Kurpitsakeitto

Sellosta tarttui tänään mukaan myskikurpitsa, ja päätin tehdä pitkästä aikaa sosekeittoa.

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Heitin nämä syksyiset fallokset uuniin parin sipulin ja kokonaisen (!!) valkosipulin kanssa. Vähän öljyä, suolaa ja pippuria pintaan, puoli tuntia 200 asteessa. Leikkasin siitä valkosipulista auki yläosan siis etukäteen, ja puristin ne kynnet suoraan kattilaan. Sauvasekoittimella soseeksi kaikki, kanalientä sekaan. Koska olen vähän neuroottinen ja mua ällöttää rakeinen keitto, siivilöin sen tässä välissä.

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Purkki kookoskermaa, pari limen lehteä pakastimesta, n. 1 tl jeeraa, kunnon töräys srirachaa, suolaa pippuria. Kiehautus.

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Nyt on sitten keittoa. Ehkä vähän liikaakin. Pakastin täynnä.


Gulassi eli Gulyás

Haluaisin kovasti elvyttää tämän blogin, joten ajattelin aloittaa perinteikkäällä ruoka-aiheisella postauksella. Muutin maaliskuussa takaisin Leppävaaraan ja sain tänne uuteen asuntoon vihdoin muutostyöt teetettyä keittiöön. Helpottaa kummasti ruoanlaittoa kun näkee mitä kattilassa tapahtuu ja ylettyy suurin piirtein kaikkein. Päätin eilenn että teen tänään jonkun kivan lihapadan ja päädyin lopulta unkarilaiseen gulassiin, eli Gulyásiin. Olen jo vuosia ollut Chef Johnin vannoutunut ihailija. Tässä siis videolla resepti:

Tekstiversion löytää englanniksi täältä. Noudatin sitä melko tunnollisesti, tosin etupaistin sijaan laitoin ihan vaan naudan ulkopaistia, koska olin pihillä päällä. Oikeasti olen aina vähän kujalla, että mikä naudan osa sopii mihinkin ja mitä eroa niillä on.

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Varmaan ensimmäinen kohta missä tämän voi mokata, on että ruskistaa kaikki lihat kerralla. Kahdessa erässä ja kunnolla väriä pintaan. Sain tuon haudutuspadan mutsilta joululahjaksi ja se on aivan äärettömän paljon kätevämpi kuin esim. valurautapata. Silikoniset kahvat eivät kuumene, kaikki lika vaan liukuu tosta pinnasta irti ja sen voi myös heittää uuniin suoraan hellalta. Kiitos äiti!

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Jos ohjeessa pyydetään murskaamaan kolme valkosipulin kynttä, niin ei varmaan haittaa jos yksi niistä on peukalon kokoinen monsteri? Ja ahhh, toi leikkuulauta Habitatista on niin kaunis.

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Kun olin paahtanut sipulien jälkeen mausteet paistinpannulla, huuhdoin ne kanaliemen kanssa pataan. Mikään ei palanut! Vähän epäilytti kyllä ohjeen kaksi teelusikallista kuminansiemeniä, koska en ole ikinä ollut mikään kuminan ystävä. Tomaattipyrettä, balsamiviinietikkaa, sokeria, laakerinlehteä ja valkosipulia sekaan ja kaksi tuntia haudutusta…

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Minä ja gulassini. No comments.

Chef John teki gulassinsa kanssa pastaa, mutta minäpä löysin kaapista eilen polentaa. Ajattelin että tollanen pussinpohjallinenhan pitää tehdä pois kuljeksimasta.

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No, ei mennyt niinkuin Strömsössä. Pussissa pyydettiin laittamaan kasvislientä. Mulla oli vaan joku Lidlin kasvisliemikuutio, jossa oli pieniä kuivattuja porkkananpaloja ja mitä lie. Tuoksui ja näytti niin irstaalta että päätin hyllyttää suunnitelman.

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Meinasin ekaksi heittää koko puuron roskiin, mutta sitten päätin hyydyttää sen lautasille ja kokeilla miltä ne maistuu huomenna pannulla paistettuna tähän tyyliin. Polentaranuja, ei voi olla huono.

Keitin sitten lopulta katkottuja tagliatelleja.

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Ranskankermaa ja lehtipersiljaa päälle, lasi punaviiniä kaveriksi ja koneel…. pöydän ääreen sivistyneesti syömään. Niin vissiin.


Salmon Ciapatta

Now that is a one good looking sandwich. I bought some frozen salmon and baked it in the oven with some salt and pepper. I also made some garlic mayo. I got some beautiful olive ciapatta bread from the store, it is not mold as someone pointed out in facebook earlier! It is olives! Delicious olives. SO, I put the salmon first,, then some red onion rings, some salad and garlic mayo and finished it with some slices of mozzarella.

I have a problem with mozzarella. I really don’t like it. I think it doesn’t taste like anything, it’s chewy and boring. Or maybe I am buying the wrong mozzarella. Please someone prove me wrong. In this case I used mozzarella because I thought feta would be too dominating, but I still wanted some cheese. Halloumi would have been great, but I was so hungry I didn’t care to start to fry them on the pan. Would have been perfect though. Maybe next time, in the grilling season next Summer.

I’m a bit depressed that the Summer is already over. Everyone else is heading back to Aberdeen to Uni and I’m here in Helsinki all alone. It’s just that the situation doesn’t allow me to go back at least not this year. I have to fix my finances. I will probably apply to Helsinki Uni in the Spring. I should start ordering the test material books. Going to be weird reading about world politics and international relations in Finnish… Who knows if I ‘ll go back to Aberdeen Uni next year!

