Archive for December, 2011
I love sauna!And that’s probably because I’m Finnish!The sauna is a substantial part of Finnish culture. Finns used to claim that there were more saunas in their country than cars. But that is exaggerating a little bit these days.Anyways there are five million inhabitants and over two million saunas in Finland – an average of one per household (my parents have even 2 saunas:the other one is used only summer times.).For Finnish people the sauna is a place to relax in with friends and family, and a place for physical and mental relaxation as well. Finns think of saunas not as a luxury, but as a necessity…
And as the sauna is important part of the Finnish house also the design of sauna is important…Last summer at the housing fair of Kokkola (Finland) there were many new models for sauna and stoves.
One of the Finnish Christmas traditions is baking Gingerbread cookies.We have with my sons, maintained the tradition for many years, even though we live in Italy and yesterday we had again our baking day.The atmosphere was beautiful: having nice time with my kids, listening Christmas carols and out of the oven coming a wonderful aroma of spices…
This year I also made for myself raw Gingerbread cookies and they came out pretty good.The Gingerbread dough was so good that I could have eaten it alone!But decided then to put them for few hours to the dehydrator and they became really nice and crispy.The recipe will follow!
Mix the almonds to a flour.Add the oil and dates.Mix.
Add the spices and salt and mix again.
Add the agave and blend until the mixture has a good consistency.Spread the dough on a butting board and make your cookies.Eat like that or dehydrate for few hours.Enjoy!