Rhubarb and Onion Sauce

How to get married?
• On a Midsummer night pick the nine different flowers and put the bouquet under your pillow. Man, you are dreaming of, will be your future husband
• On a Midsummer night go to the sauna and whisk the nice boys. A Sticking birch leaf shows your future husband
• Wash yourself with Midsummer morning dew, it makes you beautiful
• If you can find a fern’s blossom on a Midsummer night, you will be rich and become able to understand animal languages.

So, if you are rich and beautiful and able to speak with everyone, you are will definitely get married 🙂

Jaaniõhtu (Midsummer Eve – 23 June) and Jaanipäev (Midsummer Day, St John’s Day – 24 June) are the most important holidays in the Estonian calendar.

Jaanipäev is summer solstice and we say ” sun do not go down”.
In Estonian fairy tales and literature, there is a tale of two lovers, Koit (dawn) and Hämarik (dusk). These two lovers see each other only once a year and exchange the briefest of kisses on the shortest night of the year. Earth-bound lovers go into the forest looking for the “flower of the fern” which is said to bloom only on that night.

Rhubarb and Onion Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
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  • 1 litre peeled, sliced rhubarb
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 onion, sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt, pepper, sugar
  • oil


  1. Heat oil and add onion and garlic.
  2. Add sliced tomatoes and cook, while onion is ready. If needed (tomato is not enough juicy), add some hot water
  3. Add rhubarb slices.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, basil and sugar.





25 thoughts on “Rhubarb and Onion Sauce

  1. love your midsummer stories 😀 in Denmark my parent’s generation used to go in the woods in search of the nightingale, don’t know if it’s still tradition. – hmm rhubarb 🙂 I love rhubarb, but sadly never get it! what do you serve with the sauce?


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