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FC&G in trasferta: Finnish salmon soup

Posted on February 7, 2016

Just over two years ago I was in Tbilisi, visiting my sister and her family for my niece’s first birthday. Since we both moved away a good few years back, seeing each other has, sadly, become a once or twice a year event. One day, my sister told me “Let’s say we live until 90 and we meet about once a year. That means we’re only going to be seeing each other another 60 times. That’s not enough! Let’s go on holiday together.” That’s how, last July, I ended up at Helsinki Airport, waiting for her connecting flight from Istanbul to land, a couple of hours after mine had arrived from Manchester. We spent a week roaming South-West Finland, from Helsinki to Hanko to…

Parsnip and lentils soup, with lemon and cumin

Posted on February 25, 2013

Did you know that if you wanted parsnips while you were in Italy, you’d have a really hard time finding them? The vast majority of Italians don’t even know what a parsnip is. I have been a great fan of parsnips since I moved to England. I find they make harsh British winters sweeter, more varied and a little more bearable. Excited as I am about unknown ingredients, I wanted to spread the love of parsnips in Italy too.┬áLast spring, I sent my dad some parsnip seeds. He planted them in what is probably the only bit of garden that never gets any sunlight, being stuck between the neighbours’ wall and the northern-facing side of our house. He was afraid it wouldn’t work because…