Vastlapäev, known as Shrove Tuesday in much of the English-speaking world, the Estonians celebrate this day a little differently.
Instead of pancakes, we eat split pea soup and the delicious Vastlakukkel cream cake.
Traditionally children will sled down any available hill of snow, to get “long linens”. And not only children. Tomorrow, after meeting I am going with my colleges to sled, as well.
And later we have pea soup and Vastlakukkel!
Today, of course nobody care about linen, this is just for fun:)
The name Vastlapaev is taken from the German word “fasten” (to fast). And after Vastlapäev started fast, because meat was ran out.
Traditional pea soup takes time, so this is reasonable to cook more soup and leftovers freeze or store in clean airtight jar.
Traditional Estonian Pea Soup. Hernesupp
Traditional Estonian Pea Soup takes time, but it is worth it
- 500 g pork, best is (smoked) leg or ribs or pork belly
- 0,5 glass of pearl barley
- 400 g dried yellow peas
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- for seasoning salt, mustard, pepper, garlic