Homemade blackcurrant juice and a shiny new steam juicer.

So back in Cali, the main thing I knew about blackcurrants were that they were a strongly-scented European fruit that was used to make booze and Ribena. The main thing I knew about Ribena syrup was that it was really handy to use when mixing up blood substitute for film and TV productions. Never actually drank any of the stuff until a couple years ago, since it was usually relegated to some obscure specialty shelf. First winter we were here, then, T’s grandmother merrily handed me a bottle of homemade blackcurrant juice and I thanked her, despite looking somewhat puzzled. We …

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Six months and many spices later…

It’s been half a year since we moved to Finland, can you believe it?  A lot has changed since that first month, and I’ve got many more projects planned in the coming winter months. Just wanted to stop, take a breath, and look at how we’ve grown. In the case of my spice rack, quite literally… May of 2010. November of 2010. I got tired of having them all sitting in uniform rows and columns… it seemed so institutional. So this morning, I did a bit of rearranging to give the whole thing more movement. I’m hoping to fill in …

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The generosity of friends, and Tokyokan too!

Yesterday, we set out for Helsinki bright and early. It’s a little less than a 3 hour drive to get there, and we were trying to avoid traffic both ways. The weather was ridiculously humid and warm in a Floridian sort of way. Luckily the boy’s mother had loaned us her car with functional air conditioning. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing this today because we’d be little melted puddles on the side of the road. No, seriously, somebody did not get the memo about us being in the sub-Arctic, yo. This might just result in some vicious balancing of weather …

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Shopaholic: Tea stuff and colanders!

We had something of a housewares shopping frenzy yesterday whilst visiting some friends in Turku a few days ago. Which was good, because there’s still lots of stuff in the kitchen that needs stocking. They took us (the poor boy got dragged along, since he had some spare time before meeting up with his buddies and he’s good at carrying large bags…) to a lovely store called Indiska that (rather appropriately) imports lots of sparkly Indian stuff. If Anthropologie and Pier 1 Imports had a lovechild, it’d probably look like this place. Very modern bohemian with floaty cottons, plenteous sequins, painted flowers …

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The Not-So-Grand Tour

I mentioned that I would take pictures once things settled down, but got so caught up in getting through my backlog that I didn’t get around to it until now. So yes, let me welcome you to my new Finnish kitchen… View from the doorway off of the entrance hall. That little white box to the bottom right is our freezer. The box taking up the edge of the left side in the photo is a refrigerator with a giant crisper section at the bottom. Between those two machines and our cold cellar, I’m wallowing in far more food storage …

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