Braided Cardamom Bread

This recipe definitely required some practice, however, I am happy to say that I think I have mastered it. This cardamom bread is called Pulla in Finland and can also be made into other shapes or even rolls. Baking is not exactly my strong point, but for some odd reason, despite all the frustration and laughing at…

Vanilla Rose Snow Cake

In leu of Valentines Day, I decided to try a Finnish recipe called lumikakku, which translates to ‘snow cake’. Its called this because of its white coloring as it requires egg whites. With the Valentines spirit, I have tweaked this recipe to create an incredibly delicious, delicate and elegant cake. In Finland, Valentine’s Day is…

Poached Salmon

Today, I would like to talk about fear. Cooking seafood or any kind of fish was my least experienced area of cuisine. However, I found it to be quite simple, easy and actually delicious! I found myself afterward thinking to myself I can’t believe I was the one who made that. Living in America, you…

Grandma Hilja’s Spice Cookies

  When I moved out to Montana to be with my husband so he could finish his degree, I put all my dreams on hold. With only a year left, I was beginning to get extremely antsy. To keep myself from going insane from impatience, I decided to master some of my own family’s traditional…

Introducing Finland and Myself

Surprisingly, not a lot of people know very much about Finland. I can confidently say that 90% of people that I tell that I am Finnish stare blankly back at me with an awkward silence. They then ask me “finished with what?” Finland is an amazing country nuzzled in the middle of Russia, Norway and…