It Was a Rainy Day…

… and still we went outside for nearly 4 hours. People who know me might start to wonder who I’ve become in the month I’ve lived here. I usually prefer staying inside, especially when it’s raining, as it was Sunday a week ago. However, there was something to tempt even me to go out: mushroom hunting!

It was an “expedition” organised by the university and Martha, the local mushroom picking club (I don’t know if that’s the correct expression). No pictures of the picking, as I didn’t want to take the camera (did I mention it was raining?).

Once home, PB sorted the mushrooms, at which point I took out the camera:

Last Weeks Loot

I forgot the names of the varieties we picked, but I think I could recognise them now. The trouble is that they tend to hide quite well. Even after the 4 hours out, it was just enough to make a simple mushroom dish for the two of us that had to be stretched considerably with bread.

However, we got hooked on mushroom picking and yesterday we did it again! Heli and Jouni (a couple who I met at ETH last (academic) year and who are permanently at JYU) invited us to join them to go to a little market in Rautalahti (a small town outside Jyväskylä) with successive mushroom/cranberry picking. Again I didn’t take my camera, but this time it’s because I forgot. PB took his camera and some pictures, but he’s not around and I don’t know where he put it. However, that’s not a problem at ALL, because Heli and Jouni brought their cameras and they blogged about the hike. There are the most gorgeous pictures on there, make sure to visit!

Thanks to them, we also found mushrooms, and a lot of them:

Yesterdays Loot – I Already Forgot the Name again

We (well that is Heli) also found quite a lot of funghi porcini. We ate most of them yesterday for dinner and it was a complete feast. The ones we didn’t eat are being dried right now, hence no pictures either, sorry! Well, even wihout pictures to proove it, rest assured that we were having a great time! Thanks again Heli and Jouni!


Sunny Day

Last Sunday was the sunniest day since I arrived here. I took the opportunity and my bike and spent most of the afternoon cycling around the Jyväsjärvi (another lake close to home). I took the camera, but forgot to charge the battery, so I only have pictures of the first half of the mini-trip. Here are some impressions of the southeastern part of the Jyväsjärvi:

Near the "Neverending Bridge" close to home

Near the “Neverending Bridge” Close to Home

A Public Orchard (Don’t Know the Name)

East End of Jyväsjärvi – With Beautiful View of the City

Plenty of Wooden Nature Around

View From the Northeastern Part – Including U.F.O.

That’s it for now. It’s good I took advantage of the day. It’s rained every day since then. This made me realise that I forgot my rubber boots in Switzerland. To Quote Homer: “D’oh!”

Exploring the New World – Including Berry Pie Recipe

How time flies! How boxes don’t! Although I have to say, there are not too many left unpacked. Therefore we were heading out to explore the surroundings. Here are some impressions from the past 2 weeks.

The Road in Front of Our House

This is the road that is visible from our guest-, living-, and sunroom. I was lucky to shoot a picture with sunshine as here it’s often cloudy. There is usually a fast succession of sunshine and shadows from the clouds.

Even though it’s not very warm, we try to go out at least half an hour every day. So within that walking distance there is one of the lakes:

Me in Front of One of the Lakes

Two weeks ago we saw some people swimming. By the sound of them, it must have been cold.

In addition to walking, we do as the locals do:

Wild Bycicle Parking – A Normal Sight Throughout the Whole City

We cycle. We both got the same bycicle, which is black. As some of you might know, I prefer colourful things. So PB suggested I knit a cover, a bit like this one. I’m already working on it.

In addition to walking and cycling, we try to still get the advantage of late Summer (or better: early Fall) and go pick berries.

PB Hard at Work

In this case they are from our backyard:

Berry Bushes in the Backyard

All the bushes you can see are edible berries. And here, as promised, is what I make with them:

Berry Pie – Mamma Style

This is a pie my mum used to make very often when we were kids. It’s best with fresh berries, but frozen also work. It is one of my favourite summer pies, becuase it’s just the perfect combination of sweet/sour berries and buttery cake crust.

Ingredients for a 24cm springform pan
375g flour
90g sugar
1/4 Tbs salt
180g butter
1 egg
3 Tbs water
300g berries or cherries
4 Tbs sugar
4 Tbs ground hazelnuts

Mix flour, sugar and salt. Rub butter into it. Whisk egg with water, add to butter/flour mixture and work everything into a smooth dough. Let the dough rest in the fridge for 1/2 hour.
In the meantime, mix the berries with the sugar. Roll out dough into two rounds, put one round in a springform pan, add edge, sprinkle with hazelnuts, spread berries on it and cover with the second round.
Bake 30-40 minutes in the middle of a preheated oven at 225 ° C. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.

Even though it can be kept up to 5 days in the fridge, it seldom takes that long to look like this:

Berry Pie – 12 Hours After Baking