One of the first experiences I remember as a British Expatriate when I came to Finland was the difference in food on offer.The simple things like bread were very different in taste,so much so that I refused to eat it.Most finns eat Rye bread,which is black and at times hard,I know it may sound being being fussy,but to me it was a daily contention
As a Brit I was missing things such as fish and chips,wrapped in newspaper,steak and kidney pies,pork pies,and many British sandwich spreads.Marmite and mint sauce being the main ones.I was to go through a period of time where I would only eat the minimum to keep my hunger at bay;I would visit Indian take aways as I have an intense liking for their food.i found out shortly though the I ndian Restaraunts are infact Nepalese,so I found and still find them far to hot to eat(spicy hot)I mean
So what did the Finnish eat I thought
It turned out they eat very healthy food,a lot of fish,the best being Graavi,which is actually Rainbow Trout or Salmon cured with salt and Dill for 3 days or so.This is then usually served on the black bread I mentioned earlier,with either fish eggs or egg slices or both.I must say they are delicious and very low in fat.During the summertime people eat alot of salad dishes and smoked fish.On October 7th there is the Baltic Herring Festival,where the herrings are either pickled or smoked.You will see alot of people walking around the southern harbour eating them from paper plates or paper wrappers
Finnish meat consumption
I found the big choice in meat for Finnish people is Pork,this I believe is to do with there being less fat content,however Reindeer and Moose or elk are popular and very tasty when eaten.Both meats are served with berries or wild Forrest mushrooms.Finland has an abundant supply of mushrooms,so much so that theyn export large amounts abroad,the same with Berries.One only has to walk out to a forrested area and it seems there are so many mushrooms you could fall over them,and they are free for personnel use.
So did I get to like the Finnish diet
The answer is definitely yes.My british Expatriate ways have nearly all but disappeared.I have now adopted a healthier way of eating,less fatty meats and fresh vegetable s,accompanied with wild Forrest mushrooms and berries.In fact I rarely if ever miss the old style English food,looking back it was not so good anyway,even though I know there are now many restaurants in the UK that are reviving the old English cuisine……………..I shall wait and see until I visit Britain again!Thereis a related post on Good Finnish Restaraunts serving this kind of wholesome food