Saturday, 26 April 2014

Restaurant Pöllövaari

I just had my 16th birthday and my parents gave me as a birthday present a dinner in restaurant Pöllövaari. It's in the middle of Jyväskylä, Finland. The name is Finnish and means owl grandfather. I ordered a menu called Kotimaan matka. It means a trip around the home country. It included goat cheese and onion as an appertizer, lamb as a main dish and crème brûlée as a dessert. The lamb was very tender and I enjoyed the whole meal.

Monday, 31 March 2014


I made some ravioli one day. It took hours to make enough pasta for my whole family but with a little preparing it won't take long. You can make the dough in advance and freeze it. You can find the recipe from my previous post.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Opening the barbeque season

 We started our barbeque season yesterday by grilling some corn chicken and pork. As you might see, there's still some snow on the ground. But I didn't let it matter. I made the dish in the middle of the plate (under) by putting some soft goat cheese, red onion and some devil's jam on the grilled pork pieces.

Devil's Jam

800g Crushed tomatoes
400g Red peppers
1 Onion
2-4 Red chilis
6-8 Garlic cloves
1 tspn Salt
1 tspn Ground black pepper
1 tspn Oregano
1/2 dl Vinegar
1 packet Jamsugar

Chop peppers and onion and crush the garlic. Add all ingredients except the sugar in a pan. I made two batches of this; other one was hotter, other milder. Stir and let it pour for 30-40 minutes. After that add the sugar, stir and let it pour for 5 more minutes. Let it chill for a minute and bottle. I sterilised the jars by putting them in the oven for about half an hour. I like to serve it with this pig, goat cheese and red onion dish.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Smoked Chili

 My father smoked some salmon yesterday and I decided to try to smoke some chili at the same time. I grabbed a random chili from one of the bushes. I thought it wasn't so hot because it was that big. Nope.
When I put the chili in my mouth, it started to burn almost immediately. The pain lasted for about 10 minutes.
      The upper picture shows the chili before smoking and the lower picture after. We used apple tree and alder chips in smoking.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

American Chocolate Muffins

 The best things in American chocolate muffins are the big chocolate chips. You never get bored enough to not eat them. It also took me only about fifteen minutes to put these in the oven.  Here's the recipe:

American Chocolate Muffins

  • 6dl Flour
  • 2tsp Baking powder
  • 0.5dl Cocoa powder
  • 1.5dl Brown sugar
  • 200g Chocolate chips
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2.75dl Milk 
  • 1.5dl Oil 
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Distribute evenly among the molds. Cook in 200° for about 20 minutes.


Monday, 10 March 2014

Smoked Salmon

My father just bought an electric smoker and I couldn't wait to test it. I smoked salmon this time but I'm going to test chili too. Maybe something else later if I get an idea of something.
We used hickory and alder chips in smoking. In the picture (right) those bigger chips are hickory and smaller ones alder. I can't say anything about the taste of the smoke because I have nothing to compare with.
We seasoned the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. The pepper maybe covered a bit of the smoke flavour. So, next time I'll put there a bit less pepper.

We put the fillets in the smoker for about 45 minutes.
The smoker was quite hot after that, so we had to use mittens when taking the salmon fillets out. The skin had stuck to the grid and we had to scrape it off.

The salmon was tender and juicy. It had a beautiful brown surface as you can see from the picture in the right. We served it with fresh lime and salad.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Avocado pasta and sun-dried tomato pesto

 One day my mother asked me to make some avocado pasta. She had heard about it on the net. So I decided to make my own version of it. I learnt the recipe to this pesto during my TET-week. So here's the recipe.

Avocado pesto:

Some cooked pasta
2 Ripe avocados
Lemon juice
1 Large onion

Mix ingredients in a hot pan and serve.

Sun-dried tomato pesto

2 jars Sun-dried tomatoes and some oil
10 Walnuts
5 Garlic cloves

Whiz ingredients to make some paste. Serve.