Month: July 2018

Berry Cake by Siiri. Siiri mustikakook

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I have been used in all my posts word “blueberry” in meaning ” wild blueberry”. Now I read Aho blog and found out that right expression is bilberry?

In Estonia we are saying: “Heal lapsel mitu nime” – a good child has many names.
As I live in Estonia, Estonia is one of the greenest countries in the world: about 50% of Estonian territory is covered with forest.
I forage my berries by myself from forest. And use in recipes wild blueberries/ bilberries.
Picking fresh blueberries, your mouth and hands are pink, fresh air and high roaring pines… this is amazing. This is a summer.,

This year is The Blueberry Year.
I believe, that this is the first time I would say thank you for global warming. May and June and July in Estonia were amazing. Very warm, lot of sun. Real summer.

Did you know ? Estonia has the 2nd cleanest food in Europe (EFSA)

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Muhu Island #visitestonia #Eesti100 #estonia100 #muhu

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMuhu is an island in the Baltic Sea. With an area of 198 km2 (76 sq mi) it is the third largest island belonging to Estonia, after Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.
The sleepy fishermen’s villages, windmills, thatched cottages and wildlife provide a perfect retreat for those looking to get lost in the nature.

My family is from South Estonia, but 15 years ago my parents moved to Saaremaa. To get to Saaremaa, one must first get to Muhu island.

Muhu is beautiful and peaceful.

Muhu is interesting in wintertime, as well : you can drive on the ice

if it’s cold enough. During particularly cold winters (like the ones we used to have) you can drive between some of Estonia’s islands. The roads are marked with signs and speed limits.

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Pühajärve #visitestonia #Eesti100 #estonia #pühajärve

Pühajärv (“Holy lake”) is a lake in Estonia, near the town of Otepää.
There are many lakes with the name Pühajärv (‘Holy Lake’) in Estonia. The one located in the Otepää Upland is the most famous of them. The picturesque coastline and five islands of Lake Pühajärv make it the biggest and most beautiful lake in the Otepää region.

Did you know that some of Estonia’s towns are given a title? Otepää is the winter capital, Türi is the spring capital, Pärnu is the summer capital and Narva is the autumn capital.pyhajarve1

 

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Eneko García-Amezaga Beautiful Estonia #visitestonia #estonia100

Eneko García-Amezaga is a world traveller. He was recently in Estonia and completed an 11-day road trip, driving 2,200 Km around the country. He visited Tallinn, Paldiski, Haapsalu, Hiiumaa and Saaremaa Islands, Matsalu National Park, Pärnu, Soomaa NP, Viljandi, Põltsamaa, Võrtsjärv lake, Otepää, Sangaste, Valga, Võru, Rõuge, Suur Munamägi, Tartu, Mustvee, Lake Peipus, Kuremäe, Narva, Narva-Jõesuu, Ontika, Rakvere and Lahemaa National Park. The result of his adventure is this wonderful video !

 

Summer New Vegetables Milk Soup. Värske köögiviljasupp

piima köögivilja1 (8)This is dish from my childhood.
In June or July, when all vegetables start to mature. Carrots are almost always seeded too closely together. And it is important to thin carrots, they will not grow to maturity unless they have space to do so.
So, you have tiny carrots , first small potatoes are  sweet peas and maybe even first cabbage.. aand this is mean Summer New Vegetables Milk Soup. Easy to do and very delicious.
Of course, you can cook it all year long, but then,. it is not This Soup.

 

 

 

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Cottage Cheese and Potato Salad. Kodujuustu ja kartulisalat

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cottage cheese

Interesting fact: In Estonia, cottage cheese began to be produced in order to meet the cheese production plan set by Moscow to the USSR. The National Planning Committee of the USSR almost doubled the cheese production of the Estonian SSR for the five-year plan, So, this is reason why Estonia began to produce cottage cheese which was reported as cheese in the reports 🙂kogujuustukartulisalat (14)

But still. There is nothing better than fresh new potatoes with little bit salty cottage cheese.
I believe I am not wrong to say that this is a typical Estonian summer dish. Potatoes and cottage cheese and sometimes with herring. Continue reading “Cottage Cheese and Potato Salad. Kodujuustu ja kartulisalat”