Snowy mornings definitely demand for some comfort breakfast, and to me there’s nothing more comforting than these chestnut crêpes that remind me of my homeplace, in Northern Italy, where autumn is all about castagnata, that is picking chestnuts in the woods and roasting them with friend gathered around a fire. Cannot do that here in Finland since there are no chestnut trees, but the same friends with whom I would do a castagnata with are kind enough to send some chestnut goodies all the way up here proving that, after all, distance is just a matter of perspectives. Continue Reading
In collaboration with Adlibris.
In the first part of this mini guide we saw how to identify your travel destination, how to search for flights (and save!) and why it is important to be flexible when it comes from which airport to fly. Let’s continue then, shall we?
BE OPEN TO USE OTHER TRANSPORTATION THAN FLIGHTS
Starting with the premise that you are not in a hurry, making part of the journey by other means of transportation than airplane can help you save money. Continuing our December trip example, by deciding to fly from Tallinn, we also agreed on taking a train or bus from where we live to Helsinki and then a 2 hour ferry from there to Tallinn. Also in Italy we’re going to move from one place to another by train.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know how we feel about traveling by train (if you don’t, take a look at this post for example). The reasons are many: it gives the opportunity to see landscapes one would have otherwise missed, it makes the trip as a whole more enriching and allows to be in contact with local and get acquainted with the culture. So, if you just have the time, consider making part of the trip by train or bus and I assure you you’ll come home with a far more unforgettable experience.
In collaboration with Adlibris.
Here we go again. Autumn and darkness are coming to Finland and we try to get through it by going for a holiday somewhere else. What we were looking for this year didn’t have any specific criteria, only that the place would have some more light than here, which is basically anywhere southern 😀
The kind of holidays we like to make with Klaus are focused on visiting new places, experiencing new cultures and immersing ourselves in a reality different from the one we live in Finland. So, you guessed, we’re not the kind of people who lock themselves up in a turistic resort and lay by the pool all day, even though we also like to relax and take things easy.
The destination we chose for this year is *drum roll* ITALY! The reasons for this decision are many, the main one being me missing my friends whom, by the time we’ll go, I won’t have seen in one year and a half. Also, Italy is quite a cheap travel destination that offers such a big variety of landscapes and cultures as very few places in the world can do: within a few hours train or car ride, you can literally jump from the towering Alps to the almost Caribbean southern coasts, passing through historic cities like Turin, Florence, Rome and Naples.
In this mini guide we’ll show you how we usually plan for a trip and our tips&tricks on how to save in the process. Continue Reading
Last month, when Desirée came to visit us here in Finland, we decided to go to Stockholm for few days. Our first destination was another one, but few events that will be revealed in the following post, we opted to visit Sweden’s capital.
This recipe was born in Portugal, when we last time went to visit my family. My granny is not a fan of uncooked eggs, but still I had already fixed in my mind I would make chocolate rosemary mousse for the next day’s dessert. This recipe is super easy, full of taste and quick to prepare, so all the key factors in one. Not bad, ey? I also added some honey caramelized oranges at the top, which fitted very well. Continue Reading
Behold, the drink for your summer parties has arrived! It’s refreshing, tasty and sweet just the right amount; everything you need from a summer drink! Continue Reading
This is going to be the queen recipe of the summer. No doubt about it. Klaus is an attentive judge when it comes to give opinions about things that interest him. With this ice cream, well, he barely had the words to comment it because he was just too busy savoring it. That already gave me confidence that I might have nailed this one. When we had Klaus’ granny over for dinner, though, there I received the confirmation to all my presumptions. Continue Reading
In collaboration with Artisan Kallio Brewery.
There was a man, an officer for the army of Tsar, who took the painstaking task of traveling the 14 000 km journey from Kirgizia in the middle east all the way to Peking and documenting it with photos and his personal diary. His journey lasted over 2 years and he did it all horseback. Some knew him as “Madáhàn”, the man who rode between the clouds. I know him by another name. Continue Reading
This is one of those recipes that might sound boring, but it really is not. I created my own version of chocolate chip cookies when I was maybe 13. I’ve made them so many times, that I really know the recipe by heart and I don’t even weigh the ingredients anymore. They cook super quickly and I might end up making them when I am craving something sweet and have nothing of that kind at home. The first time I made them to Klaus he was truly amazed by their soft structure and full taste.
The two secret ingredients are Continue Reading
Does someone know why loaf cakes are called “plumcakes” in Italian? And no, usually there are no plums in it. Anyways, I’ve wanted to make a loaf cake for a long time now and I think that with this recipe I really nailed it. This loaf cake is pretty delicious. I love the combination of the cake and the moist & juicy pears. I’d serve it with some vanilla sauce, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Continue Reading