Piparkakut: Finnish Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits

Christmas brings with it so many fond memories of my childhood. The way my Mum would start preparing Christmas dinner weeks in advance and up would go the tree and decorations all over the house. She is partial to a bit of fairy light love, every year her collection would grow until trees outside eventually started to light up in true Christmas spirit. Plates and plates of Finnish meat dishes were lovingly prepared along with hearty winter casseroles (remember, she is cooking as if in Finland in December, not Australia), salads with quirky dressings such as a pink mayonnaise coloured with beetroot, and then of course, the sweet stuff.

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December 27, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Your One and Only loving Mother - Well done Pegs! They look perfect, you’ve done better job that I ever did. The smell of the spices are out of this world aren’t they. I didn’t make any this year as there were just two of us at Christmas. It is on my bucket list to have one of those old time favourite Christmas parties as we used to have. With all the trimmings and tonnes of gifts under the lit up christmas tree and we’ll eaat till we can’t eat no more. xxoo

December 28, 2013 - 2:45 am

Dina - they look yummy!

December 28, 2013 - 8:00 am

Stephanie - Yum! I love love baking cookies! I’ll be trying them!

January 5, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Mum. Yes the smell is amazing, I found it a little hard to stop at one. Or two or three. I look forward to one of our old family Christmas dinners, they truly were the best. xo

January 5, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Peggy Saas - Dina they were truly delightful! A Christmas favourite that’s for sure.

January 5, 2014 - 11:50 pm

Peggy Saas - Stephanie you won’t be disappointed. Very easy to make and the smell and taste is just lovely. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cherry Pavlova with Mascarpone

Every so often I bake something that gets me thinking ‘wow.’ This pavlova was one such thing. I got the idea from Nigella, having recently bought one of her books and while ogling the pages (I mostly look at the photographs at first flick through) I saw a delightful looking coffee pavlova. I quite like Nigella, her cooking technique is simple yet stylish, she doesn’t mind admitting to cutting corners and is not snobby in her approach. Any of her recipes I have attempted myself have always turned out beautifully. This pavlova was no exception.

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December 27, 2013 - 5:41 am

The Life of Clare - Peggy, this looks amazing. I love eating and making pavs!

January 5, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Clare, it was just divine! I made another one a few days later, both equally delicious. I love eating pavs too, and I think I may now enjoy making them.

Blueberry Galette + A Cookbook Idea

Berries would have to be the prettiest food around. I love when they’re baked and they gently split open to reveal their delicious juices, pouring colour all over the pastry they are encased in. I often write about how my grandmother would send my Mum off into the forest to forage for berries before she baked, I think that’d be a very delightful chore for a child. 

Speaking of my Mum’s childhood food stories, I have finally decided to draft my first cookbook. It’s very early days (ie I am still on the contents list) but I am moving on it, slowly. I have had an idea rolling around in my head for the better part of a year, maybe two, and recently my dear and very creative friend Emma gave me a gentle nudge to start getting it down on paper. I emailed my Mum and told her I need Finnish recipes (a slight hint) and I will also need family stories (another slightly bigger hint), so she promptly sent me a list of recipes off the top of her head, about 40 of them. I see 2014 being a year of baking, baking and more baking. And eating.

I am very happy about this.

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December 19, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Your One and Only Loving mother! - Berries always reminds me of my childhood. We had so many berries growing wild. Strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and lingonberries. Then we grew gooseberries, black, red and white currants and ofcorse rasberries in our own garden. Gallettes, pies and cakes with berries were a norm during the summer and saturday was the day for baking them.

Your galettes looks absolutely delishious and I too like the rustic look. xoox

December 22, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Mum. What delightful memories, I can’t even imagine having all those berries available for picking! How nice. Can’t wait to hear more about these fond food memories for my cookbook. :) xo

December 23, 2013 - 11:35 am

angelica | table twenty eight - What absolutely beautiful images – I’m rather envious! You nailed the lighting and I love the simplicity but effectiveness of the compositions… Fabulous!

January 5, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Angelica, that’s great feedback. I have a nice little well-lit spot in my dining room and if I choose the right time of day, the light plays nicely for me. It’s a fun thing this food photography, isn’t it!

January 29, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar} - Peggy, it’s my first time hearing about you and your cookbook ideas, even if they are in early stages!! Congratulations, it must be very exciting for you :) )) I’m sure it’ll be filled with many lovely recipes, accompanied with beautiful pictures and stories! Keep us posted!

The Streets of Melbourne: Part III // Night Noodle Markets

The minute I knew I was on my way to Melbourne I messaged my fabulous friend Kieu. An dear longtime friend, a friend that has partied with me, cried with me, celebrated and laughed with me. A friend that has turned up with flowers in the midst of troubled times and didn’t balk at me wearing pyjama pants as I opened the door. A friend that no matter what the distance or how long we go without talking we always pick up where we left off. My darling friend got married earlier this year, so this was my chance to squeeze her and her ‘husband pants’ for the first time since their wedding.

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December 12, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Kieu Bocock - ?awh shucks ? feel so honoured to get this special mention (my name typed out 4 times, yes I’m such a counter!) Will dream of you making the move over, just follow your nose to the wonderlust smells of deep fried Izakaya chicken!!! Love you xxx

December 12, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Emma Galloway - Beautiful pics Peggy! And thanks Ben + Kieu, you really were the greatest subjects to photograph :-)

December 13, 2013 - 3:28 am

The Life of Clare - Your version of Melbourne is stunning! I need to take a different view of the city. Thanks for reminding me.

December 13, 2013 - 11:09 am

Maxabella - Didn’t we have a lovely time the time we went to Melbourne… x

December 14, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Selina - Beautiful capture of a place I would of loved to have been at, sharing your time and taste buds with Kieu glad you had a great time

December 22, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Peggy Saas - Four mentions? Well you are too fabulous not to get multiples! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality darling girl, we had such a great time.

Get Melbourne to warm up and find me a spot near the beach and I’m there! xo

December 22, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Emm. Kieu and Benjamin were the best hosts and unintentional models!

December 22, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Peggy Saas - I think when we are surrounded by something we tend to notice less, don’t you think Clare? I’ve only recently opened my eyes to Perth, it’s amazing how much I have missed over the decades I have lived here. Melbourne is beautiful, I love it.

December 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Peggy Saas - Ahh the time we went to Melbourne. It was delightful Bron. xo

December 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Peggy Saas - We did have a great time Selina. So good to catch up with lovely friends and indulge in all the great sights and food. Oh the food!

Public House Kitchen & Bar Perth // Official Launch

Last month I was invited to the official launch of the new kid in town, Public House Kitchen and Bar, by the folks at The Publican Group Australia. Not one to pass down an offer of delicious food, great company (I knew there would be other Perth food bloggers there too) and the chance to check out a new Perth venue, I was there with bells on. There was a promise of aperitivos, cervezas and caipirinhas, okay then.  

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December 12, 2013 - 3:56 pm

angelica | table twenty eight - Absolutely wonderful photos (the black and white images are particularly striking)…

Great to know another Perth foodie blogger and appreciate the review – will have to check it out next time I venture into the CBD.

December 22, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Angelica, nice to meet you too. Will pop over and say hello. :)

Thanks for stopping by. x