Yesterday I was thinking about my next text and realized how easy it is to go on a pessimistic way. And this is exactly the opposite of my intention with this blog.

Finnish crisis, asylum seekers, prejudice, shrinking economy, government taking bad decisions which will affect the country´s future forever, yes, this is all happening and it´s very hard not to talk about it. But I really want to diversify.

For me Finland is still a wonderful country. Not perfect, facing problems, but this is reality and we live in a real world, not in a fairy tale as many imagine we do. However, I don´t want to talk only about the cruel reality. There is also a good reality we live in with great things to do and see, nice food to eat, quality music, beautiful landscapes, positive attitude, and several other things that made this country my chosen one. The place I chose to live and build my family – and I had the whole world as possibility.

I was thinking about it yesterday while cooking.

I enjoy cooking very much and I see a lot of symbology in food. For me food is one of the few symbols of diversity which is usually welcome and accepted by everybody.  People often like to try new tastes, to sense it, experiment and try. The most exotic food can bring out curiosity of the most narrow minded person, and this is great.

So as a symbol of positive diversity (everything has a good and a bad side, even diversity), I will share with you a very simple and delicious Finnish recipe which is among my favorite Finnish tastes: Spinach Soup

Spinach Soup in Finnish Style (4 portions)

Ingredients:

  • 50g butter
  • 4 tbs flour
  • 600ml milk
  • 200ml of light cream
  • 200ml of cream fresh
  • 200g of frozen spinach leaves (I don´t know how much it would be if you make it with fresh spinach)
  • a pinch of white pepper (white papper tastes really strong, you can add more than a pinch if you want, but do it little by little and try. If you put too much it could outstand the other tastes)
  • 4 eggs

How to make it:

  • In pan for soup melt the butter in medium heat. When it´s melted and hot add the flour little by little always stirring.
  • Start adding the milk aslo little by little and stirring all the time for the flower to dissolve well.
  • Let it boil
  • Add the spinach and let it boil until the color of the soup in green.
  • Add the light cream, the cream fresh, the white pepper and as much salt as you need.
  • Mix it well and let it boil in low heat for around 15 minutes.
  • Boil the 4 eggs in a separate pan and serve the soup with a boiled egg cut in half.

Bon appetit!