A pie for Thanksgiving

thanksgiving pumpkin pie

The past weekend with my colleagues at the international school we celebrated Thanksgiving. I spent my whole Saturday preparing food, eating, eating, eating some more and having an overall fabulous time with my colleagues. Many come from North America and were eager to share this important festivity with the rest of the staff. For me, it was a really good way to get to enjoy foods I don’t get to taste very often, including a big fat turkey. Continue reading

Chocolate tart

For our soon-to-be-celebrated anniversary, I got a new tart pan from my boyfriend. We picked it on our most recent trip to the Åland islands in a shop that is an amateur baker’s paradise and one of my go-to places whenever I happen to be visiting the Finnish archipelago. I decided not to wait for our anniversary to use it, and since we have a guest right now I thought this would be the perfect excuse to inaugurate it.  Continue reading

Blueberry tart with a crumbly top

fresh blueberry shortcrust tart

Just like last year, we are swarmed with blueberries these weeks. One can’t just go for a walk without kneeling down and picking some. Just like last year, I have rediscovered how much I love picking blueberries. I find it extremely relaxing and fulfilling: you are close to nature and you get back home with a bucket full of vitamins. Moreover, this gets me creative in the kitchen, as I like to turn my berries into pie fillings. Continue reading

Pecan pie

pecan pie recipe

Among the many favourite desserts of mine there is pecan pie. I grew fond of pecans while in Canada, where I would often grab a Maple Pecan Danish with my coffee at Tim Hortons (ah memories). I later learned to make pecan pie from scratch, and although pecans are not always easy to find (and also not very cheap) in Europe, from time to time I like to buy some and enjoy a nice slice of pecan pie. Continue reading

Lemon and lime curd

I finally got myself a tart pan! I still very much enjoy making savoury pies in springform pans, but it’s good to have a proper tart pan for the times when you want your broccoli pie to look glamorous and like a real tart. I have a pie in my mind that implies the use of lemon curd, so I’ve been meaning to make some for a while. Last week I took home from my grocery shopping 5 limes (they were on promotion), so I needed to find something to do with them. Curd for my upcoming pie sounded like the best solution! Continue reading

Blåbärspaj or Swedish blueberry pie

swedish blueberry pie

One year after I moved to Sweden, the study of the language has gone disappointingly not so well. I had planned to do better, and instead here I am, one year in, knowing fewer words than I had planned to learn. The truth is that it can get extremely hard to get to practice a language when everyone speaks perfect English and is too kind to let you stagger in your broken Swedish so immediately turns to English out of politeness. Determined to expand my vocabulary, I decided that I should start from what I like, so I turned to Swedish recipes.  Continue reading