I am back in Edinburgh after a very nice, if hectic 10 days at home. It wasn't really a holiday in the first place (I gave a paper at a small symposium, so I spent a few days preparing for my talk, giving it and listening to other papers), but I did manage to put my feet up and relax a little. I managed to meet up with lots of my family members (some of them I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time, like this little fellow, Erkko Villem, who is my latest second cousin) at my sister's and my two nephews' birthday bash day after I arrived. I had the pleasure of catching up with many good friends. I got to enjoy sauna twice. I even managed to dip my toes (and those of my younger nephew, Ahti) into the North Sea, though it was a bit chilly for a proper swim that day.
Foodwise, the trip had a rather dissappointing beginning. This is what I was served on the early morning Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt - a lousy and extremely boring and unappealing cling-film wrapped sandwich. I know that economy class airline foods aren't usually anything to brag about, but this was an especially meagre offering. I'll know better next time and force myself to eat something more substantial and tasty before leaving home at 4am...
But things improved quickly when I got home. I ate loads of fresh and ripe berries at my parents' garden - raspberries were at their best (yes, Paz, even the yellow ones:), as were blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries. I was there just in time for the first ripe apples from the big "Valge klaar" tree outside my bedroom window - I had them raw, hidden in a cake and as a fresh jam on breakfast toast. My dad was showing off his skills with the grill on a couple of occasion. I enjoyed the new cloudberry&cream cheese yogurts for breakfast day after day without getting bored. I spent hours relaxing in the hammock outside the house.. What else could one want, anyway?
Here's what I'll be blogging about in the next few days or weeks, once I've settled back into my daily routine in Edinburgh and finished writing my next conference paper:
What do you do with such a large and unexpected pile of glorious chantarelle mushrooms?
Lazy hours in old and new cafés in Tallinn and why I miss them so badly in Edinburgh.
How to flash-salt cucumbers? (This is one of the nicest delicacies of late summer months).
Going ethnic - eating our way through the old Estonian manor houses and taverns on the north coast.
Product curiosity: Fluff or how to bribe your nephews in a flash..
The best 'pelmeenid' in town?
New ways with cheesy feet again:)
And possibly some more. Hope you'll be back reading soon. Until then, I leave you with the image of my home town, Tallinn, as it looked from the sky yesterday evening: