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Mom's apple pie

The title doesn't mean that my mom invented this recipe or anything like that, because she probably got it from a colleague at work many years ago. But she gave it to me and she taught me how to prepare it... my first pie ever!
That's why this apple pie is so important to me, it holds a very special place in my heart. Especially now, that my mother lives far away and I can't bake this pie for her anymore. I can, however, eat it for her too :P

This apple pie is really easy to make and it tastes great. It's true that "the simplest food is also the best".

Since today here is Mother's Day, I served the pie with a delicious vanilla flavored whipped cream. Mmmm... not very healthy but so damn good! :D

  • 2-3 medium size sweet apples
  • 100 g flour
  • 150 g sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 glass of milk
  • 1 small bag dried bake yeast (about 11 g)

Peel the apples, removed the seeds and cut them in thin slices. Melt the butter slowly on the stove at low heat. Put the flour in a bowl with eggs, sugar and mix well while pouring half glass of milk.
When the butter is melted add it to the mixture. Mix the dry yeast with the remaining milk with a teaspoon and pour that too in the bowl. Mix well until the mixture is even.
Grease a pie plate with some butter and spread some flour on it. Pour the mixture in the plate and add the apple slices on top. Bake in pre-heated oven at 200º for about 30 minutes.
Serve as it is or with vanilla whipped cream/ice-cream.

Light potato croquettes

So time ago I had few potatoes left in the fridge and I had to find a way to cook them. They weren't enough to make mashed potatoes and I didn't feel like having plain boring boiled potatoes... What to do?! Ahhh big big dilemma!!!

At the end I made these potato croquettes, with other leftovers I found in the fridge: ham and parsley. They came out very good! Even in the photo there's a fork, I like to eat them with my fingers :P

In the original recipe, potato croquettes are deep fried in oil... so not very good for diet. Instead, I cooked them in a little bit of oil enough not to let them stick to the pan. Much much healthier.

These potato croquettes are ideal for snack, and you can fill them with ingredients of your choice like for example cheese, bell pepper or zucchini :)

  • some potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • sliced ham
  • finely chopped parsley
  • rapeseed oil
  • salt & pepper

Peel and wash the potatoes. Drop them in boiling water and cook until they're soft (I always add a couple of teaspoons of salt in the water).
Mash them with a fork or a blender and put them into a large bowl. Add then egg, ham, parsley, salt and pepper up to taste. Mix well.
Make small balls and flatten them up with your hands so they're easier to cook.
Warm up a pan with a little of oil and fry the croquettes on both sides until they turn a bit brown. Serve as they are or with some nice sauce.

Sweet bubbly Vappu!

Today, May 1st, here in Finland is Vappu (known abroad as Walpurgis Night).
But while in other Countries, like Italy, this day is only considered Workers' Day, here it's a festivity that involves jokes, carnival-style celebrations, alcoholic beverages and yummy pastries.

The most popular Vappu drink is SIMA (sweet mead), but also sparkly wine and beer are quite popular. With those Finns eat usually sausages, donuts and especially tippaleipä (lovely funnel cake that looks a bit like a brain...).

As I wrote in this post, this year we made our own sima! And today it was finally ready to be enjoyed with some good yummy stuff :)

Our sima came out really good. The taste is not too sweet (we replaced some of the sugar of the original recipe with honey) and it's VERY BUBBLY! Just the way I like it :P

Sima is wonderful to drink with sweets like tippaleipä, cookies and marshmallows.

Happy Vappu!!!
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