Wheresmybackpack theme: Travel Food
Travelling goes hand in hand with trying and experiencing local cuisines. I am an adventurous eater, I will try almost anything but I do have limits. So, it was a bit difficult to choose what to post for the theme as I really love good food. I decided to stay with the local (Finnish) cuisine – fish as the main ingredient in this case.
From time to time in our region there are courses organised and presented to help rural women with entrepreneural skills, nature management, rural tourism, amongst other things. But those that appeal most to me are always about food.
One of the courses I‘ve enjoyed was a fish cooking class. So, why would I need a lesson in cooking fish? Well, I am not chef by profession but I can say I cook pretty well. For me it’s always about networking and stretching my Finnish language skills.
The course turned out to be very informative and fun with only emäntää in attendance. Emäntä is an old inclusive word used to refer to a farmer’s wife, housewife, wife or a woman in charge of a place or event. We learnt about the nutritional values of different fish, how to spot and buy fresh fish, how to handle them, what tools to use.
Preparing and cooking some dishes and eventually indulging ourselves. The recipes included soups, salads, pies, dumplings, different baked dishes, etc.
For interest sake, fish species found in this region are Baltic Herring, Sprattus, Perch, Pike Perch, Pike, Burbot, Vendace, Whitefish, Salmon, Trout, Rainbow Trout, Artic Char, Bream, Lamprey, Turbot and many others.
When I eat out I always skip the starters making room for dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth. Hämmästyshuttu (hämmästys meaning surprise or amazement, huttu being an ancient word meaning porridge) was the dessert of the day and it went well with the fish dishes. How’s that for a dessert name? Well, you can surprise and enjoy it yourself. The recipe can be found on the link, http://ammattilaiset.valio.fi/portal/page/portal/ammattilaiset/foodservice/ruokaohjeet/ruokaohje/tulostus?recipeId=4647
which you can translate into English or any other language by using google translate or any other translating tool. It is really good and easy to make too.