Our chef Janne Lansipuro introduced us to our first course, a soup made with pike, carrot and apples. A hint of citrus...salt and sweet. After 24 hours of traveling, it was absolutely sublime to sit and savor around a long farm table with all our new friends; Sirpamaria, Mikko, Pinja and Paula.
The second course was buckwheat blini with trout roe and Muikku roe, a kind of small herring in the salmon family. Salted mushrooms, sour cream and chopped red onion. I have to say, this dish was a "I have to be by myself for awhile" kind of dish. The slow deliberate mouthfuls were a kind of meditation. God, I love eating like that! Exquisite.
Mikko was telling us about an experiential exhibit they have at Heuruka now about eating. It's a tasting and savoring exercise. I said that if we all learned to eat like that, to be present in the moment with the beautiful food, the earth's bounty, then there is a good chance we could transform our food system. Deliberate, conscious eating could not happen around a Big Mac.
Next course: lamb "parts" in a berry wine reduction and the all too familiar but no less delicious roasted root vegetables. Carrots, parsnips and potatoes in a rosemary olive oil glaze. It was quite good and those oven roasted root vegetables tasted like home!
The last course, baked apple with chocolate, plum and mint sauce. The farm produces herbs and sells them. One of the things they produce is a delicious tea, made with spruce, calendula, corellian mint, peppermint, cinnamon and lemon basil. It was a perfect top off to a wonderful dinner. Thank you Janne!
You will have to bare with me about this food stuff. You see, I think food, and I mean good food...real, whole food, beautifully prepared is an art form. It is beauty and gratitude you can taste and ingest. It is life affirming. It is humbling. So hang in there with me as I take you with me on a gastronomic journey through Finland!
Next stop the sauna!