Sour and Sweet Rhubarb and Strawberry Kissell with KAMA cream. Maasika- rabarberikissell kamakreemiga

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Delicous, full of fruits Kissel with beautiful colour.
Sweet strawberries complements tart rhubarbs.

Our mothers cooked Rhubarb Kissel with Strawberries usually in June, when everyone were fed up with rhubarb, but strawberries began to mature and were not so many.
Rabarberi/Rhubarb Kissell is dessert, what you can enjoy as separate dessert or as addition for other desserts. Like quark pudding or bread pudding.

To get Estonian touch, serve kissell with Kama cream.

 

 

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Värska #visitestonia #Eesti100 #estonia100 #värska

Varska (4)Värska is located in South-Eastern corner of Estonia. In Setomaa, far away from the big cities. This facility is known for the freshwater mud and famous Värska mineral water used here.

Seto region, also called Setomaa, is the historical area of settlement of the Seto people in south-eastern corner of the Republic of Estonia. In order to survive in this colourful conjuncture, the Setos have learned to take into consideration other cultures but, at the same time, have hold on to their own. Read more about Setomaa.

Estonia is the Paradise of Introverts 🙂

Estonians are 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 the  last soul in the Earth 🙂 You can drive through 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  a visa.

Did you know there are dialects in different regions of Estonia? For example, the Setos in southern Estonia have their own dialect and their own kingdom, with about 12,000 speakers. Võru also has its own dialect with about 75,000 speakers. Both dialects are on the UNESCO list of threatened dialects.
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Lüübnitsa Cold Summer Soup. Lüübnitsa külm suvesupp

lyybnitsa supp1 (4)Lüübnitsa is the small village in Setomaa. South eastern Estonia, near the Pihkva lake. Lüübnitsa has become very famous for her onion and fish fair. If you visit Estonia during summer time, you are welcome 🙂

Setos (Seto: setokõsõq, setoq, Estonian: setud) are an indigenous ethnic and linguistic minority in south-eastern Estonia and north-western Russia. Setos are mostly Seto-speaking Orthodox Christians of Estonian nationality. The Seto language (like Finnish and Estonian) belongs to the Finnic group of the Uralic languages. The Setos seek greater recognition, rather than having their language considered a dialect of Estonian. Along with Orthodox Christianity, vernacular traditional folk religion is widely practiced and supported by Setos.
read more about Setos

Did you know there are dialects in different regions of Estonia? For example, the Setos in southern Estonia have their own dialect and their own kingdom, with about 12,000 speakers. Võru also has its own dialect with about 75,000 speakers. Both dialects are on the UNESCO list of threatened dialects.

Check and google for Seto Kuningriigi Päevad and Lüübnitsa Fish and Onion fair in August

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Baltic Herring and Potato Casserole. Räime ja kartulivorm

raimevorm1 (2)The Baltic herring is one of the most important fish in the whole of the Baltic Sea and the Estonians’ feeder for centuries.

In 2007 the Baltic herring was announced the national Estonian Fish. The Baltic herring is such an everyday fish for us and believe me, we have a lot of recipe books like ” 100 dishes from Baltic herring”.

Since Baltic Herring are cheap fish, she had a reputation for many years as a poor human food. But because of delicious taste this reputation is gone. And from early spring to late autumn, Baltic Herring is mandatory part of Estonian cuisine.

Especially in spring, because the spring Baltic herring is big, fat and delicious.

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Rye and Rhubarb Cake. Rukki-rabarberikook

rukkirabarber 1(12)Simple and delicious cake for people, who do not want or like very sweet cakes.

Bitterness of the rye and chocolate , tart rhubarb and crunchy nuts creating wonderful combination.

Rye flour and quark make this cake lighter and healthier

And make quark by yourself. Trust me : It is much simpler to make than you might think. I won’t tell if you don’t 😉
Look at for recipe.

 

 

 

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Spring. Sour. #visitestonia #sour #forest #spring

In the spring forest you will never be thirsty.

As a children we used to put the branch into an anthill. Ants excrete methanoic acid and branch becomes sour. It was very good to lick of thirst 🙂
And Please. Never. Never. Do not destroy the anthill.

DSC02174DSC02181Did you know?
For a country that covers only a little over 45,000 km2, it has an estimated population of 1.3 million and it one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe, with almost 50% covered by forest.
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Simple Fish with Dill and Tomatoes. Lihtne kala tilli ja tomatiga

kala tilliga1 (2)Only 3 ingredients.

Simple dinner where ripe and sweet tomatoes complemented with dill gives for fish beautiful flavour. Very easy to do. And salad is already included 🙂

I like pure clean flavours.
I have had period I used a lot of different spices. I have had period I used a lot of different herbs. Mixed different ingredients and flavours.

Now I am appreciating that fish tastes like fish and I can feel flavour of tomatoes and dill 🙂

 

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Estonian flat bread. Vatskid

all ingenious is simple and all simple is ingenious.

Last year I introduced to you Pletskid- Estonian flat bread from very difficult and poor time. When people had just few potatoes and little bit oil.
Vatskid are from South Estonia, as well, but little bit more advanced version. From times when people had at least some buttermilk 🙂

Vatskid was baked on oven on the cabbage leaf. Believe, the most complicated in this recipe is to remove leaves from cabbage  🙂 Cabbage leaf helps keep moisture.

But, of course you can bake them on the ordinary way in hot skillet (without oil) or in the oven.
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