After three hectic weeks in Finland I made it back home. And when I say home, I mean as home as can be, for I am in the house where a rosé champagne bottle was happily opened after I was born one cold night in 1985. My mother still lives here and I love coming back to this place. After all my travels, moving abroad, living like a gypsy and having my backpack as the one thing closest to a ‘home’ for quite a while; I absolutely love being here and feeling at home.
The raw food dinners were a great success! The first weekend was quite a busy one, with dinners on Friday and Saturday and a raw chocolate workshop on Sunday. It was such a wonderful experience to be welcomed into peoples homes and bring a part of ‘me’ there. We made sure to set up the table before the guests arrived, working together with the host of the evening. The tables eventually ended up looking something like this
We worked with different themes; the other dinners all turned out to be girls nights, so the second weekend we went for a pink theme, using pink menus, food and flowers.
I have to say I absolutely love how these days you can so easily make these beautiful photo collages with a phone! As one of the last inhabitants of our planet who has no smartphone I was very happy to receive the pictures of my happy guests. Thank you girls! Photographing is one of my biggest hobbies so these kind of things always make my artistic heart beat a bit faster… :)
The sushi picture that I couldn’t post earlier is here now:
Raw sushi is a dish that’s really easy to make, but due to its colorful and fancy looks it always turns out looking all pretty and nice. The avocado-ginger-orange sauce was perfect with it.
During the week I spent most of my time meeting up with friends, enjoying the beautiful nature and breathing in as much of the clean Finnish air as I could. Spring was well on its way and the sun was shining bright every day. The second weekend we had two dinners again and I came up with a different menu. For starters we had three different kinds of raw ravioli. One was a beetroot ravioli stuffed with cheesy cashew cream, the other was sesame marinated daikon ravioli with carrot-coconut cream and the last was a tower of cucumber slices filled with beetroot-wasabi spread. The last was my personal favorite; the combination of the sweet beetroot and sharp wasabi with the fresh cucumber and the combination of colors really makes it into a pretty treat :)
As a main I got inspired by a recipe I found on the web. I made a little tart from a nutty bottom layer, then a white wine-tarragon-cashew cream with chives and marinated mushrooms, followed by some fresh tomato and pesto and another layer of the cashew cream, topped with some more marinated mushrooms and sprouts. It looks amazing but the taste is absolutely divine! The white wine tarragon combination is one I hadn’t tried before since I usually avoid using anything alcoholic in my dishes, but I’m very happy I tried it since it was truly mouthwatering
For dessert I made a pie. I got some young coconuts from the asian shop so I made a filling with the meat and juice of the coconut, blueberries, coconut oil, cashew nuts a bit of beetroot juice and vanilla powder, sweetened with maple syrup. The sauce was made of blended blueberries, some beetroot, vanilla and agave and for the bottom I precessed soaked almonds, hazelnuts and dates with a pinch of salt. The beetroot gives a very nice color to both the pie and the sauce.
Everybody involved had a great time, me especially. I absolutely love doing what I have been doing the last few weeks and the enthusiasm of all the lovely people I met has been truly inspiring and motivating me to continue following my path this way.
I’m super excited about the things coming up in the future and can’t wait to host more dinners! If anybody’s interested in having one, no matter where on the planet you are, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. :)
Recipes are still to follow, I’m not totally happy with the layout of the site so far so I’m going to have take my time to make some changes and post everything in the right place. I am worse than most women when it comes to technology or anything that has something to do with it so this kind of stuff takes me a while… The better the victory feels when I finally get it done though! :)
Have an absolute wonderful easter everyone!
Lots of love from HOME