Welcome to the fourth episode of the Last 7 Days of Cooking series! This time there is no specific theme; the dishes, ranging from first courses to desserts, are mostly Italian with some Asian diversions.
When temperature drops and daylight gets shorter in winter, what would you like to have for dinner? The first thing that comes to my mind is a warm homemade soup, absolutely. Here are three of my favorite soups I hope they will help you to beat cold weather!
Wait for a moment! If you are looking for recipes for the pictures below, I’m sorry but they are not there (at least yet). This new project – Last 7 days of cooking – will only show you pictures of food I cooked in the last week. I know it might be unfair to share only the results without the recipes but, frankly speaking, I do not have them ready! But I’m working on it
Let me make it clear why I started this. I tend to buy certain ingredients every time I go grocery shopping – for instance, zucchini, carrots, potatoes, celery, eggs and so on – so I instinctively cook similar dishes very often. I thought that posting my meals here could help me cook the same ingredients in different ways and make a better meal plan. That’s because people are looking at my meals Does it make sense? Anyway, I hope that this new project will foster ideas for healthy and varied food. Let’s see what happened in the last 7 days!
Last Wednesday I got a surprise bag from one of my friends It was totally unexpected! Let me show you what I got from her garden!
I have to tell you something: I was a plant killer! Honestly I still do not know what I did wrong to my all poor plants in the past. I watered them regularly and even marked on my calendar when I was supposed to. In addition, I considered whether they got enough sunlight or not. So? What was wrong with me? Maybe you can tell me more about this. Anyway, you might have noticed that I said I was a plant killer. Not anymore! At least for now As you can see from the picture, now I have a healthy basil family and even a tiny apple tree! Follow their story on my diary below!
I think this milk carton is the most artistic one that I have ever seen. When I discovered it in a grocery store, I had to buy it right away, even though I don’t really like skim milk. It is so different from regular milk cartons! One of my Finnish friends told me that it was designed by Klaus Haapaniemi, who is well-known for his illustrations, advertising art and clothing fabric prints. Haapaniemi also designed mugs and dishware for Iittala. You can even buy a print of this beautiful cat, called Putte The Cat, on Haapaniemi’s website. All the profits will go to the Khanapur School for unprivileged children in India.
I had an early Italian Easter lunch with friends a few days ago. I tried to get all the ingredients from Italy, and I managed to find most of them, even though the shank of lamb I got was from New Zealand.
I started with bresaola with arugula and shaved Grana Parmesan. Bresaola is an air-cured beef meat which is typical of northern Italy, and it is usually eaten this way as an appetizer.
A few days ago, I was inspired by the post Dried Pineapple Decorations and I wanted to give it a try. I love it! Have you ever thought that a dried pineapple slice can be a beautiful decoration? It took a bit long to dry the slices – about an hour in the oven at 110°C (225°F) – but they turned out very well. They could be a fabulous decoration on top of an ice cream or a cupcake, and they can even be a tasty snack. I made them last week and they are still in good condition. You should try it! It’s so much fun!
I was intrigued by one comment on my biscotti recipe. What about using whole grain flour instead of all-purpose flour? Well, since I am not a professional chef, the only way I can do is to experiment… and the experiment was successful indeed! So here you are the whole wheat biscotti with pecans.
Simple dinner Spinach feta pie
Spinach used to be my less favorite when I was little. One day my mother showed me this episode “Popeye the Sailor in Gopher Spinach . Believe it or not 10 years later spinach became my favorite vegetable!
Spinach, feta cheese, chopped leek, onion, salt and some puff pastry dough
Thank you mom! You knew how to raise your kids very wisely! Miss you
My favorite light is absolutely natural sunlight but, unfortunately I am living a house does not get a lot of sunshine. So this was my lunch the other day. I opened a big window then my left hand was holding this lunch plate outside and the other right hand was trying to get beautiful shot of Speck with arugula.
I was going to make Lasagna dough the other night but, suddenly changed my mind to tagliatelle.The reason? I don’t know maybe that’s because the dough came out pretty good than I expected.
If you are familiar with tagliatelle, probably you know it is not cheap at all. The ingredients are nothing special though. It only needs some flour, eggs and a pinch of salt. quite simple! I made porcini mushrooms tagliatelle but, unfortunately I didn’t have Italian parsely at home for garnish so could not take some pictures. I do care too much about food style and presentaion.
Promise next time!
I brought this “Entrecôte steak” from the market hall at Kauppatori market square. It took a long time to find out where the butcher shop is in Helsinki. Finally, I found one.It has a beautiful premium beef cut “entrecôte” for steak! It’s very expensive more than €40/kg. However, I forgave it because when it arrived in my mouth it just melted.
맛있게드세요! Buon appetito!