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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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Hot Cross Buns by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking We woke up to a cooler morning this Good Friday, so it was a perfect time to bake a fresh batch of Hot Cross Buns. I followed this recipe almost to a T, with a few ... Read on »
Easter Preparations by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Easter is almost here! Even after all these years in Australia, I still associate Easter with Spring. In Finland I would always grow "rairuoho" (a type of g ... Read on »
Leek and Potato Soup by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Sydney is still sweltering in summery weather, with temperatures reaching 30C almost daily. There was, however, a cooler break some days ago and I just had to ta ... Read on »
Amélie by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It is so true that it's the little things in life that make all the difference. Take this bicycle, for example. I've dreamed of having one for years now. It's be ... Read on »
Carrot Pancakes by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking My pancake addiction is showing no signs of slowing down. Savoury pancakes , sweet pancakes and now these: carrot pancakes. All these variations are actually quite ... Read on »
Finnish Spinach Soup by Maria L. 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking There is nothing better than a comforting soup on a rainy day. I made the most of it yesterday and whipped up spinach soup, a childhood favourite served with hard ... Read on »
Brown Rice, Grape and Feta Salad by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking A quick mid-week update as I had the luxury of having a friend for lunch today. This brown rice salad was completely effortless to make, but it will definitely bec ... Read on »
Everyday Meals by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking   I thought I'd share a few simple and quick everyday meal-ideas with you. These are the kinds of meals I cook all the time: they are virtually zero-effort, even ... Read on »
Home Maintenance by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking   I have been doing a bit of home maintenance lately; organising, de-cluttering and decorating. Here in Sydney I don't really change home interiors according to ... Read on »
Sweet Potato-Rye Rieska by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Freshly baked sweet potato-rye rieska (Finnish flat bread) for breakfast on a Sunday is exactly what I wanted. Sun is peeking through the clouds after two days of ... Read on »
Tiger Cake (Marble Cake) by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I had a chance to bake some traditional cakes (knowing they'd get eaten) whilst my parents were visiting us the other week. Tiger cake, as it is known in Finland, ... Read on »
Barbecued Tofu and Portobello Salad by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking During summer, I mainly survive on salads, fruit and other cold, light meals without even craving for anything heartier. This summer we finally bought a little bar ... Read on »
Karelian Pies ... and a winner! by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I have been spoiled rotten for the past few days with gifts and treats from back home. My parents are in town and I have spend some quality time with them: doing D ... Read on »
Recently by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Gardening, knitting, crocheting and some general house maintenance of recent. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!     ... Read on »
Happy Friendship Day! by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking We'll be friends forever, won't we Pooh? Asked Piglet. Even longer, answered Pooh. (Valentine's Day is known as "ystävänpäivä" (Friend's Day/Friendship ... Read on »
Laskiaispullat - Shrove Tuesday Buns by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Happy Shrove Tuesday! Shrove Tuesday (Laskiaistiistai) buns filled with jam (or marzipan ) and whipped cream are a traditional treat in Finland and all over S ... Read on »
Pancake Tower by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It has become something of a tradition that once (or twice) a summer I need to make my own version of the traditional, Scandinavian pancake tower. Thin, crispy edg ... Read on »
Runeberg's Torte by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Happy Runeberg's Day ! Runeberg's torte are traditionally served only once a year, on Runeberg's Day, to celebrate Finland's national poet. These cakes are fl ... Read on »
WIN a Copy of Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar Cookbook! by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Those of you who have followed this blog for a while may remember my sugar-free journey . I was inspired by Sarah's e-book to do an 8 week program to quit sugar. ... Read on »