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Cuisine: Finnish

It’s cinnamon bun day (kanelbullens dag)!

It’s Cinnamon Bun Day in Sweden today. Cinnamon Bun Day was established in 1999, or 17 years ago, when Swedish Home Baking Council (Hembakningsrådet) came up with the idea when looking for a way to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Many Swedes rush to their favourite bakery today and buy some kanelbullar – or bake their own. You’ll find a good …

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Creamy chantarelle sauce recipe (aka creamy girolle sauce)

My regular readers all know about my love for wild mushrooms. We had a long and hot and dry summer here in Estonia – not the time for forageing for wild mushrooms. However, the autumn rains have arrived, so soon I’ll be heading to our regular mushroom forests to fill up the baskets (yes, the basket and my pink wellies …

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Summer food: Estonian milk and vegetable soup

It’s mid-July, which here in Estonia means the peak of summer. We’re having a beautiful summer here, with lots of sun and not much rain. It’s the end of the wild strawberry season, it’s the height of chantarelle mushroom season (but too early for most other wild mushrooms), and it’s the start of the beautiful local vegetable harvest season. Here’s …

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Finnish mince and cabbage gratin

You’ve already got the recipe for the Estonian cabbage and mince stew (recommended!), here’s a Finnish version that’s similar, yet totally different. Whereas Estonians like their mince and cabbage as a stew alongside some boiled carrots, the Finns throw in some rice (and syrup or honey – they’ve got a sweeter tooth!), layer it into a oven dish and bake …

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