Month: February 2018

Estonian Potatoes and Groats Mash. Mulgipuder

mulgipuder1 (4)Mulgi-Mulgimaa is a district in South-Estonia with its own culture, food and dialect.

My mother is Mulk and so am I. Mulgipuder means Mulgi’s porridge. This dish is very old though. In former times when people had wood burning stoves the porridge was placed on a stove in the morning where it had time to cook and get simmer and better. People just had more time.

Mulgid (the people who lived in Mulgimaa) were wealthy. But because in early times animals were more important than people, they were usually to ones who got to eat the porridge first. And if there was anything left from the dish it was passed on to the rest of the family. Like my mother used to say – the Mulgi’s porridge was a pig food (Bon appétit! Sorry!)

Despite all, me and Estonians love this dish. It’s very, very nourishing and filling with an option to cook it completely vegan-friendly!

Potato and pearl barley porridge, i.e. potato-barley mash, originates from Southern Estonia. People in Southern Estonia (the Mulgi people) started boiling potatoes and pearl barley together in the second half of the 19th century as the combination was very filling. By the last quarter of the 19th century, this porridge was known all over Estonia. In the second half of the 20th century, this dish reached cafeterias as well and it has by now become a national dish that is served at various official events.

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Celebrate a 100 Years of The Republic of Estonia with Estonian Cuisine.

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February 24 is a public holiday in Estonia and in 2018 Estonia celebrates 100 years of freedom.
Celebrate with us and like Estonian 🙂
At sunrise, 7:33 in the morning take place the flag-hoisting ceremony in a Toompea castle, along with singing the Estonian National Anthem.

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Vürtsikiluvõileib, Spiced Baltic Sprats sandwich with boiled egg

As the winter mornings can be quite cold, it’s a good idea to enjoy warm peppermint or raspberry stems tea with some kiluvõileib (salted sprat sandwich with boiled egg). For making sandwich You need Estonian black rye bread
The Baltic sprat (Sprattus sprattus balticus) is a subspecies of the European sprat (Sprattus sprattus), also known  as brisling or skipper. They are up to 12,5 cm long (about 5 inches), small, silvery and herring-like. The sprats are commonly marinated in a mixture of black pepper, allspice (aka Jamaican pepper), cloves, nutmeg, coriander seeds, bay leaves, salt and sugar etc. The result: spiced Baltic sprats aka vürtsikilud, a famous Estonian delicacy.
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For dessert eat Estonian Kohuke. Or mix some Kama.

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Estonian Kama
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Estonian kohuke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blueberry Kissel. Mustikakissell

mustikakissell1(1)The Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary on February 24, 2018. Happy birthday my small homeland 🙂
More about celebration read here .

Blueberry Kissell is the best food to celebrate this event. Blueberries are Nordic superfruits and last summer was good year. Our forests were full of berries.

The Sour taste of blueberries gives strength and health to survive long winter …:) Colors of the Estonian flag are blue, white and black. And now, in February you can see these colors in nature. Blue sky, dark forest and white snow…:)

This dessert is almost flag 🙂 Blue -violet blueberries and white quark cream as topping.

 

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Shrove Tuesday in Estonia|Pagan Traditions

Read more about Estonian Shrove Tuesday traditions 🙂

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Hello dear ones, hello to whoever is reading this post and welcome to this witchy pagan blog 🙂 For those who don’t know, Estonia is a small country in North Europe, just under Finland, one of the three Baltic countries and confines with Russia. Since I am Estonian I want to share our traditions and often pagan ways, it’s always fun to learn I think.

Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake) day is a big holiday there, I’d say as big as Easter, maybe even more. This holiday is called Vastlapäev, the word comes from a German word “fasten”(to fast) and päev means day. After that day the fasting begun, cause the meat ran out. The old Estonians ate by the reasons and meat was only eaten in the wintertime.

Traditions: The main tradition is sledding, it’s for kids and adults both. The idea of sledding was to bring luck for…

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Roasted Pork Leg. Ahjukoot

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Roasted Pork Leg

Pork Leg is a traditional Estonian Shrove Tuesday dish. On that day, everything except for the pork legs was eaten.

So before fast, pork legs were used to create an additional greasy, delicious dinner. Last year I wrote about Shrove Tuesday’s customs.
Now, when I think about my childhood school times, on every Shrove Tuesday we had this tradition of going on a 15 km ski-hike.

It happened quite often that on that exact day we had crazy snowstorms and it was terrible! Well, sure, hot pea-soup and Shrove Tuesday’s whipped cream jam filled sweet-buns were waiting for you when you finally got back but still…

Due to global warming or some other unusual phenomenon the snow from November to March isn’t that common anymore. Ironically, I would love to have a chance to ski now… And. Fortunately this year we have real winter with snow 🙂

Btw. Can you tell me why two words: fast food =junk food and fast as fasting have different and contrary meaning but the same base and strain?

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Shrove Tuesday Soup. Vastlasupp

vastlasupp1 (6)Like I wrote last year, the most important custom on Shrove Tuesday (Vastlapäev) is sledding.

You can understand why this activity is important by just looking at the ingredients of the Shrove Tuesday’s pea-soup: beans, sauerkraut, barley…

Foods that give you lots of energy to burn.

You can cook this soup the traditional way: swell beans and barley overnight. Prepare beautiful and delicious broth, and cook up to 2 hours.

But I recommend the easier and faster ”everyday version”:

All ingredients can be prepared, canned or frozen…If you want, you can add some smoked meat, ham or broth just to give it a bit stronger taste.

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Buckwheat Salad. Tatrasalat

One more recipe about ” what to do with boiled buckwheat”.

I love buckwheat and in my opinion, it is goes with everything. This is one possible combination

boiled buckwheat
red onion
pickled cucumber
boiled beetroot
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You can serve this with oil- acid sauce, but I like more mayonnaise- sour cream (smetana/creme fraiche) sauce. It makes salad more creamy and nutritious
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