Garlic Festival and Chinese Kites

 @ Kerava Garlic Festival 2018

The first time the garlic festival in Kerava was held was in 1989. We love garlic and I remember we then decided to go there. Well, for some reason we never went. Not until now. It didn’t differ from other markets like farmers market or herring market, other than there was plenty garlic. We bought a jar of black garlic mayonnaise, garlic ice cream, hawthorn/ginger gel, the Devil’s sauce and some garlic bread. All very delicious and tasty.

@ Oittaa Chinese Kites happening IMG_4169CIn the afternoon we went to an other happening nearby us. The Chinese Kites at Oittaa(Oittans) on the shore of Lake Bodom. There is a nice beach, a camping area, you can play beach volley plus other outdoor activity possibilities and of course also swim. We didn’t see all the kites as we only stayed for a short time. But, I was happy with what I saw as I have not seen that huge kites so high up before.

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Naïvists at Iittala

Today we were in Iittala at the Naïve art exhibition together with good friends. It’s celebrating it’s 30th year this year. Last year we were there for the first time. It is so nice. All the paintings make you feel so good. Lots of cute animals and flowers which I love. One walks around smiling broadly. There are so many small details in the paintings to find out, to discover. After some thinking, I have to say my favorite artist this year is Riitta Kolari. Our friends live not far away from Iittala and asked us to come to them for afternoon coffee. Thank you so much for the nice company at the exhibition and for the good coffee.

Stuffed zucchini & apple/rhubarb pie

Stuffed zucchini halves IMG_6885CI cooked the scooped zucchini halves for a few minutes in salted water and let them drain off. Then fried the minced meat, the chopped bacon, onion and the chopped zucchini flesh adding salt, pepper and herbs. I used dried thyme and basil. I filled the “boats” and topped with cheese. Baked them in 200 C for about 30 min. A little less time in the oven would have been fine. But, as my husband said, not bad 😉

apple/rhubarb pie IMG_6883CFor desert apple/rhubarb pie.

Zucchini/bacon casserole

On Wednesday when my childhood friend visited us she also brought us many more things than the spinach and carrots from her own garden. She gave us two huge zucchini, tomatoes and a deep frozen piece of venison meat. Again, thank you so much. Yesterday I browsed for zucchini recipes, other than soups, on the internet. There are many. I chose one by ‘Valio koekeittiö.’ A zucchini/bacon casserole with risotto rice, tomatoes, onion, cream cheese, cream, dry basil and salt. It was so good. I may cook it again as there is growing many zucchini in my garden too 😉 or I will look for more recipes on the net 🙂What happened ! ? I forgot to take the before eating photo 😦 Not much left.

Spinach Soup

Spinach soup, pinaattikeitto, spenatsoppa 20180810_131254_HDRCOn Wednesday my childhood friend visited us. She brought us both spinach and carrots from her own garden. Thank you my friend ❤ Today I cooked fresh spinach soup for the first time in my entire life. Usually we buy deep frozen. Surprise, surprise, it was easy, quick and delicious 😉

Tomatoes

Two different kinds of tomatoes. The ones to the left are grown from seeds in a mini greenhouse I bought from Lidl in beginning/middle of March. The label says “lycopersicon esculentum marmande” At some point I was tempted to give up on them. But, didn’t. Now there are many green ones. In the other bucket are plants also bought from Lidl sometimes in the beginning of April. I forgot to read the label and have no idea what they are called. To me they look like regular tomatoes. Tomatoes I’m used to.