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The annual Morhers Day Buffet is enjoying very nice weather this year. 

This time the beans got cooked right. And the result was perfect – so far. One jar of 6 month rye miso and the other jar of 1 year rye miso. 


I had 600 grams of rye koji which I divided into 3 parcels of 200 grams each, 1 for later use to test rye amazake and 2 for quick miso. 

I had to recalculate my standard recepes for 6 month miso and 1 year miso with 200 grams koji as the fix figure. 

6 month miso:

  • 167 gr soybeans
  • 200 gr rye koji
  • 33 gr salt

1 year miso

  • 188 soybeans
  • 200 gr rye koji
  • 45 gr salt

Both fit nicely into 1 liter jars for fermentation. Now for the final ingredient – wait. 

While my 23rd batch of koji is growing well, I make my 6th batch of miso this season.  



That sounds like alot, but it’s not much work or time spent. If I was making for my family and friends, I would only make alot less. 5 batches of koji and 5 of various types of miso would be more than enough. But I make most of it for selling at the farmers market in Uppsala (Fyris Market).

And I’m not done yet. I have to make more than last year, as sales are increasing . I have to think ahead – 2 years ahead. 


We were out on a yule excursion the other day and found these sloe. Delicious after the frost and thaw. The birds love them too. 

Happy New Years Eve!

Another crop circle turned. 


Three dug and two more to go. 

I sold almost all of the jack o lantern pumpkins today at the market. Thank goodness there were a few left when the pumpkin carvers came for a visit. 


Happy All Saints Day! 

In Sweden it’s on monday/tuesday and the following weekend to make things very confusing, but great for partying all week. 

The second fermentation festival was better than ever.


It was great!

There was a workshop on Polish kvass and borscht. 

Another workshop on the Indian fermentations idli and dosa.


Of course one on tempeh making (in the new tempeh shop they are setting up in Uddebo).


And me showing how to make homemade miso. (Thanks Markus Särhagen for the photo)


There was even a kids workshop – playing with fermentation.

A market place where we could sell our stuff. I sold a surprising lot of koji and 4 kinds of miso and even koji starter. 


And much much more that I didn’t get pictures of, like my talk about koji and miso, and the grand finale – the fermented foods banquet in the evening with poetry and music. 

Yesterday was a good day at the market. 



It was cold and windy but not freezing, lots of people and very good sales. 


This coming Saturday we again have our big garden party (Den Stora Trädgårdsfesten). It will be the fifth time. The whole family, neighbors and freinds are busy helping getting everything set up. 


There will be lots of music, art, and food. If you are in this area please come. All are welcome!

For more info click below: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683157581946996/?ti=icl


It’s time to leave again. After leaving Abisko we met up at the old homestead outside of Pajala, where every year there’s the Pääjärvi family reunion. About 30 make it – young and old. It’s also time for the Pajala market where we meet even more friends and relatives. 


Now it’s time the leave and get back our garden. 

Everything and everywhere is spiffied up and closed until others come for a weekend of calm later. 

Here are some pictures from the after. 

Our room


The bathhouse/sauna where hours are spent getting a super steam bath and listening to stories of the oldtimers. 


The woodshed with newly cut wood. 


The side of the house that got repaired and a new facade, damaged in a winter stormed. 


Where the tent camp was. 

The fire pit where evenings are often spent, grilling sausage, singing, dancing and veiwing the midnight sun – when it’s not raining too much. 

Kind of calm and quiet now. Only the surrrrr of mosquitoes (not so many this year).