Category: Sour cream, Smetana, Creme Fraiche

Seto Summer Fish and Strawberry Salad. Seto kala ja maasikasalat

fishstrawsalad (2)This is a classical Seto salad.  Traditionally it is made with herring, but I got freshly smoked Peipsi Lake vendace …

Look at this! See, if it is not appetizing : ) 🙂

A combination of strawberries and fish may seem strange. But sour and sweet berries complement saltness of fish very well. The onion adds a structure and a sparkle.
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And rye bread. This is just a base. The heart of this salad.

  • Cleanse fish. Herring or other smoked and salty fish
  • Toast rye bread and cut into slices
  • Cut strawberries into slices
  • Chop chives
  • Chop (red) onion. If you are going to use “white” onion, I suggest to marinate it for a couple of the minutes in strawberry juice.fish (7) For salad dressing
    season sour cream with pepper and (taste your fish !!) with salt.

And some horseradish makes it even better…fishstrawsalad (4)fishstrawsalad (12)

How to Do Yoghurt Cheese. Hapupiimajuust

yoghurtcheese (23)Yoghurt Cheese became popular at the beginning of the 20th century. This cheese is best in salads and a good alternative to Sõir.

Technology is very similar to Sõir ( Quark Cheese ) and homemade quark. The difference arises from the raw material used. Different raw materials give a different taste

You need:
sieve with fine holes
clean fabric, cloth, towels. For better result soak it in the salty water
Pot with a thick bottom. Be careful: milk boiling over and stick to the bottom with seconds.

Time?
It takes ca 15-20 minutes to make cheese + time for drain and for drying. Total time ca 1 hour.
But for longer preservation, leave cheese under the press to set. And then dry cheese into the oven 50 C convection 20-30 minutes.

From these amounts you receive two palm-size loaves.

If you have children, don’t hesitate to ask them to join the process. Making quark is fun and educating. You can learn a lot about food chemistry, cooking, health and fermentation!

NB! DO NOT use products with signs UHT (ultra-high temperature), ESL (extended self-life), aseptic, thermalized… You need living bacteria and natural product.

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Sour Milk Flat Scones. Hapupiimakakud

odrakakakud (15)Very simple and delicious dish. Sour Milk Scones are very easy to make and bake and it is a very good idea to ask children to help you.
This is an ancient recipe from South Estonia, Võrumaa. Sour Milk Flat Scones are Predecessor of pancakes and later scones. In the old days, they were baked in hot ash or on hot stone clay.

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Simple Yeast Free Cabbage Hand Pies. Pärmivabad kapsapirukad

handpies (26)Waiting for a white ship is something Estonian. This is a concept and myth about freedom.

The concept dates from 1861 when several hundred followers of the religious prophet Juhan Leinberg (the so-called prophet Maltsvet), mostly peasants, waited for a few weeks near Tallinn for a white ship to take them away to a more prosperous and free country. The concept soon spread widely because it was used in literature.

After the Soviet regime was restored in Estonia in 1944, the concept quickly acquired a specific meaning – the white ship stood for the end of Soviet power, either by means of the intervention by Western countries or by diplomatic pressure. Waiting for the white ship was a popular concept especially in the post-war decade, and the ruling regime had to work strenuously against it.

When outside is winter, without snow and cold.  Concept about waiting for liberty and changes is still actual. Please, spring, come as soon as you can!

24 February is the national day of Estonia, marking its declaration of freedom in 1918. Celebrate with us !

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Simple and Delicious Sour Milk and Semolina Cake. Lihtne hapupiima- mannakook

Simple and Delicious Sour Milk and Semolina Cake. This one of the cakes that makes your fantasy work.
You can bake it as simple version  or add lot of different ingredients and additives and get every day new cake.
Why not to add some berries. Or nuts. Or during wintertime little bit candied fruit and ginger and cinnamon. …
This cake would like to have the accompany a sauce or jelly or kissell.

Or just some fresh strawberries 🙂

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Cottage Cheese Pie. Kodujuustupirukas

cottage cheese pie (1)Cottage Cheese Pie is a great dish for breakfast or a quick dinner.
A wonderful recipe you can serve as a sweet or savoury dish.

Did you know?  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 🙂

 

 

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Vana Tallinn/ Old Tallinn cakes

rummikook (5)Have you noticed that dishes made from leftovers are always very tasteful?! 🙂 Like pizza or seljanka.
Or in Estonia ” Komeet” candies and cakes ” Rum Balls”.

Rum Balls cakes are made from leftovers.  All the cake edges that are left in the confectionery or bakery, will be mixed together. And the result is very delicious sweets. At home you probably have not to cake leftovers 🙂 This old-fashioned dessert is a delicious way to use up that leftover stale cake!
So use biscuits or sponge cake.

To make this cake more Estonian I replaced rum essence to liqueur Vana Tallinn/Old Tallinn. And the result is even better 🙂

 


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Very Simple Chocolate Cake. Kakaokook

kakaopohlakook (6)Pööripäev or Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year in Estonia, taking place on 21 December. On the solstice, there are only 6 hours of daylight, whereas, in summer, the longest day of the year has 18 hours of daylight.

 

Celebrate this day with Very Simple Chocolate Cake

A bitter-sweet old school retro cake. I like this cake because it is very easy to do. Just mix together all ingredients.

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Eggless Apple Pie by Anne Kuusk. Kuuse Anne Ăµunakook

Anne 6unakook (1)This cake has a very sweet story.
Estonian famous and popular presenter Priit Kuusk lost his mother a long time ago when he was the child. A few years ago he was a guest in one broadcast and reminded childhood. Told about his mother and wonderful apple cake his mother had baked. He did not know the recipe but remembered the aroma and flavour of this cake.
And after broadcast one listener wrote a letter and told that she knew Priit`s mother and she has an apple cake recipe.

This cake is eggless, very easy to do. Between crispy layers is juicy and tart apple filling.

One more remark: Estonian apples are not very sweet, we use sour apples. And Estonian apples are quite soft. We do not cook them before. If you use sweet apples, use less sugar. And if you like very soft apple filling, cook apples before using.

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