April 27, 2013

Tippaleipä for Vappu


Next week, Finland (and many other countries, for that matter) is celebrating May Day or vappu, as we call it in Finnish. I've written about this spring carnival before, here. This year I didn't make sima (mead) or doughnuts, but another traditional vappu treat, tippaleipä ('drop bread' also known as funnel cake). These pastries are actually much like deep-fried pancakes and not very sweet at all. They are relatively quick to make and end up being quite light despite being deep fried in oil. For someone like me, who is terrified of deep-frying and only ever makes (or eats) deep-fried anything once or twice a year, tippaleipä is an easy and safe option. A word of warning, however, these are as quick and easy to eat as they are to make!

Hauskaa vappua! Happy May Day!

(makes 10-15)

4 eggs
2 tablespoons caster sugar
200ml milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 pure ground vanilla or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
260g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

1 litre canola oil, for frying
icing sugar, for serving

1.Break the eggs in a bowl and whisk in the sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk into a smooth dough. 

2. Heat oil in a pot and place a metal ring (or you can use a deep ladle) into the oil. Scoop the dough into a piping bag (you may have to work in two batches). 

3. Once the oil is hot, pipe the dough into the ring making little figures of eight. Fry for a minute or two on each side, until golden. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to soak the extra oil. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

April 22, 2013

DIY Shelf System for the Study

I kick-started the new week with a bit of DIY for our study. I needed a shelving unit next to my desk where I could keep all the things I use almost daily plus display those things that inspire me in my work. I had bookmarked this DIY ages ago and when I came across it again this morning, I decided to try making my own version of it.

I wanted to keep the natural colour of wood because we have a lot of wooden items around our home anyway. I also happen to love the patterns in the wood so I didn't want to cover them by paint. I made the shelves a bit wider (9cm) and attached two 180cm long pieces of timber (each 23.5cm wide) together. Pine is soft enough to attach the screws by hand, so I needn't use any electrical tools; just a saw, a measuring tape, some sanding paper and a leveller. I'm sure no carpenter would approve of my work, but I am myself quite happy with the result :-)

Easy peasy and now I have new-found motivation for the coming week!



April 16, 2013

Reminiscing the Weekend

Weekends always fly by and although we are well into the new week, I'm taking a moment to reminisce the weekend with the help of a few snapshots. This past weekend we had some lovely summery weather here in Sydney so we did a couple of long walks and just enjoyed the sunshine. 

I really needed to charge my batteries before the new week and I don't know any better way of doing so than spending a bit of time in the kitchen. On Sunday morning I baked a fresh batch of wholemeal bread rolls and had a quiet cup of tea early in the morning.

Wish you all a good week ahead!

April 11, 2013

DIY Ladder

I made a simple decorative ladder for the kitchen. It's perfect for hanging a tea towel, a floor brush and other every day items. When I get bored of it here I might move it to the bathroom for towels or to the bedroom for blankets and throws.

Floor brush and rattan hooks are available on my online store Pikku-Kota

April 08, 2013

Arki - The Every Day

Hello friends

I am working hard on a new project particularly close to my heart. Hopefully I am able to tell you a bit more about this in the next few weeks. In the mean while, here are a few snapshots of my "arki" - the every day.

Kahvitauko - Coffee Break

Tuttuja makuja - Ruis-kokojyväsämpylät
Familiar Flavours - Rye and Wholemeal Bread Rolls
(Recipe similar to this one)

Kutominen rentouttaa - Knitting is relaxing

April 03, 2013

The Remaining of Summer


Summer is finally starting to turn into autumn here in Sydney. We enjoyed a warm and sunny weather during the Easter long weekend, but I am also looking forward to the cooler months ahead. 

Here are a few snapshots of late...

Breakfast things...

 ...and quiet afternoon cuppas

A cooling berry smoothie after a walk and swim at the beach

A bit of home-maintenance; cleaning and de-cluttering.

and a lovely bouquet of flowers from a friend