"Joulupukki"---Looking for a recipe

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  1. Jaina_Mirax Ex CR North-Germany and GSFF RSA

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    Hey there,
    in two weeks we got a X-Mas meeting with YFU (Youth For Understanding), the exchange organisation I was in the US with, and we are supposed to prepare something for a buffet.

    I read this one childrens book over and over when I was young. It is a book written by a Fin (Mauri Kunnas) called "Joulupukki", in german "Wo der Weihnachtsmann wohnt".
    In this book they prapare a rice meal in which they hide an almond. Whoever finds this almond will have luck next year.

    I really liked the idea of preparing something scandinavian, but my problem is I don´t know how to prepare it.

    Does anybody of you have the recipe?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Was it like a porridge, because then we have it in Sweden too, was it warm or hot? There are two different versions. And if you get the almond in Sweden you get married the next year.
  3. JediLynx Jedi Grand Master

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    Well, if you mean the warm white porrige (Risgrynsgröt in Swedish), I just had some today! It's great and really christmasy. :) I'll see if I can dig up a recipe in English. I'm not too sure of the translations of some of the ingredients. It's really easy to make though.

    On a sidenote, I have a friend who calls himself Din mandel i cyber-gröten, which translates to "Your almond in the cyber-porridge". Cute, isn't it? :)
  4. Jaina_Mirax Ex CR North-Germany and GSFF RSA

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    LOL yeah...

    it was hot and yeah, like porridge.
    Thanks!
  5. Karoline Jedi Master

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    That's weird. If you get the almond in Norway, you get a little marsipan pig. And I don't even like marsipan.
    *Karoline secretly wishing she is swedish*
  6. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    I would prefer a marsipan pig instead of getting married. At least this year.
  7. Karoline Jedi Master

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    Really? Well I'm quite young yet, so I would prefer.. well.. anything but marriage. If it had been a giant chocolate pig, or a chocolate cupcake (oh sweet muffin, blessed are thou), then I am so there, the choco-holic I am.
  8. JediLynx Jedi Grand Master

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    I think the almond tradition is a bit different depending on where you're from. I'm from northern Sweden and I've never heard of the marriage deal. We just get good luck.
  9. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Lynx have you found a recipe yet? I tried to find one but I couldn't.

    Do you have to rhyme if you get the almond? At home you have to make a rhyme if you get the almond, otherwise you wont get married either.
  10. Karoline Jedi Master

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    Well that sucks, doesnt it? Even more than the marsipan pig.
  11. JediLynx Jedi Grand Master

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    Yes, I think you're supposed to rhyme.

    I could give you the recipe right away if only I knew what 'risgryn' is in English...
  12. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Can't you just say rice, I mean isn't it made from plain rice after all?
  13. JediLynx Jedi Grand Master

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    Well... it's rice, but not the normal rice you'd eat with ordinary food. It's.. uum... round rice. Make any sense?
  14. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Hmm, I've made ris a la Malta out of ordinary rice and that was ok, but yeah for the best result it should be round rice.
  15. JediLynx Jedi Grand Master

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    ok, here we go then:

    Risgrynsgröt, 4 servings

    1½ dl round rice
    3 dl water
    1/2 tsp salt
    7 dl milk
    2 pieces of whole cinnamon
    An almond :)

    Boil the rice and salt in the water until all the water has sunk in (approx. 10 mins)

    Add the milk and the cinnamon. Boil, low heat, for 30 minutes.

    Add the almond and stir.
    Serve with cold milk and plenty of sugar and cinnamon.
  16. Jaina_Mirax Ex CR North-Germany and GSFF RSA

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    Thanks! but what is "dl"?
  17. JediLynx Jedi Grand Master

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    1 dl = 1 deciliter = 0.1 liter
  18. Jaina_Mirax Ex CR North-Germany and GSFF RSA

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