Saturday, May 26, 2012

Karjalanpiirakka mmmmm

Or, Karelian pies. These tasty little carbo fiends are a traditional Finnish treat. My mum showed me how to make them a while ago and since then Mr Reread has acquired a taste for them and we make them on weekends. So here is a little 'how to' if you feel like getting all Scandi in the cold winter months. They'll keep for 5 days in the fridge - just pop them in the toaster to heat them up and sprinkle with some salt.

What you'll need;

Crust - 1.5 cups white flour, 1.5 cups rye flour (I get mine from Coles in the health food section), 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 cup water.

Filling - 1 cup short or medium grain rice, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons butter and 6 cups milk (can be full or half fat). Extra milk and butter for basting.

Step one - Crust - Add all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and mix well, once it's blended knead on a breadboard for two minutes. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate.

Step two - Rice mix - In a large microwave proof bowl (I use a big Pyrex one) add the milk to the rice with the two table spoons of butter and then the salt. Give it a good stir and zap for 10 minutes on 80%.  After the 20 minutes, stir and put back into microwave for 25 minutes on 50% or 30%. Once done stir and repeat - it should need about an hour all up - it needs to be creamy but not mushy.

Step three - Assembly! - Roll out the dough into circles about 10-12cm in diameter. Add a large spoonful of the rice to the centre of the dough and flatten out so it's about 1cm high. To fold in the edges you can pretty much do as you like, the traditional pies look like little boats with pinched edges. Mum showed me a different way that I find easier and looks more like a teardrop shape.

Step four - Cooking - Pop them into the oven (about 200 degrees celsius) and cook for 10 minutes. Take them out and baste with a butter and milk mixture. If you want the crust nice and golden you can baste twice.

Mixing up the flour for the crust 

Kick-arse Pyrex bowl to cook the rice (cheats way) 

Ball up the dough and roll out into circles

Template for the circles, another handy Pyrex bowl!

Rice ready to roll ... 

Furious fingers folding Finnish pies ... 

That's enough alliteration for now, 

Finnished (ha ha)

Sprinkle with salt and get ready for Eurovision! Kaikki menee ihan hyvin.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday showcase

Hello Sunday! Here are some delightful items that are likely to be making an appearance at the next BrisStyle indie Twilight Markets ... see you there on Friday night xx.

While you're here, if you'd like to win one of my handmade, original animal brooches - just click here and leave me a comment to be in the running!

Here ...

Here ...

And here ...

Leave a comment here to win a brooch like this xxx.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May contain traces of nuts

Saturday sails on in

Yay, it's Saturday! You still have until Thursday this week to win a reread brooch! I'll post a wee animal to anywhere in the world ... all I need a comment from you just here.

                                                                              Source: via Nikki on Pinterest

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday's fox

Hello Friday, I love, you know it. I think about Saturday when you're not looking. Then on Saturday you're forgotten. On Sunday I think back to how much I liked you as Monday seems ever more present. I'm sorry my love for you is so trivial and fleeting.

Fleeting foxes for a Friday ...

This guy will be at my next market ..

                                                                    Source: via Paige on Pinterest

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Brooches for my market

In a week I'll be setting up shop and hanging up my twinkling lights in King George Square for the May BrisStyle indie Twilight Markets. Along with clothes, homewards and paper goods there will be a huge selection of beautiful handmade jewellery. Items from under $10 all made with love! Now that you're all geared up for handmade delights ... pop over here, leave a comment and win one of my handmade paper and resin animal brooches.

Hop along to see Each to Own.

Do you think he saurus? From Orange Sherbert.

Oh, and these guys will be there too ... from me!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Turning up the charm

Cindy will be at my next market to charm you ... Made from an upcycled card and a vintage children’s books. Inside is a library ‘issue and date’ card slipped into a pouch for you to write your message on. If you're in the mood for a giveaway, then leave me a comment on this this post to win a handmade animal brooch!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Win a twinkle, twinkly brooch ...

The BrisStyle indie Twilight Market is rolling around again! On May 25, King George Square will be pumping with almost 100 handmade guys and gals selling their wares. It's a wonderful night, the square is beautiful under the cover of darkness and the stalls are all twinkly and warm.  If you're in Brisbane and haven't yet been to a twilight market ... please come down to say hi, it's a great place to find a special gift for a special someone. 

To celebrate the May market I'm giving away a brooch to a blog reader or twitter follower - it's easy, just leave a comment or tweet this post! I'll be back on Thursday, 24 May to draw a winner. 

Win a brooch just like one of these ... 

Monday, May 7, 2012

It's all about presentation ...

I like pretty stuff. I like to drink from cute cups and eat off funny little mismatched plates. I think the presentation contributes to the overall experience. I like it when people at my market stall say 'oh how cute is the little bag it comes in!' I make an effort to package-up all my little market items in cute wee bags and boxes. I've seen some awesome examples of great packaging over the years, it really makes my day when I get an Etsy parcel and whatever I've bought is all wrapped up with a little tag etc.

For some reason green juice is better from a jar with a paper straw.

Tea is always better in a teacup, none of this big, ugly mug nonsense.

Cupcakes or cakes of any sort for that matter taste better when eaten from a lovely cake stand.

Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

Friday, May 4, 2012

Little Golden Book, how I love thee

Little Golden Books we all know and love them. My mum read to us when we were little - like all the time - I wouldn't sleep with a story. Here are some sweet little Golden Book titles and ideas. I wonder how many editions of 'Who Will Toss My Salad' were printed?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Camping, roughing it

I'm off for a 'surprise camping trip' this weekend! Have been advised that it will be cold, very cold and to pack uggs. I am hoping to find a cute gypsy caravan to bed-down in for the night ... One can hope!

Source: via Francine on Pinterest

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