Colin Gillespie Period 9 March 7, 2015
- One activity to do while in Finland would to go to the Senate Square in Helsinki. It is a unique place consisting of political, religious, scientific, and commercial powers right in the center of the city. The capital first was established in 1550 and was brought to its current location in the 1600's. It was conquered by Russia 1809 and it regained independence in 1917. City planning was characterized by Classicism and Functionalism.
- Another activity is to go to the National Museum of Finland. The museum illustrates Finland's culture from prehistoric time to the present. Exhibits include Prehistoric Times, The Bronze Age, The Stone Age, The Iron Age, and The Realm of 12th-17th century.
- The building of Olavinlinna, castle of St. Olaf, began in 1475. The Danish-born founder of the castle, knight Erik Axelsson Tott, decided that a powerful fortification should be build to protect the strategically important Savo region. The castle was supposed to repel Russian attacks from the east and to guarantee the control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. It now is a double museum with artifacts from the St. Olaf period.
Recipe for Crust
2 cups (course) rye flour
3/4 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
Combine flour and salt and then add water, stir until it looks like the above mixture. Let it sit for a few hours. Grind your own flour if you can because it’s better when it’s grainy and course.
Recipe for Rice Porridge
2 cups uncooked short grain brown rice
1 litre of whole milk
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
Cover brown rice with water, bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Add milk while stirring to make sure the milk doesn’t burn and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add salt and butter. If the whole mixture is too thick add more milk. Cool before making the rice boats.
Making the “Boats”
Preheat oven to 375°F
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
Take some dough and shape into a roll about two inches thick. Then cut about a one inch piece to make each individual crust.
Pat it out first using lots of flour (dough is very sticky)
Use a rolling pin adding flour each time you turn it to make it into an oval shape.
Spread a thin, even layer of rice porridge leaving an inch in the perimeter.
Fold over in the center and pinch along to each end.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Make sure they are brown, crispy and well done before you pull them out of the oven.
Final step, bring 1 cup water to a boil in a pot and melt 1/2 cup butter in it. Remove from heat. Dip each individual piirakka into the butter mixture immediately upon taking out of the oven.
Serve at room temperature with egg butter (below), or drizzle honey on it and top with a slice of cheese.
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 pinch fresh ground white pepper (optional)
1 pinch ground ginger (optional)
In a small bowl, cream the butter. Stir in the eggs.
Season with the white pepper and ground ginger, if desired.
Cool the pastries and serve with the egg butter at room temperature.
Day 1: Arrive in Helsinki, check in to Hotel Kamp in Helsinki. ($672 a night)
Day 2: Go sightseeing, including going to the capital/senate square. ($25 for taxi there and back)
Day 3: Go to National Museum of Finland ($10 for ticket)
Day 4: Relax at hotel with complimentary fruit baskets, wine, wifi, and multiple pools
Day 5: Go to Olavinlinna Castle, seeing the artifacts of the 15th century ($9 for ticket), leave for Immel to ski
Day 6: Check in to the Immel Suites and go skiing for the day ($240)
Day 7: Fly back to Chicago ($1841)
TOTAL= roughly $6654
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Lindow, J. (n.d.). Finland. In World Book Online. Retrieved from http://classic.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar197100&st=finland