On Saturday my little sister woke up in London. Not the kind of early in the morning morning, but more of a craving bacon kind of morning. She grabbed her phone and first peeked the headings on Facebook and the latest, highly important, Instagram updates. After getting the second eye open, she decided to see wassup in the far away home country and entered the site of Finland’s biggest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat.

And there she was. Me. Cooking dill meat stew.

I was interviewed about my food hobby, which, according to the article, is a 2010 status symbol. I was also asked to cook something during the interview and decided to finally get something out of my to do list: Try out the notorious Finnish classic, dill meat stew, tilliliha.

The particular dish was regularly served for lunch in schools, for decades probably. During those years it must have gotten the nick name too, tillilima, lima meaning slime. But it wasn't served after ’87 anymore, that’s when I entered the system.

Despite the strong living urban legends about the horrendous stew, I bravely went to buy some veal and dill. Glad I did. It was so good. Like really good.

So lil’ sis in London: Sorry I shook your world, but better get your veal cooking!


1 kg boneless veal (I used bottom round)
2 tbsp salt
1 carrot
1 parsnip
1/4 celeriac
2 onions
4 bay leaves
4 garlic cloves
bunch of dill (stalks)
white pepper

5 dl veal broth
3 dl cream
1-2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
1 tbsp vinegar
1 small lemon (juice and grated peel)
bunch of dill (leaves)

  1. Place the meat in a large pot and pour cold water over, just until to cover the meat.
  2. Bring to boil and skim off the scum.
  3. Add salt, all the vegetables and spices.
  4. Cook on low heat for an hour.
  5. Add dill and cook for another 45 minutes.
  6. Remove the meat from the broth and cut it to small cubes.


  1. Bring the broth and cream to boil and let simmer until there's 2/3 left.
  2. Add vinegar, lemon juice and peel, dill and all the spices.
  3. Add the meat cubes to the sauce and serve with cooked potatoes.

(The recipe is based on the recipe of Hans Välimäki / Makujen salaisuudet)


  1. Daang sis! Oliko tää nyt sit haaste?

    1. Yes. Todellakin. Se Jude Lawn näköinen poika rakastuu tillilihaan.

  2. no tätä nyt on jo odotettu, kerron kuinka meidän käy tillilihan kanssa!
    t. 'tillilihaakin koulussa syönyt'