Category: cottage cheese

Goutweed Salad with Cottage Cheese. Kodujuustu-naadisalat

naadisalat1(15) Today, 70 years ago, was for 20 000 Estonians and their families very sad day.
On 25 March 1949,  29,379 people, mostly women and children, were deported from Estonia to Siberia.

8 years before, on 14 June 1941, 10,000 people were deported from Estonia.

What was their guilt?  The deportations targeted various categories of anti-Soviet elements and “enemies of the people”: the members of the former governments, higher state officials and judges, higher military personnel, former politicians, members of voluntary state defence organisations, members of student organisations, persons having actively participated in anti-Soviet armed combat, Russian émigrés, security police officers and police officers, representatives of foreign companies and in general all people having contacts abroad, entrepreneurs and bankers, clergymen and members of the Red Cross, kulaks,  Approximately 23% of the population belonged in these categories. Entire families, including children and the elderly, were deported without trial or prior announcement. Of March 1949 deportees, over 70% of people were women and children under the age of 16.
Because of cold, starvation and hard work, a great many of the deportees died. Less than half of the deportees ever returned to their homeland

Let’s remember all these people.

Today, for us eating weed, vegetarianism and everything from nature is cool. At that time, it was a matter of survival. I hope and believe that history never repeats. But knowledge about edible plants is still valuable.

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The Vertical Layer Cake with Cottage Cheese Chocolate Cream and Cranberry Filling. Kodujuustu- valge šokolaadi jõhvikakook

Vertikaalne kook (10)Delicious Cottage cheese and white chocolate cranberry cake with a twist.

This is a cake with vertical layers.
Trust me: It is much simpler to make than you might think. I won’t tell if you don’t 😉

I made biscuit/sponge dough because I love this. But you can replace it with butter dough. Find recipe. Butter dough is more firm and you get a little bit better layers.
My cake is juicy and because of chocolate is very sweet. Usually, I do not eat and like very sweet food. So, I added cranberry jam to balance the sweetness. Cottage cheese gives texture and little saltiness to complement all this sweet taste.

Did you know:
A common tradition on New Year’s Eve is “õnne valamine” or the ‘pouring of luck’. Lead is melted over a stove in a metal ladle and then poured quickly, or slowly into Vertikaalne kook (2)ice-cold water. What appears are interesting lead figures, which can then tell you your fortune for the upcoming year.

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Cottage Cheese and Potato Salad. Kodujuustu ja kartulisalat

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cottage cheese

Interesting fact: In Estonia, cottage cheese began to be produced in order to meet the cheese production plan set by Moscow to the USSR. The National Planning Committee of the USSR almost doubled the cheese production of the Estonian SSR for the five-year plan, So, this is the reason why Estonia began to produce cottage cheese which was reported as cheese in the reports 🙂kogujuustukartulisalat (14)

But still. There is nothing better than fresh new potatoes with little bit salty cottage cheese.
I believe I am not wrong to say that this is a typical Estonian summer dish. Potatoes and cottage cheese and sometimes with herring. Continue reading “Cottage Cheese and Potato Salad. Kodujuustu ja kartulisalat”