How to Restore Your Health With Food. Estonian Tips #folkmedicine

Estonian climate should be perfect, we have four season. But, as we use to say, we have  in real life 9 months of the “bad skiing weather”… so. runny nose and cough are usual and normal..

We use a lot of herbs, you can find tips from my blog. But food is also very important to restore health.

Just so you know, most of these methods are not scientifically proven so try them out at your own risk 🙂  I’m still alive and kind of healthy… maybe it was my faith that helped me? 🙂

When I was a teenager my constant diagnose to everything used to be ’’a major respiratory disease”, therefore I have quite a few tips for you whenever img_20180819_132654


you feel like you’re starting to get sick:

Classic recommendations are usually to sleep a lot, drink lots of water and wash your hands as often as possible. But there are few more things to try.

Your goal is to boost your blood flow and digestion in order to ‘’sweat the sickness out’’. The safest choice is probably a sauna.

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Estonian Black Rye Bread

 

You might think that if it isn’t some deadly disease it’s not worth your time to take action…- wrong! My family believes in garlic and its ‘’superpowers’’. Nb! We are talking about real strong garlic, not some mild Chinese… 🙂

Some people put it in their nose or pillow BUT… being sick gives you a wonderful excuse to enjoy some garlic bread with lots of dip sauce. Also, feel free to try a combination of cheese, garlic and mayo on a slice of black bread.

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The Vertical Layer Cake with Cottage Cheese Chocolate Cream and Cranberry Filling. Kodujuustu- valge šokolaadi jõhvikakook

Vertikaalne kook (10)Delicious Cottage cheese and white chocolate cranberry cake with twist.

This is cake with vertical layers.
Trust me : It is much simpler to make than you might think. I won’t tell if you don’t 😉

I made biscuit/sponge dough, because I love this. But you can replace it with butter dough. Find recipe. Butter dough is more firm and you get little bit better layers.
My cake is juicy and because of chocolate is very sweet. Usually I do not eat and like very sweet food. So, I added cranberry jam to balance sweetness. Cottage cheese gives texture and little saltness to complement all this sweet taste.

Did you know:
A common tradition on New Year’s Eve is “õnne valamine” or the ‘pouring of luck’. Lead is melted over a stove in a metal ladle and then poured quickly, or slowly into Vertikaalne kook (2)ice-cold water. What appears are interesting lead figures, which can then tell you your fortune for the upcoming year.

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10 Most Popular Posts of 2018 on EstonianCuisine

Happy New Year!!
Thank you all my readers!
I hope you enjoyed all recipes I shared and most important: found something new and lot of inspiration 🙂

These are the most popular posts on  www. estoniancuisine.com.

As in last year the most popular post was about Estonian Black Rye Bread.

    1. How To Do Estonian Black Rye Bread.   Estonian Black Bread is fermented Rye Bread. For this bread we have even the own word: LEIB
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    2. Somewhat surprisingly reached the second place exotic SÜLT: How to do Meat Jelly/Aspic.  Sült was traditional winter time food, but nowadays it more popular in summertime.dsc02139
  1. The third place achieved the wonderful Estonian dessert KOHUKE. Estonian Secret: Kohuke. Chocolate Glazed Quark Snack
    Kohuke- chocolate glazed quark snack is very popular dessert for children breakfast.  

     

    Estonian Chocolate glazed Quark Snack. Kohuke
    Estonian Chocolate glazed Quark Snack. Kohuke
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  2. Estonian Style Sauerkraut with Pork and Barley is called ” Mulgikapsad”. Kapsad- means Cabbage and Mulgi- Mulgimaa is area in South-Estonia, with own culture, traditions, food and dialect.
  3. And more cabbage 🙂 Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Kapsarullid .Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are dish what is known, I believe, in everywhere. But every nation has his own recipe, something different, which give for this dish special touch and make it different,kapsarull1 (4)
  4. Mulgipuder means Mulgi’s porridge. This dish is very old though. In former times when people had wood burning stoves the porridge was placed on a stove in the morning where it had time to cook and get simmer and better.
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  5. Homemade Ginger Breads. Piparkoogid. In Estonian, Piparkook means, in direct translation – pepper cake. So, nothing about ginger
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  6. Kama is Estonian traditional finely milled flour mixture. Estonians buying Kama mixture from shop.. and the easiest way is to try this, probably visit Estonia. But I still give you the recipe.kama uus (7)
  7. If you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious dessert, your search is over!
    Kirju Koer is one of my favorite simple desserts, just because it’s so easy to make and still as tasty. The perfect and very very sweet old school dessert or cake.kirjukoer 1(9)
  8. Crispy and Juicy Brita Cake. Brita kook. As I know this cake is origin from Sweden, but because of taste and simplicity is very popular in Estoniabitta (25)

