Good child has many names. This Toome salad has an other name “Pail Salad”.
Word “Toome” has two meanings, as well.
Toome- bird cherry, and Toome as international meaning – “Dom”
It was not very long time ago, when from October until May we have not fresh vegetables and fruits. Around a year were available only few: apple, cabbage, onion, cranberries, cowberries, turnip, carrots. And that is all.
To get all others, we made preserves: salted, marinades, jams, compote…
The origin of the Toome Salad dates back to this time.
In the autumn put all mothers and grandmothers this salad ingredients as layers in to the pail. Salad settled overnight, and later, salad was heated, canned in banks to preserve vitamins for over winter.
Now we have not need for this. Fresh cucumbers are available round a year and we can make this salad every day.
In 1988-1992 I have been studied in university (this time university last 5 years). This was very complicated and messy time.
Of course, students are always poor and has complicated life 🙂 But this time in Estonia took place changes.
We have been more than 40 years occupied by soviet union, all this period were lack of food products, deficit. Most of milk and meat and butter, produced in Estonia, were sent to the Russia.
But in the beginning of 90-s, was situation very bad. This was not only deficit, but to get any milk, butter, flour, sugar, semolina…. and so one, you must have a special coupon.