Vegetables, bacon, smetana and goat cheese spread baked in the oven

Vegetables, bacon, smetana and goat cheese spread baked in the oven

As said, this is only a version of numerous, different kinds of vegetable stews made in the oven. Smetana, goat cheese and honey bring their own special flavor to the food and moreover, this dish is really filling. Continue reading “Vegetables, bacon, smetana and goat cheese spread baked in the oven”

Baked potatoes and eggplants

Baked potatoes and eggplants

It must have been more than fifteen years ago when I happened to find an Italian cookbook  and this recipe in it. We have done this dish very often, but unfortunately I can’t remember either the name of the book or the author. Therefore I can’t put the original recipe here, but because this is so delicious, I’ll put my own version for you to test. Continue reading “Baked potatoes and eggplants”

Reindeer neck and shank stew

Reindeer neck and shank stew

This is a very rare delicacy: I haven’t seen neck or shank slices sold even in any stores selling reindeer meat. So tasty and tender meat if you only are lucky enough to get some. I’m not sure if the word slice is correct, but I could not find any better word for “kiekko”. Anyhow, I mean meat cut in the shape of a disk, part of a round bone in the middle of it. Continue reading “Reindeer neck and shank stew”

Brazilian shrimp stew

Brazilian shrimp stew

I have always had the opinion that eating very spicy food regularly ends up killing all mild and delicate aromas – and I still think that one should not spoil his/her taste buds by eating only hot meals. Anyhow, with my children’s food preferences I’ve also got used to hotter flavors and now I could almost REALLY say: “the hotter, the better”. Continue reading “Brazilian shrimp stew”

Smoked ham pie

Smoked ham pie

My mother used to make this pie a long time ago. Not to feed our family but to be served for guests. I used to make this for guests as well as for family meals. Tastes good when warm, but surprisingly it gets even better when cooled down. That’s why it has been a good banquet salty snack. I have no idea of the origin of this recipe – I have just followed my mother’s advice. Continue reading “Smoked ham pie”

Slow cooker: salted pork shoulder, potatoes and onions

Slow cooker: salted pork shoulder, potatoes and onions

Not the first time we used a slow cooker to make this meal. Pork shoulders can be found salted as well as natural. If you buy a natural one, it’s better to put it in salted water one day before cooking and it will be tastier that way. Continue reading “Slow cooker: salted pork shoulder, potatoes and onions”