And let me say this soup is amazing! I am so glad I actually know about it. When we spent our honeymoon at the attic circle I’ve seen this soup everywhere. Unfortunately I felt sick most of the time and fish soup just didn’t sound appealing.
On our last night in Finland we slept in an ice hotel. And there Lohikeitto was served yet again. I decided to give it a try. Been angry with myself for not ordering it earlier ever since. It comes as no surprise that I immediately googled a recipe for this Finnish Salmon Soup.
You can find original recipe easily. I made my own version the other night and really enjoyed it.
♥ 1 Tbsp Ghee (you can also use regular butter or olive oil)
♥ 1 Finely chopped onion
♥ 1 sweet potatoe
♥ 1.25 litres vegetables broth (alternatively you may use fish stock)
♥ 1/2 kg fresh cubed salmon fillet
♥ 250 ml cream (use milk for a thinner soup)
♥ 1 handful finely chopped baby spinach
♥ 5 pieces Bay Leaf
♥ 5 grains of allspice
♥ 5 grains of junipers
♥ dash of sea salt
♥ dash of pepper
Lets get cooking
Chop onions and add to large saucepan, simmer in the ghee over medium heat until soft
Cut the potato roughly into 1-inch cubes and add to onions, let simmer a bit.
Add enough water to just cover the potatoes. Add allspice, junipers and bayleaf. Turn up the heat to high, cover the saucepan with a lid, bring to a boil and cook the potatoes until almost soft
Add the vegetable broth.
Cube the salmon and add to the pot. Cook until it is mostly opaque (maybe 5 minutes). Do not stir the soup so as not to break up the salmon – I did as I didn’t care much though.
Add cream and make sure it does not cook anymore. ( I hardly ever manage that part. The cream will clot. It doesn’t matter for the taste but it just doesn’t look too good.)
Take off the heat and stir in chopped spinach.
Serve hot and enjoy.
So can you image coming back home after a long day outdoors with freezing numb cheeks? This soup is a total game changer than. Its warm, it’s reach, it’s filling.
Today I have been married for three years. We are not doing anything fancy today but go for dinner Friday night. Last year we’ve celebrated our anniversary with a trip to Helsinki.
When we went to our honeymoon we had a lay-over in Helsinki and agreed to come back after seeing the city from the plane. So we did. It was fun.
Most people are probably scared to fly north during winter but than we love winter. Why don’t I tell you a bit more.
Ok, first I have to be honest. We had tough weather. It was around freezing and it was so humid. Something between fog, sleek and snow-slush-rain… Being outside was sometimes tough so we didn’t wander that far out of the downtown area and had quite a few coffee stops. BUT what we liked what we saw.
We walked and wandered around a lot. It’s our way of discovering a city and we easily get the lay of the land. More than once we ended up at the South Harbor and were mesmerized with the frozen Baltic Sea. I’ve just never seen anything like it. We came back almost every day…
Close by is the Old Market hall – Vanha kauppahalli. A cozy warm roofed market. We had the feeling that locals and tourist were at balance among the visitors. Lots of people had lunch. Unfortunately we weren’t hungry. Still it was interesting seeing local food and warm up.
Unfortunately the building is not open for public but we walked around there and the neighborhood and found it was quite different. The heavy fog might have had something to do with it…
Sunday afternoon we were frozen so we went to the design museum. We really liked it a lot. If you are interested in interior design this is for you. If you are into design history go there too. We learned a lot about how strategic the Finnish people planned their design supremacy. Also there are so many objects we knew by sight but had no idea they were made in Finland.
Just across the street from the museum is the Johanneksenkirkku – a church (ok, I do have a thing for sacred architecture…). I believe it is one of the nicest I have seen in all my travels. While there is pompous decor it is not dark, stuffy and gold but rather light and withdrawn. You can hardly find any pictures from the inside, I think it’s so worth seeing.
