Here in Finland we had both Friday and Monday off for Easter. The past week has involved holidaying in Tallinn and getting ready for the boating season.
Tallinn is such an easy mini-holiday destination as it only takes two hours to get there by ferry from Helsinki. I go there many times a year, usually for a day trip, but last weekend hubby and I stayed one night at the Telegraaf hotel. Telegraaf is a beautiful hotel, located in the Old Town – definitely recommended. The best thing about Tallinn was getting to see the Patarei Prison which I’ve been wanting to visit for years. I will write a separate post on it, so you can see just how spooky it is.
My mom is a great cook and it’s tradition to have an Easter feast at her home. I’m really not a fan of lamb but if anyone knows how to cook it, it’s my mom. In addition to lamb, we had salmon sandwiches, asparagus, tiramisu and creme brûlée. Unfortunately I forgot my camera at home, so there’s no photos of the food..
Instead, I have a great porridge recipe for you for the weekend. It’s more like dessert than porridge and so easy to make. The original recipe is from a blog called Lunni Leipoo (in Finnish) – she has many other interesting porridge recipes too but this is the best IMHO.
1 dl oatmeal
2 dl almond milk
1/2 mashed banana
a dash of salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 dl frozen rasberries
2 tablespoons Turkish yoghurt
Turn the oven on at 180 celcius. Mix all ingredients in a dish that can be placed in the oven. Last, add two big tablespoons of Turkish yoghurt on top. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or till the middle is still a little bit jiggly. Perfect for unhurried weekend mornings!
Waking up in the mornings this week has been such a nightmare. We changed to summer time on Sunday morning from 2 am to 3 am which means that mornings are darker again. This silly tradition was introduced over a 100 years ago in order to save energy and use the daylight hours for work. I don’t see the point of it these days and neither do many other people. Summer time means grumpy children in daycare/school and grumpy adults at work. Besides, as Finnish summer is on it’s way, days are getting longer anyway. This definitely has not been a favourite for this week.
After buying a sailing boat last week, hubby and I feel very impatient to get the boat into water. We need to get everything ready for summer and actually start practicing manouvering it. Unfortunately there’s still a lot of ice out there, as nights have still been quite cold, but the former owner has an idea that we could get the boat into the water as early as next week. I did see some boats in another harbour on Thursday, so let’s see. I have been preparing by getting some warm wooly gear at the shops and even sailing pants, so I’m ready for anything.
I took this picture below on a walk in Kruununhaka in Helsinki. I walk around the area a lot, as I’m lucky to actually work there. This week The Guardian had an article of the 10 best Art Nouveau cities in Europe. And as you can guess, Helsinki was featured! One of the buildings mentioned in the article was the building in the photo – the Wilkman house from 1904. Can you make out the cute golden roosters?
In addition to all this, I’ve been having fun planning for my mini-holiday in London. I’m not sure if I will actually be able to do everything in the end, as it always takes a lot of time to move from one place to another. On the list are Highgate cemetery, Borough Market, Sky Garden, St Katharine Docks, The National Gallery, tea shops and Malaysian restaurants…
Today I am going to the hairdressers. It’s about time, as my hair is so dry that it feels like straw!
What have you been up to?