Very Simple Honey Cookies. Meekakud

meekypsis (1)Very simple egg-free honey cakes. You can try different flavours by using almonds, nuts, dried fruits.
This is an ethnic recipe. Today we are used more with stronger flavours. These cookies are slightly sweet,  with very delicious honey flavour. Rye gives bitterness and sweetness. Crunchy outside and inside are juicy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Estonian Kitchen: 5 Estonian Breakfast Ideas

95895-20160814_151150Estonians have a saying: breakfast eat yourself, lunch share with friend and dinner give to the enemy.20190421_094950.jpg

So, from childhood has been repeated to us: breakfast is very important.
I am a “breakfast person”. I’m hungry in the morning and I want to eat.
And there is a huge difference between Workdays and Weekends. On Workday mornings I am so sleepy and not able to act or cook. I prefer to have breakfast something very easy to prepare.
But On Weekends  I have time. Weekend Breakfast is more complicated. A lot of Estonians has a tradition: Sunday Pancakes. I usually cannot eat sweets in the morning but I like for Weekends to prepare some eggs: fried, omelette, scrambled, boiled…

Talking about breakfast habits I have to admit that as probably everywhere, Estonians has different preferences and habits 🙂

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Pumpkin and Buckthorn Mousse. Kõrvitsa- astelpajuvaht

pumpkinmousse (1)Estonians like semolina-based mousse. Look at my blog! Semolina Mousse, Rye Mousse, Barley Mousse. Served with cold milk this is a wonderful and delicious dessert.
This dessert is special because of pumpkin and buckthorn. Pumpkin and buckthorn are forming a perfect combination of sour and sweet and… Look at these colours!

The mousse is soft and airy and fluffy like a cloud!

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Sauerkraut and Beetroot Salad. Hapukapsa-peedisalat

hapukapsapeedisalat (1)Homemade Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage, Hapukapsas is a very important and popular dish in Estonia during autumn winter time and mandatory food during Christmas time.
In ancient time, Hapukapsas and cranberries were only sources of  C vitamin, during wintertime.
Sauerkraut is a fermented food and this is not the only a source of vitamin, but this is also a source of the probiotic bacterium and this is excellent for your health.

One wonderful salad recipe.

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Cottage Cheese Oatmeal Cake. Kodujuustu kaerahelbekook

Very delicious cake. Crispy bottom and juicy sweet filling. Cottage cheese gives texture and berries adds sweetness.
I used blueberries, but during winter time it would be very ok to use dried fruits, Let them swell before in some liqueur.
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Barley Groats and Carrot Pudding. Porgandi ja kruubivorm

barleycarrot (12)Should dessert be healthy?

Probably not. Dessert must be sweet and tasty and easy to cook.
But little bit healthiness does not make bad.
This is an interesting and very delicious combination of carrots and barley groats.  Sweet carrots and neutral barley complement each other and cold milk makes this everything just amazing.

This is a very good recipe in case you cooked too much barley.

 

 

 

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Chicken fillet with juniper berries and mushroom. Kanafilee kadaka ja seentega

junipermushroom (11)Simple and delicious everyday dish. Gin and juniper berries enhance and boosting chicken and mushroom sweet flavour. Juniper berries impart a sharp, clear flavour.
NB! For cooking use only the mature, dark berries

 Juniper berries contain essential oils, sugars, resins, colourants, fatty acids, organic acids, carbohydrates and trace elements (Manganese, Iron, Copper and Aluminum). Juniper berries have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects during colds. Berries also stimulate urine and saphenia and promote digestion.

It is also believed that juniper cleans and strengthens one’s body energetically. For humans, it has the best effect by breathing in, but it can also affect objects around that person. Juniper branches burnt in the house may clean up the bad aura.       junipermushroom (12)

More than 400 spices of mushroom grow in Estonia and almost 100 of them are edible. And proximate 25 of them are very good edible mushroom.
I know and foraging for food more than 10 spices.
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Salted mushroom:
How to remove additional salt are a lot of tips.
My South Estonian relatives told me that they boiling salted mushroom in milk. And after that no saltness and mushroom look and taste like a fresh.
The second option is to boil mushroom just in the water.
And the simplest one.  Put mushroom to soak the night before.

Fresh chanterelle: The mushrooms are cleaned without water, with only a clean, dry towel and paring knife. Heat the chanterelle in a skillet without fat/butter until water has evaporated.

Frozen mushroom: melt, fry slightly.

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