Our family enjoyed 2 consecutive days at a designated cross country ski area in Helsinki called Paloheinä. This place featured many kilometers of cross country skiing in very diverse terrain. There was a mix of fields, forests and some kiddie practice tracks. The coolest thing about this ski area was the huge sledding hill. This sledding hill was long and wide and resembled a small downhill ski run minus any major bumps. Daring kids were whizzing down this gargantuan hill at breakneck speed, seemingly immune to any danger. My son and daughter went tandem most of the time and avoided collisions with the other sledders. They are slowly getting their confidence up on these sledding hills, while it seems that the Finnish kids have courage in their DNA makeup.
This week Finland also just celebrated a quirky little Holiday called Laskiaispulla paiva or Shrovetide cake day. Laskiaispulla is a cardamon spiced wheat bun that has it's top cut off and the insides scooped out, and the resulting space filled with a mix of the scooped-out bread crumbs, milk and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. The practice of Shrovetide, or Shrove Tuesday was originally a Catholic tradition known for eating pancakes and other sweet things before the start of Lent. In Finland and other Nordic countries the feast day was strictly held on Tuesday, but the Protestants relaxed the tradition and Sunday became the traditional day for the feast. I tried a few of these tasty treats freshly baked right out of the oven. Very nice, you should try pulla when visiting Finland!
|Finnish Shrovetide cakes|