Recipes from Finland

Pekka’s Delicious Morning Meal

Cook oatmeal cereal until done. Add raisins and let sit awhile. Serve with milk and sugar.

Karelian Stew

1 pound beef stew meat with some bone

1/2 pound mutton or lamb shoulder

1/2 pound pork

1 onion (optional)


12 whole allspice

Ask the butcher to cut the meat and bones into one-inch pieces for you. Trim away the fat and put all meat into a large oven dish. Cut onion in rings and lay over the meat. Add the allspice, sprinkle with salt, and cover with hot water.

Cook in moderate oven (350º) without a lid for 1 hour. Lower heat to 275º and cook slowly another 2 to 3 hours.

Serve with potatoes boiled in their skins.

Syklaa-Palloja (No-bake Chocolate Cookies)

1 cup oatmeal

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 pound butter or margarine

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients and form into one-inch balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar or coconut and refrigerate. Makes about 25 balls.