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Goexpo Helsinki

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Last weekend we visited the Helsinki Goexpo Fair at the Helsinki Messukeskus or Convention Center. It is Finland’s largest sport and outdoor event and there was something for everyone. There was bikes to try, volleyball, soccer, golf, hunting, fishing, photography, horses, rock climbing, fitness, running, nordic walking, and sailing amongst others. On the day we visited it was open from 10 am to 5 pm. We were there the whole time and probably would have been even a bit longer if it would have been possible.

goexpo helsinki 2I’m usually not such a convention or fair person but this time it exceeded my expectations. It was very reasonably priced as everything except for the rock climbing was included. For our family of eight it was 37 euros. Not bad.

goexpo helsinkirock climbing2We had packed lunches and the horse show was the perfect place to sit down and eat.

police horse show speedThe police horse show was quite impressive. They showed how they train the horses for possible protest and demonstration situations.

police horse showAfter the busy day full of noise and activity it was nice to visit some family before heading home. On the drive home, the car was silent. Just about everyone fell asleep. A calming drink was in order. My sister’s recipe was perfect for the occasion.


Tin’s Lemon and Ginger Concoction

for one cup

1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 cm/ 1/3 inch fresh ginger, roughly chopped
1-2 tsp honey or according to taste
boiling water

Place the lemon juice and roughly chopped ginger into the cup. Pour boiling water over and allow to seep for about five minutes. Remove the pieces of ginger and add honey. Stir and enjoy immediately. It is claimed that both lemon and ginger may help with digestion and helps flush out toxins. Those claims are not perhaps scientifically proven, but I did find the drink to be the perfect way to end the day. Tart and calming.
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Lemon, Ginger and Strawberries

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This fruit salad works wonderfully as a dessert or share it with friends at a potluck. It is light and is a myriad of flavor, thanks to the combination of the variety of fruits, lemon and ginger. Our strawberry season is almost over, so when I went grocery shopping a few days ago I felt the need to pick up a carton of strawberries. While frozen berries work great in many recipes they pale in comparison to a fresh sweet strawberry.

The lemon and ginger flavored home-made syrup is the secret to the flavor. Prepare syrup first.

Lemon and Ginger syrup
1.5 dl/0.6 cups water
3/4 dl/1/3 c demerara sugar
1.5 tbsp finely grated ginger
1/2 dl/0.2 c lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)

Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and allow to boil for about 5-8 minutes.
Let cool. Add the lemon juice and freshly grated ginger. Set aside while preparing the fruit salad.

grated ginger

Fruit salad:
1/2 Honeydew melon cut into bite-size pieces
3 nektarines cut into bite-size pieces
1 liter/ generous 4 c strawberries cut into fourths

Place cut fruit into a bowl and mix gently. Pour syrup on the fruit and allow to marinade in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

Strawberry fruit salad with a lemon and ginger syrup dressing