Welcome to the new podcast / interview series by My Dear Kitchen in Helsinki blog. This is a project that I wanted to do for a very long time. I’ve always been interested in social, cultural and political aspects of food and I wanted to reach out to people in Finland, researchers, practitioners, activists and any other food related people, to discuss their works, the topics that emerge around food, current situation but also future projections. In the near future or later on, the location of the guests may extend beyond the borders of Finland, but my priority, at least for now, will be to see the local picture.
Interview With Christian Tikkanen On The Food Culture of Swedish-Speaking Population in Finland
Welcome to a new episode of My Dear Kitchen in Helsinki podcast. My guest today is Swedish-speaking Finnish chef Christian Tikkanen, the founder and secretary of Finlands Svenska Måltidsakademi aka Finlands Swedish Food Academy. Christian and I talked about the food culture of Swedish speaking population in Finland and the factors that affect it. We also talked about signature dishes and recipes and discussed whether the culture of the Swedish-speaking population in Finland is in danger of being lost. Christian introduced Finlands Svenska Måltidsakademi and their activities. At the end of the episode, Christian has a question for you, and we hope to see your answers as a comment on social media. Hope you enjoy our discussion.
Interview With Jenni Lares on History And Meaning Of Drinking in Finland in the 17th Century
My guest on the podcast today is Jenni Lares, a historian currently based at Tampere University. Jenni and I talked about the history and meaning of drinking in Finland in the 17th century, which was her doctoral research topic. We talked about drinking and its relationship with different aspects of life and society at that time: criminal acts, social gatherings and joyful occasions, the effect of religion and the health aspect of the drinks at the time. We also discussed what records about drinking show us about society in general in 17th century Finland and finalized with the similarities and differences today. At the end of the episode, Jenni asked you a question that would make you think about your habits. We look forward to reading your analysis as a comment on social media platforms. (Licensed music by Luca Palumbo.)
Interview With Mariana Núñez Sánchez On Cooking With Ink: Analogies Between Cooking And Making
My guest on the podcast today is Mariana Núñez Sánchez, a designer who works with and on food. Mariana graduated from Aalto University with a Master of Arts degree in late 2020. Her thesis titled “Cooking Through Illustration” was about analogies between cooking and making, and she designed tools using this analogy to help people get more comfortable in the kitchen without being in the kitchen. In this episode, Mariana and I talked about her personal relationship with food and cooking, and how this led to her thesis topic. We also talked about her thesis and the wooden tools that she designed that she used to “cook with ink” and to explore the analogies between cooking and making. At the end of the episode, Mariana invites to a different experience in the kitchen than you are used to. We look forward to reading your experiences as a comment on social media channels. (Licensed music by Luca Palumbo.)
Interview With Carlos Henriques on Restaurant Nolla, Finland’s First Zero-Waste Restaurant
My guest on the podcast today is Carlos Henriques, one of the three founders of Restaurant Nolla, Finland’s first zero-waste restaurant. Carlos and I talked about the story of Nolla, where Nolla is today and what the future holds for them. We also talked about food sustainability, food waste, using local and seasonal food products and personal relationships food brings in Nolla and more broadly. At the end of the episode, Carlos has a question that will challenge your behaviour regarding food waste. We look forward to reading your answers as a comment on social media channels. (Sound editing by my dear friend Ufuk Evcimen. Licensed music by Luca Palumbo.)
Interview With Minna Kaljonen On The Just Transition Of The Food System
My guest on the podcast today is Minna Kaljonen, a research professor at the Finnish Environment Institute. She also works with the “Just Food” project carried out in Finland. In this episode, Minna and I talked about the just sustainability transition of the food system, and we discussed the injustices in the current food system in the world. We also discussed sustainable diets and sustainable eating, the problems of the food system and the communities marginalised by the food system in Finland. The issues of the food systems and the actors in them are diverse and complex. Thinking about this complexity, we also talked about the future of sustainable food system research and action. As usual, at the end of the episode, Minna has a question for you. We look forward to reading your answers as a comment on social media channels. (Sound editing by my dear friend Ufuk Evcimen. Licensed music by Luca Palumbo.)
Interview With Bettina Lindfors On The New Nordic Food Manifesto And Sustainability Transitions
My guest on the podcast today is Bettina Lindfors, a project manager for the New Nordic Food Programme. In this episode, Bettina and I talked about the New Nordic Food Manifesto, published in 2004 and signed by chefs from all the Nordic countries. We discussed how the manifesto contributes to the sustainability transition of the food system, what its social and political impacts are, and how it changed the food scene in Finland and other Nordic countries. In the second part of the interview, we also talked about the food system problems in general and specifically in Finland. At the end of the episode, Bettina has a question that will make you think about your role in tackling the food system issues. We look forward to reading your answers as a comment on social media channels. (Sound editing by my dear friend Ufuk Evcimen. Licensed music by Luca Palumbo.)