Category: Pork

Roasted Pork Leg. Ahjukoot

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Roasted Pork Leg

Pork Leg is a traditional Estonian Shrove Tuesday dish. On that day, everything except for the pork legs was eaten.

So before fast, pork legs were used to create an additional greasy, delicious dinner. Last year I wrote about Shrove Tuesday’s customs.
Now, when I think about my childhood school times, on every Shrove Tuesday we had this tradition of going on a 15 km ski-hike.

It happened quite often that on that exact day we had crazy snowstorms and it was terrible! Well, sure, hot pea-soup and Shrove Tuesday’s whipped cream jam filled sweet-buns were waiting for you when you finally got back but still…

Due to global warming or some other unusual phenomenon the snow from November to March isn’t that common anymore. Ironically, I would love to have a chance to ski now… And. Fortunately this year we have real winter with snow 🙂

Btw. Can you tell me why two words: fast food =junk food and fast as fasting have different and contrary meaning but the same base and strain?

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Rice with Pork. Plov

This January, I would like to introduce you to a foreign dish that throughout the years has become more and more popular in Estonia to the point where me and my fellow Estonians consider it being part of our national cuisine.

Plov. Originally, it’s a dish from the Middle East/Central Asia that has gone through a long journey from south to north to our dinner tables. With some touches of local seasoning and ingredients Plov has become one of the most common ”everyday meals” in Estonia. As Estonians love pork so much, one of the main ingredients of the Estonian Plov is definitely pork.

Rice with Pork. Plov

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A East dish with Estonian twist and touch. Plov

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Rice with Pork. Plov

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How To Do Meat Jelly/Aspic. Sült

Aspic or Meat jelly is a savoury jelly made from meat.

Meat Jelly, Sült is very good example, how time changes the meaning of some food. In old times Sült was winter time food. Because it takes 4-6 hours to cook it and this will heat up the kitchen. Because in old times for winter was left only pork legs and heads, which are suitable for cooking Sült. It was “poor” food. And food for poor. Today all ladies know, how important is collagen…:)

Today, for me, this is perfect summer dish. Sült is served cold and with cold cottage cheese sauce and boiled fresh potatoes.. yummy 🙂

Sült is a dish traditionally made from a mixture of meat, trotters, hocks, rind and other ingredients that have been cooked for several hours and cooled afterwards, forming a jelly. A traditional Christmas and wedding food, served as an appetizer or as a meal itself.

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Meat Jelly. Sült

My father still cooking Sült himself. It is very complicated to cook  Sült only  for 2 persons and still you need very large pot. So, I buy Sült in summer time from culinary.  And in winter time, I get it from my father. This is my father recipe.

For cooking Sült you need glue-rich meat. Continue reading “How To Do Meat Jelly/Aspic. Sült”

Potatoes Casserole. Kartuliporss

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Potatoes Casserole. Kartuliporss

 

OMG :). Did you know that expression OMG will be this year 100 years old?

And Winston Churchill used it the first time to describe the situation in Tallinn (this time Tallinn was Reval).

Now situation in Tallinn is ok :). Thank you for asking 🙂

But I will present OMG dish. Because of I believe that this or similar dish in each cuisine, because this is dish ” what to do with mashed potatoes leftovers”.

I will describe  to You Estonian version.

And if you really do not know, how to do mashed potatoes, please look at this recipe.

Potatoes Casserole. Kartuliporss

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious dish for a dinner.

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Estonian Meat Balls.Kotlet

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.

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Estonian Meat Balls. Kotlet. http://www.estoniancuisine.com

Kurzeme Stroganoff

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Kurzeme Stroganoff

With this food  I will make a great tribute to our good neighbors Latvians.  But this is a very good dish and I am from South-Estonia, what is almost Latvia:), so let it be in Estonian blog.

Kurzeme Stroganoff

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious Latvian pork stroganoff

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Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb and Horseradish

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Pork tenderloin with rhubarb

I heard a beautiful song,  Soundtrack.

But.. as usual, any information about what song it is and who was presenting this song ( is this not unlawful?!)

Anyway.  I wanted to know.
I brought a computer . Throw front of the television. Reversed film.

Opened midomi.com, but… some problems with microphones and I failed. No result.
But, wait, I have a phone and SoundHound!
Next attempt.
No results. Saying the program.
I am trying to song it by myself, but 12 years as chorist is nothing. Program does not recognize my song.

I scroll the film back and forth.. and finally!
at least!  program saying to me: Why worry? This is Dire Straits and Brothers in Arms.

Yesss!! I am happy and start to listen to.. Brothers in Arms.
BUT. This is NOT THIS song!!?

Next attempt and second attempt. And no result,
Only consolation, my dear,
Why worry?  xvihoqcb…. Yes, I AM worry !!!!!! Because… I want to know what song it is ?!
Finally I tried some other song… and

realized, that…
this was the song title…
” Why worry”…. 🙂 🙂

So, do not worry about rhubarb, I have one more recipe 🙂 Continue reading “Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb and Horseradish”

After Party Soup. Seljanka

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After Party Soup. Seljanka

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 long holiday 🙂

Jaanipäev is summer solstice and we say ” sun do not go down”. Even at 10 pm you can read book, because is enough light 🙂 This is the day, when all children has permission to be awake overnight.

To be honest. Because of global warming summer is not summer anymore. My birthday is 17th of June, and few years ago in my birthday was snowing !
And about Jaanipäev- yes we have bonfires, but usually exactly this evening is raining or 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 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 Selyanka, because real Selyanka is little bit different. But very similar:) This is Selyanka-type soup. Continue reading “After Party Soup. Seljanka”

Minced Meat Sauce. Hakklihakaste

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Minced Meat Sauce

We have saying: where are two Estonians, there are three opinions and four political parties ( and as added our president Kersti Kaljulaid .. five tweets and six Facebook posts and seven online headlines which has a different messages.

I believe that in the internet there are at least billion food photos, And on the same time I believe that at least half of it is staged and better than in the real life.
In the real life we do not know, how and what  people are eating.

When I talk about Estonians in my blog I certainly generalize.

One important topic is sauce.  When I say: Estonians making sauce. It means a different things:
A friend told me, that there are only few families who care cook some sauce. Most people do not make sauce at all; some of them use a cold sauce, which means sour cream with some greens.

but I am about to tell you about the real warm Estonian sauce that makes Gordon Ramsay swoon.

To cook a typical Estonian sauce you should mix could water with some flour and pour the mixture into the boiling cream or milk. and yes, there are different understandings and schools:) Some people prefer milk, some cream with 10% fat and some people cream with 35% fat,

And one more interesting fact. In Estonia there are two words that can be used to call a ” sauce”. Similar the English word ” sauce” we have ” soust”. ” soust” is more rustic and thicker,. The second word is “kaste”, which is coming from the words watering, moistening.
This is easy and very quick Sauce, which probably do not need any recipe. But, because this is very traditional in Estonian food-table, let it be:)

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