Month: November 2018

Duck with juniper berries and Black Currant Sauce. Kadakane part mustsÔstrakastmega

partkadakaga (3)I love duck.
Duck fillet is quite expensive and duck legs take a lot of time, so this is a dish I always order in the restaurant.

But sometimes I prepare a duck at home, as well.
Today I suggest duck with the delicious combination: sour and sweet black currant sauce and amazing duck fillet flavoured with little gin and juniper berries. Crispy skin and juicy meat 🙂

Juniper berries (cones) are refreshing and power-giving Nordic treats.
The type of juniper most widely spread in Estonia is the common juniper (Juniperus communis). You can see it growing the most in the Western and Northern parts of Estonia. Juniper symbolizes rebirth, protection and humbleness
. „There is no reason to wonder, why the juniper has become one of the symbols of our windy homeland and for all Estonian nation, showing the undying power of life, no matter what comes ahead. (Ants Viires, 2000)“

Picking juniper berries means success that can be achieved with hard work. People widely believe that if you eat one juniper berry in a day, they stay young forever. If children have three juniper berries in a day, they are more likely to stay healthy.
This and many other sayings created a belief that juniper can cure 9 different diseases, 99 diseases in some cases.
Since juniper berry carries a cross formation on it, it was believed that juniper can help against witchcraft, revenants and anything evil.

It is also believed that juniper cleans and strengthens one’s body energetically. For humans, it has the best effect by breathing in, but it can also affect objects around that person. Juniper branches burnt in the house may clean up bad aura.       

 Juniper berries contain essential oils, sugars, resins, colourants, fatty acids, organic acids, carbohydrates and trace elements (Manganese, Iron, Copper and Aluminum). Juniper berries have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects during colds. Berries also stimulate urine and saphenia and promote digestion.

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Pork tenderloin in Beer Marinade with Mushrooms. Sea sisefilee Ă”llemarinaadis

sigaseenega (4)Amazingly delicious combination of sweet pork, bitter beer and crunchy mushrooms.

Fresh chanterelle: The mushrooms are cleaned without water, with only a clean, dry towel and paring knife. Heat the chanterelle in a skillet without fat/butter until water has evaporated.
Frozen chanterelle : melt, fry slightly.

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Oatmeal and Apple Spoon Bars. Kaerahelbe- Ă”unakook.

kaerapohlakook (4)This is very soft and crisp cake. Use the spoon for eating and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
This cake has only few ingredients and is an eggfree. Healthy and crispy oatmeal is combined with juicy apple cowberry sauce. Continue reading “Oatmeal and Apple Spoon Bars. Kaerahelbe- Ă”unakook.”

Kurzeme Stroganoff

Latvia 100!!! Happy birthday neighbors to the South!!!!

Estonian Cuisine. Eesti Toit.

Kurzeme (8) Kurzeme Stroganoff

With this food  I will make a great tribute to our good neighbors Latvians.  But this is a very good dish and I am from South-Estonia, what is almost Latvia:), so let it be in Estonian blog.

Kurzeme 1(1) Kurzeme Stroganoff

Read more about Latvia on Ilze blog https://latvianmom.com/home/

Join Fiesta Friday #192 by adding your link. Don’t forget to link your post to FiestaFriday.net and the co-hosts’ blogs, so we can feature you. Your cohosts this week are Zeba @ Food For The Soul and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook

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Soundtrack . This song author is the most popular and famous ( for my generation) Latvian song-writer Raimond Pauls. Song about Kurzeme talking about this beautiful place. Vello Orumets ” Kurzeme”

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November. PĂŒhajĂ€rve #visitestonia #Eesti100 #estonia #pĂŒhajĂ€rve

November has its own beauty. It neither  golden autumn nor  white and clean winter. November is foggy, grey, rainy and brown…

November 2nd is All Souls’ Day and November is All Souls Months. We believe that there is a period when the souls of the dead are moving around and visiting their former homes, Now is the time to light the candle and put it on the window. Show the way to the souls and commemorate deceased loved ones.

Reading and movie suggestion:
best of all will convey the mood of November in Estonia book by Andrus KivirĂ€hk ” Rehepapp”, a bestseller of the last twenty years. Rehepapp captures the essential of the Estonian soul. The book is quite blatant parody, but like all good parody it has a grain of truth in it.  Look at movie trailer.

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

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Broad Bean Salad. PĂ”ldoasalat

If you want a simple, delicious, low-calorie and all natural healthy salad this is it!oasalat1 (1)

Very delicious and nutritious Salad. Recently I heard from one Australian Tv cooking show, that broad bean must be peeled before eating. I do not know. I heard this first time. So, if you have a lot of time, you welcome to clean and peel. But I use and eat broad bean as you can see from photo. Unpeeled.

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EESTI TOIT Blog

Hope Mason baked cake. Read and enjoy 🙂

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In this week’s episode of Worth-Your-While-Wednesdays, I present to you an excellent food blog. Eesti Toit, or ‘Estonian Cuisine’ is a blog run by the lovely Ruta and I highly recommend you check it out!

I came across Ruta’s blog in early autumn, when I needed to use up some leftover quark in the fridge. A big ‘food thing’ of mine is to have a mental checklist of anything in the fridge that may need using up. Not only does this reduce waste (for financial and environmental yays), but I have found it to be an excellent way to push me into expanding my recipe repertoire. Indeed, it was as I manically typed ‘quark baking’ into google, foodgawker, and pinterest (you name it, and I was searching on it), that a photo of ‘Berry Cake by Siiri’ caught my *very picky* eye. And who can blame me when Ruta’s food photography


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