Menu: Cupcakes with raspberry, peanut butter or lime-cashew frosting, black bean brownies, raw avocado/berry chocolate mousse cakes and nut balls
Different sorts of cupcakes
Oh so sweet black beans, decorated with cocoa nibs
I contributed to the worldwide vegan bake sale by baking black bean brownies for the first time. The vegan and gluten free brownie was maybe a bit too chewy, and I blame my crappy blender for leaving the rice flakes too flakey. The frosting was icing sugar combined with coffee, cocoa powder and carob powder. The result was not as bad as I expected, but the next time I will definitely sub the raw cane sugar to dates.
Raw avocado chocolate mousse cakes
There are days when you just skip the gym and eat sweets. This time, it was for a good cause!
Journalism used to be for professionals, nowadays anyone with an internet connection (or a library card) can be a journalist. Unfortunately, being able to write does not always mean good quality. The more blogs I stumble upon, the more aware of quality I become.
Like Hullut Päivät in Stockman (see this), the Fish Market in Laukontori is sure to happen every spring and every autumn. For a weekend, the market fills the nostrils with the smells of smoke, roasting butter and, (sad but true) fish. Live music and other entertainment, hustle and bustle of the market, as well as screaming gulls among other flying rats can be heard throughout the weekend.
This weekend the weather didn’t treat the market well on its’ opening Friday, April 20th. The icy rain and wind made people stay home, or that’s at least how the empty market area looked like.
Some entrepreneurs smoke or flame their fish en place. In additions to the sellers of fresh, smoked, canned or otherwise prepared fish, the market contains food items such as bakeries and pastries from Eastern Finland, honey products, condiments, spices etc. Some entrepreneurs sell game or other meat. There are also some hand-made products, and products from outside of Finland.
The traditional and interesting act in this market is to watch an old, long bearded man take sips from his bottle and then throwing squirts from it to the flames where stood roasting salmon on planks. The man constantly shouts about his authentic cognac flamed treats.
Growing up, we’d sometimes visit the fish market and ate the fried vendance or other typical fish dishes, such as salmon with potatoes and sauce. These past few years I’ve visited the market only because I happen to live almost next to it.
One good thing about this bleak rain is that it silences the gulls!
Many people think Finns are somewhat peculiar. Our cities are relatively small, we have a lot of space and we respect our personal space. The closest we get to a big city life or metropolis is Hullut Päivät (Galna Dagar på Svenska, Crazy Days), the posh department store Stockmann’s sale, that makes people go crazy every spring and every autumn. For 5 days we get a taste of the life in densely populated countries. Those, who dare to enter the department store will sweat, fight for the sale items, push others and get pushed, get frustrated and buy stuff that they will regret later. I have been to the Crazy Days every time for as long as I can remember.
There are also several flights on sale every day, usually people queue before Stockman opens at 8 am.
The items on sale are specially brought to the stores for the sale, and are not sold other times. Every day new items are revealed, so people would visit the department store again and again. Catalogues are sent to people’s homes. Hooray for consumerism!
If shopping isn’t enough, there is also live music available! The band plays, and you cannot do anything but listen! And if the band is not playing there surely will be someone to go through all the best offers via microphone.
There is something masochistic in the crush, I guess it is the memories from places where Crazy Days are everyday. Its good to have few Crazy Days in a year. Even if you buy just cheap apples from the grocery department.