We started with a traditional, regional dish from Matti's home region of Kuopio called kalakukko which is a loaf of dark rye bread stuffed with fish. A kind of Finnish pasty. It apparently functioned the same for Finnish workers as an English or Welsh pasty did for the miners and factory workers of the UK--traditionally a self-contained lunch for workers. It is a loaf of rye pastry stuffed with fish and rice. Other fillings such as potato can be used, but the fish, muikku, is traditional and favored. I had two pieces :0
|(Sorry for the blurry photo, but the only one of kalakukko. You can see the fish stuffing.)|
Then he served boiled potatoes and a beef, pork and onion stew. It was delicious, too. Very filling. These dishes are made of what could be had throughout a Finnish year before modern transport made more fresh vegetables available. After he had a longin berry pudding that was a kind of longin berry polenta with cream on top.
Longin berries grow prolifically here and are a red, more acidic berry similar is many ways to our cranberry. Finally, he served up a blueberry pie and coffee!
After dinner and a long chat, we took a walk in the woods near their home.
|The typical nordic pine forest and a lake in the distance.|
|Reminds me of the mermaid in Copenhagen, only the gaze is a sea of trees.|
|Matti, professor of education and vice chair; Susanna, THE department of medieval studes and their son.|
|Almost home...for them.|
Altogether, a great way to spend a Sunday.