Potatoes Casserole. Kartuliporss

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Potatoes Casserole. Kartuliporss

 

OMG :). Did you know that expression OMG will be this year 100 years old?

And Winston Churchill used it the first time to describe the situation in Tallinn (this time Tallinn was Reval).

Now situation in Tallinn is ok :). Thank you for asking 🙂

But I will present OMG dish. Because of I believe that this or similar dish in each cuisine, because this is dish ” what to do with mashed potatoes leftovers”.

I will describe  to You Estonian version.

And if you really do not know, how to do mashed potatoes, please look at this recipe.

Potatoes Casserole. Kartuliporss

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious dish for a dinner.

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Are You looking for Handmade Christmas Gifts Ideas?

Finding the right gift can be a damn near impossible task. But. This year. For me this task is very easy 🙂
Estonia really prioritize the well-being of new parents. Mothers in Estonia are given 140 days of fully paid pregnancy and maternity leave, which may begin 30-70 days before the expected delivery date.  After maternity leave ends, parents get an additional 435 days off to share, with compensation calculated at the average of their two earnings.IMG_2525My sister got two wonderful children. And of course, her children are very good children 🙂 🙂
And that would not be boring, she started own business :)I love robes, she is making 🙂 And maybe you as well? Maybe  I can help you and solve the biggest problem:
” right Christmas present”. So, check it out, I hope you like Prii robes 🙂

Ülla, my sister is writing:

We all know how tricky it is to find “the right item” from the stores. Especially if you know exactly, what you´re looking for. Well, I was looking for a nice robe for my husband. Natural fabrics, nothing too fancy or expensive, yet not the ordinary boring frotees. Something with style and quality. Maybe I was looking in all the wrong places, but what a huge amount of polyester and “Made in Taiwan”…
And so, I came to a conclusion- I have to do it myself. My husband liked the first robe and since then I´ve made a few more 🙂
It has been an exciting journey! To find the right designs , good fabrics and excellent partners. BTW, the sewing quality is really great! All these robes are sewn in Tallinn, Estonia and each seam is made with the heart, you can make sure of it yourself.
So, I hope you like Prii robes. And if you have good suggestions on how to get more better – all thoughts are welcome!
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“10 REASONS ESTONIANS ARE CATS” — JASON (USA)

Ok. Maybe some of this even true 🙂 :).

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Often times foreigners have difficulty in understanding Estonian behavior. In order to understand Estonia better you need to realize Estonians are the human version of cats!

1. Estonians are very cautious of strangers and need time to warm up to you. It’s not unusual for a course mate or co-worker to only approach you after two weeks of staring at you across the room.

image12. Once they have warmed up to you they are there to stay.

image1_13. They prefer to be alone or in small groups. Often times Estonians will prefer to stay home or go out with just a few friends.

image74. Estonians can tolerate some physical touch such as shaking hands or a hug, but any more than that is dangerous.

image25. Alcohol is their catnip even just a little transforms them into an entirely new person.

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Cabbage Soup. Värskekapsasupp

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Cabbage Soup. Värskekapsasupp

Do you know old story about Axe Soup?

Long long time ago. Poor Soldier came from War.
He was tired and hungry.

Knocked on the door and asked for food. The hostess was stingy and said that she is poor herself and have not any food.
Ok, said Soldier. But do you have an axe? Lets cook an ax soup, then.
This sounded interesting, the hostess heard for the first time about ax soup  and agreed.

Soldier put cattle on the stove and added water and an ax. Let it simmer, tasted and said: it is too strong. To make this lighter, we have to add something. Do you have some meat?
Yes, agreed hostess and went to the pantry for meat.  During this time soldier hid  an ax and changed water.
Hostess brought meat, soldier added this in to the cattle. Let simmer, tasted and asked. This is still too strong. You have very strong ax,.. To make this lighter, please bring some barley…
then they added some vegetable to make soup ” lighter”.

Finally was soup ready.  Look, said Soldier: we cooked this so long, that ax is just dissolved!
Hostess tasted soup and was amazed: so delicious, who might have known that ax is so delicious!

