Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Herkkujuustolan Väinö - Väinö by Herkkujuustola

Väinö is a camembert-type cheese made by Herkkujuustola.   We tried it a few weeks ago.  My only tasting notes:  I ate it and it was good.  It also happens to be lactose-free.

Väinö comes in a nice little wooden box.

Väinö by Herkkujuustola.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Runebergin torttu - Runeberg's torte

This year I noticed that these little cakes were being sold just a day or so after Christmas. Runeberg Day isn't unti the 5th of February, so there is still plenty of time to try them out if you haven't already.

The 5th of February is Runebergin päivä (Runeberg Day). Johan Ludvig Runeberg lived from 1804 until 1877. He is the national poet of Finland, perhaps best known as the author of Saarijärven Paavo and The Tales of Ensign Stål, the prologue of which became the lyrics for the Finnish national anthem Maamme.

Runebergin torttu, as made by Elonen

The tasty tortes made in honor of J.L. Runeberg usually hit the stores here in Finland several weeks before the holiday which is celebrated in his honor.

A recipe that I found for these sweet, moist, almondy little cakes. I have to admit I haven't tried this recipe. If you do, let me know how it works out.