Today we are going to have an event with the EDN – Espoon demarinuoret, and we are having a party in Espoo. Come and join us!


Tomato Salmon Soup’

Today I thought I am going to make some tuna pasta. BUT. I noticed I have way too little pasta. I like to cook a bit bigger patch everytime so there’s leftovers for work or next day. And then I remembered I had some salmon fillets in the freezer. A plan began to emerge. Crushed tomatoes, the few handfuls of pasta, red onions, garlic, some small can of mushroom slices. And the salmon. Then I found some frozen pea-paprika-corn mix and added that too. And I remembered I have some instant Tom Yum-stuff and I threw a few bags of those too, just to give some asian flavour. I gotta say, it’s pretty good. I think I’m going to add some water to make it go a bit further, this plateful had quite a lot of stuff in it. The best thing about this was that I had all the stuff here at home! Didn’t have to go and buy anything. Which I couldn’t have done anyway since I have like 80 cents on my account at the moment.

I should make more soups. Especially now this time of the year.  It is Tuesday 25th of September now! I am going to schedule to tomorrow though, because I already posted one blog post today.

That bowl btw is from Iittala, the series is called Taika, which is the word for Magic in Finnish. I have only that one red bowl from it. Too bad, I really like it. I think they don’t even make it in red anymore, only in blue and white. I love big bowls because you can eat more from them once. The Taika series goes very well with another Iittala-series I have a lot of, Teema. I have a lot of Teema in black and white and some in grey, which has since been cancelled. Teema stands for Theme, in English.


In love with Angus & Julia Stone

I recently started to listen to Angus & Julia Stone and I am absolutely loving this song:

Angus & Julia Stone – For You

I think I have been a bit melancholic anyway the few past weeks and listening to music like this does not help! I think these periods always come to me in the darkest time of the year. Could be hormones too, my stomach has really hurt for the last 24 hours, last night felt like somebody was stabbing me. Nice job for sharing this on my blog, but, whatever. I don’t really like to be moody and emotional. I have quite a few times sobbed here about how much I miss my friends in Helsinki. And I miss Helsinki. It’s understandable I guess, I live in another country and I don’t even have any more credits to call to Finland. I had to ask my brothers girlfriend today on Facebook to ask my mom to call me.  🙂 Everyone says I’ll get used to it and I don’t doubt that. Just takes a while and a few bottles of red wine I guess. I am glad that I have good friends here too.

Wow, that voice.

Admiring,

Ida


Recent few days

In the recent days I have made a bit of research on my fellow OI people. Most of you who have read my blog know me and you know that I have a disability, well, it is called Osteogenesis Imperfecta.  I have several good friends with OI in Finland and now here in Scotland I actually feel a bit lonely. So I’m on a mission. There has to bee some other OI’s in Aberdeen! It’s just a statistical fact. I want to meet them. How are the gimp circles around here?

Me as a little girl in my first wheelchair.

I have bumped into some great blog’s too this week, for example Sandy’s Perfectly Imperfecta ! It’s funny how even though each OI is a unique person, we often have so much in common. Most of the OI’s I know from Finland are smart and educated. Must be all that reading when you don’t have time to ski and play ice-hockey… I think having a disability like OI also develops your problem solving skills, as sometimes you really have to calculate on how are you going to do this and that, without breaking a bone in the process. Especially if you have already broken something and you have a cast, which are often a bit heavy.

I broke my left femur last summer and I think it never healed. They just couldn’t make high and tight enough cast that it would have held the thigh in place. So they changed it four times. They should have listened to me, I told them that they should put some small nails there to keep the bone in place (like they did two summers before when I broke the right femur the same way and it healed absolutely fine) On the last time I asked them to make a cast I can get rid of myself. I never went to the last check-up. Oops. Well, I live in Scotland now, screw Jorvi.

I think I might start to write about OI more now. I have somehow avoided bringing it up, as it doesn’t really affect my doings at all. Like for example I have been on the same IRC channel for the past 4 years and only today one guy found out I have OI. Which is quite weird because I think I have talked about it earlier on several occasions! Well, you can’t catch everything, not even on #ETD…

I’m going to start using more Twitter again. Twitter is so much fun.

Other news, well my electric wheelchairs charger is broken AGAIN, so I can’t really go out at the moment! Shoo, luckily it’s reading week. I can go to the library and the Hub (because I live between them), which is the main cafeteria in the campus. Otherwise the campus is such a cobble stone hell that I have no intentions on doing that at the moment. My shoulder is a bit sore still, I fell on my back last week at the Priory. Might be a small fracture somewhere in there but hey, what are you going to do about a fracture in your back? Smart, but hey, we had fun and triple vodka orange juices were 3£! TRIPLE. You know I love vodka.

 


Hyvää isinpäivää!

Hyvää isänpäivää iskälle Turkuun ja Topi-Ukille Kotkaan! Ja muillekkin iseille, esim. Henrille!

Toi musiikkivideo tosin aiheutti mulle pahemman matkustuskuumeen!

En voi soittaa Suomeen ku mun liittymään kuuluu vaan tietty määrä krediittejä soittaa ulkomaille! Ja ne on nyt taas täynnä, ja mun brittipankkikortilla ei oo rahaa ostaa lisää. Tarttis selvittää se IBAN-tilinumero että vois siirtää sinne Suomen tililtä…

Täällä menee ihan hyvin, vähän mennyt juhlimiseksi koko tää viikko kun suomalaisvieraita ollut joka päivä melkein, ihanat Eric ja Marko.

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