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Tea and Apfelstrudel for us! – Italian and German girls’diary pt.8

Tuesday 4th April, Me and Marta went to Anna’s place to cook the typical Viennese sweet (but very common also in Germany) “Apfelstrudel”. I was very happy because is one of my favourite sweets and I use to eat it everytime that I travel to Germany, Austria or Trentino (an Italian region in the north of Italy where is common find typical food from Germany or Austria because they are very close).  Anna was very nice because she gave to us the original receipe so I will try to do it also at home for my mum because it’s also her favourite sweet. We started reading all the ingredients and try to pronounce them also in german:

  Strudel dough: 250g plain flour, 2g salt, 50g eggs, 100g lukewarm water, 20g oil.   Buttered breadcrumbs: 100g breadcrumbs, 50g butter.                                                                      Cinnamon sugar: 140g fine crystal sugar, 10g cinnamon.                                                 Filling: 150g breadcrumbs, 150g cinnamon sugar, 170g raisins, 10g lemon juice, 1kg peeled-cored-sliced apples, one shot of rum.

Me and Marta took care of cut the apple and fill our delicious strudel and Anna made the dough and closed the strudel after that we filled it because is a little bit difficult and like for Pizza, you should know how to do it to make it good! I really enjoyed do the strudel because I like cook, especially sweets, with my friends because is a good moment to share our traditions and show our cooking skills.  While we were waiting that the strudel got ready, we talked about our experience here in Tampere and we are all happy about it because is an amazing city full of things to do like go to the forest tu run or just for a walk, skate or ski on the frozen lake, do shopping in the main street, practice cross-country skiing (so difficult for me because I use to practice  down-hill skiing), meet with your friends for a coffee or a tea and a sweet, go to the disco for parties and a lot of other things.

When the strudel started to become golden-brown, we removed it from the oven and put it to rest a little bit before to eat it. Meanwhile Anna prepared a tea to drink with our delicious and tasty strudel. I really liked it also because we did it with our own hands. I will certainly try to reproduce it in my home country! Thank you Anna for your precious advices and for giving us the original receipe, I will keep it with me for all my life.

Keep in touch, see you! Ciao ciao 🙂


Meeting #5: Gratin Dauphinois

In this meeting Marie and me met at TOAS City and decided to cook a traditional French meal.  It took us about 3 hrs to make this “GRATIN DAUPHINOIS”.

The gratin dauphinois is one of the best known dishes of traditional French cuisine.

Ingredients (serves 3):

  • 800gr of potatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 300ml cream
  • 300gr of cheese
  • A little butter to spread a glass mold


Method of preparation:

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into slices, then cook in water.
  2. Pour the potatoes into a mold where they are stirred with the cream and the finely chopped garlic clove (do not break the potato slices)
  3. The premix is poured into a pre-oiled glass mold.
  4. Put a thick layer of cheese on top and cook for 40-45 minutes in an oven at 170 ° C
    To serve


THIS IS THE RESULT: We had a great time preparing this dish! And better still it tasted awsome! I would recomend peopole to try it, it’s easy to make and i, for sure, will make it again when i go back to Mexico. Here are some pics of the day…

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5th meeting – shopping together

Our meeting took a place in Prisma market. We prepared the list of products we had needed in our language and Elisa did it in Finnish. We were walking through the shop and discovered new Finnish products. We also found some Polish products there!

On our list there were:

  • Jajka – eggs – munat
  • Mięso – meat – liha
  • Bułki – rolls – rullina
  • Chleb – bread – leipä

And we also added some extra words:

  • Ser – cheese – juusto
  • Marchew – carrot – porkkana
  • Ogórek – cucumber – kurkku

We found in the shop Polish brewery beer called “Pierwsza pomoc” what means “First aid”. We were really surprised.  As everyone knows, Easter Holidays are coming. That’s why we found Mämmi in the shop! Of course, we bought it, to try something typical for Finland. As Elisa said, we prepared it with cream. Mämmi is traditionally made of water, rye flour, and powdered malted rye, seasoned salt, and dried powdered Seville orange zest. Yummy!


Italian dinner – Italian and German girls´diary pt.7

Hello to everyone!

