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Winter wedding shoot

Few weeks ago I had the chance to photograph a winter wedding photo session. Even though I am mainly a food photographer, it is always refreshing to take pictures of “living things”. The day couldn’t have been more beautiful. The air was crisp and clear, the sky was blue and sun was shining. It was the kind of day you hope for, but never would expect. Till the day before forecast gave cloudy, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw what a bright day it was instead! In part of the shoot we are standing on the frozen sea, which is something quite unique and that cannot be achieved in many places in the world.

The pictures with back-light in the forest were improvised and, as for many fortuitous things, are probably the best and most magical of this all photo session. We were just walking back to the car, when I realized that on our right there was this little forest that really could have come out straight from a winter wonderland fairy tale. There was an almost imperceptible wind, enough to make some flakes of fresh snow fall down from the trees. It was so achingly beautiful moment, I almost didn’t want to take pictures and just admire the scene myself, but I guess the bride&groom are happy I didn’t 😀

So here are the pictures, hope you like them!

Winter Wedding Shoot in Oulu, Finland | on Due fili d'erba | Two Blades of grass | Photography by Thais FK Continue Reading

Natural skin care by the Portuguese Caramela

Natural skin care by the Portuguese brand Caramela | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | by Thais FK

Today I’m going to share with you one of the most enjoyable photoshoots I’ve ever had. I took these pictures in a beautiful beach in Portugal, called Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro, in a hot, sunny day and I most certainly couldn’t complain about my office location 😀
What I was photographing were natural skin products of the Portuguese brand called Caramela. What I love about this brand is the fact that they use only natural ingredients. The INCI list of their skin care products are super short, the shortest I’ve ever seen! And I can recognize 90-100% of them (ok, knowing some Latin helps a lot, I admit it). So here you go with a little commentary for the Caramela’s products I tried. Continue Reading

Breakfast in bed – Chocolate muffins | gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free

Breakfast in bed - Chocolate muffins - gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Linen bedding and linen table runners by Linen Tales | Bowl by Pentik | Photos and Recipe by Thais FK

As you know, I am not a fanatic of super healthy food. I am no vegan, no vegetarian, and especially no paleo. I don’t use caster sugar so much in my everyday life because, well, it just tastes bad. We usually use whole cane sugars like dark natural muscovado or coconut sugar. Try it once on an espresso and you’ll never want to turn back to the old caster sugar. Sometimes, though, I like to make dessert trying to avoid the “common ingredients”, both as a challenge to myself and to have some alternative I can make when friends who have some sort of allergy or intolerance come over. Probably this is the first baked dessert ever that I make where there are no eggs. I was so surprised by the result, these chocolate banana muffins are so delicious!! Continue Reading

A bright winter day in Oulu, Finland

A bright winter day in Oulu, Finland | Visit Oulu, Visit Finland | Thais FK

Days like this day are the reason why it’s worth surviving the kaamos phase we have to go through every year, that is those three months in late autumn/early winter where there is absolute blackness everywhere, constantly.
Days like this day are the reason why I love to live in Finland and I find this country extremely fascinating.
Days like this day are the ones that have the power to charge me like no summer day can do. Continue Reading

Thai chicken soup

In collaboration with Neito.

Neito rypsiöljy | Finnish rapeseed oil | Thai chicken soup Recipe | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Photos and Recipe by Thais FK

Hi friends! This post will be controversial especially in Italy I guess. Why? Because I’m going to talk about oil, and this time not olive oil, as I am so used to using in my everyday meals. This time I’ll talk about an oil common in Nordic countries, that is the rapeseed oil from the field mustard plant, and tell you why this is the oil that you absolutely should have in your kitchens. Continue Reading

Sleeping survival guide for Nordic countries – Part II

Sleeping survival guide for Nordic countries | Linen bedding by Linen Tales | Forest green duvet linen cover & ashes or roses flat sheet | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Photos by Thais FK

Hello friends! Here is the second part of my sleeping guide for Nordic countries (you can find the first part here).

5. Use some calming essential oils

There are many essential oils that can help the sleeping process, the most common of them being lavender. We usually use thyme oil, as we both have some breathing issues and thyme helps with chest infections and cough. This is an effortless way to improve your sleep, especially if you have one of Tomelo’s air freshener mushroom, that naturally and smoothly spreads the essential oil in the air and lasts for several days. Continue Reading

Sleeping survival guide for Nordic countries – Part I

Sleeping survival guide for Nordic countries | Linen bedding by Linen Tales | Forest green duvet linen cover & ashes or roses flat sheet | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Photos by Thais FK

Finland is the country of contrast. In summertime we have midnight sun and nightless nights, whereas in some periods of wintertime we don’t see the sun at all (nor light, for that matter). Of course, how drastic the light situation is depends greatly on what latitude one lives. I’d say in Helsinki the situation is not as bad as here in Oulu for example, about 600km (370 miles) further north than the Finnish capital.

As our body is regulated by cicardian rhythms, which are those processes dictated by our biological clock that occur and are repeated daily, it is normal to feel more active in summertime when there’s more light than in wintertime and it’s good to partly go to with that flow. When it comes to sleeping routines, however, how to cope? Here’s my mini sleeping survival guide especially thought if you live in Nordic countries, but I’m sure you’ll get great advice you can apply wherever you are currently living! As I went on writing this post I realized it was getting too long, so I will today share 4 out of the eight bullets of my guide. Continue Reading

Creamy and fresh salmon pasta with mustard seeds and horseradish

Creamy and fresh salmon pasta with mustard seeds and horseradish Recipe | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Spices by RawSpiceBar | Linens by Son de flor | Plate by Broste | Recipe and photos by Thais FK

I can’t believe I haven’t yet published a pasta recipe in this blog! Here goes a thanks to my faithful partner in crime and blog Desirée, who had suggested me some time ago to publish some “normal” recipes, something easy and quick to prepare in the everyday life, accessible to everyone and still full of taste and flavor.
Actually I’m kinda happy that my first down-to-earth-recipe is something that connects my Italian roots with one of the main Finnish ingredients, that is salmon. Continue Reading

Beet red velvet cake with rose frosting

Beet red velvet cake with rose frosting | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Linens by Son de Flor | Recipe by Thais FKBeet red velvet cake with rose frosting | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Linens by Son de Flor | Recipe by Thais FK

Red velvet cakes have always intrigued me, but I’ve never made them because the idea of using artificial poisons coloring had never inspired, au contraire, it has in fact killed my desire to make this cake. The other day I found myself wondering how to use those three beetroots that have been lying in my refrigerator for some days and suddenly everything just clicked together. Continue Reading

Runeberg’s cake

Runeberg's cake | Runebergintorttu | Runebergintäytekakku | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Recipe and photos by Thais FK

February fifth is in Finland Runeberg’s day, the National poet of Finland. As explained in a more detailed way in this post, the famous seasonal cakes with gingerbread leftovers, almonds and raspberry jam are named after him.

Well, as it happens, I find myself in possession of a 4 2/3 inch (12 cm) panettone springform (head here to discover why), so I started thinking what else could I make with this high-border-pan other than panettone, when I bumped into Saara’s cake and boom! I knew what I had to do. Continue Reading