The cat does not know anything. As usual 🙂 🙂
Some time ago I saw Mediterranean diet recommendations in a blog www.jovinacooksitalian.com. As the Estonian National Institute for Health Development (ENIHD) published
a new updated version of Estonian diet recommendations at the end of 2016, I thought it would be very interesting to compare the recommendations.
Some things are the same: do not eat sweets and have enough daily physical activity.
The biggest difference is alcohol. From July excises for light alcohol including beer, are rising. For example the excise for wine is 0,54 euro per litre (and Estonian turnover tax is 20%).
Therefore, alcohol is expensive in Estonia, but it’s still true, that Estonians are not very good at handling alcohol. We cannot drink. Lots of accidents and deaths are caused by alcohol. Anyway, it would be strange, cynical and unprecedented to see advice for alcohol in Estonian diet recommendations.
Cereals which are the base and bottom of these Mediterranean pyramid are the second big difference. Estonians fear cereals 🙂
A study, conducted in 2014 by ENIHD found that Estonians eat too little cereals, fish and seeds and nuts.
And Estonians eat too much meat and sweets.
I wrote recently about fish.
Which and who is the right Mom?
In Estonia Mother’s Day (emadepäev in Estonian) is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
The Mother of the Year is award given annually by the Estonian Womens Union, already more than 25 years.
This year suddenly rose up question. Does nominee of this award, the Mother of the Year, must be officially married.
Because nowadays, in the 21st of century there are a lot of single mothers, divorced mothers, gay mothers…..
I do not know right answer. I know that for each child his mother is the best mother.
So, concradulations for all mothers! Happy Mothers Day!
In Estonia we call this type cakes and pies “Pidusai”- means “party bread”. This is festive and beautiful and everyone get one own piece.
Quark and Rhubarb Pie
A delicous rhubarb sour and sweet pie
- 1 dl milk
- 10 g yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 small egg
- 25 g butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 3 dl flour
- 200 g sweet quark
- 1 glass of sliced rhubarb
- sugar, cinnamon
I have been to many countries, and one of the biggest differences in eating culture/habits/cuicine is how salad is served.
Salad as a main or separate dish, this is understandable. You can have Caesare Salad for lunch for example.
But, how is salad served, as accompany for the main dish, are differences between countries.
There are three courses in most countries : appetizer; main dish, which includes protein and salad and then dessert.
However, there are exceptions, as well. I was amazed to see that in Portugal rice and potato (with some meat/fish) were served on the same plate .. In addition to that we visited a restaurant with a very generous cook in Malta 🙂 french fries, boiled potato, couscous, pasta were on the same plate. And some bread of course. and a LOT of meat 🙂
In Estonia the three courses means usually 1. soup; 2. main dish containing protein, garnish (potato, rice, pasta, buckwheat…) and salad. And finally 3. dessert.
We have grown up with the”plate rule”. Plate rule means that the meal on your plate should have 1/4 protein, 1/4 garnish and 1/2 salad.
And it is not the case only when cooking home or at school. Most restaurants follow the same logic. Ok, except for fancier and finer more tourist oriented restaurants, of course.
Typical Estonian salad comes with sour cream /mayonnaise sauce. Nowadays youngsters prefer u
sing more vinegar/oil instead.
There are my favourite simple salads.
Easy to do, because of just few components.
And remind then:) serving Estonian dish, you should full half of the plate with one or mix of these salads. Then 1/4 potato or pasta or rice or buckwheat. And then some fish or meat. .. 🙂
Tomato Cucumber Salad
This is, I believe most common, usual, traditional everyday salad in Estonia
Chop tomato and/or cucumber
Add sour cream
and lot of fresh dill and chives, salt and pepper Continue reading
Did you know, that 40% of Europeans believe, that gluten may cause digestive problems ?*
Can, believe, may cause…
Estonians eat rather fermented black bread, however there was an epidemic outburst few years ago. Turned out that.. most of us have gluten intolerance. The interesting thing about the disease is that you can not eat white bread. But pasta, semolina, burgers, couc cous are ok. … 🙂
I am apologizing to those who have the real disease.
but mostly it is a problem of control. Have you read the book Rolf Jensen, Mika Aaltonen The Renaissance Society: How the Shift from Dream Society to the Age of Individual Control will Change the Way You Do business.
I highly recommend.
A study conducted in 2015 ( by Allergofood) found that 50% of Estonian parents suspect their child has somekind of allergy. But it only applies to 11%. So, ca 40% of children do not get enough real nutritious food, because their parents are afraid of something…
This is a dessert from my childhood. It was often served as a dessert at school to reuse leftovers from bread.
Today I make this very seldom, because.. as I do not eat white bread very often, and I do not have white bread leftovers at home 🙂
NB! my recipe is not contains sugar, because for me bread + jam are sweet enough. If you like sweet, add sugar!
Bread Casserole. Saiavorm
A easy cooking delicious dessert to reuse your leftovers from bread.
Even Trees need some blankets