I love Scandinavia: maybe it’s because I have Danish ancestry! I haven’t been to any Scandinavian countries yet, but it’s on my bucket list. I’d love to go see where my pioneer ancestors lived in Denmark and where Lane’s pioneer ancestors lived in Sweden. I’d …
Recently one of my daughters found a cookbook that I had misplaced. It was our Grandma Garrett’s special recipe book that she gave me so many years ago! This cookbook includes her special Finnish dishes and the infamous ginger snap recipe that she would make …
For a non-Finnish speaker, Finnish books in English are a little hard to come by! Here are a few of the Finnish books we have in English that we display in June when we celebrate Juhannus:
This story takes one of the tales from The Kalevala (below) and illustrates it. Beautiful illustrations!
I need to read The Kalevala. Lane has, I believe. It is the epic mythic story of the Finns, compiled in the 1800s by a traveling physician, Elias Lönnrot, who recorded the poetry he heard sung as he traveled. The Kalevala is studied in Finland by all students.
Moomin is a famous cartoon character in Finland.
This last book isn’t a Finnish book, per se, but has gorgeous photography of places in Norway that are very reminiscent of Finland. So it’s just for fun!
This year we are adding a little more Finnish Christmas into our celebration. (Why Finland? That’s where Lane served his mission! We love Finland, even though none of the rest of us have been there yet.) We normally put up our fake Christmas tree, but this …
In preparation for Nate’s mission call opening tonight, I’ve been making Finnish pulla, a special sweet bread that we LOVE. (I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like pulla.) I just pulled the first three loaves out of my oven and the whole first floor smells like heaven. Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised if heaven doesn’t smell a little like this.
The recipe we use comes from a well-loved Finnish cookbook called The Finnish Cookbook by Beatrice A. Ojakangas. You can find the recipe online here until I type up my own copy. (Family members go here.)
When I went into the pantry to find the Finnish cardamom, which my wonderful cousin Sarah brought back from Finland for us, I was in a bit of a panic. It was GONE! I hurried downstairs to find one more in our food storage. Phew!
But that means I need to get some more. How to get cardamom from Finland? Now there’s a question! I googled it and finally found an online store in Finland that carries it, but it is $92.27 a bottle! Craziness! Hmm. I’ll have to keep researching that. Because cardamom from Finland really makes it delicious.
We can hardly wait for tonight! Pulla, hot spiced cider, and most importantly, FINDING OUT WHERE NATE WILL BE SERVING. I’ll be posting a video of him opening his call!