Sunday, December 23, 2012

Laatikko

Here's a post about laatikko, an awesome 3-in-1 word!  If you are having a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner, you just cannot avoid it. Or them. These are the three most common meanings for laatikko:

a box

  • Mitä tuossa laatikossa on? - What's in that box?
  • Voitko viedä tuon pahvilaatikon kellariin? - Can you take that cardboard box to the basement?

a drawer


a casserole, a hot dish baked in the oven

  • Oletko tehnyt tämän laatikon itse? - Did you make this casserole yourself?
  • Kaikkia laatikoita pitää maistaa. - One has to taste all casseroles. (Not true.)
  • Tykkäätkö maksalaatikosta rusinoiden kanssa vai ilman? - Do you like the liver casserole with or without raisins? (This is a weirdly big deal for some people.)

Typical Christmas casseroles:


Other favourites:

  • liha-makaronilaatikko - casserole with macaroni and ground beef
  • kaalilaatikko - cabbage casserole
  • liha-perunasoselaatikko - a hot dish with leftover mashed potatoes and groud beef

Hyvää ruokahalua! - Bon appétit!


p.s. Here's another post about the names of Finnish containers.

7 comments:

  1. I can't seem to escape the laatikot here in Tampere!

    I think a niin/noniin entry would be really helpful. :)

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  2. Liver casserole without raisins is blasphemy. And that is the truth. And I was sooo envious when we were young and your family ate liver casserole with castor sugar and a dollop of butter and we only got sour lingonberries. Great childhood memories...

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  3. Laura is a great example of "some people". :) No niin and niin, what a great idea! I just read an interesting article about 'niin' in Kielikello, so I might have to quote that.

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    1. Well, the thing is I don't like the raisins either, so I always pick them out. You can't buy the variety that doesn't have them, because that one tastes like liver..

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  4. Francisco GonzálezDecember 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    This is a very interesting entry!

    Finnish words are not easy to remember for me so it's always nice to find 3-in-1 words.

    I thought to share a couple of pics of my joulupöytä and laatikko food.

    http://s8.postimage.org/gmg075hit/2012_12_24_20_35_45.jpg

    http://s14.postimage.org/6p2d4m2fl/2012_12_24_20_35_54.jpg

    Hyvää Joulua kaikille! and thank you for the blog, I find it very useful for learning Finnish :)

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  5. Minusta lanttulaatikko on paras! :)

    Maksa ja rusina? Kuulostaa oudolta... (olen kasvissyöjä.)

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  6. Talking about food gets everybody excited :)

    I've only trird makaronilaatikko, and I liked it.

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