Pulla – Finnish Cardamom Yeast Bread

25 Jun


If you’ve ever been to Finland, you’ll have eaten pulla at some stage.

Pulla is a soft, sweet bread made with flour and milk and spiced with warm cinnamon and cardamom. It comes in many shapes, from small rolls and cinnamon swirls, to elaborate decorated plaits.

One of the most popular variations is the cinnamon swirl, or korvapuusti - which literally means ‘a smack in the ear’. The korvapuusti gets its name from its ear-like shape (see picture above) and it’s a Finnish coffee-time staple.

Below is a recipe for the basic dough, which can be used for many different types of pulla, and two options for presentation – cinnamon swirls and plaits.

This recipe makes either around 35 cinnamon swirls, or 2 plaits. Or you can divide the dough in two parts and make half and half, like I’ve done here.

Prep time alert! This recipe takes around 3-4 hours.


Basic dough:
12 dl plain flour
½ tsp salt Continue reading

My Scandinavian Style Fish Soup

10 Jun


This recipe is my own version of a classic Scandinavian fish soup that my mother used to make.

Hearty yet light, and packed full of nutrients, it’s perfect for a winter lunch.

I’ve used cod, sweet potato and broccoli this time. Any other white fish or salmon work well too, and you can also throw in a few prawns or replace the broccoli with other seasonal vegetables.

Serves: 6-8


1 litre water
generous pinch of ground sea salt
4 white peppers Continue reading

Cranberry & Mandarin Wholemeal “Muppins”

28 May


My son calls these “muppins”. So muppins they are.

And they’re gooooood. Especially if you bake them with fruit from your own tree.


If you can’t lay your hands on mandarins, oranges also work fine.

This recipe makes 8-10 muffins.


4.7 dl (2.5 cups) wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 dl (2/3 cups) fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons maple syrup Continue reading

When Motherhood Hurts: Feldenkrais, Anyone?

11 Apr

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Hands up. How many of you’ve had physical problems after pregnancy?

Not everybody bounces back after having a baby, and that was definitely the case for me. 

Pregnancy consequences

After a tricky nine months, I was over the moon to give birth to a healthy baby boy. But the unwelcome maternity “side effects” were really taxing – severe anemia, painful hips and an umbilical hernia.

For over a year after giving birth, I felt about 90 years old. Continue reading

Wholemeal Banana Bread

27 Mar


I’m celebrating my new oven!

And what better than easy (and reasonably healthy) banana bread?


2 eggs
130 g butter, melted
2.4 dl brown sugar
4.7 dl self-raising wholemeal flour
3 bananas, ripe
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions: Continue reading

9 Unacceptable Toddler Behaviours – and Why You Should Be Joining In

4 Feb


It’s a cliche, yet true. Our kids have much to teach us. This blog post is all about the questionable social behaviours my son engages in on a daily basis – and how we adults could benefit from adopting a few of them.

Honesty and openness

My toddler knows how to expresses every emotion.

When he sees a flower, a puddle or a dog doo, he gasps in awe and squats down to look at it. When he doesn’t like something, he’ll smash it with his fist.

This kind of honesty is enviable.

Below, I have listed some of the ways Continue reading

Refuse to be Homogenized—Beauty, Bullying and Media “Mean Girls”

10 Jan

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Yes, Kristen will never be a toothpick. 140 pounds in this picture and 5' 3" (technically overweight)

140 pounds (at 5’3″) in this picture and an “old” 35.

Last week I wrote two posts Brave New Bullying: Goodreads Gangs, Amazon Attacks—What Are Writers to Do? and Are Some Humans Born to Bully? Born to Be Victims? Can It Be Changed?. The first post was my own story of enduring hoards of Mean Girls and bullies in school (I switched schools 18 times).

Many people in the comments seemed perplexed as to WHY bullies acted the way they did and how to handle them. Thus, the second post offered even more tips and my Armchair Neuroscientist explanation as to what FEEDS bullies what they CRAVE (and tips to shut bullies down).

A Culture of Control

Since these two posts, I’ve received hundreds of comments and loads of messages and links shared on Facebook. This prompted me to speak a bit more on this topic. My opinion? I…

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