Sunday, October 08, 2006

Strange food - Finland

You can find images in the links. Hyvää ruokahalua (Bon apetite)!

Karjalanpiirakka (Carelian pie) is a salty pastry made of ryedough and riceporrige. This great snack originates from eastern Finland known as Karjala.

Graavilohi (salted salmon) is a salty apetiser. It's made by covering a salmon file with a mix of seasalt, sugar, white-pepper and dill. The fish is marinated in the salt mixture for 24 hours, after which it's sliced to thin slices and eaten on sandwithes or with boiled potatoes.

Kalakukko - ("fishcock") is delicious. It's shaped as a bread but inside the ryebreadcover you'll find sweetwater fishes like muikku and ahven. Porkfat is also added to give this speciality its moisture.

Lenkkimakkara - (Finnish sausage) looks like anyother sausage. What's special about it is that most of the lenkkimakkaras have hardly any real meat in them, just "incredients that resemble meat". People eat tons of these by campfires during summertime.

Mustamakkara - (black sausage) comes from Tampere area and is made out of pigs blood, meat and wheat. This high in cholesterol sausage is usually accompanied by cranberry sauce.

Mämmi is probably the strangest food in Finland. You can make your own mämmi with ryeflour, malt, water, salt and cyrup. It's easier to buy it though. In Eastern you can find this disgusting looking stuff in a foodstore close to you.

Ruisleipä - (sour ryebread) is something every Finn longs for when abroad. You can't find it anywhere else.


Anonymous Irene said...

Mustamakkara(black sausage), reminded me of "cubed pig blood". The cube is 100% made from pig blood. It's pretty popular among the Chinese community here and other places I guess... but I had never tasted or even seen it before. Don't think I will dare to. My grandma used to cooked it with fried eggs and strangely it stays as cube even after cooking it. According to my dad, the texture is pretty chewy.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the sausage not made of meat, made out of?

11:34 PM  
Blogger Desiree said...

Mmm... sounds interesting, overall. In particular I'd like to try the Karjalanpiirakka. The Mustamakkara does sound less appealing.

4:48 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Mustamakkara looks literally like shit. I didn't actually dare to taste it.
And Mämmi ... *gasp*

1:05 PM  
Blogger Francis*PAC said...

I like this!

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Galactic said...

There was one error in the post. Instead of cranberry sauce, mustamakkara is eaten with lingonberry jam. And it actually tastes really nice - every person at least in Tampere loves it. Unlike mämmi - it resembles shit much more than mustamakkara. And not only by the looks. The people who eat mämmi are probably masochists. Or they have very serious mental issues.

5:19 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home