En ymmärrä! or have you played Scrabble in Finnish?

I’m no stranger to the Finnish Scrabble board so I should be better at it by now. It’s a game that I don’t intentionally join because its complexity is such that the Glass Bead Game would be as simple as Snakes and Ladders without the snakes, just an endless and joyful climb to victory undeterred by even the cruellest throws of the dice.  It appears that I have been dealt a fantastic hand each time that I sit down to play at the Finnish Scrabble table, at least that is the opinion voiced by the confident supporters looking over my shoulder at the jumbled row of consonants, or jmbld rw f cnsnnts (which would be a very good hand indeed), that are neatly laid out on their slim horizontal wooden support and which should enable me to get a lot of whatever it is that Scrabble players want a lot of. Points is the word we’re looking for – they want a lot of points because pnts mean przs and prizes mean success and progress. I chose the Finnish metaphor because it is a rich and emotive language with the single drawback of being incomprehensible to all but a few. Thus it is that there are those who see great possibilities in chaos and others, such as myself who just see chaos. I tend to slip into the Finnish mode at the end of a successful and fulfilling time, such as has been our recent course at Camerahols. The sudden change of pace can be enervating and the plans and ideas, so confidently discussed at the convivial dinner tables of the preceding days, seem to now appear as the previously described jumble of consonants and umlauts. For Finnish read finish. It appears that we humans need a hiatus between bouts of pleasure so that we can fully appreciate the deliciousness of that dish in comparison to the gruel of limbo. Today it is raining but tomorrow it will be sunny, that much I’ve deciphered already, so I’m optimistic. We ate very well last night starting with a plate of pink radishes served with Guérande butter and sea salt which trio are delicious when eaten with toasted baguette and a glass of chilled, white Quincy. To follow we had a  caramelised confit of duck with slow braised, aromatic red cabbage and a thin, crisp potato cake, known in Lyons as “criques”, washed down with a bottle of St.Joseph which is a wonderful red wine from the Côtes de Rhône. Dessert was a Mary Cadogan special which consists of ripe pears cooked with lemon and muscovado sugar, with a good dose of Poire William, topped with a crisp chocolate macaroon.

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34 Responses to En ymmärrä! or have you played Scrabble in Finnish?

  1. Looks like a wonderful meal. I keep gazing at the duck with cabbage. Yes!

  2. Bah! I can’t play scrabble in my native toungue…
    How many Y’s would there be in a Welsh version?
    Thanks for the Radish Reminder – have to go pick before the rain starts!

  3. Mad Dog says:

    What an excellent meal – I was thinking of doing duck confit this week too!

  4. What a meal. Sadly, I’m terrible at Scrabble in my native language. Katherine beats me every time. I think I’ve bested her twice in 12 years.

  5. Scrabble – pah! Yes, I´m rubbish at it 😦 However, food I understand and this is a perfect meal. My mouth is watering for those radishes now….

  6. I love Scrabble, although I haven’t played in in Finnish, or in any other language for a while now. Your guests have been treated to yet another wonderful meal – the red cabbage looks so good with the duck, and both must taste even better! Hope you can unscramble a bit now after the course which I’m sure wasn’t chaos at all!

  7. ceciliag says:

    Oh my. I used to play scrabble in french with my grandmother when i was tiny. But that is as close as I got. However we never ate this well. Beautiful food. Beautiful. c

  8. discovervin says:

    Looks like a wonderful meal. Love the Finnish analogy

  9. ChgoJohn says:

    That braised red cabbage recipe sounds delicious, Roger, as does the rest of the meal. Duck may be a rarity around here but sausages aren’t. I’ll be sure to give it a try. Finnish Scrabble? What? Was the Klingon version sold out?

  10. Michelle says:

    Oh, my. That all looks good. I’m particularly intrigued by the dessert, though it’s hard for me to find good pears. I’ve given up Scrabble, even in the native tongue. Steve always beats me and it just pisses me off.

  11. That meal looks and sounds divine!

  12. Tandy says:

    Ha ha, I can’t even play scrabble in English! And you’ve just reminded me I need to make dessert for our dinner party in 40 minutes 🙂

  13. Finnish scrabble. Now that’s something I have never even considered. Do you speak Finnish, or just sit there with a Finnish dictionary?

  14. I’m more impressed that you’re no stranger to a Finnish Scrabble board.

  15. losangelas says:

    I love scrabble! I also had Wordfeud on my phone, but after a couple of weeks had to get rid of it, cause of lack of sleep due to playing all through the night…. but with my family an evening is always great 🙂

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  17. Michelle and Steve sent me here.. perhaps you should do a Photoshop post for the rest of us.. this looks divine:)

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