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BBC LE Student Blogger | 11:31 UK time, Thursday, 27 January 2011

From Taru, Finland


During the winter it is dark and lack of sun shine which provides D-vitamin producing in our body system. Our central health care system and doctors have said that it is better for us is we achieve the D-vitamin from daily food. Of course there is an alternative that you are able to go a shop and buy products including D-vitamin.
I show you how it is to make a fish for food.

The first you have to go fishing or you can go to a shop and buy fish. You should choose fishes which includes fat, 'cos D-vitamin is compounded by fishes fat. I didn't had time to go fishing but it would be a possibility also during the weekends but I bought the fishes which are small and quick to repair and doesn't include so much fat.


I had to take a pan, a plate, fishes, a wooden fork, butter and salt. The fishes are vendaces. It is a fish which grows in the inner land lakes.

Cooking fish

I put the heat under the pan and took butter. The butter have to melt before adding the fishes on the pan.

Cooking fish

When the pan is hot and butter cooks, I add the vendaces to the fat. I spread a bit salt over the fish and after for a while cooking turned them to another side.

When the vendace is cooked by both side it looks like having a golden cover. It has to spread salt to this side too. The time for cooking is about 3-5 minutes to both sides. It depends how strong the heat is under the pan.


I cooked also mashed potatoes. And then I just added the vendaces to my plate. A delicious lunch was ready to enjoy.

Have a nice day


  • Comment number 1.

    Hello Taru,

    I seams it was delicious! I would like to taste it!!! (i´m kidding)...
    Well, everyday i enter here to read the posts and i´m so glad to improve my english with many people that writes very well.


  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Taru
    It's lovely to read your blog,especialy from a far away country,I live in china and always wanted to travel around the world one day.Now come back to your delicious dish which looked simple and enjoyable wheres chinese food is a bit too much..looking forward to your update,good healh.

  • Comment number 3.

    helllo. ı wanna ask something important.there is a person head or face on the pan which is done by butter.look again you will surely notice it.
    is this face made being aware or not?or have ı good imagination?)))))..

  • Comment number 4.

    Gabi85: Vendace is a very delicios fish. This is only one way to cook it. It can be made like a soup (including potatoes, with milk or without milk, onions, pepper or just milk, potatoes, salt and vendace), a canned food and a salted fish. Hope you have an opportunity to tast.

    Jimbeckworth: thank you for your comment. Chinese food is full of tast I like it too.

    Talha: Haha, great! I didn't notice that. Very good! I had to check what did you ment. Wow, amazing! All the best for you with your imagination.

    See you

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi taru,
    I didn't know that you were the blogger,congratulations!
    Your recipe seems delicious and it makes my mouth water(lol).In Senegal,a lot of dishes are fish-based. Thanks for sharing

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Taru..Thank you for good recipe for fast meal. In Poland there are also Vandace.I call them SIELAWA.But to be honset I have not tried them yet.

    best regards

  • Comment number 7.

    hello Taru . thanks very much to informed us about the way of preparing that kind of fish , really it's seems so Delicious even i had got it's nice smell in my imagination .
    but i had ask , why DID you writing D-vitamin not vitamin D ?

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello Taru.I am the new guy and I read your blog at first.It is very funny.Maybe I can try to cook this dish at home.hahaa!It must be very delicious! Thank your for your sharing.
    Best regards

  • Comment number 9.

    Tening and Walldy: Yes fish is a good food product and I am glad you enjoy it.

    Bahij: Good question. I think that I wrote D-vitamin like it is written in finnish and now I think that how you wrote it Vitamin D is the right form. Hope the teacher blogger find the right kind of form on it.

    Future: Hmm...You can learn many kind of things here and the most of all you are able to enlarge your opinions and views. Despite of different cultures and policies human beings are quite the same at the bottom. That is fasionating.

    All the best you


  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Taru and Bahij,

    Bahij is correct - in English we say "Vitamin D" or "Vitamin C" - but I have no idea why!

    Take care


    BBC Learning English

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi dear Taru , what a great Job so you have a gift of prediction ….. great Job . Most of the time telepathy happen to me when I miss some of my close relatives or friends and it 's sweet and strange on the other side .There are lots of things in this world which are still secret to us . Speaking of your second Blog : I haven't tried those small fish but certainly they are delicious with such a simple recipe ! In the past we could try smoked little fishes of the river by peddler in the street and once we tried them and they were really yammy .
    Sorry for my late comment : (

  • Comment number 12.

