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Hi again !
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Hi again !
I was today thinking of my roots, especially on my mother’s side. I actually ‘realized’ that I am a half Karelian. Karelia is a part of, can I say South-East Finland. Firstly just want to say, I am not talking about politics or whatever, for me this is history. I am not bitter or angry to anyone of it. Finland’s Karelia used to be a bigger. But during the World War II Finland lost some part of it to Soviet Union (Russia). My mother was born in Kurkijoki, Karelia. It is a former part of Finland next to lake Ladoga and has since 1945 belonged to Soviet Union (Russia). She was 8 months old when Soviet Union attacked to Finland and the Winter War started, followed by Continuation War. Eventually the whole war took 5 years. My mother's father, my grandfather, was end 1939 called to join the army, Finland's army ordered the mobilization to protect the country. My grandmother (whom I've never seen, passed away in age of ~44 before I was born) with tens of thousands of others collect everything what they could and started the days trip to the Western Finland. About 95% of their property was left in Karelia…and they never return their home anymore. Finland government re-locate the families to the Western side, but they were ‘outsiders’, most of them shamed that they need to took government’s help. Although, they were Finnish and country was in a war! I have always had a feeling that Karelian’s are very persistent people. They will go through the gray stone, if needed. At least one of them, has really showed it. Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, a long time famous Finnish diplomat and UN director. Then 1994-2000 President of Finland and finally 2008 a Noble peace prize winner. He always reminds when he was a young boy, re-located from Karelia, and kids in the new area looked at him as a stranger... foreigner…;)...But, slowly the nation adhered together and fought against the Eastern enemy. Finally lost some land, but saved the independence.
So, food today. It is of course ‘Karjalanpaisti’ (Karelian meat stew). Firstly I say, that this is a'la Shores style. I did not even try to follow the original recipe. And, it is hard to say which one is the original, because of there are so many different varieties. However, this is my recipe :
- 400-500 grams beef and pork loin both (together about 1kg)
- 2 onions
- 4 middle size carrots
- Spring onion
- Black pepper (whole size)
- Concentrated chicken stock
Cut the beef and pork to the middle size cubes. Fry them them a little bit in food oil, make them brownish. Peel onion, carrots and spring onion. Place all items, meat and vegetables in layers to the pot and spice with concentrated chicken stock and whole size black pepper. Fill the pot with water, just on the top level of the all items. Place the pot (without cover) to oven, the first 30-45 minutes 250'C, then lower down the heat to 180-200'C. Keep it there an hour. Then again lower down the heat to 100-120'C and place the cover onto the pot. Keep it in the oven about an hour more. The secret actually is low heat and longer time.. I've seen recipes which tell that not more heat than 90-100'C...but cook it about 8 hours! So, my friends, please try. With this food you can really improvise...;-) Eat it with mashed potato, cranberry jam, bee root and pickles (I used sweet relish). Yam!
And music...what was it today. I must say sorry to my English speaking friends it is coming in Finnish language. But, somehow this song was in my mind while cooking : " Mina lahden Pohjois-Karjalaan" (I am going to Northern Karelia). Ok, this song actually does not tell the story about people like my mother and others. It is more like 1980's. But, this was a band which never made a live concert, at least in my understanding, they only made albums and some television shows. Unfortunately the singer passed away on 2003, while sleeping got a heart attack in age of 46. Eventhough, he never used alcohol in his life and had stopped smoking a few years before his death. But, he was diagnosed already in childhood for some kind of heart problem. This or that, however Gosta Sundqvist your songs are alive. Maybe they needed you so early in the upstairs band...RIP.
Enjoy, my friends.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Don't get shock about the story title. All is ok with me, but I was a bit nervous when I started to cook today this one of my favorite Asian dish, first time cooking it myself. Was worried how I'll survive to show my cooking habits to my Asian wife and her relatives, by cooking very tradiotional Malaysian/Singapore dish. I modified the recipe a little bit, as I do not like cockles and also not very much of squid (for me it is like a chewing gum withhout any taste)...and why I said..'The Road to Hell'..? As I was nervous and also this dish need to cook in a high heat and our kitchen was hot like a sauna..and I was sweating like in Hell !...:)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
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It is Thursday. To my friends in Middle East weekend is starting/ongoing, as there Friday is 'Sunday'. So, buddies there...have a nice weekend ! In here Asia, we are coming closely behind tomorrow.
Just about my lunch here in Singapore today...'Indian Bee Hoon Goreng'...topped with fried egg. Not maybe a healthiest choice, as everything is fried in oil and even the egg included. But, it is good once again...and nicely spicy, becauce of chili sauce is mixed into the noodles while frying them. Name of the food actually comes from mix of languages (correct me someone, if I'm wrong). Ok, it is 'Indian' style, 'Bee Hoon' comes from Chinese - thin white noodles, and 'Goreng' is Malay and means fried. Yam...not bad...and 3.70SGD (1.85 Euros).
And...how about the music...maybe, because of it is a weekend in Dubai...where I recently was working. Let's rock a little bit...;)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I decided to 'enlarge' this my blog also to introducing of local dishes in Singapore...or where ever I am working or just travelling. That's why also changed the blog name...Shorestone Food & Rock'n Roll...
This was my lunch today here in Singapore. 'Wonton noodles (dry)' (or Wonton Mee). With dumplin soup and chili (I am a chili lover...!). Had it in a normal 'coffee shop' or 'hawker center', or 'kopi tiam'....whatever you want to call them....there are a lot of names for those eating places. Anyway, it is a really habit in Singapore to eat in these places or buy a take way to home. Food is good, cheap, clean and you can get it basicly instantly. I know, people in Singapore are saying that prices are getting higher...yes that's true...but this lunch 2.50 SGD (=1.25 Euros), I believe still, that my friends back in Finland are jealous....;)
I have never cooked this personally. Maybe one day need to try and also, if you're interested in see this link : http://www.malaysianfood.net/recipes/recipewontonmee.htm
And...what about the music...Ok, I did not have my ear phones with me...but if I would eat it at home, it would be....
I don't know, but somehow this song was in my mind...Sorry to my English speaking friends, it is in Finnish language...enjoy....