FINLAND, Gluten-Free Recipes, Travel

FINLAND: Land Of Gluten-Free Paradise IV

8 Comments 02 June 2004

My touristy dog sled ride where my eyelashes froze it was so cold!

My friend Kirsi has two outstanding gluten-free recipes she made for me.
A chinese friend living in Finland showed Kirsi how to prepare these.

Put some canola oil in a frying pan, enough to totally coat the pan and then some.
Add about two TBSP of sugar to the oil and heat it up really hot so that
the sugar becomes all brown.
Lower heat to about medium and add beef chunks or strips and potato slices.
When they are brown add about a TBSP of water -this will help it simmer
Add some GF soy sauce, garlic, salt and some pepper, and maybe some ginger and let it simmer until potatoes and meat are fully cooked.
Serve with cucumber sticks. They really compliment this dish.
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Chinese Beef & Potatoes

Mix chicken chunks with one TBSP canola oil, several cloves of chopped garlic, about a TBSP of ginger powder and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Add enough canola oil to a frying pan to coat it and then some.
Add about one TBSP of sugar and heat until brown.
Add the chicken and when the chicken is almost cooked add sliced mushrooms
Top off with a bit of GF soy sauce to taste if you’d like. I think it tastes quite good without soy sauce since I can’t even eat the GF, since it contains corn alcohol.
Serve with rice.
Eat and enjoy!
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Chinese Chicken

Of course, a visit to Finland wouldn’t be complete without a sauna experience. Above I’m cooling off outside the traditional smoke sauna. Yes, that is a hole cut out of the iced-over lake behind the sauna. I lost my socks in there! You can’t believe the feeling when you return to the warm sauna!

This ends the cyber tour of Finland. I hope you enjoyed your vicarious cyber vacation to GF Paradise! 🙂

Here are a few more photos from my trip.

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Our friends in Tallinn had hot GF minestrone soup waiting for us…along with some lovely dried fish! Of course…dried fish is at least GF…let’s just say it was more tasty than I thought it would be.

Here is a link to some photos of Tallinn I found on the web that look similar to my trip photos.

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Our hostess made some homemade borscht for us. Here are some good looking borscht recipes I found…the few that include flour I would just leave it out. It isn’t necessary. Also, for the creamy borscht recipes just substitute the sour cream with soy milk if you are dairy-free.

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I fell in love with russian cabbage rolls! They are readily available anywhere it seems and they are super cheap too. MMMMM

My friend, Maina, sent me the Finnish recipe for Kaalilaatikko cabbage casserole since I told her how much I loved the Russian cabbage rolls. It’s basically the lazy version of cabbage rolls but with the Finnish sweet twist. (they are all sugar addicts!)

2lbs. ground beef (organic is always nice)
A good size cabbage.
Chop the cabbage in let’s say half and then inch slivers,they can be long
but not too wide
Make two cups of rice (I used brown but the original recipe calls for white)
In the meantime fry your meat (don’t overcook) and season with salt to taste,black pepper and lots marjoram (*don’t omit marjoram-key ingredient)
Cook the cabbage slivers until soft
Then you just layer the cabbage, rice and the
beef into a pyrex, (deeper the better) and between each layer pour
(generously) maple syrup! Don’t be scared…it really does taste good all together. I was a little timid but it is good. Bake at 350 for maybe 45 min. Yummy! And gets better when it ages…a day or so.

Kaalilaatikko cabbage casserole

I also fell in love with Buckwheat cereal. You could get it an almost any cafe in St. Petersburg. Served hot with milk and sugar. I brought this box of buckwheat home with me…of course this little "cow" has soy milk in it! I shared some with Kim… and she wasn’t crazy about it… so to each her own.

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8 Comments so far

  1. 1
    William Lynn says:

    What a grreat travelog! It’s neat to experience this, even second hand. You could and should write a book about all your travels. (Of course, it seems like it would always have to be re-edited.)

    Thanks for making our dietarylimitations seem less significant!

    William Lynn

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    Arlene Zivitz says:

    Thanks for the e-mails.
    Re cabbage rolls
    I make stuffed cabbage. Easy!
    1 . large raw cabbage leafs
    2 . ground beef , seasoned to tast
    3 . put ‘blob’ of meat in center of leaf & roll up
    4 . prepare tomatoe sauce ….season to taste
    5. spill into pot …… enough to just cover stuffed cabbage
    6 . place stuffed cabbage in pot……. I usually stand them up, so pot is full
    7. Cook till done on low heat……..I like it to simmer for about 1 hour
    8 . serve with rice

    This is a family recipe ……. so I cant give you more specific instructions. I make it ” by the seat of my pants “. It`s always delicious. Just follow basic recipe . Make 2 , for every person…… usually enough.
    Huntingdon Valley , Pa .
    9 . Oh , salad too ……before or with ….I like before


  3. 3
    Tanya D says:

    What a great page! I enjoy reading about all of your travels! And I lovethat you include pictures and recipes! What a great concept! 🙂

    Thanks and keep up the fun work!

  4. 4
    Joe says:

    Thanks for the cabbage recipe. I’m always looking for a new way to use cabbage and, since we have maple syrup in bulk around here, that makes it even better.
    Take care and keep warm!

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    Mike says:

    Just came across this site and found it inspiring. I have a daughter who is 5 years old and who was diagnosed as a celiac when she was 2. It’s wonderful to read about your travels and great to know that there are trailblazers out there like yourselves to whom she can learn from.

    One question, I’m taking her to Moscow in January and was wondering if anyone knows of any restaurants in Moscow that can accommodate a gluten free diet? I’m planning to bring suitcases full of food but it would be great if anyone has any insights that would help.

    Take care and thanks!!

    Mike (a new devotee)

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    Kathy says:

    I’m just catching up on blog reading and came across this post. My mother is Finish and I had to laugh at your comment about how they are all sugar addicts! Now I know it’s in her genes – and mine, as well!

    I look forward to visiting there someday, but hopefully when it’s a little warmer than when you were there. : )

  7. 7
    Tanya says:

    Thank you for sharing your travel experience. I have coeliac disease as well as wheat and cocoa allergies (yes I know chocolate is a no no too). My husband and I are traveling to England, Scotland, France and Finland at the end of 2011. I am very much looking forward to trying so many of the lovely items you spoke about and photographed. It is a relief to know that they are so GF friendly in Finland and I can look forward to more than just sampling the vodka. Thanks again for sharing.

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    Tricia says:

    Thanks for the blog and I willcheck back after trying your cabbage rolls…

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