The woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca) and other simple pleasures

The woodland strawberry or metsämansikka in Finnish, is like nature’s candy, growing on roadsides and on the sides of ditches. This little berry has a bit of nostalgia. We filled and decorated our cake with them when we got engaged on St. John’s thirteen years ago. The perfect start for the day. Muesli, nuts, 1/2 banana sliced, 1/2 nektarine or peach diced (or fresh berries). Milk or yogurt to serve.

Family time=quality timeFresh herbs sprinkled on lunch.Wind down the day with crepes, strawberry quark (rahka) and rhubarb compote, a family favorite of ours.

Recipe for the strawberry quark filling:

Mix equal parts of whipped cream and quark. If quark is hard to find, use a low-fat sour dairy product such as Turkish or Greek yogurt. Fold in sliced fresh strawberries and add sugar to taste.

Fields of grain, the traditional lato or barn and the evening sun.


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