Simple pleasures

Tag: artic circle

Enjoying Omar Toffee Triangles at 2am

by tableofcolors

We have had 38 days of hot weather and like usual, it always comes to an abrupt end. Last Sunday at the country fair it was still hot and on Tuesday morning as the kids left for their first day of school it was raining. The hot days are gone. It will still be warm but the breeze is a bit cooler and holds the slight chill of autumn; foretelling what is to come. But we’ll enjoy these cooler beautiful days and remember the warm summer beach days. On our trip this summer we visited some very dear friends and family up in Rovaniemi. My husband’s grandmother lives in this northern artic city. She has a cabin on the Kemi River. There is something quite rustically beautiful about the region. The gently sloping nordic fells, the gnarled and stunted trees and the summer so short. This year they also had a warm summer, but some summers it never really becomes truly shorts weather.

kemijokiAt the cabin, on the same lot is a little tiny white cottage not in use anymore. It is hidden among the birches and is right at the top of the river bank as a remnant of days gone passed. Right at the bank of the river, the water is shallow making it perfect for wading and for telling the best fishing tales.

empty cottageSeveral days we spent with our friends Elisa and Mikko. Elisa is an artist and I loved their home full of little details. Mikko is an artist in his own right. He is a very skilled carpenter and built their house. I tried to take some of the inspiration home with me. As soon the darkness will be here and it is then a perfect time to work on little projects around the house.


art work by Elisa Ahonen

art work by Elisa Ahonen

Before we came, their daughter had baked the most delicious little triangles that just melt in your mouth. I think we had a couple each morning with our coffee and tea then again in the evenings after the house had quieted down. We have a tradition with them that during the days we do things as a family with an occasional short outing for the just the ladies or men. In the evening we stay up late savoring the quietness, adult companionship and delicious food. And since we were in the artic, the sun would slightly dip around 1am but by 2am the sun was coming up again. We saw the sun rise every evening. Tara's triangle cookiesTara’s Triangle Cookies
250 g/8.8 oz butter, softened
3 dl/ 1 and 1/3 c sugar
2.5 dl/1 c brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
5.5 dl/2 and 1/3 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 bag of Omar toffee candies (220 g/7.8 oz)
slivered almonds

Beat the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Cut the Omar toffees into small chunks and mix with the dry ingredients. Fold the dry ingredients with the batter. Pat onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet with small sides. Sprinkle with almonds and place the pan in the middle of the oven and bake at 175 C/350 F for about 18-25 minutes. Do not let them become too dark or else they will be difficult to cut. Let cool before cutting into triangles.

summer fun rovaniemiI thought the Triangle cookies would the perfect thing to bring to a virtual blogging get-together that Angie at The Novice Gardener hosts on Friday. If you are looking for inspiration for the weekend menu, click on the Fiesta Friday badge.
Fiesta Friday Badge Button I party @



The Yellow Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)

by tableofcolors

My husband goes on an annual hunting trip to Lapland each fall. I thought to share some of his photos of fall as it arrives in the artic circle. These photos go so well with the Yellow Chanterelle (even if it does not grow in Lapland). It is still a fruit of the forest, found often in places where the sound of cars is quite distant. These photos portray that experience of walking in the wilderness. Even though it was a hunting trip for the guys, the real purpose of the trip is to relax and get away from rapid pace of daily life.

The landscape in the artic circle is a bit minimalistic and barren, but at the same time beautiful. The trees do not grow to the same height as in the south and the landscape is shaped by the gentle swells of the nordic fells.

A marsh and a natural spring

A Nordic fell

a small waterfall

Fall has arrived here in southern Finland as well. The blueberries have been picked and are in the freezer. Next in line are the lingonberries and mushrooms. We pick “safe” mushrooms, or in other words ones that we are one-hundred-percent-sure-of-mushrooms. The Yellow Chanterelle (kanttarelli or Cantharellus cibarius) is our favorite but we also like the funnel chanterelle and penny buns or porcino. They are so easy to prepare. The quickest way is to heat up a frying pan, add a nob of butter, the yellow chanterelle and an onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on a slice of toasted bread. It is a perfect bed-time snack.

The Yellow Chanterelle

Mushroom Salad (works with the Yellow Chanterelle, Funnel Chanterelle and Penny Bun)

1.5 l/6.3 c mushrooms, gently brushed clean and the tips of the stems cut off
butter for frying
one sautéed onion
Salt and pepper to taste

Quickly sautée the mushrooms and onions in a hot pan with butter. Allow mushrooms to cool.
Add to the sautéed mushrooms a generous 1 dl/ 1/2 c turkish yoghurt, 3 tbsp of lemon juice, dash of sugar, salt and pepper to taste.
Whip 1.5 dl/0.6 c heavy whipping cream and mix with the mushrooms. Finely mince a handful of fresh parsley and chives and mix into the salad.

Mushroom salad with Yellow Chanterelle

Storforsen rapids in Sweden