Layered Farmer’s Cheese Dessert with Lingonberries and Sweet Rye Bread

Layered Farmer’s Cheese Dessert with Lingonberries and Sweet Rye Bread

This is a Nordic/Scandinavian dessert with superb flavors of layered sweet rye and cinnamon, tart lingonberry and smooth farmer’s cheese will impress any dinner party guest. It is also super easy to make. Lingonberries are native to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries but you can…

Taste of England: Chocolate Wine Inspired by Heston Blumenthal

Taste of England: Chocolate Wine Inspired by Heston Blumenthal

Chocolate and wine, two of the guiltiest pleasures, combined. The three-Michelin starred British chef Heston Blumenthal created this recipe for his restaurant Fat Duck in Bray, England. Read about this restaurant experience here: The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal: The Curious Case of Molecular Gastronomy As…

TASTE OF ESTONIA: ROSOLJE, COLORFUL BEETROOT AND POTATO SALAD

TASTE OF ESTONIA: ROSOLJE, COLORFUL BEETROOT AND POTATO SALAD

Rosolje, Estonian beetroot and potato salad, has a wonderful shade of purple and a tang of finely chopped herring and zesty mustard dressing. Estonian cuisine has been influenced by the different countries that have occupied this tiny nation, from the Germans to the Russians. While…

HEALTHY FERMENTED AND PICKLED VEGETABLES

HEALTHY FERMENTED AND PICKLED VEGETABLES

Fermentation is on of the oldest and simplest ways to preserve foods. Cabbage, olives, cucumbers, radishes, lemons – almost any vegetable can be fermented. The process enhances the nutrient content of the food and the bacteria produce vitamins and enzymes that are beneficial for digestion.

Taste of Finland: Karelian Pie (Karjalan Piirakkaa)

Taste of Finland: Karelian Pie (Karjalan Piirakkaa)

These delicious oval-shaped rye-crusted pies with creamy rice filling, often served with egg butter, used to be my favorites when I was living in Finland. The traditional pastry crust was originally made with mostly rye flour, but today, the dough is often made more supple…

Shrove Tuesday Scandinavian Style: Split Pea Soup and Cardamom Buns

Shrove Tuesday Scandinavian Style: Split Pea Soup and Cardamom Buns

If most of the Christian world celebrates Shrove Tuesday with eating pancakes, for Scandinavians it mainly means a day of sleigh-riding, eating pea soup and cardamom buns filled with whipped cream. According to old beliefs, sledging was important – the longer the slide, the longer…