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.
Ühepajatoit means in Estonian ” food, which is made in a one cauldron”
The most important, Do not boil, but stew. The best Ühepajatoit has little bit mushy consistency
Estonian Hotpot. Ühepajatoit
A light, rich of vegetables Ühepajatoit for a dinner.
- ca 600 g meat. I prefer pork sirloin
- 4 carrots
- 1 onion
- 4 potatoes
- half of small cabbage
- (peas, beens, tomato….)
- salt, pepper, oil
Jaaniõhtu (Midsummer Eve – 23 June) and Jaanipäev (Midsummer Day, St John’s Day – 24 June) are the most important holidays in the Estonian calendar.
The Jaanipäev celebrations were merged with the celebration of Võidupüha (Victory Day) after the War of Independence, when the Estonian forces defeated the German troops on 23 June 1919.
So, we have a long holiday 🙂
Jaanipäev is summer solstice and we say ” the sun does not go down”. Even at 10 pm, you can read a book, because is enough light 🙂 This is the day when all children have permission to be awake overnight.
To be honest. Because of global warming summer is not summer anymore. My birthday is on the 17th of June, and a few years ago on my birthday was snowing!
And about Jaanipäev- yes we have bonfires, but usually, exactly this evening is raining or a lot of mosquitoes and.. this is not very fun:)
But still, until today we believe: the lighting of the bonfire and jumping over it. This is a way of guaranteeing prosperity and avoiding bad luck.
In Estonian fairy tales and literature, there is a tale of two lovers, Koit (dawn) and Hämarik (dusk). These two lovers see each other only once a year and exchange the briefest of kisses on the shortest night of the year. Earth-bound lovers go into the forest looking for the “flower of the fern” which is said to bloom only on that night.
So, this is an important day for young pars…:) and lot of grill and chill. And next morning you just need a sour and sweet soup. I do not call this Solyanka, because real Solyanka is a little bit different. But very similar:) This is Selyanka-type soup. Continue reading “After Party Soup. Seljanka”
Simple everyday supper.
Chicken and Rice
A light and simple to cook everyday supper
- 1 chicken leg or thigh for each eater
- 250 ml rice
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- ca 200 g frozen peas
- salt,pepper, oil for cooking
- Season chicken with salt and pepper and fry in to hot oil in all sides
- Put fried chicken in to oven pot, add sliced carrot, onion, rice and 800 ml water
- Cook in lid covered pot in to the oven 180C 30 minute
- Add peas, and let them melt
Soundtrack Liisi Koikson ” Kaks kuukiirt mu toas”
As You probably know, Estonians are the least religious nation.
The Estonian word jõulud (Christmas) is of ancient Scandinavian origin and comes directly from the word Jul/ Hjul which means “cycle”, and has no real connection with Christianity.
In 22th of December the Sun rises in Estonia at 9. 17 a clock and sets at 15.22. So, we do not need any fairy tales. We have very practical reason to celebrate 🙂
Jõulud as the winter solstice , when the day is the shortest and the night the longest, is celebrated between December 21 and 25. According to folk-tradition, “the sun was laying in the nest” and the day was celebrated as the Sun’s birthday. From that day on, the Sun started to rise and move slowly to the north again.
This is weekend food for lazy people 🙂
Duck Legs with Cranberries
A delicious slow cooking food for weekend.
- 4 duck legs
- 3 cloves garlic, sliced
- 3-4 bay leaf
- ca 100 g cranberries, slovenly crushed
- salt, pepper
- Rub the duck legs with garlic, cranberries and bay leaf. And leave set for overnight ( in fridge)
- Preheat oven up to a maximum ( 220 C)
- Season duck with pepper and salt
- Cover oven pot with lid and reduce heat up to 165
- Cook 3 hours.
What is Christmas without pate?
Estonians have not “street food”, because our mothers and grandmothers and their mothers said: this is impolite to eat in street.
Liver pate is quite “street food”, because this is good to have sandwich with pate for example in forest or just outside. Add some salted cucumber and.. delicious!
Delicious liver pate
Estonian type Meat Rolls are made usually from pork. But of course you can use beef, as well.
- 4 slices of pork sirloin (ca 400-500 g )
- ham or bacon
- marinated cucumber
- salt, pepper, thyme, mustard oil for cooking
Pork with Onions and Cowberry
A delicious pork with little estonian touch.