Heaven on earth! Finnish summer cottage Part1 - Mint garlic chicken for BBQ

These days am dealing with mixed feeling - happiness and sadness, for the reason that I will be winding up my thesis early next year (fingers crossed) and equally sad that I will moving out of Finland after 5 years. Finland is my 2nd home now and I have been so much into. God know where my next destination will be? So I will miss Finland, as its the best place on earth, when it comes to nature and there are few location in this beautiful country, the  moment I land in those locality I forget myself and the rest of the world. One those types are Summer cottage. For two years I have stayed in summer cottages. Last year it was more fun as many of  my friends were there, and it was very primitive cottage without  electricity, felt like living in middle of forest. We just had cottage to sleep and little kitchen. So it was something like going to stone age staying with nature beside lake side, men did fairly good fishing and we BBQ food and lived like prince and princess of forest. Not forget to mention about almost 24 hrs day light and wonderful smoke sauna.

This year it was few of us, just myself Somjai her husband Tero and Somjai's Russian friend. So it was more or less a peaceful time, everyone had there own time, basically being yourself. Again our cottage was on lake side but.....Sorry guy am flying to Vienna tonight so will write more in detail in my next post till then enjoy the preview and the BBQ chicken I made for the trip :)

                                                                          The sauna house
                                              Beautiful patterns on the woods inside the cottage

             That's Me! :)

            View from umbrella

        The hot BBQ spot

The Lake view around 2 AM

                                          Pringles my addiction, all this on Sunday..Happy girl

6 chicken  drumstick ( make 2 to 3 slits on each piece, helps for better marination )
3 pods of garlic - grated ( I used 4 as I love this guy!)
Salt to taste
1 tbsp of lemon juice (adjust according to ur taste)
Fresh pepper crushed according to your taste
1 - 1 1/2 table spoon of dry mint leaves or fresh mint paste ( Iused dry powder)
1 1/2 table spoon of olive oil

Combine grated garlic, pepper, salt, lemon juice, olive oil and mint paste or powder uniformly. Apply marinade evenly on the chicken piece. Preferably leave them overnight ( its great if it is done previous night). Either barbecue the chicken or it can be oven baked at, 200 C for 20 to 25 minutes. I do them during weekend also, with a glass of wine some crunchy pringles  am a happy girl. All the above ingredients can be adjusted ( bit or less) according to your own taste.


Sanchita July 29, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

Awesome pictures..and I loved the BBQ chicken. Have a safe flight :)

Andrea the Kitchen Witch July 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

Beautiful cabin, the wood is stunning!! The lake is amazing and the bbq pit is just perfect. How can you possibly be leaving this spot?

the chicken sounds delicious, I have a ton of mint in the garden, I have a feeling that lots of it will end up becoming this dish :)

MaryMoh July 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

Beautiful place, beautiful pictures and beautiful chicken!! I would love living in a place like that, free from pollution and surrounded by nature....total bliss! :D

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com July 30, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

What a beuatiful setting and photos. So glad you had a nice break.

I thought you were in Finland to stay - did not realise you must leave soon. Are you planning to go home and see your parents for a while ?

My Kitchen Antics July 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

its my dream 2 go stay in a cabin like that..soo pretty...

Ushnish Ghosh August 1, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

Dear Ananda
Awesome photographs..I am sure you must have enjoyed a lot.
The dish is very nice and new for me. I am going to try it soon with lot of garlic ( I too love that guy).
Have a nice week ahead

Afsal_ Alif August 1, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

Hi Ananda,
So after a short break....
It even makes us sad too...to know that you are leaving such a beautiful place......but you haven't mentioned which part of Finland you where residing and whatz ur profile there....'ny how i wish you to have one more oppurtunity to fly to your dream home /destination.....

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Suman Singh August 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

Hi Ananda, bumped in here for the first time thr' MaryMoh's blog and I am just blown away by your pictures..they are just amazing and also love each and every elegant dishes out there..awesome..

Unknown August 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM  

@Sanchita Thanks dear:)

@Andrea I have move out for another post doc position, wish to be back again :)

@Mary yes indeed, thanks :)

@Sarah, the thing is that i should move out for good post doc position am planning to have one month break with my parents

@Nisha come to Finland i shall take u there :)

@Ushnish haha pl do try and let me know :)

@Afsal, I stay in Jyvaskyla, central finland, am doing my PhD thanks for ur good wishes :)

@Josh Thanks i shall soon look in to ur website.

@Anonymous Glad it helped :)

@Suman Thanks a lot for kinds words of appreciation and glad you liked :D

Arpana August 16, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

hello ananda,your blog is a pleasant one, with cool photographs and nice recipe.

Pavithra Srihari August 18, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

wow ... i juat cant take my eyes off from those pics ... just beautiful and elegant ... love it ...

Unknown August 29, 2010 at 11:22 PM  

Thanks Arpana and Pavithra :)

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen September 19, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

Oh my god! such a beautiful cottage. Sigh

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