Falling Cloudberries

“There are some things which do not change much. I find the smell of a dish, or the way a certain spice is crushed, or just a quick look at the way something has been put on a plate, can pull me back to another place and time. I love those memories that seem so far away, yet you can hold them and carry them with you, even forget them, and then, with a single taste or hint of a smell, be chaperoned back to a beautiful moment.”

This extract from the closing pages of Falling Cloudberries is for me, so poignant. How frequently when conversation turns to discussing adventures or holiday, we begin our regale with tales of food. Perhaps the discovery of an unusual ingredient or the good fortune to have enjoyed a delicious dinner; and how so very often we find ourselves reminiscing and debating of childhood favourites – the mere mention of certain ingredients, dishes or fragrances and we immediately tumble back into spent times. How powerful and utterly delicious these senses are.

Falling Cloudberries is a tantalising compendium of family recipes. The author, Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and Greek-Cypriot father, and perhaps as predestined by genealogy, sites travel as both an important element of her life and the inspiration for this book.

Entwined with the evocative photography of Manos Chatzikonstantis and quirky illustrations of Michail Touros, Tessa leads a
world tour with her most cherished recipes as a framework. These recipes were collected from family and friends, both old and new, as she travelled home to home, kitchen table to kitchen table and country to country.

Experience the clean, clear flavour notes of Finland, home of it's namesake chapter, Falling Cloudberries. Discover aromatic marinated fish, warming casseroles and creamy sauces, not forgetting the traditional Baked Ham which is an integral component of the Scandinavian Christmas Eve Dinner. Glide to sultry Greece: Oregano, Oranges and Olive Groves. Radiate as the instant warmth of sunny rays gently caress your skin whilst you relax, dithering between decisions over colourful vegetables, salads, tender succulent meats and freshly caught salty fish. No pressure to hurry though; simply tilt your face sunwards, allow your eyes to close a little then let your senses wander at their own free will in hungry anticipation of delights to come.

Wander, set your step at this slow moving pace to savour the wonders to come. The majestic splendor of South Africa: Monkey’s Weddings with picnics on mossy rocks, night swims and the carnal scent in the moments before an African summer storm; Cinnamon and Roses of Cyprus, Washing Lines and Wishing Wells of Italy all culminating in a Suitcase of World Recipes grand finale.

Whether an energetic adventurer or an armchair traveller you will be enthralled with the hedonic prose and recipes found within the pages of Tessa Kiros’s Falling Cloudberries.

To this day I thank my mother for the unconventional breakfasts that she would serve as we grew up. In the mornings she would present us with leftover Greek lamb, prawns, stuffed vegetables…the recipes are all here in this book.”

Do enjoy these taster recipes, they are specially selected for the Recipes2Share community, courtesy of Murdoch Books Ltd.

Falling Cloudberries, A World Of Family Recipes by Tessa Kiros

Published by Murdoch Books, Ltd. Price GBP 25

Photography by Manos Chatzikonstantis and illustrations, Michail Touros.