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IT LIIIIIIIIVES!!!!!

Yay, I'm not alone in the room!

Blookie, we should put some Finnish recipes up here. I was married to a Finn, and while the marriage didn't last, the love for the food did. You're right salmiakki is disgusting, but my mother-in-law made a lihapirakka that was to die for. I managed to back-invent a reasonable facsimile back in the US (part of the problem was that she made the crust with a kind of soft cheese that isn't available here; cream cheese did the trick, but it wasn't the same), but I've lost the recipe.

But still.... karjalen pirakka, pulla (and korvapuustit), makkara on sticks sitting around a fire watching the sun touch the horizon at 2 AM, and .... the name escapes me now, but rye dough folded around herrings and bacon to make a kind of football shaped loaf, slow baked. Take it out of the oven, cut a piece of rye bread out of the crust, and use a fork to pull out some fish and bacon... yum.

Anyway, Finnish food FTW!

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blookie_doo
May. 30th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Haha, Iiiiit's Aliiiiive! :)

I will try my best to post some Finnish recipes. To be honest, I haven't tried my hand at them yet...but that's mainly because the cookbooks I have are in Finnish and my Finnish language abilities are mediocre at best. BUT if there's one thing I am, it's a positive person. And at the very least, there is always Google translate. (My husband though wonderful is not very helpful at translating. "Speak Finnish to me!" I'll say in Finnish. "I don't know how!" He'll say in English. It's very weird.)

Finnish food is GREAT (unless they're trying to cook food of other cultures. Then, I never know what I'm getting). It's fresh, tasty, and seems to have an honest quality which is frankly refreshing. I wasn't big on salmon or doughnuts before I moved here, but WOW do they know how to make you go nuts over them! (and I even started liking loving regular licorice...but still not salmiakki.)

Lihapirakka, karjalan pirakka, korvapuusti...everything you mentioned it great. The only thing I don't think I've had is the one you can't remember the name of! But I'll ask around and do some digging and see if I can lead you in the right direction at least. :)

Yay for Finnish food!
blookie_doo
May. 30th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Also, teaching Physics in sign language? I cannot begin to imagine. That is awesome.
oddprofessor
May. 30th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
It's just another language, albeit an incredibly gorgeous one. I love sign language.

Kalakukko! That's it, the rye and fish dish. Delicious!

What really want, though, is a really good savory recipe for lihapiirakka. That's the one I'm missing.

I forgave my ex for not speaking Finnish to me. It's a very difficult language to learn. I'm still mad at him, though, for not speaking Finnish to our kids. But, that's life, I guess!

You're coming into the best time of the year in Finland. Enjoy it!
blookie_doo
Jun. 19th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hi, oddprofessor, sorry for the late reply. My computer broke a while ago, so I haven't been on here in a long time. This is the first I've heard of Kalakukko, but my husband says he thinks he's had it once. I bet it was great--homemade Finnish food is so yummy. I was looking through some recipe books and magazines the other day...there were some good looking dishes in there, but I don't remember if I saw one for lihapiirakka...but I know there must be one around here somewhere, so I'll keep looking and let you know when I've found it. :)

In other news, this is a beautiful time of year here! Juhanus is coming and everyone is getting ready with parties and plans--it's going to be a great summer. :)
blookie_doo
Jul. 30th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
Well, I've looked in my cookbooks and mags but haven't found a lihapiirakka recipe. So, I googled it and was surprised to find some recipes already in English! I don't know if the recipes are exactly what you're looking for, but you could always tweak things to get what you want. :)

http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/106440/lihapiirakka
http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/htimes/expat-view/3223-meat-pasty-anyone.html
http://www.gunandgame.com/forums/powder-keg/52564-finnish-meat-pies-liha-piirakka-family-recipe.html
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