Potato and Mushroom Casserole. Kartuli ja seenevorm

seene kertulivorm (10)This summer was very warm. In May, June, July, August were hot, 30 C degrees. The Estonian climate is very humid, so warm feels hotter and cold is colder.
I love summer and it would be unfair to whine. But heat spill is that mushroom are not growing. Mushroom needs rain and humidity.

But now in September finally started to rain… 🙂

But still. It is not necessary to use wild mushrooms, this dish will be delicious with champignon as well 🙂

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Kapsarullid

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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,

Cabbage rolls are everyday dish in Estonia. Ok, it takes some time for preparation, so we probably make them for weekend dinner.
In my recipe Cabbage leaves stuffed with minced meat. But you can stuff them using only vegetables,

It’s also one of those dishes that combines everything in one: your proteins and some vegetable, Obviously you still want a few side dishes , it’s perfect with potatoes or rice or some buckwheat

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Very Simple Juicy Apple and Barley Flour Cake. Õuna- odrajahukook

odra6unakook (8)One of the oldest grain cereals in Estonia was barley.

Barley was the mundane and the ordinary food, and belonged on the table for common people. The oldest data of barley growing in Estonia dates back to the beginning of the first millennium BC.

And we still love barley. Karask is the famous dish in Estonian ethnic cuisine. But add some apples, and you get very delicious, simple and juicy cake.

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World Clean Up Day 2018 . Teeme ära

This photos are made 10 years ago. This was our first ” Teeme ära” clean up day. Honestly? It was terrible, but useful experience.

My family and my daughters classmates understood, how much trash we have in nature. And to clean up everything is not easy work to do.

On September 15, 2018, World Cleanup Day, people in 150 countries will stand up against the global waste problem, cleaning up trash and creating the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. Join with us, find your country contacts and read more information.

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Clean up day 2008
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Clean Up Day 2008

 

 

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Mayonnaise Cookies. Majoneesiküpsised

majoneesikypsis (3)Estonian first University was established in 1632 and The University of Tartu is among the top 2% of the world`s univerities and the highest ranked in the Baltic States.
We are very proud of our educational system.
Estonia, Finland and Canada rank high on PISA tests. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.

Estonia is a digital society.
I need only 5 minutes to fill out a declaration of my income tax or get a doctor prescription or to participate in elections. Because of e- state and e- government.
Estonia has started teaching first graders to code.  And final GoCompare research has revealed Tallinn to be the world best city for millenians starting a business 🙂

September 1 is celebrated as Knowledge Day in Estonia. School Summer Holiday is over and an academic year runs again  from 1 September.

Lets celebrate with us and prepare simple retro Mayonnaise Cookies.
Despite the Mayonnaise these cookies are sweet.

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Estonian Vegetable Salad. Toome salat

toomesalat1(1)Good child has many names.  This Toome salad has an other name “Pail Salad”.

Word “Toome” has two meanings, as well.

Toome- bird cherry, and Toome as international meaning – “Dom”

It was not very long time ago, when from October until May we have not fresh vegetables and fruits.  Around a year were available only few: apple, cabbage, onion, cranberries, cowberries, turnip, carrots. And that is all.
To get all others, we made preserves: salted, marinades, jams, compote…

The origin of the  Toome Salad dates back to this time.
In the autumn put all mothers and grandmothers  this salad ingredients as layers in to the pail. Salad settled overnight, and later, salad was heated, canned in banks  to preserve vitamins for over winter.
Now we have not need for this. Fresh cucumbers are available round a year and we can make this salad every day.

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Potato Skins. Kartulikoored

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Estonians are the singing nation. We regained independence without any bloodshed only by singing…

The Singing Revolution lasted over 4 years and In 1990 Estonians promised to eat even potato peelings in name of independent state.

In order to handle the deficit, in 1990 the government  established a rationing system. This meant that for buying a product in a shop one had to produce not just a bank-note – the rouble – but also a special coupon. The coupon was actually a simple piece of paper cut out from a printed A4 sheet. These coupons were distributed to households according to the number of family members.
1991, 20th of august we got freedom and independent state. Few months later were stores full of different goods and food.  Would be only money for that 🙂

But, we still like potato skins, because of delicious taste 🙂

Celebrate with us 🙂
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Freshly Salted Cucumbers. Värsked soolakurgid

soolakurk 1(2)You can find from my blog already few recipes how to make freshly salted cucumbers.

For example this recipe or this.

And now, one more recipe. You need salt and garlic and a little bit of time to get  very delicious solution,

Black currant leaves and horse-radish leaves and root are necessary to get the  perfect Estonian taste.
Where to use ? Eat as appetizer or with sandwich. Or cook seljanka, Kurzeme stroganoff or Rassolnik.

 

 

 

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Alatskivi #visitestonia #eesti100 #estonia100 #alatskivi

alatskivi1 (2)Alatskivi located right on the shore of Peipsi lake in Nina village. Alatskivi Castle is a Neo-Gothic castle in Alatskivi, Estonia. Dating to the 17th century, it is situated in Alatskivi. Visit Alatskivi Castle during summertime to admire beautiful roses and enjoy Peipsi lake.

Peipsi area is home to Old Believers, a traditional religious minority recognised as hard-working and skillful fishermen, builders and keen onion cultivators. 

Estonia is the Paradise of Introverts 🙂 Estonians saying : A good neighbour is one where you can just barely see the smoke of their chimney from your window.’
In Estonia  you can feel, how is to be last soul in the Earth 🙂 You can drive through the Estonian countryside and not see another living soul for miles.

And be careful. This is the area of States Borders. Be careful and follow signs. Latvia is in EU and you welcome to visit Latvia, but for Russia you need visa.

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Alatskivi Castle

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