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.
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.
Later will take place the parades by the Estonia Defence Forces and the President, Kersti Kaljulaid, will be there.
Now you have the time to have a true national lunch. MustBe is some pork. From my blog you can find Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb and Horseradish, Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut, Pork with Onions and Cowberry.
Serve pork with mushroom sauce and boiled potatoes.
For dessert I suggest Mannavaht or Roosamanna, Semolina Cream
Many Estonians will be glued to the TV on Independence Day. The parade, the reception and a concert that precedes the reception are broadcast live on television. This coverage includes a speech by the President. The reception line, where the President and their spouse shake hands with attendees is ironically called the “Penguin Parade”. For this time you should prepare ” cold table”, appetizers and desserts.
There are no the Estonian party without Potato Salad. You should prepare Estonian Potato Salad
For dessert you need some cake. I suggest quark cake. Remind, quark is not cream cheese. Quark has a low-fat, high protein and specific taste. You can prepare quark by yourself to get the best result.
Janne kohupiimakook, Quark Cake by Janne