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.


  1. Andrea the Kitchen Witch says:

    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 :)

  2. MaryMoh says:

    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! 😀

  3. Ushnish Ghosh says:

    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

  4. Afsal_ Alif says:

    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…..

  5. Anonymous says:

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  6. Suman Singh says:

    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..

  7. Ananda Rajashekar says:

    @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 😀

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