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.
Aspic or Meat jelly is a savoury jelly made from meat.
Meat Jelly, Sült is a very good example, how time changes the meaning of some food. In old times Sült was wintertime 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 the poor. Today all ladies know, how important is collagen…:)
Today, for me, this is a 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.
My father still cooking Sült himself. It is very complicated to cook Sült only for 2 persons and still you need a 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 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.
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!
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
this was the song title…
” Why worry”…. 🙂 🙂
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”→
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 message.
I believe that on the internet there are at least billion food photos, And at the same time, I believe that at least half of it is staged and better than in real life.
In 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 the sauce. When I say: Estonians making the sauce. It means a different thing:
A friend told me, that there are only a few families who care cook some sauce. Most people do not make the 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 cold 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 to 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:)
As You probably know, Estonians are the least religious nation.
The Estonian wordjõulud (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.