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I have once again found such beautiful ingredients here in Finland, so I had to start cooking. This dish really contains the taste of the season. I stuffed a yellow courgette with a chanterelle, new onion and pearled spelt mix, and I think that everyone quite liked it. Here are the instructions.
Ingredients for the stuffed courgette:
1 large yellow courgette
100 g chanterelles
1 new onion of the season
1 dl pearled spelt
150 g grated emmental
1 vegetable stock cube
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Cook the pearled spelt in water with an added vegetable stock cube until tender. This takes about 15 minutes.
Chop the onion finely and cook it in vegetable oil until soft.
Cut the courgette in half lengthwise and carve two hollow boats from it, save the pulp from the inside. Then quickly cook the halves in a pan in little vegetable oil so that they get a bit warmed on each side.
Add the courgette pulp into the onion pan, and then also add the finely chopped chanterelles. Cook the mix for a few minutes and then add the cooked spelt (where any excess water has been removed from) and half of the grated emmental into the pan. Season with ground black pepper. I didn't add any extra salt as the stock cube already made the spelt quite salty and the cheese adds a certain saltiness as well.
Fill the courgette boats with the spelt and chanterelle mix and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the top.
Bake them in the oven at 200C for about 20 minutes until the crust is crisp and the courgettes have cooked, but still have a certain bite to them.
You can serve some sauteed chanterelles on the side like I did. Just cook them in butter with chopped onion for a few minutes and maybe add some salt and pepper.
I also served pettuleipä with this dish (wartime bread, where part of the flour has been replaced by ground tree bark) that I bought at the 18th century market in Isokyrö. It was plenty chewy, but actually tasted a little of pine.
So, that's the dish, I hope you enjoyed this post! See you soon!
13 August 2014
Wanha Markki in Ylistaro in western Finland is the home of an artist couple, who have an old animals' home on the premises. The old animals' home is one of a kind in Finland and has been in operation since 1999. Many animals have been able to enjoy their retirement there, and sometimes even younger animals are allowed to enter. The old animals' home exists thanks to volunteers, donations and earnings from the owners' art and gift shop sales.
Many of the animals are able to roam the yard freely, and some dwell in generous sized enclosures. Visitors can look at the animals and pet them. Life is calm and serene on the yard, it's a true countryside haven. I try to visit there at least once a year. Now behold the cute animals!