Saturday evening Anna, Marta and me met in Lapinkaari (mine and Marta´s place) to make the most typical Italian dish……. PIZZA! First of all we bought all the ingredients: flour, yeast, water, salt, oil, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, oregano and sausages (obviously you can put what you want in your pizza, it depends from your taste); after we mixed them and we left the dough rest to rise for one hour and a half. When it was more or less the double of before, we started to give a shape to our pizza flattening it and we put all the ingredients on the top started from the tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sausages, oregano, oil and salt; after we put it into the oven for more or less 30/40 minutes and finally we ate it! It was not perfect because it should rise a little bit more, but Anna liked it so this is the important thing for me.

Make pizza is not so difficult but is not also so easy because you have to know how to mix ingredients, how to flatten it and also how much ingredients put on the top, but I think that the most important thing is the love that you put doing it. For Italian people, pizza is like a religion and when you are going to make it, your mind has to be free from you problems and you have to concentrate only in doing your pizza, just in this way it will be good.

I think that Anna enjoyed a lot make pizza with us and we tried to teach her in the best way possible. Next time she will teach us how to make a typical German food, I am looking forward to do it!

See you soon 🙂
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Session 4: Austrian Dishes

The Topic of the fourth each one teach one lesson was: “Austrian Culture and dishes and Spanish vocabulary”. Therefore, Maria and I met in Toas City in the kitchen. It was very nice because we had also a black board where we could write important vocabulary and phrases down. Because of the last experiences, we did in the first part some basic German vocabulary. Moreover, we translated all the kitchen ware into German and Spanish. IMG_5410

After that I taught Maria something more about the Austrian Culture. Therefore, I made another small power point presentation with famous Austrian dishes. The second part was my turn. Maria and I cooked together an apple pie, in Austria it is called Apfelstrudel. In Austria, this dessert is extremely famous. I had to explain Maria all the ingredients and the process ins Spanish. This was extremely hard for me because it was a specific vocabulary. Therefore, Maria had to help me out and correct me a lot. In the end, we sit together and eat the apple pie and repeated the vocabulary which we have learned.IMG_4454

All the best

Culture exchange – Italian and German girls´diary pt.5


For this culture exchange day we decided to meet friday 24 of March at the Watami Sushi restaurant to discuss about our different culture eating a good sushi. We talked about our main festivity and how to celebrate them. For example I discovered that in Germany there is a festivity called “S. Nicolaus” where german people use to put during the night between the 5th and the 6th of december a pair of boots outside of the door waiting for San Nicolaus that will put inside some sweets and tell some stories. In the south of Italy, where I live, we don’t have this habit but for example the 8th of december we celebrate the “Festa dell’Immacolata”, during that we use to start to decorate our houses and make the Christmas Tree because it means that the Christmas period is starting. About the Christmas event more or less we have the same habits but for example we use to eat “arrosto” (a roll of meat with cheese, vegetables and ham inside) or other dishes like “lasagne” (kind of pasta cooked in the oven), “Panettone and Pandoro” (two typical Italian sweets); in Germany Anna told me that they use to eat the “Martinsgans” (Stuff goose), the “Glühwein” (mulled wine), “Christstollen” and “Plätzchen” (typical german sweets). Other different festivity are for example the well-known “Oktoberfest” (typical german festivity where the main topic is beer celebrated on September) and “Tag der deutschen Einheit” (National Unity day celebrated the 3rd of October) in Germany and “Festa della Liberazione dal Nazifascismo (Liberation day from Fascism celebrated the 25th of April) and “Festa della Repubblica” (Republic day celebrated the 2nd of June) in Italy.

We discuss also about our different time to have meals, for example we have breakfast at the same time in the morning because of the school/work (usually 6.30/7.00 a.m.), but in Germany they have lunch at 12.00 and in Italy we use to have lunch at 13.30/14.30 and about the dinner time, in Germany they use to have it at 18 but in Italy we use to have dinner at 20.00/21.00.

It was a very interesting day today because we found a lot of differences but also many common things between us and both of our countries have a lot of typical dishes for every festivity. Anyway the sushi was very good but we ate a lot so after our meeting we come back home full of food in our stomachs to have a nap and rest a little bit.IMG_20170324_144651_935

See you soon, bye bye 🙂

Hola, donte esta la leche?

Our sixth meeting was in the supermarket. We made some common sentences what you need when you are looking for some products or if you want to know can you use cash.

Can I pay by cash = Puedo pagar con dinero?

