Mar
6

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Zucchini Pasta

Zucchini pasta

Zucchini “pasta” is a great low-carb, gluten and grain-free pasta alternative, and a favorite of ours, around here!

Cooking it is optional, though I prefer it cooked, and would recommend doing so. For a more authentic pasta texture, cooking options are up to you: steam the zucchini, blanch it in boiling water, pan sauté, or toss it into your favorite sauce during the last few minutes of cook time. The zucchini cooks in about 3-5 minutes, and is extremely versatile, as it tastes great with just about any type of sauce!

The shape of the zucchini pasta is also really up to you. Creating fettuccine like noodles with a vegetable peeler and/or creating spaghetti like noodles with a julienne peeler are my go-to methods for turning zucchini into yummy pasta form.

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Zucchini pasta

 

Simple steps to making Zucchini Pasta:

 

1. Clean and dry the zucchini–I recommend one zucchini per person.

2. Peel into desired pasta shape, stopping once you reach the seeds.*

3. Cook 3-5 minutes, eat and enjoy!

 

*Side note: The core of the zucchini contains the seeds, which do not cook into a desirable noodle-like texture. However, I am never one to throw away something perfectly edible. Typically, I will grate the core and incorporate it into homemade pasta sauce, homemade meatballs, meatloaf, chili, etc.

 

I hope you try making your own zucchini “pasta”!!

 

Happy Wednesday!

Mar
4

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Ins & Outs

Hakametsä 2

Moikka, ystävät– Hi, friends!

How was everyone’s weekend? No complaints here!

Saturday we were up early, and after dropping C off at the rink, I was off to the gym for a spin class. Chris was gone all day, as they played an away game in Turku, which is just about two hours southwest of Tampere. While he was gone, I was able to watch part of the 2013 Grammy’s on TV, followed by making dinner and bringing it over to our fellow North American friends apartment, where I spent the afternoon and evening with those three adorable little gals I had mentioned last week, and their awesome Momma. I can’t tell you guys how nice it is to have the company, and those girls are just too cute! Plus, I have received the best advice from her–she knows all the ins and outs of living and thriving in this country and with this lifestyle.

Sunday, after being hit with about a foot of snow overnight, C and I relaxed all morning, did the weekly grocery trip and then stayed inside the rest of the day. Temperatures dropped significantly since our 37 degree day last week, and just as I thought the winter was coming to an end, we got dumped on with more snow. Blah!

Although this winter has felt exceedingly long–the days are now becoming noticeably longer and the sun has been showing up more than ever, here in Finland. (Which is still not as much as we’d like, but it’s a good start.) At least we all have something to look forward to, when the snow decides to melt!

 

Have a great day!

 

 

Feb
28

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Kalevala

Tappara Ilves

We’ve had a busy week here, it seems! (This is always a good thing!!)

Tappara Ilves

Last night, Tappara came away with an awesome 6-0 win! Chris’ team played Ilves, the other team here in Tampere, and the arena was absolutely packed, which was so fun. Counting down to only five games left before playoffs start!

This morning, Chris and I did the usual–practice and gym time. Then, this afternoon, we were invited to the other import’s apartment for coffee and some playtime with their three little girls. I honestly cannot even explain how much I admire that sweet family. Talk about making it work–living in a foreign country, traveling throughout Europe with their little ones in tow. (Although Finland is not so foreign to them anymore, as they’ve played here for eight years.) But seriously, those little ladies have visited/lived in more countries than most people do in a lifetime. After the season last year, they decided to vacation in Nice, France, and Malaga, Spain–the baby was only six months at the time! Can you imagine? I also found out today, that their second was born in Finland–crazy! And how cool!! You see? Total. Admiration.

Knowing that we’d probably be gone until about supper time, I planned ahead and had our meal ready and waiting for us in the crock-pot. Homemade burrito bowls were had, and devoured!

Burrito Bowl

 

Fun fact: February 28th is the day of Kalevala; which is considered an official flag day here in Finland, and celebrated as the day of Finnish culture.

 

I hope you all have as great of a Thursday, as we had here!

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