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
Wild Mushroom Soup
A light vegetable soup for dinner.
- 1/2 glass of barley groats
- 1-2 onions
- 200 g – 400 g mushrooms
- 1 tomato
- 4-5 potatoes
- salt, pepper, dill
- Cook groats while these are soft
- heat some oil, add sliced onion, mushrooms and tomato. Cook, while onion and tomato are half ready
- Add potato slices, groats and onion mix into the soup
- Cook, while the potato is soft. Season
- Serve with sour cream and add a lot of dills
Very simple and delicious dish. Sour Milk Scones are very easy to make and bake and it is a perfect idea to ask children to help you.
This is an ancient recipe from South Estonia, Võrumaa. Sour Milk Flat Scones are Predecessor of pancakes and later scones. In the old days, they were baked in hot ash or on hot stone clay.
ethnographer Aliise Moora’s book “Older food of the Estonian peasantry” reads that Estonian peasant woman made a flat loaf of rye or barley flour dough, pressed fingerprints and shook on the salt. The cakes were baked against a fire, either on a stone, on a tree, or on the bottom of a pot. The Paistekakk was smeared with a piece of lard during baking and meanwhile turned over. The Paistekakk was also baked for breakfast, as is customary for pancakes.
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This is classical baked macaroni and cheese recipe with a twist.
I like barley groats and I love combination groats with cheese and thyme.
Barley groats are a superfood, btw. Healthy and delicious. Serve with a salad for a great meatless dinner. Hope you enjoy it
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A fresh, light, Estonian-inspired salad perfect for a dinner. Perfect to use boiled barley groats leftovers.
This is the explosion of flavours and textures. Crispy cucumbers, sour cranberries and mushrooms, soft egg, sweet turnip and groats, which are tieing everything into one whole
As every salad, combine ingredients as you like. This is one possible combination. You can replace mushrooms and add ham or other meat.
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What is the typical Estonian breakfast?
I know that many children like to eat for breakfast Kohuke. Teenagers like more some yoghurt, quark creams or cereals with milk. The adult eats some porridge or open sandwich: rye bread covered with sausage, ham, cheese or something. Egg in different ways… And like anywhere in the world, lot of Estonian families baking pancakes for Sunday morning.
My favourite workday breakfast is porridge. I cook oatmeal or multigrain mixture in the water. And I serve this with some butter and seeds mixture. My husband likes sweet additions. He serve his porridge with jam and butter and sour cream 🙂 🙂
But anyway. If you cooked too much porridge, there is one perfect recipe to use leftovers in a delicious dessert.
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A great vegetable dinner with Estonian twist. Sweet pumpkin flavour is combined with pleasantly grainy barley groats. It is very easy and quick dinner from only 3 ingredients.
Cooking and preparing barley takes a lot of time, so it would be perfect dinner from leftovers. To add more flavours you can add some cheese or caraway seeds.
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Saarde is the region in South Estonia.
And this is a light and simple summer dish was to use meat leftovers. The most complicated part in this recipe is to grate potatoes, but other… this is easy to bake 😉
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Very nutritious vegetable dish. Combine different vegetables for a different result.
And add more colour by adding more carrots or turnip or celery.
Serve with a side dish with meat or fish. Or as vegetable porridge.
Serve with sour cream or butter. And drink some sour milk, as Estonians usually do 🙂
Did you know?
Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3, the bacteria discovered in 1995 by the University of Tartu research teams, led by professors Marika Mikelsaar and Mihkel Zilmer, are unique in the world because of their combination of antimicrobial and antioxidative effects. They protect human health by attacking harmful microbes and contributing to physical well-being. The ME-3 can rightfully be called the first Estonian probiotic lactic acid bacteria and the EU patent permits it to be used in the food industry in 15 European countries. Continue reading “Thick Potatoes. Paksud kartulid”
One of the oldest grain cereals in Estonia was barley
Barley was the mundane and the ordinary food and belonged on the table for common people. The oldest data of barley growing in Estonia dates back to the beginning of the first millennium BC.
Barley Flour Mousse is a light and delicious dessert. Using cranberry juice you get pink and fluffy and using apple juice very light mousse.
If Barley Cream seems to you too exotic, cook Semolina Cream. look at for recipe
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An international and famous dessert with a small Estonian twist and ingredients
I have not words to express how tasty, watermouthing and great dessert it is. Small apple pieces and cowberries give juiciness and moisture and wonderful sour and sweet flavour. Barley groats give a structure and make this dessert more interesting,
And again real Estonian flavour: barley groats, apples and cowberries. You just have to try this.
Continue reading “Barley Groats and Apple Creme Brulee. Kruubi brüleekreem õuntega”