Can I pay by card = Puedo pagar con tarjeta?

This is more cheaper = Esto es mas barato

better = mejor

healthier = saludable


After shopping we went to my house to study some products together. Here is some of them:










-Minttu <3


Mexican Food Party

Today we decided to meet at the K-market where we bought Mexican food supplies for our Mexican dinner: Guacamole and Quesadillas. After buying all the supplies where we headed to TOAS city.

WhatsApp Image 2017-03-18 at 12.18.50The starter was guacamole here for Fernanda used a couple avocados, lime and onions and squished it all together. It was so delicious during the time of preparing we talked about the Mexican food culture the Mexican food staples are mostly tortillas a long with beans, rice, tomato’s, chili peppers and different kind of meat as chorizo and Mexicans love spicy food sadly the peppers we bought weren’t spicy at all :).

Different to Germans, Mexicans eat much later then we are. In Germany it is considerate unhealthy to eat after 8 or 9pm were Mexicans not even start to eat their dinner :).

As German are known for there beer Mexicans are for tequila maybe when we are lucky we meet Fernanda’s sister in may and she can bring some yummy original Mexican food and maybe a tequila with her ;).

After our starter we or more Fernanda prepared for us Quesadillas one with meat and one vegetarian variant for me witIMG_2247h rice. For that we but cheese in to the middle of the tortillas and heated it up that the cheese was melting then we put the meat or rice with the rest of the guacamole and tomatoes in it. During our dinner we talked about random interest as other students from the residence joint us in the kitchen. After long and funny talks we talked
shortly about our next meeting at the mall and when the best time is for us to watch a hockey game. 🙂

Prisma Supermarket – Italian and German girls’ diary pt.4

Today is Sunday and like all Italian people use to do, we went to the supermarket.

I really like do the Grocery shopping because is a good way to spend time with your family/friends. Today we learned a lot of food’s name and how to have a “shopping conversation”. At the beginning it was easy because more or less fruits’ names are similar (Banana is my favourite word because more or less is the same in all the world), but when we started to go through meat and other shelves, it was no longer so simple. In Italy there are a lot of kind of pasta and Anna was really interesting about it so we spend more than 15 minutes just to explain her all the pasta’s shapes that you can find in Italy (I really like to show people  typical italian food because is one of the most famous thing in Italy and also because i really like cook Italian food). I never imagined that a so easy and short word like PIG, could be so long and difficult if traslated in German: SCHWEINEFLEISCH. Anyway i really had fun today because it’s a very good and alternative option to learn food’s name having fun and in this way it’s also easier to remember because you can associate the name to the object. It was a very useful day also because we made our grocery shopping all togheter.

See you at the next meeting! Tschüss!

Breaking ice

Hi everyone, we are already after the first meeting.

Me and Adam went to meet Elisa’s family in her house (koti). They live in Petsamo, the really nice neighborhood in Tampere covered by lovely wooden and colourful houses. Elisa’s hometown is Karvia, a countryside which is about 100 km far from Tampere. In front of her house, we found a brush shoes which make a lot of sense in a snowy country like Finland. Of course, we used it, and we entered into her house in clean shoes.

She welcomed us with the Finnish snacks! Karjalanpiirakka, the rye pie filled with porridge of rice and baked in an oven. We also tried ham (kinkku)  made from beef (nauta) and from wild pig (villisika)! It was so delicious smoked ham (palvikinkku). This experience was new for us and we enjoyed it so much.

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania Karjalanpiirakka

In the picture you can see Karjalanpiirakka, we ate it with the butter on the top.

We met her husband and two kids, who were watching Finnish cartoons. It was so funny because after we get to know how to count in Finnish language we could hear and recognize some numbers from the tv. We also tried to teach Elisa Polish numbers and she did it so well! Hope she will remember at least some of them at the next meeting!

  1. jeden/yksi
  2. dwa /kaksi
  3. trzy/kolme
  4. cztery/neljä
  5. pięć/viisi
  6. sześć/kuusi
  7. siedem/seitsemän
  8. osiem/kahdeksan
  9. dziewięć/yhdeksän
  10. dziesięć/kymmenen

We were sitting on Saturday’s evening, breaking the first ice,  enjoying a warm tea and talking about Poland and Finland which was a good experience! It has made me a lot to think about differences between our countries.