How to Cook Karjalanpaisti (Karelian Hot Pot)
Finland's national dish
“You cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine. Britain is the country with the worst food… after Finland.”
- Jacques Chirac
"I've been to Finland and I had to endure the Finnish diet… they only eat marinated reindeer.”
- Silvio Berlusconi
I want to tell you a quick story about what a terrible excuse for a “foodie” I actually used to be.
Back when I was young and backcombed my hair and was still able to wear skinny jeans without looking like a beanbag propped up by two cocktail sticks, I worked for a very fancy company on London’s Fulham Road. Very fancy. So fancy, in fact, that they occasionally sent me around the world to interview famous people. I won’t go into the whys and wherefores, but often these famous people would be sportspeople. And the places I met them were as exciting to me as Rio and Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur and Barcelona.
To name a handful.
Barcelona is the place I want to talk about today.
After a quick trip to Berlin to see my…