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.

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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.


A Potato Lasagne

It’s been a long time since my last food post but here goes. I have been having a bit of financial difficulties so I’m trying to save some money by making food out of the stuff I have here at home. So I made up this casserole dish.

Potato lasagne a’la Ida

  • 2 carrots
  • 2-3 dl of soy meat
  • soy sauce
  • water
  • spices
  • potatoes
  • butter
  • can of crushed tomatoes

First I measured some spices to a dish and added about 2-3 dl of soy meat. Then I added some soy sauce, maybe 2-3 spoonfuls, Then I added hot water about the same amount I had the dry soy meat and let it stand for 15 minutes while I grated some carrots to a pan. I washed potatoes, maybe 10-15 smallish potatoes and put them to cook on the stove. After that I cooked the grated carrot a bit in butter and added some herbs of Provence spice mix. Then I added the soaked soy meat and some water to the pan. Then I added a can of crushed tomatoes. Basically I had some kind of a veggie sauce bolognese simmering at this point. I didn’t cook the potatoes all the way, maybe 15 minutes. Then I cut them to slices (with peels, I was feeling a bit lazy) and layered them to a casserole dish. I buttered the dish a bit before the potatoes. Oops, more fat. After that I added the bolognese sauce and mixed it with the potatoes. I added some water to cover all the potatoes and put it to 180 degrees for about an hour.

So basically I had like lasagne with the lasagne sheets replaced with potatoes and without any bechamel sauce. It’s still in the oven as I’m writing this. I put in quite a lot of spices because the soy meat is so bland. I made a huge dish of food with zero euros because I had all the ingredients here at home! It’s always good to stock up when you have money!

Here is what it looks like now that I take it out of the oven!

I think it looks quite good! And here is a picture of it on a plate:

I really liked it. Tastes good. Maybe a bit too much cayenne pepper, came a bit too spicy in my opinion, drowning all the herbs.

Kim came to eat too. We have a sauna night without a sauna. 

Other stuff: I started to work in Sentraali two weeks ago! We have been having some training and tomorrow is my first real actual shift. I work in number assistance, like connecting calls or finding contact information for customers. We also give timetables, routes and so on! It’s been really great, I really get to use my head! I’m so happy. Even though I’m not going back to Scotland this year. Maybe next year. Or then I’ll just apply to Helsinki University in the Spring…


Flight tickets to Norway and Helsinki

I just booked flights back home. This time too I had to book the flights from British Airways because SAS doesn’t take my electric wheelchair on their flights from Aberdeen to Heathrow. I had a bit of a fight with them last year when I flew here with my manual and electric wheelchair. Luckily SAS refunded the tickets to me in the end. Anyway, it has been a great year here in Aberdeen and now it’s time to go home!


Oh god I love the bag. I bought it from Heathrow’s Harrods when I first came last September. I was feeling a bit glamorous with all that student loan on my bank account. It’s Marc Jacobs and I think it was something like £300 on discount. A bit annoying though, it has been darkening a bit in use and I once had a bit of an accident with it; I was driving from Sainbury’s with 5 bags of food and somehow the shoulder strap got under my front tire and I couldn’t stop in time, so I drove a 360 around and over it. Luckily my phone didn’t break. I hurt my leg too a bit because it got tangled in the bag and all my stuff flew around. Some lovely people came over and helped me. The bag got a lot of scratches, fortunately most in the back so you don’t really notice it.

I also booked the flights to Norway! I am going with my friend Noora to an OI Youth Camp in Norway in June! Never been to Norway before. So excited, I will be meeting some people I have only talked to online. I’ll post from there, I think the place will be amazing and hopefully the weather too.

I am flying home on the 22.5. and I will be in Finland approximately 15:15. I’m so happy I miss my friends and unlike almost everyone else here, I didn’t go home for the Easter holiday. Didn’t have the funds.

This is from one of our favorite bars here; the Bobbin:


All the Music I listen

I have recorded most of the music I have listened since 24th April 2006 on my last.fm account. Luckily Spotify scrobbles the songs I listen there too.

Some conclusions:

Okay, enough about that.

Does anyone have any recommendations for me?


Busy, Busy Holidays.

I have had the most amazing holiday and if I’m correct, the longest vacation from school or work in 4 years. Feels weird to just hang out. At the moment I’m at Kim’s place and he is at work. I should be reading for my oncoming exams next week. Slightly panicking once again. I was at Amsterdam and Berlin before I came to Finland so I have plenty of pictures to share. I have obviously uploaded them to facebook already (luckily, because my phone got stolen last week, once again…). Anyhow, I think will make two separate posts about both of them here too.

Me and my beautiful sister at our parents place in Jäkärlä, Turku at Christmas. Some red wine and Alias – the word explaining game with my lovely siblings! I’m always such a duckface… On the background there’s a charcoil picture of Ray Charles, which I made in high school’s art class. My teacher wanted to buy it but we decided not to sell. Probably the best one I ever made!

Ok, and now to write the Amsterdam post!