Advent Calendar

Some years ago my sister made me an advent calendar, I think it was 2005 or 2007. The calendar is made of two green ribbons and there are 12 small bags on each. Each bag contained a recipe and a small surprise (stickers, candy etc.). Next year I filled the calendar and sent it bag to my sister and we’ve been sending it to each other every year since.


This year it was my turn to fill the calendar. I won’t tell you what I filled it with, because she’ll probably read this post. But I think it’s safe to tell that on 5th day she got dried chili (grown by us) and a recipe for a soup.


Sunny Sweet Potato Soup

1 onion (or piece of leek)
2-3 garlic cloves
1-2 mild chili peppers
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp thyme
200 g passata
1 l water
juice of 1 large orange and 1 tsp grated peel
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1 sweet potato (400 g)
200 g frozen peas
salt and pepper

plain soy yogurt for serving (optional)

Chop or thinly slice the onion. Mince the garlic cloves and chili peppers. Heat the oil in a pot and sauté the onion and thyme couple of minutes. Add garlic and chili and continue sautéing until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the passata, water, orange juice & peel, cinnamon and bay leaf. Bring to boil and add peeled and diced sweet potato. Simmer until the sweet potato is soft, add the peas in the end of simmering. Season with salt and pepper and remove the bay leaf. Serve with or without a spoonful of plain soy yogurt.

Plutonium Cake

Nuclear plant exploded in Japan, so we made a plutonium cake. We used 2 tbsp agar agar flakes in the green layer, but it wasn’t enough, so the amount is increased in the recipe.

Plutonium Cake

200g Digestive or other biscuits
85g margarine

1 can soy whipping cream (SoyaToo!)
5 dl vanilla flavoured soy yogurt
3 tsp vanilla sugar
4 canned peach halves
green food colour or yellow and blue food colour
juice of 1 lemon
1,5 dl liquid from the peach can
3-4 tbsp agar agar flakes

3 dl orange juice
2 tsp agar agar flakes

Put the Digestives in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Melt the margarine and combine with Digestive crumbs. Cover the bottom of a springform pan with parchment paper and spread the Digestive-margarine-mixture on it. Refrigerate about half an hour.

Mix lemon juice, peach can liquid and agar agar in a pot and boil 10-15 minutes. Whip the cream, puree the peach halves and combine with yogurt and vanilla sugar. Dye green. Allow the agar agar mixture to cool for couple or minutes and add to the green mixture. Pour on the digestive crust and refrigerate for few hours.

Mix orange juice and agar agar in a pot and boil 10-15 minutes. Pour on top of the cake and refrigerate couple of hours.