Goddess of Cake


The Seasonal Taste
October 13, 2009, 19:12
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Nowadays we live in an eternal summer of the supermarket aisle. It’s like in paradise, everything is available for us all year round, all different tastes from everywhere in the world, and amidst all that we graze innocently like Adam and Eve, knowing nothing of evil.  I would not hesitate calling today’s food production evil! If you have not seen the movie Food Inc, I strongly recommend it for everyone. You may think you already know all that scary stuff about how food is produced today, but honestly, when watching those abundant, lucrative supermarket shelves it is quite easy to lull yourself into a content forgetfulness and just allow yourself to be fed, like at Mother’s breast, with no worries.

I recently heard the Finnish author and passionate vegan, Antti Nylén, talk. He said something brilliant, when asked how he feels about the fact that he voluntarily refuses so much potential delight in his life. He answered: ” Abstinence in itself is a delight”, in the most laconic manner. It was great, and wonderfully true too, though the delights of abstinence are widely forgotten in our society. By this I don’t mean that we should completely refuse some nice edible things, but to perhaps eat them less, and savour more. I should personally really cut down on lemon, since I know somebody probably suffers for picking them somewhere.

I love the fact that there are still a couple of things that you can’t taste year – round. One of my favourites is  Finnish early apple varieties, especially “punakaneli”, Malus Domestica ´Koritschnevoje` that is a lovely thin – peeled, sweet, red – cheeked apple that has an aftertaste of cinnamon. None of the varieties of other apples comes anywhere near this one in taste I think.

apples

The other favourite seasonal food of mine is fresh broad beans (vicia faba). I adore broad beans: of course, they are a great local protein source (we don’t have that many pulses growing in Finland), and besides they are simply such a beautiful design. You know, how you open the shell and each one of the beans is nested in this white fluffy padding, in a little hook, like a treasure that they are. I could write a poem on broad beans! You can of course eat them dried too, but that’s a whole other story.

Common for these both things is that besides being seasonal, you need to pretty much grow them yourself in order to get some. The apple variety I’m talking about is very common in Finnish home gardens, but the commercial orchards don’t seem to grow it, I guess since it doesn’t keep very well. Fresh broad beans you might find here in an organic store if you are really lucky, and for them the season is already well past. But they are easy to grow, though mostly not very commonly known among home gardeners.

Spicy Broad Bean Salad

20 shells of broad beans

A handful of long beans

1 red fresh chili bean

a bunch of fresh coriander

cherry tomatoes

a couple of garlic cloves

1/2 dl lemon juice

1/2 extra virgin oil ( I had canola)

salt

I shelled the broad beans and steamed them and the long beans a few minutes. The broad beans only need like three minutes, the long beans a little longer. Then I chopped the chillies and garlic finely, and combined these two with the beans, tomatoes and chopped up coriander. The dressing I made out of fresh lemon juice, oil and a pinch of salt. This particular salad was fiercely hot, but the amount of chilli can be adjusted. I think the taste combination of fresh coriander, chili, lemon and garlic is simply divine, fresh and hot at the same time.

broad bean salad

And as dessert another seasonal thing, which is a veganized version of a really traditional Finnish dessert: Lingonberry mousse. Originally it is made with lingonberries (or some other berries), whipped cream and quark.  It is very simple to make, and fluffy and delicious. I think my veganized version was surprisingly nice too, since often this kind of stuff just doesn’t work at all.

Lingonberry Mousse

2,5 dl soy cream (I like the brand Soyatoo!)

2,5 dl soy yogurt

1 dl mashed lingonberries

3 tbsp sugar

a pinch of vanilla powder

I whipped up the cream and folded in the rest of the ingredients. That’s it!

lingonberry mousse


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6 Comments so far
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Olen ehdottomasti samaa mieltä, että nykyihmise ongelma ei ole valinnan tekeminen, vaan luopuminen kaikista niistä ihanista vaihtoehdoista, joita meille on tarjolla.

Comment by Okriina

Minäkin olen tuosta samaa mieltä,vaihtoehtoja kun on niin jumalattoman paljon. Olen nähnyt tuon Food Inc.dokkarin,ja erittäin tärkeä dokkari se onkin;tuollaista pitäisi ihan näyttää kouluissa. Kaunis salaatti!

Comment by Yaelian

Niinpä! Sitäpaitsi jos miettii mainontaa, niin se aina koskee niitä “huonoja” vaihtoehtoja, mahdollisimman pitkälle jalostettuja ruokatuotteita ja muutenkin epäeettisesti tuotettua ruokaa. Kuluttajille valintojen tekeminen ei mainonnan seireeninkutsun keskellä todellakaan ole helppoa! Ainoat eettiset ruokamainokset mitä yhtäkkiä tulee mieleen ovat ne Kotimaisten kasvisten “syö puoli kiloa päivässä” – mainokset, ja nekin ovat hävivän pieni pisara valtavirrassa.

Comment by goddessofcake

Löysin blogisi vasta vastikään, mutta olen tosi vakuuttunut. Kamomillan konditoriassa olisi sinulle Kreativ Blogger -tunnustus..

Comment by Kamomilla

More lovely food! I’ve never tried whippable soy cream before, but perhaps I’ll have to pick some up (and some cranberries) to try that Mousse recipe.

Comment by Angela

Thank you Angela! I just ate some cranberries, they are yummy too but I must admit I still like lingonberries better.

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