    Hello Taru! Unfortunately, I have not found an Italian translation of this kind of fish yet. Anyway, we usually fry food in olive oil so it is healthier and less stodgy. We mainly use butter when we prepare cake. I think once butter used to be added to almost every dish, but since we found out it is fattier that olive oil we have started using oil especially when we fry fish. Cheers!!

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Taru,

    You know, I am into cooking so it was interesting to read your blog about Vendace. As I have never heard about Vendace I had to google for it and found out that it is freshwater whitefish. The meal looks absolutely delicious and I would like to try it.

    On some occasions we go to restaurants, where I often order some fish because I like fish very much but my family does not, unfortunately. So that is the reason why I rarely cook fish. Anyway, I opened a can of tuna in olive oil yesterday, added finally chopped onions, some mustard and stirred gently. The dinner was ready.

    Take care,
    Anita from Slovakia

  • Comment number 14.

    You'd like Peruvian foof Taru. I was at a Peruvian place last night and ate fish, shrimp, mussels, octopus and squid...all in the same dish. Yum.

  • Comment number 15.

    Hello Taru,

    I notice that you have tickled the taste buds of everyone out here. I like fish very much so I just love to taste different varieties of fish whole heartedly. I even want to taste puffer fish once which is an ubiquitous delicacy of Japan.

    The recipe you have shared seems very easy and simple and mouth watering at the same time. Thank you once again and it's been wonderful and informative reading your blog posts dear Taru.


  • Comment number 16.

    Pary: Thank you for your comment, you are so kind.

    Filippo: I think it is obvious that you were not able to find Vendace in Italy, cos it did not belong to its fish spieces. Here is more information about Vendace http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coregonus_albula. Olive oil is very good to cook food, I use it for many things f. ex. baking, but in this case it have to be butter.

    Anita: yes, it is freshwater white fish. Slovakia has also some freshwater lakes, so you may find some others to taste.

    Fulano: You are right. The food from water and sees are the mostly delicious. I have also tasted shrimps and octabussy.

    Naheed: The daily food have to be simble and quick to repair. If have more time, like on weekends, it can be done some salates and beverages with.

    Thanks all of you for your comments.


  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Taru:

    It is lovely to read your post again.You konw that my saliva emerged out to all my mouth when I enjoy your words and pictures.

    In the meantime ,I do love seafood very much ,including fish,shrimp,crab,stuff like that.When I was a very little boy ,every meal, I hardly ate vegetable and meat,except seafood.Years by years,I have been a strong growth,and eat different vegetable and meat now ,but my favor to seafood is not ever been took off.

    Due to the reason of my work,I can go around the world ,so can have chance to eat food everywhere.The first choice in a restaurant for me is also seafood.

    However ,the method from you to make the fish is never tasted by me,so I will do it when I finished this business.

    Thank you again for sharing such wonderfull food with us.

    Yours sincerely!


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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Taru,
    I'm valentino from rome and I'm new here, I had never been in Finland but I think it is a beautiful place. Which is the best period to visit Finland?
    Thank you for your recipe is very simple to prepare and I think is very delicious!

    bye bye for now, valentino

  • Comment number 20.

    nice to meet you!

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Taru
    Thank you very much for sharing, this really made me learn some knowledge
    Common and release fish nearly always fall into the mouth, and would not have thought of knowledge about fish
    To hear you talk about fish, really big help for us, but neglected by me
    I wish you health and happiness

  • Comment number 22.

    seem it delicious but here in Egypt we eat fish in totally different way usually we had in fried or grill and it stuffed with carrot pepper cumin garlic and salt
    try it it really delicious :)

  • Comment number 23.

    hello,it"s nice to meet you

    it was very attracte

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Taru.
    My name is Sabrina. Iam 17 years old.
    Your blog is very amazing . Your english is good . I very like cooking and i very like fish. I like salmon,mackrel and many others . Iam from czech and in czech we eat for example mackrel,carp and trout. And carp is very important fish because we eat carp on christmas. We eat carp with potatoe salad and we fry it. Its so delicious if you want I send you recipe. And when you send me recipe too i will be very happy. And I woud like you to send me your national repice and if you want I can send you some my national recipe.If you want a skype we cal will call and i can say you how you must cook my national recipe.I hope that you answer me .

  • Comment number 25.

    i have just searched your country in the map which is located in the north of Europe. I'm in the southeast. Looking at your delicious dish, i wonder that why in my country, we also have the same fish. However, I'm really curious about how your dish tastes.
    best regards,


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