Vagabond Baker

Helsinki: the thought of leaving was unbearable

Helsinki Have you ever travelled somewhere and found that it hurt to leave? Somewhere that you felt so completely at home that your nomadic nature calmed and you wanted to stay for a while. This happens extremely rarely for me, I am always ready to...

Semlor: Swedish Almond Cream Buns

Semlor: Swedish Almond Cream Buns These fresh cream buns have a hidden filling of almond paste and are delicately flavoured with cardamom while the fresh cream topping is luscious and inviting. You have to give these Semlor buns a go! Now usually when I share...

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

  Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls It was never going to take long for me to introduce a chocolate element to my Nordic baking, and it wasn’t entirely without inspiration either. I’d eaten a divine cinnamon roll in a cafe in Copenhagen, it was a point-to-that-one selection...

Turku Castle

Turku Castle: a Turku Must Do!

Turku Castle Turku Castle (Turun Linna) has seen its fair share of battles and sieges, a sturdy fortification dating from the 14th Century at a time when Finland was part of Sweden. It has played castle, grain store and prison over the centuries, suffering from...

Deliciously Vegan Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

Deliciously Vegan Swedish Cinnamon Rolls I’d had a wonderfully exhausting afternoon exploring a wintery Skansen in Stockholm, Sweden’s outdoor heritage museum, and I was in desperate need of a coffee break and somewhere warm to thaw out after my walk back to town. I found...

Turku, Finland

Turku: I Bloomin’ Well Loved It!

Turku “Don’t speak to strangers. Ever.”  That was the top tip given to me by my Finnish friend. “They will think you are either crazy or drunk”.  Unfortunately, I found myself confronted with the need to speak to a stranger within minutes of arriving into...

Kinabatangan River, Borneo

The Kinabatangan River

Kinabatangan River The Kinabatangan River is actually a forested floodplain, an area on the north-eastern coast of Malaysian Borneo that has been set aside as a wildlife sanctuary. Much of the surrounding land is endless palm plantations making this a vitally important haven for Borneo’s wildlife....

Elsinore Castle (Kronborg Castle) Denmark

I Could Have Kissed Shakespeare! Elsinore Castle

Elsinore Castle “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” I’d been in Copenhagen a few days, aimlessly exploring the city, entirely enjoying myself but also aware that I may be missing things. I decided to be...

korvapuusti

Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon buns)

Korvapuusti I love finding amazing baking inspiration around the globe, sitting in a cafe and eating a local sweet treat with my coffee and working out how I could make it. These korvapuusti (kor-va-poo-sti, rolling that delicious little R) were inspired by the many I...

Copenhagen on a budget

Copenhagen on a Budget

8 Things to Do in Copenhagen on a Budget My heart leapt as I walked through Copenhagen from the railway station to my booked accommodation, this is one beautiful city with a wonderful vibe. It was a saturday afternoon and Strøget, the main shopping street, was packed...