A Picturesque Finnish Feast

Last month, we hyped you up for the Marimekko Weather Diary Dinnerware that we promised was coming in. Well, it’s finally here, and even more lovely in person than we could have imagined.

The set looks so pretty that one might think twice about using it to eat, and instead admire it from afar as art. Don’t be fooled, though — the set is made from sturdy vitreous porcelain and is dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe, so it’s just as functional as it is beautiful.

Why not show it off at a dinner party, and get to display it and use it at the same time? Better yet, you could serve up some traditional Finnish fare to accompany the Scandinavian designs. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite pieces from the collection, and matched each with a delicious Finnish recipe that is easy enough for even a non-Finn, novice cook to make.

1. Marimekko Weather Diary Salad Platter + Finnish Smoked Salmon Salad 

It’s so hard to choose, but this has to be my favorite piece of the entire collection. Watercolors in shades of black and yellow depict a foggy morning on the Finnish archipelago, where, surrounded by water, fish is a big part of the native diet. This salmon salad by Susan Gaddis is a great dish to transition into autumn with, and it won’t leave tummies disappointed.

What you’ll need: 

Photo: SusanGaddis.net

  • 1/2 lb smoked salmon
  • half a bag of cut up lettuce
  • 2 large boiled potatoes chilled
  • 2 or 3 apples
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp wine vinegar
  • 5-6 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

See the entire recipe here. 


2. Marimekko Weather Diary Soup/Cereal Bowl + Finnish Summer Soup

Hard sketch-like lines meet soft watercolor strokes to form these abstract tree trunks, and this Finnish recipe for summer soup has plenty of fresh goods grown from the ground. Soup is the stuff of our dreams in winter, but with the right light ingredients, it can be the perfect partner to salad in warmer weather, too.

What you’ll need:

Photo: TheKitchn.com

  • 2 cups water
  • 6 small potatoes, peeled and halved 
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 6 to 8 small boiling onions
  • 3 carrots, cut into bite-size rounds
  • 3/4 lb. fresh green beans
  • 2 cups frozen green peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pint (2 cups) half and half
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour

Follow Kathryn Hill step-by-step here, or reference our previous post for the full recipe plus great Marimekko pairings to this delicious dish.

3. Marimekko Weather Diary Dessert Bowl + Finnish Berry Dessert

The simple yet bold pattern on this dessert bowl is beautiful, but in contrasting black and white, it’s begging to hold a splash of color. The sweet and fruity flavor of this colorful dish is just what you need to cleanse the palate and get guests to clean their plates.

What you’ll need:

Photo: TasteofHome.com

  • 1-1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 cup unsweetened raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups apple-raspberry juice cocktail
  • Low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt, optional
Taste of home walks you through it here. 



4. Marimekko Weather Diary Jug + Finnish Fermented Lemon Sima Drink

Cool, calming colors of green and blue wrap around this porcelain jug to create blades of fresh grass. Quench your guest’s thirst with this super simple yet uniquely refreshing recipe. Finns traditionally drink this in celebration of May Day, but who says we can’t enjoy it year round?

What you’ll need:

Photo: GirlCooksWorld.com

  • 14 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 4 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 2 lemons, washed and thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon yeast
  • 16-20 raisins

FYI: This drink is slightly alcoholic, but if you drink it right away before it ferments too long, the alcohol content is next to nothing. In fact, many children in Finland grow up sipping on this fruity beverage.

Cate from GirlCooksWorld shows you how it’s done here. 


Have any great Finnish recipes you’d like to share? We’re all ears. Leave a comment below.

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