May 27, 2012


1) listening to birds sing
2) our chestnut in bloom
3) the beauty and diversity of people and their hearts
4) Mielihyvää by Jukka Poika
5) African food (at Maailma kylässä)

May 20, 2012

I had the family over for breakfast. Mikko we missed you!

May 14, 2012

Here's what I was making on the messy breakfast table in my previous post (an engagement card for Henna and Markus)

and here's the view from my bedroom window. I loved it from day one.

May 10, 2012

The song of the morning: Skinny dippin girl by Joe Purdy

May 9, 2012

I tried out carrot cupcakes yesterday for a night at Helena's and they were so good I made them today as well for girls at work.


(makes 12)

250ml flour (I've been using different combos of almond, rice and spelt flour, you could also just use plain wheat flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1,5tsp cinnamon
a good pinch of ground cardamom
a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
a pinch of ground ginger
0,5tsp salt
200ml raw cane sugar
180ml oil
3-4 carrots
2 organic eggs (room temperature)

120g cream cheese
100ml powdered sugar
25g melted butter
organic almonds/hazelnuts for garnish

Mix the dry ingredients. Grate the carrots and mix them and the oil and the eggs with a spatula and add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Place paper muffin tins in a muffin tray and divide the batter into them. Bake in 175 celsius for about 10-15 minutes. Let cool complelety on wire racks. Make the frosting by mixing together cream cheese, sugar and butter until creamy. Cover completely cooled cupcakes with the frosting and sprinkle chopped almonds on top. Keep the cupcakes covered in the fridge overnight before serving; they'll taste a lot more and better the day after.

(You can also make a cake with the same recipe; just pour the dough into a lined or greased tin (diameter about 24cm) and bake for about 15-20 minutes, just until a toothpick comes out clean.)

(photo by Helena Mackey)

May 4, 2012

Best things lately: blueberry banana pancakes for breakfast, family, leaves on trees, the film "We bought a zoo" and the fact that I planted my first basil ever.