Saturday, 2 April 2011

On Hiatus

Dear food blogger friends,

As you have noticed I have not updated Cinnamonda for ages. I simply don't have time to write two blogs and have decided to concentrate on my book blog A Book Blog of One's Own. You are all welcome to visit me there. Cinnamonda will stay online as a recipe archive, and, who knows, I might continue with it at some point.


Sunday, 27 June 2010

Midsummer Salad

This has been a long weekend in Finland, as Midsummer Eve on the 24th is a public holiday. Midsummer food tends to be on the simple side, sausages grilled on open fire being one of the favorites, and for many food is not so important than the more liquid substances. ;) Many left for their summer cottages already on Thursday afternoon and the cities then to be rather quiet this weekend. I'm a city girl myself, not a summer cottage person at all, and I actually hardly ever celebrate Midsummer in any special way other than enjoying the long weekend.

So, there were no grilled sausages for me. Instead I made a nice, fresh salad today.

Midsummer Salad

2 kinds of organic green salad (enough for 2 persons)
half a bunch of organic pea sprouts
1 organic pear, peeled & cut into small cubes
2 organic tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 boiled organic eggs, thinly sliced
4 slices of prociutto
some parmeggiano, thinly sliced
pine & pumpkin seeds
a mixture of olive oil & balsamico for seasoning

1. Shread the greens by hand & set into a large bowl
2. Add the pear cubes
3. Add the prociutto (also shredded by hand into bite size pieces) & the parmeggiano slices
4. Add the seeds & springle with the mixture of olive oil & balsamico
5. When serving, decorate the plates with thinly sliced tomatos & eggs (one tomato & egg per plate)

Serve with some nice white bread springled with olive oil & good quality salt.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Icelandic Memories

Take a look at some pictures I took during a work-related trip to Iceland this week. You'll find the pictures & a bit more about my trip here.

And yes, I could have tasted some whale while in Reykjavik, but opted not to.
Ate lots of fish and lamb, though. :)

Saturday, 15 May 2010


Unfortunately I don't have the time to write regular posts to two blogs at the moment. As I also have not been baking anything for some time now I have decided to take a break from Cinnamonda. I will continue to post on A Book Blog of One's Own and you are all welcome to visit me there. I promise to be back on posting also on Cinnamonda later this summer.

Have fun and enjoy the spring!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Valentine's Day 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Cinnamonda Turns Two!

Time flies, my friends! Exactly two years ago today I posted my first recipe here in Cinnamonda. Quite a few recipes later, here we are, celebrating Cinnamonda's second blogoversary! It's been fun, and in addition to Cinnamonda I have since also started a book blog called A Book Blog of One's Own. Thank you all for being such wonderful friends, visiting my blog, leaving encouraging commments -and posting such wonderful recipes on your own blogs! I have learned so much about cooking during these two years! So, here's for many more!

And do take a look at that first recipe I posted. Those bundles are quite yummy! :)

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright!

I've been baking some good, old classics lately. It's been so cold outside for many days now that it's just lovely to be inside and bake and let the heat from the oven to warm the whole kitchen! And let the scent of freshly baked cakes to invade the whole house!

The recipe I'm sharing with you today is for a cake that is well known in many places around the world even if its name differes from one country to another. In Finland it is called "tiikerikakku" i.e. the tiger cake.

The Tiger Cake
Recipe from Seitsemän sortin leivonnaiset

200 g butter
2,5 dl sugar
3 eggs
4 dl wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 dl milk
2 Tsp cocoa powder
1 Tsp vanilla sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 200 Centigrade.
2. Butter, or cover with baking paper, a rectangular bread tin.
3. Whip together butter and sugar.
4. Add eggs one by one mixing well between each addition.
5. Add flour, baking powder, and milk. Mix.
6. Remove about 1/3 of the batter into another bowl, add cocoa powder into it, and mix.
7. Add vanilla sugar to the remainder of the batter.
8. Spread half of the batter spiced with vanilla sugar into the bread tin.Then add the batter with the cocoa powder. Lastly add rest of the batter on top.
9. Using a fork pick the batter from various places in order to mix the different batter layers a little, and thus creating some tiger stripes!
10. Bake in the lower part of the oven for 1 hour.
11. Let cool a bit.
12. Enjoy, maybe with a glass of cold milk!