 

 

 

 

Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake. Kakaokook pähklitega

kakaokook1 (8)Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake.
A  delicious and very sweet old school real food cake

This cake from an era, when people ate sugar nad butter and flour… Very sweet, very rich. Butter cream and chocolate and lot of crunchy nuts.

This is a cake from my childhood . The cake from time when calories were burned playing in the yard. But still. This simple and rich cake was my favourite at this time and now, as well.
Well, now I just use less sugar and more cacao :)….

 

 

 

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Kefir and Cherry Jelly. Keefiri-kirsitarretis

keefiritarretis 1(36)Estonians eat too much.

Specially during Christmas time.
Look at Estonian Christmas dishes

Estonian Christmas dishes – pork, sauerkraut, mushrooms, salads… are very nourish and feeding. So, usually there are not  too much space in the stomach for dessert … 🙂
Jelly is the perfect and best Christmas dessert. Light and beautiful.
Christmas colours 🙂
Notice: kefir and cherries are both little bit sour. So, taste and add as much sugar you like.

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Soft Gingerbread Cake. Pehme plaadipiparkook

pehmepiparkook (11)Have I said that I just love gingerbread.

The real and my favourite gingerbread is very thin and crispy. Look at for recipe here.

But sometimes you want some change and something different.

Soft gingerbread cake has all best features of gingerbread: flavour, smell, aroma, seasons… but soft.
Juicy and fruity cowberry- apple sauce complements very well gingerbread flavour and reduce sweetness ( and makes it healthier dessert :))20171201_091452

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Beetroot and Herring Salad. Rosolje

rosolje1(1)Rosolje is a traditional salad, as Estonian Potato Salad, where all families has their own recipe.

For sure it contains  beetroot. And as says name ” rosol” (means (in Russian) cucumber brine,)  salted/marinated/fermented cucumbers is very important, as well.

Usually we make this with salted /marinated herring. But I have eaten Rosolje without herring and with meat or without meat and fish, as well.

Rosolje second meaning in Estonian is mess, diverse, colorful. So, this is my recipe

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Apple Cake with Halva. Halvaaga õunakook

halvaa6una (14)Halva has nothing to do with Estonia. But I love halva.
This cake is a real fusion. Mix of Estonian traditional quark and eastern halva.
A delicious sweet and sour and juicy apple filling, complemented by Eastern flavours of halva, makes together for an amazing cake.
This cake is an eggfree.
In case you have not quark, use ricotta or mascarpone or cream cheese. But to get orignal and the best result prepare quark by yourself.
You can not imagine how simple it is !

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Duck with juniper berries and Black Currant Sauce. Kadakane part mustsõstrakastmega

partkadakaga (3)I love duck.
Duck fillet is a quite expensive and duck legs take a lot of time, so this is a dish I always order in the restaurant.

But sometimes I prepare duck at home, as well.
Today I suggest duck with delicious combination: sour and sweet black currant sauce and amazing duck fillet flavoured with little gin and juniper berries. Crispy skin and juicy meat 🙂

Juniper berries (cones) are refreshing and power-giving Nordic treats.
The type of juniper most widely spread in Estonia is the common juniper (juniperus communis). You can see it growing the most in Western and Northern parts of Estonia. Juniper symbolizes rebirth, protection and humbleness
. „There is no reason to wonder, why the juniper has become one of the symbols of our windy homeland and for all Estonian nation, showing the undying power of life, no matter what comes ahead. (Ants Viires, 2000)“

Picking juniper berries means success that can be achieved with hard work. People widely  believe that if you eat one juniper berry in a day, they stay young forever. If children have three juniper berries in a day, they are more likely to stay healthy.
This and many other sayings created a belief that a juniper can cure 9 different diseases, 99 diseases in some cases.
Since juniper berry  carries a cross formation on it, it was believed that juniper can help against witchcraft, revenants and anything evil.

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 bad aura.       

 Juniper berries contain essential oils, sugars, resins, colorants, 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.

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