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About Finnish society & culture. From snow to sauna, from natives to Nokia.
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Traditions of Finland bring warmth and light

Traditions of Finland bring warmth and light | Finland | Scoop.it

" To understand why the holidays are so important to Finnish families - indeed, to everyone of Scandinavian background - consider the context.

So many of my food memories of Finland are vivid summer ones - freshly smoked salmon, just-picked forest blueberries and moccasin-shaped Karelian pastries, all in a country so close to the Arctic Circle that the estival sun shines until midnight.

In winter, the script is entirely flipped. The freezing temperatures limit food options to meats, cured fish, root vegetables, pickles and preserves. The sea is iced over, so fresh fish - so abundant in the summer - is in short supply. And if snow is late, winter in Finland is an especially dark time. Perhaps that's the reason Scandinavians place such importance on the holiday season inside their homes."

 

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Finnish rye-bread revolution hits the US - thisisFINLAND: Arts & culture: Cuisine

Finnish rye-bread revolution hits the US - thisisFINLAND: Arts & culture: Cuisine | Finland | Scoop.it
When Simo Kuusisto left Finland at 19, he never imagined he’d end up making Finnish rye bread popular among New Yorkers.
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New Nordic's Cool, But Old Scandinavian Food Holds Its Own

New Nordic's Cool, But Old Scandinavian Food Holds Its Own | Finland | Scoop.it
Scandinavian cuisine is a product of geography and climate, plus some seafaring Viking history.

Although its praises are seldom sung, traditional Scandinavian fare — full of seafood, berries, roots and rye — has a lot to recommend it. To be clear, we're not talking fancy French technique or expansively layered spice palettes. We're talking about simple farm fare, hearty whole grain breads and rich seafood stews, food meant to sustain you during the winter. And according to some studies, it may actually be fairly healthy.

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Marty Roddy's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:28 PM

Love dill...PLUS

Mushrooms, roots crops , peas...MMM