What a weekend! We had amazingly glorious weather this weekend, which made Vappu even more enjoyable.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love Winter and even rainy weather – I strongly believe in enjoying the season’s weather as the seasons pass by… I think knowing how to appreciate what we have is one of the key to happiness, something I was trying very hard to grasp a couple of years ago. But that is a story for another time.
The kringle I made was an Estonian styled one. It is basically a braided sweet bread with many layers of filling sandwiched within the bread. The filling is typically cinnamon sugar and butter. But I decided to try a chocolate one this time.
I forgot to take a cross-section pic of this, maybe next time.😛 I really like the chocolate version. Next time I will try it with Nutella, which I’m sure will be divine!
Another new food attempted: Bureka. Well, maybe more like Bureka-inspired.
I had some Bureka at a friend’s place last week and decided to give my own spin to this deliciously simple meat pie!
I added mushroom, spinach, paprika and risotto rice* to the meat filling, making this more of a complete meal. Cabbage is also a great addition to this. You know what is the best part?
It is a one pot dish!
Yes, you basically cook the fillings, let it cool a bit, then fill it in the pastry and bake till golden!
You know what is the next best part?
It is freezable!
Let the filling cool completely, then fill the puff pastry with it, seal and freeze! When you want a quick (but good) meal, pull it out of the freezer, leave on the counter to defrost a little, then pop it in the oven.
*I chose to use a risotto rice because unlike other rice (even the short grain ones), it is better at retaining its texture and bite even after being cooked a long time.
Back to Vappu talk… We spent the Vappu weekend with TH and HH in the countryside.
Finnish countryside in the morning. Lake, trees, cottages.
L had a lot of fun! He went for many walks (always with his walking stick! That is the first thing he runs for when we bring him out.)
We went down to the lake and chanced upon 2 swans on the lake.
L enjoys throwing balls and, surprisingly, I think he is even better at throwing balls than me!
Knitting is more my sport.😉
I made donuts.
With a chocolate glaze, white chocolate drizzle and almond slices sprinkled on. Mmm mm!
Donuts and sima are a Vappu tradition. Although the traditional Vappu donuts (munkki) are covered with sugar, I prefer chocolate glazed ones! Let’s call it a diplomatic compromise!😉
This is the recipe I referred to, in case you’re interested too! For the glaze, I used less butter and milk, skipped the corn syrup and used more chocolate. This is because I wanted to use less sugar and in order for it to ‘dry’ properly with less confectioner’s sugar, I had to use less liquids and more solids. It worked out really well this way and I used maybe only 0.5 cups of sugar. Even then, it could be less sweet for me! (And I love my desserts!) Next time I might skip the milk completely and use just chocolate, a bit of butter and a bit of sugar. Oh, and of course I replaced the nutmeg with cardamom. Cardamom is everywhere in sweet breads and pastries in the Nordic countries. And I have to agree, it is a lovely addition!
Nothing beats fresh donuts!
It is a Finnish tradition to have marches/parades on Vappu. This year (and last year as well, actually) we decided to participate in the march organised by the church.
Walking around the city center with L in a stroller.
Apart from the Vappu stuff, I also finished my orange knit and even started a new hobby!
Watercolour painting! My first few pieces were quite terrible so I won’t show them here.😛 These, however, are decent copies. Watercolouring is easier than knitting when L isn’t napping, because I take breaks in between to allow the paint to dry anyway. To be honest, though, I find oil painting more enjoyable than watercolour painting.
Today I did some more watercolouring. Still very amateur looking but I’m not expecting much. In fact, the watercolour paint I’m using is a cheap children’s watercolour set! I’m not intending to go very far with this hobby and see no reason to splurge on professional tools when my ultimate goal is mostly card-making. In fact, I turned the flower painting, in the previous pic, into a Mother’s Day card for my mom, and made a matching envelop for it (in this pic above).
How was your Labour Day weekend? Do you have traditions for Labour Day where you are from? And what about Mother’s Day?