Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Autumn Story: Dinner with Poets

Today I let the pictures do the talking and share two great recipes with you. This Autumn Story is inspired by poets and melancholy of the season. Autumn is the season of contrasts, warm buttery pie crusts and cold winds. It is the best time of the year to gather friends together and organize a bohemian style evening party. Usually letter shaped cookie cutters are used when making sugar ornaments or other sweet treats. You can experiment with the cutters and cut sliced veggies or decorate a savory cabbage pie with pastry letters. Choose your favorite verses and surprise your friends with a creative way. Fun idea would also be to decorate each one's plate with one word and then combine the words to a poem in a group. 

I am sharing two recipes to add to the evening menu. Traditional Finnish Cabbage Pie is a must for the Autumn season when new white cabbages come to the stores. Butter and quark in the crust make this dish super tasty and fulfilling. Fresh bulgur wheat salad gets it's character from lemon and lemon pesto. Letters cut from beetroots or carrots fit in perfectly. Just let the beetroot letters rest for little while before adding to the mix. Otherwise you will have red salad instead of pretty green and yellow. All recipes are relatively easy. Cutting letters is the task that takes most time. You can begin by cutting the veggie letters you need and keep the letters moist in cold temperature before serving. Lets get cooking, baking and crafting!

Poem on the pie: 

Läpi yön käy yrttien henki 
ja kuuma huokaus maan. 

Nocturne by Kaarlo Sarkia.

Poem on the salad:

Turhaan, oi turhaan
     tartun ma hetkehen kiini;
riemua ei suo
     rattoisa seura ei viini.

Elegia by Eino Leino

Traditional Finnish Cabbage Pie

To the crust
250 g butter
250 g quark
4 dl wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder

one small cabbage
3 carrots
2 onions
0,75 dl broken barley
3 tbsp dark syrup
veg. oil
2 tsp apple vinegar
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp marjoram
black pepper

Step 1. Mix together flour and baking powder. Add butter in cubes. Mix flour and butter with fingers.

Step 2. Add quark and mix properly.

Step 3. Cover the pastry with cling film and let it rest in the fridge.

Step 4. Prepare the filling. Mince onion and cabbage, grate carrots. Sweat the onion in oil on a big kettle. Add little bit of water and small part of the cabbage. When the cabbage becomes slightly softer add more cabbage and grated carrots. Cook barley in a separate kettle.

Step 5. When the veggies are soft mix together barley, syrup and spices.

Step 6. Take half of the pastry and roll it to the bottom. Spread the filling on top. Roll the other half of the pastry on top. Cut off extras and secure the seams.

Step 7. Use the extra pastry to the letters. Attach the letters with a little bit of water. Use fork or barbecue stick to make small holes to the pie's surface. Egg the surface and bake the pie in 200 Celsius degrees preheated over for about 30 minutes.

Bulgur Wheat Salad with Lemon Pesto and Letters

Bulgur Wheat
Lemon Pesto
Lemon juice
Lemon peel
Plum tomatoes
Veg. oil
Kalamata olives
Salad cheese
Beetroot/ Carrot
Cavolo Nero sprouts / other green salad or herb

Step 1. Peel and slice beetroot/ carrot. Cut letters with cookie cutters. 

Step 2. Cook bulgur wheat. Mince courgette and sweat in veg. oil. Mince paprika, olives and tomatoes. Wash and grate lemon peel. Wash cavolo nero.

Step 3. Mix together cooked bulgur, pesto, lemon juice, olives, minced veggies and salad cheese cubes. Decorate with lemon peel, cavolo nero and beetroot/ carrot letters.

Have a Great Last Week of September!


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