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.
This is very simple mushroom soup. If you believe that barley takes too much time, replace it with rice,
I use frozen mushrooms. They do not need any additional cooking, while they are already prepared
Heat the mushrooms in a skillet until water has evaporated and added butter. Pour mixture into boxes and freeze over winter.
In autumn, when you use fresh mushrooms. Blanch, depending on mushrooms, remove blanching water and add mushrooms into the soup
A light vegetable soup for dinner.
I have been writing that Estonia has an abundance of forest, we like to pick berries and mushrooms.
But Estonia is a maritime country. The Baltic Sea surrounds Estonia from the north, west and southwest.
In August the night is dark and the sky is full of stars. In August we have an amazing tradition. At sunset Come to the shore of the Baltic Sea and enjoy a bonfire or light one yourself. The sea unites all of us.
Read more about this The Night of Ancient Lights
But August is the chanterelle month, as well. Mushroom Salad Sandwiches or filled pancakes are the best picnic food.
The simplest Salad recipe.
How to remove additional salt are a lot of tips.
My South Estonian relatives told me that they boiling salted mushroom in milk. And after that mushroom look and taste like a fresh.
The second option is to boil mushroom just in the water.
And the simplest one. Put mushroom to soak the night before.
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 mushroom : melt, fry slightly.
Chop prepared mushrooms
Chop boiled eggs
Mix everything with sour cream and season with salt and pepper.
Waffles have a very important role in Estonian history.
At the end of the 80s when the Soviet Union started to collapse, people began to private business. Private business was until then prohibited but the end of the 80s was the perfect time to start it.
And a lot of Estonians earned their ” first million” to baking.. waffles…
This was the easiest way to earn some money. Everyone had at home waffle baker, everyone knows recipes and making waffles was very easy.
A few years later this business was out of fashion 🙂 and people became set up more advanced businesses: shops and plants.
And what is the saddest, we throw away our old waffle makers “ESTA” or “Volta”. This is very sad because using modern waffle makers you NEVER get the similar result we used to. Old-time waffles were very thin and light and very crispy.
Now are these old waffle makers rarity and possible to get only in the black market paying a high price.
One option to achieve a similar result is to use mineral water instead of milk
Continue reading “Crispy Waffles with Mineral Water. Vahvlid”
Simple and delicious cake for people, who do not want or like very sweet cakes.
The bitterness of the chocolate, sweet and sour berries creating a wonderful combination.
Quark makes this cake lighter and healthier
And make quark by yourself. Trust me: It is much simpler to make than you might think. I won’t tell if you don’t 😉
Look at for recipe.
Continue reading “Simple Bitter Sweet Black Currant Cake. Mustsõstrakook”
Kvass is a fermented beverage, which is made is made from fermented black or rye bread, spring water, and herbs. During the Soviet Union, kvass was nicknamed “The Communist Coca-Cola” (because of colour). In those times we could freely buy Pepsi, but not Coca-Cola.
In my childhood almost every street corner boasts the ubiquitous yellow kvass tanks, which dispense the thirst quencher throughout the day. At that time, we did not know anything about hygiene… This time was used glass drinking glasses ( no plastic!), and after each drinker, the glass was simply flushed with cold water..:) (those were just the times! And no one had a Covid19…)
But kvass was very delicious. And the most important. This is very easy to make it by your self.
Look how to do rye bread by yourself
Bread leftovers use for rye bread pudding.
A Kvass is a fermented beverage, which is made is made from fermented black or rye bread, spring water, and herbs.
The Kama is the Estonian “muesli”.
Historically kama was a non-perishable, easy-to-carry food that could be quickly fashioned into a stomach-filling snack by rolling it into butter or lard; it didn’t require baking, as it was already roasted. Today the Kama is a perfect summer dish. Just add quark cream and dessert is ready!
The Kama is not translatable and technically not a dessert, but rather an ingredient sometimes used in desserts. It’s actually a mix of different flours – usually barley, rye, oat and pea. The Kama, like many Estonian foods, emerged because a lack of ingredients made people imaginative. After using all the different grains, they would simply mix the leftovers together.
You do not have the Kama 🙂 ?! Look at for recipe.
Honestly. I do not know what to replace it with 🙂
Because the specific taste of Kama gives the necessary and specific and delicious taste.
Did you know?
In Estonian Kama means in slang “stuff, things” and the same time the Kama means ” drugs”…:)
And the Kama is not only “muesli”: In desperate times, people turn to cheap comfort food. In the 1970s, cocoa prices skyrocketed, pushing chocolatey sweets out of reach for millions of people. In the Soviet Union, states lacked buying power because the government centralized foreign trade. Chocolate became extremely scarce in the Baltic countries.
During the shortage, an Estonian candy company began experimenting with kama—a grain blend of rye, wheat, barley, and pea—to find chocolate alternatives. Read more
Sorry, there is no recipe. Just amazing combination. I love this salad. And this salad has been a very very long time my usual salad during summertime.
Mix everything together and season with salt and sprinkle with dill.
A light berry cake, Sour and juicy berries are combined with sweet and crispy meringue
This is a classical Seto salad. Traditionally it is made with herring, but I got freshly smoked Peipsi Lake vendace …
Look at this! See, if it is not appetizing : ) 🙂
A combination of strawberries and fish may seem strange. But sour and sweet berries complement saltness of fish very well. The onion adds a structure and a sparkle.
And rye bread. This is just a base. The heart of this salad.
And some horseradish makes it even better…