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.
12 dl plain flour
½ tsp salt Continue reading
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.
1 litre water
generous pinch of ground sea salt
4 white peppers Continue reading
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
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.
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
I’m celebrating my new oven!
And what better than easy (and reasonably healthy) banana bread?
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
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