Lihamojakka, Finnish Stew with Beef, is a favorite meal at Finnish-American St. Urho Day celebrations. St. Urho - Patron Saint of Grasshoppers - Believe it or not...... there really is a Saint for grasshopper management, and his name is Saint Urho (pronounced ärrrr-hoe, stressing the rolling r). He is currently recognized as the Official Patron Saint of Finnish vineyard workers.
As legend has it, he was responsible for saving the Finnish vineyards from a swarming outbreak of locusts. His method of control - a pitchfork and some strong words. "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, meine täättä hiiteen" or roughly translated to English "Grasshopper, grasshopper, get the hell out of here," was enough to eradicate the hoards of locusts from the vineyard. These Finnish grape farmers were pretty protective of their crop, considering the short growing season. As the legend goes, these farmers injected vodka into the individual grapes to ensure a high alcohol content. And because of this heroic act of pest management, Urho was erected into sainthood by the local vintners. March 16th is St. Urho day, and properly celebrated by dressing in royal purple and nile green.
NOTE: While this is a stove-top recipe, I don't see why it couldn't be done in the crockpot.
Posted for ZWT 6 - Scandanavia.