Finnish Blueberry Pie

Finnish Blueberry Pie | Sarka Babicka Photography

I returned from a holiday in Finland last week and all I can think of is a blueberry pie. It's been about five years since we were last in Finland but it felt like a year ago. That's what happens when you meet great friends again. It all comes back to you instantly, so many memories of all the great times we shared. Those are the best holidays. I came back relaxed and well rested.

I'm a big fan of simple and delicious recipes. Many Finnish recipes are just like that. All you need to make a perfect meal are a few fresh, seasonal ingredients. Blueberry season has only started when we arrived at out friend's summer cottage but the forest floor was already covered in a beautiful blue carpet. It's hard to get wild forrest blueberries when you live in London so I usually go a bit nuts when I can pick these sweet blue jewels. Wild blueberries are the real deal unlike the commercially grown ones. They taste so much better!
I usually prefer all fruit raw, but when life gives you liters of blueberries you have to make a pie. I obviously had to ask my friend to share her recipe. It's the simplest and most delicious blueberry pie I've ever had.

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Finnish Blueberry Pie
Serves about 8

Ingredients

For the dough
100g unsalted butter, melted
1 eggs
75g sugar
180g plain flour
1tsp baking powder

For the filling
1 egg
200ml soured cream
75g sugar
blueberries


Method
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Grease a 20-23cm/8-9inch pie tin or pan. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar and egg, add the melted butter and stir well until combined. In another bowl, mix flour and baking powder and add it to the butter mixture. Stir together to form a soft dough. Pat the dough evenly over the bottom and sides of the pan. Add a lot of blueberries on top to fill the pan.
In a mixing bowl, combine sour cream, egg and sugar and pour over the blueberries. Bake for about 30 minutes. Let the pie cool down before slicing.







Open Skies Magazine Dishoom Feature

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Back in April I photographed a food feature for Open Skies (Emirates Inflight Magazine). I didn't have to think too long when I was asked to suggest a restaurant for the feature. Dishoom at King's Cross is one of my all time favourite places to eat in London. I love the airy, industrial interior and drool-worthy menu which is nothing like a stereotypical curry house dishes. Chef's special Nihari is a lamb-on-the-bone stew beautifully spiced with meat so tender that it melts in your mouth.

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London Food & Lifestyle Photography Workshop in Pictures

Food & Lifestyle Photography Workshop

What started as a vague conversation over the most delicious Korean fried chicken, ended as a great day spent with a group of lovely and creative people. I still remember the afternoon when Jo and I were licking our greasy fingers and discussing the possibility of doing a photography workshop together. Only about a week later the planning process had started. We teamed up with super sweet and talented food stylist & writer Olia Hercules (she's just published her first cookbook Mamushka) for our intimate one-day hands on food photography & styling workshop. Being on the same page from the very beginning, we had envisioned a creative and inspiring day for a small group of food and photography enthusiasts.

Fast forward a few months, on the last Sunday in May, we were unpacking boxes of food and props at Lyle's in Shoreditch (the light in there leaves me in awe every time I visit), waiting for our workshop participants to arrive. To start the day off we covered some basics of composition, lighting, colour theory, working with props, mobile photography and food styling before it was time for our attendees to have a go and put theory into practice during three practice sessions.

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Big thanks go out to our generous sponsors, specifically Natoora for the most beautiful produce that we all swooned over and West Elm London for gorgeous props. We all stayed well hydrated during the day thanks to Good Beans cold brew coffee, Innocent Coconut Water and Joe's Tea. A small healthy bites were supplied by 100% Natural Foods brownies and Cereal Lovers granola. And as we all know, wine makes every event better, so even this workshop wouldn't be the same without good bubbles and wine from Campo Viejo

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Olia and Jo checking the #sjphotoworskhop hashtag on Instagram. :)

Here's what our workshop attendee's say about their experience.
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Oh and Jo created a short video, have a look!


Food Lifestyle Photography workshop from Joanna Yee on Vimeo.

Freestyle Food Month

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Only two more days and June is here, which means summer is behind the door! I always get so excited just thinking of warm sunny days. There are so many reasons to love summer and the abundance of fresh local produce is just one of them. I love cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients. The summer months are the best time of year to enjoy fruit and vegetables at their best. Strawberries finally taste like strawberries and tomatoes are flavourful and juicy, ready to be savoured with a just a sprinkle of sea salt... Therefore June is a great month to go freestyle in your kitchen.

I'm joining Lurpak's Freestyle Food Month, a campaign encouraging food lovers to use quality ingredients and get creative in their kitchens. Sounds totally up my alley. I absolutely love the new TV commercial for the campaign. If you haven't seen it yet, you must watch it. Not only it makes you hungry, but it also makes you want to run into your kitchen and start playing and experimenting. I will be making quick and easy snacks perfect for warm sunny days when you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen but still want to enjoy healthy food full of flavour and nutritions. No recipes, just a few ingredients thrown together and you are good to go.

I believe in simplicity and freshness when it comes to food. Fresh quality local ingredients inspire me to try new things and experiment. If you want to see what I will be making, follow me on my Instagram for some summer food inspiration.

I'd also love to see your take on Freestyle Food Month. You can join me in June and experiment in your kitchen. Create any bready meal or snack, such as crackers, bagels, bread, toast etc. using quality seasonal ingredients and post a photo on your Twitter or Instagram with #FreestyleFood hashtag. Don't forget to mention me @sarkababicka so I can see your photo. I will select 10 winners who will receive a food hamper from Lurpak and The Original Supper Box Company.
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Avocado smoked salmon rye crackers