Saturday, March 12, 2005


If you were thinking that brown stuff was some kind of chocolate mousse you would be wrong. It is mämmiä a traditional Finnish desert served around easter time. The mämmiä box is always brought out and unsuspecting foreigners are asked if they would like to taste it.

A thick round dollop is extracted from the mämmiä box and sort of thrown onto the plate. That stuff is so thick and sticky that it takes a quick flick of the wrist to get it off the serving spoon, and when it comes to rest on the plate it looks like something a dog would have left on the pavement. The hosts then smile a wry smile and wait for you to eat it.

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