjoyed those early spring mornings when, as the temperature slowly rises, it is as if the whole world is gently wrapped in a cotton blanket. The feathery brume envelops the brick…

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Crisp & Golden Chicken Shnitzel

Is there anything more delicious than hot bits of crispy breaded meat? When I was a kid my father used to imitate us trying to pronounce “shnitzel” correctly and to that day still calls them “snitshel” when he prepares them for us. To me, they evoke family holidays by the sea and are forever associated to the…

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Lost in the Middle of Nowhere!

  I’m an Urban Animal. I long for the muffled noise of traffic through the windows, the agitation of the city, the pulsating lights of the metropolis beats at my rhythm. I love Helsinki. As a city, I find it strangely human; it is surrounded by the sea, parks and trees everywhere; and has a softness that I am yet…

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Ladies Night out #2 – Danielle & A Mexican evening

I don’t commit easily… One very good example is the mental torture I submit myself and others when I read a menu at the restaurant! It’s so hard for me to pick a single dish; to me, it feels like a medley of all the options would be such a preferable alternative. Usually, once I have lobbied…

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Hungry in Copenhagen 1/3 – Food display 

Whenever I visit a city… any city, I make a point to find their local markets & food stores. If there is an open market; I will be there comes rain or comes shine! I find that walking in a city’s market place or food stores tells a lot more nuanced story about the place, its people and the type…

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Nostalgia, Shakshuka and a French Loaf

February is here… Around this time I usually start to feel a bit homesick. The winter stretches to no end, and our spring trip to France feels still far away…  Luckily on the way from work I can stop by Anton & Anton and shop around for “fancier” ingredients to spice up the daily routine. Today’s pick:…

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It’s Ok; it’s Candy day everyday!

Being a French parent in Finland requires elegant navigation between two surprisingly different parenting cultures. One vivid example was the first time I discovered “karkkipäivä” (translated to  “Candy day” – limiting when children can have candies to 1 day of the week – usually on the week-end) I was pretty adamant that this would most probably not work in our home. In France…

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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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Matza Ball soup

Sick days call for warm, fragrant fluffy dumpling soup

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Take your time! It’s breakfast

During the week, breakfast can feel like a necessary evil. Quickly grabbing a toast and try to make it through the day. Luckily, one of the coolest Finnish workplace perks is the reliable Porridge at the cafeteria. In true Finnish fashion, the staff really prepares it with care. They are even kind enough to vary the types…

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Finland – the Japan of Europe

When I settled in Finland, I elaborated this silent theory that Finland is the “Japan of Europe”. Now, before you chew my head off, hear me out. Coming as an outsider I had the privilege to spend time internalize the purist and absolut Nordic design of wooden  & White tones, respecting the authenticity of material and elaborated simplicity in every home…

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Do NOT follow this recipe!

When my friend Manu asked me to post a soup recipe, I felt like there would be no way I could pick from the infinite variations that came to my mind. You see, If there was a Food Oscar, Soup would surely win the “Not a Recipe” category (Nominated in the category too: Salad,  Sandwich & Quiche) – Am…

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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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