Vastlapäev, known as Shrove Tuesday in much of the English-speaking world, the Estonians celebrate this day a little differently.
Instead of pancakes, we eat split pea soup and the delicious Vastlakukkel cream cake.
Traditionally children will sled down any available hill of snow, to get “long linens”. And not only children. Tomorrow, after the meeting I am going with my colleges to sled, as well.
And later we have pea soup and Vastlakukkel!
Today, of course, nobody cares about linen, this is just for fun:)
The name Vastlapaev is taken from the German word “fasten” (to fast). And after Vastlapäev started fast, because meat ran out.
This year I did broad beans stew.
I used fresh broad beans. in case you are going to use dried, let them swell overnight
To add more colors add a different color of tomatoes and peppers or zucchini
Did you know?
The longest ice road – conditions permitting – in Europe is the Rohuküla-Heltermaa ice road with a length of 26.5 kilometers (16 miles), stretching for across a frozen expanse of the Baltic Sea. The road links Estonia’s mainland port of Rohuküla on the continent with Hiiumaa island. The longest known ice road originating from Estonia was located between Saaremaa island and Lübeck (a city in Germany) in 1323.
Broadbean and Tomato Stew
A great and easy stew for dinner
- 500 g broad beans
- 4 – 6 tomatoes
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- (1 zucchini)
- 200 g – 300 g smoked pork cheek
- salt, pepper, oregano, basil, thyme
- In a cooking casserole, mix together tomatoes, garlic, beans, basil, salt, and black pepper.
- Cut pork cheek into slices and sprinkle over beans.
- bake at 180 C convection for 20 -30 minutes, while beans are soft