The Finnish Candle

I love making tea outdoors (it always tastes better) and last week in Sweden I got to learn a new method.

Usually we use Adam’s pocket rocket and gas canister or we boil water on a campfire or suspended from a tripod. Adam has shown me a Finnish candle before but I hadn’t tried it myself…. until now.

To get us started he canoed over to the shoreline, leaving me marooned on our little island and felled a dead pine tree, bringing back a seasoned log and some small twigs and birch bark.

He split the wood in quarters lengthways and positioned the four pieces together with a small gap between each.

I placed little amounts of birch bark in the gaps at the base

and fine then slightly thicker twigs towards the top.

The whole point of this Finnish candle was for me to learn and it took me eight matches to light (because of lots of heavy winds and my general bushcraft inadequacies).

Once it was going though, there was no stopping it and we had hot tea in no time.

Sitting there chatting and eating lunch I noticed how long the candle continue to burn and give out heat with just one log.

It lasted long enough for us to enjoy our engagement chocolate which took……well, not very long at all actually!

Crumble

Adam is keen on eating healthy at the moment and I do my best to go along for the ride although I am not as committed as him right now.

But we are lucky enough to have loads of fruit trees in our garden; apple, pear, red currant, raspberry, blackberry…

Of course, it’s time to make a crumble 🙂

Clearly the first job should be to pick the fruit but I think actually it’s important to ‘test’ berries first!

I still managed to collect lots of it and one of Adam’s many hand carved bowls and dishes came in handy

We have tons and tons of berries – too many to use so we will have a freezer full I’m sure even after we have given lots away.

In line with the healthy eating plan I used a few strawberries to sweeten the crumble (instead of sugar)

And ground almonds and porridge oats instead of flour for the crumble

I even topped it off with a couple of berries on top

Unfortunately there’s no picture of it cooked because we got stuck in immediately!

I’m just waiting for the raspberries to go crazy now and who knows what we will be eating 😀 any raspberry ideas would be well received!!

I try not to remember when…

For every good moment there is a corresponding not-so-good moment. I think this is a positive thing and great practice for a long and happy marriage…I hear it’s all about compromise…

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