This is story about envy, greed and deceit. And how to cook something about nothing 🙂

Now you probably already know, that I prefer dishes which take time max 30 minutes. And this soup is the same. You can cook it in a decent manner: prepare stock and use meat and spend hours to have perfect dish.

But at the afternoon, you have not time. And this is the simplest version to prepare soup. In my opinion cabbage suits with sausages. But you can cook vegan version, or use minced meat or bacon or…. whatever you like.

Cabbage Soup

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Cabbage Soup. Värskekapsasupp

Ingredients

    per eater
  • 1 potato
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 onion
  • ca 100 g cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • meat “leftovers”, use what do you have at home. Ham, sausage, meat,…
  • salt, pepper, bay leaf

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Chicken for St Catherine’s Day. Kadripäevakana

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Chicken for St Catherine’s Day. Kadripäevakana

One traditional Estonian St Catherines Day dish is chicken filled with sauerkraut. This is little bit more modern version.

We have not so big families anymore to eat whole chicken 🙂 So little bit revised version.

For this dish you need sauerkraut. Look for recipe, how to make sauerkraut by yourself.

Chicken for St Catherine’s Day. Kadripäevakana

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light dinner.

 

 

 

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“Curly Top” Cake. Kräsupea kook

krasupea1(10)Father’s Day in Estonia is always celebrated and observed on Second Sunday of November each year. So, Happy Fathers Day!!!
And lets bake one cake for all fathers 🙂

This is “retro” cake. A sour cream layer cake with a topping made from chunks of white cake mixed with sour cream that looks like a curly hairdo (kräsupea). This cake from times, when in stores were nothing.
My cake look very decent 🙂 ( to get better photo 🙂 ). I did not made last layer from cake cubes but as usual layer.

For lazy people tip: you can use just cookies and do not waste time for baking layers.
For better result leave cake to set overnight.

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Apple Pie by Virve. Virve õunakook

One of the easiest cake in the world.  I prefer yeast puff pastry with butter.

Apple Pie by Virve

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A Easy Apple Pie.

Important:
1. Puff pastry is blend. Do not use mild apples or season them with ginger, lemon.
2. If you prefer soft apples in cake, preheat and cook them before.

Apple Pie by Virve

Ingredients

  • 400- 600 g yeast-puff pastry with butter.  Frozen pastry thaw before use.
  • 1 litre thin chopped apples or rhubarb.
  • (sugar, if use rhubarb), cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 table-spoon sugar
  • 4 table-spoon flour
  • almond chips, icing sugar

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 Kohupiimaküpsised American Style

Look and read how American baking kohupiimaküpsiseid 🙂 🙂

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I love languages despite the fact that I can only (and barely) reliably speak one. Kohupiimaküpsised translates as cheesecake (or curd cake) on Google Translate. To me that is wonderful, but totally inaccurate! They are actually more like an American biscuit than a cake. I think this has to do with the fact that “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” I am going to attribute that quote to me, as no other writer seems to want it. And it is very true. When an American says biscuit, they think of a delicious, quick bread bun, or roll. When a Brit says biscuit they think of a dessert or snack that is fairly sweet. Think of a chocolate chip cookie (biscuit), or a ginger snap, or a vanilla wafer. I am certain that the movie, “Free Willey,” caused quite the humorous stir in Great Britain, when…

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Puree Soup with Pumpkin and Smoked Cheese. Kõrvitsa püreesupp suitsujuustuga

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Puree Soup with Pumpkin and Smoked Cheese.

It reminds me story from childhood 🙂
I was I believe 5 years old and my sister 3. We went with our family to the forest. To pick blueberries and mushrooms. And middle in the forest. Big a compost or garbage ” mountain”. Full of pumpkins.
My mother took both berry buckets and father took two big pumpkins.
Walking. My sister starts to whine.. I am tired. Take me to the arms…
Father sigh, laid one pumpkin down and took sister.
Walking.
Now was my turn. I am tired. Please..please… I can not anymore.
And.
yes. We left both pumpkins in the forest…

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