Maiu writing about Estonia. Lot of good information 🙂
….turned into Canadian. Or Estonian Canadian. Or just Canestian like we call ourselves with hubby 🙂
People ask where I am from because of my accent. Not as much lately, but still. I usually have to explain where Estonia is on the map, how many people live there and also have to explain that yes, we have our own language. Over the years I have come to expect these questions and I have answered them a million times.
Do you know anything about Estonia?
Estonia: 45,336 km² ; Capital: Tallinn
Population 1,3 million ; more than 2000 islands;
Estonia is a country in Northern Europe. We like to call ourselves more northern Europeans than Eastern Europeans because of our history with Russia – The Soviet Union. Sweden in the west and Finland in the north. The official language is Estonian, although there are people who never learned/never want to learn…
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For some reason we have three different foods: meat balls, served usually in sauce. Small meat balls: frikadellid, we are using in soup. And ” kotlet”- what is flat shape minced meat “ball”. Kotlet is served as main dish with potato and sauce and salad.
Read about Baltic food
The Baltic nations include Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which nestle around the Baltic Sea. The cuisine of this region is characterised by its love for rye bread, fish, dill, dairy, root vegetables, cabbage, pickled vegetables, pork and mushrooms. These flavours are particularly nostalgic to me, because I had a cherished family friend and babysitter growing up who had Lithuanian heritage: Anna. Apart from being great fun and having an adorable manx cat, she is an incredible cook. I therefore spent many very happy days and nights of my childhood pattering around after her in the kitchen, surrounded by the smells of bacon, cabbage and dill. To this day I think of Anna whenever I smell bacon and cabbage frying. Under her careful instruction, I also learned to love some of the flavours that would be considered strange by Australian standards, such as cold beetroot soup and preserved fish. We would…
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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.
A delicious Latvian pork stroganoff
Sunday morning. 7 o clock.
The Cat jumped on the bed ” Krrr…. lazy bums, the sun is shining, wake up…”
I pulled blanket over the head. I had the intention to sleep at least 4 more hours…
But.. for my amazement, my husband woke up and left from bed room…
Some time later, I realized, that I have to go.
On the couch sat next to each other, Man and Cat. Eyes are glued to the TV screen. Watching racing cars..
It was not “Krrr”, it was ” Frrrr… formula 1 ” 🙂
Simple and quick everyday fish soup.
Americans call this period ” Indian summer”. Estonians call it “old women’s summer”. Why? Because during the day weather is warm, tempting, promising……but at night it’s cold like a stone 🙂 Like older woman…..
The biggest and the hardest part of this case is to grate pumpkin. When this is done, it is the simplest recipe and dish to cook
Pumkin and Vermicelli Fritters
A light vegetable recipe perfect for a dinner.
- ca 500 g pumpkin
- ca 200 ml vermicelli
- ca 50 g hard cheese
- 1 egg
- Oil for cooking and for seasoning salt, pepper, ginger, nutmeg….
I used in headline word “mushroom”. But in Estonia, when we are talking about mushrooms, we mean forest and/or wild mushrooms: milk mushrooms, russulas, chanterelle….
As Estonia has an abundance of forest, we like to pick berries and mushrooms.
For winter mushrooms are marinated, or salted or fermented. Or dried.
But the easiest way to freeze. Heat the mushrooms in a skillet until water has evaporated and add butter. Pour mixture into boxes and freeze over winter.
In this photo and recipe I used marinated russulales.( it is very complicated to find english translation, but it seems to be false saffron milkcap)
Simple Mushroom Salad
A light snack.
- 300 g mushrooms
- 2 (red) onion, chopped
- 150 g sour cream
I should pluck up courage and say to the Cat… that she lives in my home not I with her