Pineapple and Cucumber salad

I am back from the holiday that we spent in Finland in our summerhouse. Finland was gracious with us this year. Temperatures between 23-32c all two weeks. Lake and seawater were also soooo warm. I who hates cold water went swimming into the Baltic sea!! So last night we returned to Austria. 910km and eight…

Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup – Meggykeszőce

I have a friend who works a lot in Hungary. And of course, she is posting beautiful pictures from Budapest and about what she eats there. One day she posted a picture of this red, delicious looking soup. I asked her what is it? She told me that it was a cold soup made from…

Spuckkuchen – Cherry “spitting” cake

Jippii it is cherry time! I was so happy to be able to pick first juicy cherries. We have three cherry trees in our yard and every year it is the same competition. Me versus starlings! Those little buggers will not eat sour cherries, only the sweet ones! Because the spring was so warm there…

Whipped Rhubarb porridge and cold Strawberry soup

Hot summer days in Austria. I am more or less melting while working in the garden. Unfortunately, the heat does not melt off the accumulated winter fat 😉 Peonies are blooming so beautifully and kiwi is going crazy too. I got rhubarb from my friend again and I started to think what I could do…

Simple asparagus pizza or a pie… As you wish..

Spring is finally in Austria! My garden is in full bloom and we have started grill season. Lovely slow afternoons spent with friends and family. Asparagus season is in full swing in Austria. Field fresh asparagus is all over the place. Last weekend we had friends over for lunch and I prepared this simple pizza…

Finnish Split Pea Soup in Crockpot

  There is nothing more satisfying on a cold and snowy day than this soup.This is a true Nordic favorite. Every Thursday, Finns across the country (and many Scandinavians across the other Nordic countries) gather for a ritual of deep meaning – the ceremonial meal of pea soup with ham and pancakes with jam! In…

Creamy Pecorino Garlic and Chantarelle Pasta

Last school week started. My hands are full of work. Preparing for school ending party,doing teachers gifts etc. I bakes some oat strawberry cookies. Well hell..And managed to burn half of the patch in the baking process! As my hubby says: “Burned crispy bits are very important nutritional croup!” Kiddo’s teacher gets a bottle of…

Cold Honeydew Melon Soup

Geesh is hot! Not complaining,not at all. I like summer in Austria. Just figuring out something to eat is problem.Not much  appetite. So I foraged the fridge. I had one Honeydew melon there. Melon and air-dried ham is alway good.. Then I got an idea. How about cold soup? What should I say?! It was…

Lilac liquor / Syreeni likööri

Lilacs are one of my favourite spring early summer flowers. The smell is so intoxicating and the blooms are delicate. Long time ago while visiting friends in Vienna I got as aperitif sekt that had some Lilac liquor in it. It was something else! The smell,wow.. Since that I have been making Lilac liquor myself….

Pasta Caprese / Mozzarella-tomaatti pasta

My garden is starting to bear its fruits. I harvested today first heirloom tomatoes. This is a very simple and refreshing recipe from my good friend from Italy. All you need is tomatoes,mozzarella, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper…As always,I never ever stay with given recipe. Temptation to throw in some lovely herbs,, from my…

Rhubarb cheese cake / Raparperi juustokakku

Rhubarb season is in full swing and last week came first local Austrian strawberries in the market. I had to do something yummy with both of them together. This is the result. I was approved by my hubby and neighbour. Summer welcome and all wonderful flavours that go with it! Crust 300 g spelt flour…

Jalapeno and Cheddar bread

One of my friends from US posted a picture of lovely Jalapeno Cheddar bread that she had bought. You think I can get something like that here? No ! So what to do? My friend took a photo from the ingredients list and I started experimenting. First time try resulted in quite lame tasting bread,…