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Maria L.

I'm a Finn living in Sydney, Australia. My food philosophy is heavily influenced by my Scandinavian background and I specialise in healthy, feel-good food.
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Featured in Oxfam Vegetarian Cookbook by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I'm honoured to be part of the new Oxfam Australia Vegetarian Cookbook , where three of my recipes are featured. In the book, which will be available for purchase ... Read on »
Normann Copenhagen Love by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking New book case arrived from Normann Copenhagen. For now it will house all the bits and pieces in our dining area. I love finally having shelf space to display some ... Read on »
Bedroom Make-Over by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking We finally had a bedroom make-over this past weekend. Our bedroom was painted green by the previous owners and ever since we moved in I've been wanting to paint th ... Read on »
Tomatoey Salmon Soup by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I am enjoying a day off work and treated myself to some fresh flowers and a loaf of sourdough this morning. What better to accompany a slice of such bread than ... Read on »
Featured on Rom123 by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking This DIY ladder, built by my dad whilst visiting us here in Sydney, was featured on a Norwegian interiors magazine Rom123 this past month. Needless to say I w ... Read on »
Jewelled Couscous Salad by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I am no stranger to couscous salads of all sorts. You can find some of my previous versions here , here and here . It's hard to get tired of something that's so qu ... Read on »
Grapefruit and Fennel Salad by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Meillä on ollut ihanan aurinkoinen ja lämmin viikonloppu. Pitemmän kävelylenkin päätteeksi teki mieli vähän kevyempää lounasta ja tässä salaatissa yhdistyi ... Read on »
Easy Apple Tart with Vanilla Custard by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking We finally had some sun after a few days of rain and it was really warm sitting on the balcony soaking up the rays. A quick and easy apple tart with thick vanill ... Read on »
Juhannuksen raparperipiirakka - Midsummer's Rhubarb Tart by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Finland and other Nordic countries are celebrating Juhannus (Midsummer) this weekend. Although we are in the middle of winter here in Sydney, I felt like making ... Read on »
Vegetarian Quiche by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I realise I've posted a number of vegetarian quiche recipes over the years, but since I always use a slightly different recipe, I like to add them here as a remind ... Read on »
Synttärileivokset - Birthday Cakes by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking We celebrated husband's birthday today with these little cakes. A simple Swiss roll filled with raspberry and apple jam, topped with vanilla flavoured cream and fr ... Read on »
Ruisleipäset - Small Rye Bread by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking To be honest, I get quite fed up with the bread selection at the supermarkets and most bakeries here in Australia. It's mostly sliced bread (toast) or white bread ... Read on »
Kerroskiisseli - Vanilla and Berry Kissel by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It took me years of living in Australia to realise something about Finnish desserts: they are generally not very sweet. Take our traditional birthday cake , for i ... Read on »
Friday Cuppa by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking A cup of tea at my desk on a Friday afternoon. Sorry for the absence and silence here on the blog, I have had a lot on my mind lately and things are about to ge ... Read on »
Featured on the Good Food Channel by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Fennica by Arabia 7 x mug with sauce 1 x creamer 1 x sugar container with lid 1 x coffee pot Price: 100AUD for the lot Liekki by Arabia ... Read on »
Weekend Wish by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wish you all a lovely weekend! Ihanaa viikonloppua kaikille!  Read on »
Retro Mother's Day Cake by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It was another warm and sunny day here on the Northern beaches of Sydney yesterday. We enjoyed a BBQ lunch on our balcony with my husband's parents and I had made ... Read on »
Marinated Fennel and Pear Salad by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I finally had a chance to try lemon and olive oil marinated fennel, highly recommended by a friend who also happens to be one of my favourite bloggers. I love fenn ... Read on »
First of May by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  Happy 1st of May! Hauskaa vappua! Read on »
Tippaleipä for Vappu by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking   Next week, Finland (and many other countries, for that matter) is celebrating May Day or vappu, as we call it in Finnish. I've written about this spring carniv ... Read on »