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We had a little road trip down to Devon, where I have never been before. I have seen a lot of North England in the past 3 years when I have lived here, but haven’t visited south of England expect London. Visited Avebury in Wiltshire, which is a neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles. It is the largest stone circle in europe. It was really impressive with BIG stones circling the little village. It is fascinating to think of how little we know of people who created the circle and why they did it.

The next day we went to see the Stonehenge. Driving in and seeing it from distance was the most amazing moment for me – it is that impressive! We were there luckily right in the morning when the site opens up, nowadays you need to pay to “get in”, although you can only circle around the circle as you are not allowed to go and hug the stones. Luckily in the morning because then we didn’t have to queue in and had a peaceful walk around it. A bit later the place was full of people already. Me and my husband have visited many stone circles in UK and in France, and this must be the most impressive. Very happy to have seen it now.

After the archeological attractions we went to Devon and visited friends, and walked with the dog on the beeches of Devon. Muumi- dog caught (found really) a huge eal I think it must be? She didn’t know if she should try eating it or leave it. After a sunny day walking on the cliffs and sea side I burned my face and chest – it was the first real summers day for me and didn’t predict the heat of the day.  Now trying to heal my sun burn with coconut oil – does help!

And lastly, had the best ever Cream Tea in Devon – just look at the picture of the scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream! Superb.

 

ps the picture with a beautiful beach surrounded by sea cliffs – had my first swim there this year (naked) 😉 No pictures of that though!

 

 

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Summer Soup – Kesäkeitto

This is one of my favorite soups, and in Finland it is eaten in the summer when you get fresh new vegetables. As a kid I hated all the vegetables in it, and wanted my mum to make it without them – leaving only potatoes in the milk. And loved it like that! But now I love the vegetables in it.

carrots

potatoes

peas

cauliflower

green beans

salt

water

milk

butter

I have not put down how many carrots or potatoes etc, as it depends on how big a pot you have. I used a couple of each, small cauliflower.. Boil the vegetables until almost soft, add salt, teaspoon of butter and about a pint of milk. Let gently boil until all vegetables are soft. Season and serve.

I like to eat this made of cow milk, but you can use any milk you like. I don’t use dairy much any more in my diet, but haven’t been able to replace it in recipes that come from my childhood, as the memory of the taste sticks in my mouth and head, and it’s not easy to change.

Here is a picture of Muumi meeting the calf’s that are the same size as her!

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These are Finnish doughnuts, called “munkki”, and you eat these on the first of may with “sima” (Finnish lemon drink). While taking the picture my Russian Blue cat Fedor came to sniff the plate wondering if it might be anything he would fancy eating. It wasn’t, and that is good as he is a bit fat.. 😉

Munkki recipe: (vegan)

1 cup oat milk (or soya milk, almond milk…)

25g yeast

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cardamom

2,5 cup self-raising flour

1/2 cup oil (not olive oil, any other oil that has smooth taste, like rapeseed oil )

– Mix all the ingredients, and leave in a warm place and covered until double the size. Make small rings and leave again to rise. Then heat in a big pan perhaps a litre of oil, and when the oil is hot but not boiling, put the doughnuts one by one into oil. Turn them around when they get brown. When they have nice brown colour they are ready. Take them out and dry in a plate covered by kitchen towel. Put sugar to another plate, roll the doughnuts in sugar and serve!

We also have another cat in the house called Hugo, and he is a Cornish Rex, and has a big character for such a tiny cat. Meaning he “talks” a LOT, sleeps under the arm pit of my partner, gets easily very cold, and follows you everywhere, and that is why this breed is known as Velcro cat.

Then, the new comer, our best friend, the Irish Wolfhound. She is now 2 years old and called Muumi (like Moomin Trolls) She is our baby and goes everywhere with us. She also keeps me fit as she enjoys nothing more than run around in the nature (and hoping to see a sheep and run after it, but that is being very naughty!) She also enjoys eating and absolutely LOVES everything I cook.

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