On our last day before heading to the airport we went to Suomolinna. An island with a huge sea fortress or better an island fortress. Going by boat through the ice floes was maybe my best experience. It is much louder than I expected and you feel every impact. We journeyed through the skerry landscape and I discovered quite a few cute remote houses. I could easily spent a few weeks there…
The island was somewhat deserted as we went there off season. However it was still nice to walk around and get a feel of what it must have been living there in rough weather. Being at Suomolinna was the only time I really felt cold during our trip to Finland. The wind is crazy, it was snowing a bit and we were outside walking for a long time. We didn’t go to the museum as we didn’t have much time and rather walked to the far end of the island to have a look at the open waters. The history of the sea fortress is quite interesting and it is under UNESCO World Heritage. You could easily spent a whole day there specially in summer with picnics and nice views.
During our honeymoon we had a tough time with the food. It was just so very different and than we were even further north and not in a city. Being in Helsinki the food scene was much better. While I started to like it and ate my way through fish and crabs and karjalanpirakka Mr. ♥ had a tougher time. Assuming it’s due to the conditions and location of Finland – they just don’t have veggies and if there are they are really horrible… Just be aware. It all looks old and frozen and tasteless – even in the supermarkets. Maybe that is just a momentarily picture in February but that is what we got after two trips to Finland. On another note, Helsinki has a broad selection of craft beer. I had quite a few and I liked them all. So if you like that Helsinki might be for you.
We found a nice and affordable hotel within the city – Hotel Indigo Boulevard. The hotel is located in Helsinki’s Design District. Al lot of small little shops are in the surrounding neighborhood. We liked the hotel as it was clean, modern and had a separated bathroom – something hard to find nowadays.
We took a flight from Berlin with airberlin and were surprised it’s only about 2 hours. From the Helsinki airport we took a bus to the central station where we switched to the tram that took us directly to the hotel. We found public transport very easy and comfortable to use.
It was a nice trip to Helsinki we had last year. I would go there again. Maybe in summer. We heard and read the summers in Helsinki are legendary with lots of outside activities and festivals … and the sun never goes down…
Have you been to Helsinki? Would you take a trip to Helsinki? What would you check out?
I love veggies. But I could eat more of them. During summer that is easy. During winter – not so much. It’s the time I crave soups. Something warm, soothing and filling. But I wanted to challenge myself for Claras veggie expedition. February it’s all about savoy cabbage. I could have easily made a soup… with pearl barley and beef. But no I had my mind set on salad. A winter salad.
Best lukewarm… because it’s cold out there. And also something savory… bacon is always a good choice! Are you hungry yet? Ok here is is:
Winter Salad with Savoy, Bacon and Tiger Nuts
♥ 1/4 savoy cabbage
♥ Bacon (as much as you like)
♥ 2 tbsp olive oil
♥ 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
♥ 2 tbsp Balsamico, white
♥ 1 pinch brown sugar
♥ 1 handful chopped tiger nuts (If you don’t have any tiger nuts you can easily use any other nut you have. I just had them in the pantry.)
1. Cut savoy cabbage and remove stem. Wash leaves and cut into stripes. Remove veining. Boil for 3 minutes in salted water. Drain and let cool.
2. Roast bacon until crunchy.
3. Toss everything together and season with salt, pepper and caraway seeds. Add oil and vinegar. Garnish with tiger nuts and bacon. Enjoy lukewarm.
What is your favorite winter salad? Do you use savoy often? I don’t. I think its the second time ever I bought this cabbage. But with the many recipes coming in I am sure I will give it a spin. And I have 3/4 of the cabbage in my freezer. All cut up. easy to make soup…
Every one of you who has read more than one post here knows I am winter crazy.
So it should not surprise that I am beyond excited when I see the tiniest snowflake.
A couple weekends ago I woke up and snowflakes were dancing in the air. After having a quick coffee I grabbed my camera and went to the park.
My mission: catching the untampered winter wonderland. Unfortunately I was not the only one with this idea. The park was filled with morning joggers, dog walkers and excited kids sledding down every available rise in the ground.
I craved for some quietness and alone time but obviously that wasn’t going to happen… the perks of living in a city.
Anyhow I went some lonelier pathes, and came a across a few birds feeding on seeds someone had left.
I am usually not so much into birds and animals but I found it interesting and challenging to try to snap a good picture. It was tough. These are my best shots.
After two hours or so the park became even busier, my stomach louder and my feet colder so I headed back home for breakfast.
I want to repeat my snow walk in the park on a weekday hoping for more solitude. So please snow, come and delight us again.
Have you taken a snowy winter walk? What’s your favorite place to go?