The 1st of May, Vappu with its eve Walburgis Night, is a big celebration and street carnival in Finland, other Nordic countries and Germany. Especially students love to celebrate it, but also children have their balloons and streamers. It's customary to eat nice finger food and baked goods, have lovely drinks and do picnics in the parks (weather permitting). These customs that I listed here are mainly Finnish and may be different in the other countries.
I wasn't directly inspired by Vappu to make these balsamic glazed vegetables, but I thought that they could make a nice addition to a picnic or when having friends over for snacks. I can't believe that it's almost May, how quickly is this year actually going!? Anyway, this is how I made my balsamic glazed vegetables.
2 bell peppers
1 garlic clove
200 g baby plum tomatoes
200 g green olives
Fresh basil leaves
Cut the peppers into thin strips and chop the garlic finely. Cook them for a couple of minutes in a pan in hot olive oil.
Cut the tomatoes in halves.
Put the vegetables into a bowl and season them with the herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic glaze.
Cover the bowl with cling film and let rest in the fridge for at least one hour. I prefer leaving these overnight.
Serve with salads, pasta, couscous, bread, whatever you can think of!
Hauskaa Vappua! And have nice time even if you are not specifically celebrating any of the early May festivities!