Summer – so beloved in Finland we even have a soup called Summer Soup.

Now is the time to enjoy season’s vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, spring onions, cauliflower and peas. Put all of these in a pot with some milk and processed cheese and boom, you have yourself a delicious food called kesäkeitto – summer soup.

Of course to be accompanied with a glass of cold milk, the proper Finnish way. Yummy, healthy, and even my 1-year-old toddler loves it.

Wanna try it? Here’s how.

Ingredients

(for best taste make sure all veggies are as fresh and local as possible)

600 ml water
10 allspice
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
5 (500g) potatoes
3 (250g) carrots
1/2 (250 g) cauliflower
125 g processed cheese (or more if you prefer your soup even creamier)
1/2 liter of milk
ground white pepper
50 g spring onions / scallion

Method

  1. Peel and cube potatoes and carrots, carrot cubes should be smaller than potatoes.
  2. Bring the water and spices just to the boil.
  3. Add potato and carrot cubes in the boiling water, cook for about 5 minutes
  4. Add processed cheese, milk and fabricated cauliflower in the soup. Let the soup boil for another 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked.
  5. Chop the spring onions with the stalks and add to the soup.
  6. Serve with rye bread and butter.