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{ Finnish Christmas month :: round up }

What a big month!

I resigned from my job.  Started another.  Prepared for Christmas, our special visitor and all our festive entertaining.  Oh, and somehow managed to squeeze in some Christmas baking in between!

The beginning of the month hailed the end…

{ Joulupulla :: Finnish Christmas buns }

I love a good plan.  My life is full of them . . . and lists and spreadsheets and to-do’s.

So when a spanner is thrown into my planning works, I have a tendency to get a little jumpy and anxious…

{ Taatelikakku :: Finnish Christmas date cake }

When I think of Christmas cake, I think of a square, fruit ladened dense cake that is best served in thin slices.  So I was excited to find some departures to the cake of my childhood whilst exploring sweet festive…

{ Jouluriisipuuro :: Finnish Rice Pudding & Joulupiparkakut :: Gingerbread }

Blogging has given me the opportunity to meet people from around the world who share a similar passion for baking.

Back in 2010, I received a comment from a girl in Finland – who I later came to find out was…

{ Joulutortut :: Finnish Christmas Stars }

It was only a few short weeks ago, whilst enjoying a weekend luncheon (and a delicious bite of quiche!) with my sister and her family, that I remarked how much I love pastry.  My sister simply nodded in agreement.  A…

{ New theme :: Finnish Christmas }

There will be a little Nordic cheer added to the holiday table this year.

In fact, there will be much covert experimental baking happening over the next few weeks, as I prepare myself to surprise my (Finnish) father-in-law with some holiday…

{ Shortbread month :: round up }

The cookie jar has certainly been filled to the brim with buttery, sugary treats this month.

Slice and bake shortbread filled with fruit and nuts and flavoured with the scent of rosemary.  Quick and simple shortbread bars with a creamy custard…

{ Oat & wholemeal shortbread bars }

Believe it or not, I do not consume vast quantities of butter, sugar and white flour with unbridled abandon.  Particularly now I am a mother (and responsible for not just my own nutrition), I do have a heightened awareness of…

{ Gluten-free citrus currant shortbread }

It is amazing what can catch your eye.  Innocently trawling the aisles of my local supermarket recently (carefully focused on my shopping list, of course!), the line “with the tang of citrus and currants” boldly printed on a packet of…

{ Melt ‘n’ mix custard shortbread }

Once upon a time, there was a girl called Julia who would leisurely spend hours baking.

She would lovingly flip through food magazines, cookbooks and blogs admiring various recipes and ideas.  She would craft endless lists of cookies, cakes, breads and…

{ Rosemary, apricot and almond shortbread }

With scissors in tow, I popped outside to the garden and eyed off the selection of home grown herbs, courtesy of Mr Mélanger.  The ever expanding rosemary bush caught my eye.  After cutting a handful of sprigs, I started to…

{ New theme :: Shortbread month }

To always have a cookie jar filled to the brim with a selection of homemade treats (….or at the very least, some pre-prepared dough in the freezer ready to bake a tray of cookies at a moment’s notice….!), is a…

{ Breakfast month :: round up }

 

Juggling the demands of life is a daily challenge for most people.

As Mr Mélanger continues to survive full time work obligations with writing a thesis (brave man!), and I the art of juggling full time work and the inevitable “always feeling…

{ Baked Apple Pancake }

Acknowledging the Nordic influence in my life introduced by Mr Mélanger, I wrap up my ‘breakfast theme’ with Pannukakku, the popular Finnish baked pancake.

I am fascinated in Mr Melanger’s Finnish ancestry.  Not only because his makeup and personality is very much…

{ Marinated mushrooms on bacon bread toast }

Perhaps foolishly, with a 2 ½ week old baby in toe, I launched a “Pink month” theme on my blog last October to commemorate breast cancer awareness month.  On the surface, it was perhaps a little ambitious to be concerned…