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The cat does not know anything. As usual 🙂 🙂

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Cake Anthill, simple eggfree cake

Some time ago I saw Mediterranean diet recommendations in a blog www.jovinacooksitalian.com. As the Estonian National Institute for Health Development (ENIHD) publishedsipelgapesa (3)

a new updated version of Estonian diet recommendations at the end of 2016, I thought it would be very interesting to compare the recommendations.

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Mediterranean diet

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Estonian diet

Some things are the same: do not eat sweets and have enough daily physical activity.

The biggest difference is alcohol. From July excises for light alcohol including beer, are rising. For example the excise for wine is 0,54 euro per litre (and Estonian turnover tax is 20%).
Therefore, alcohol is expensive in Estonia, but it’s still true, that Estonians are not very good at handling alcohol.  We cannot drink. Lots of accidents and deaths are caused by alcohol. Anyway, it would be strange, cynical and unprecedented to see advice for alcohol in Estonian diet recommendations.

Cereals which are the base and bottom of these Mediterranean pyramid are the second big difference. Estonians fear cereals 🙂

A study, conducted in 2014 by ENIHD found that Estonians eat too little cereals, fish and seeds and nuts.
And Estonians eat too much meat and sweets.
I wrote recently about fish.

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Estonian Quark and Rhubarb Pie. Pidusai by Terhi

Which and who is the right Mom?
In Estonia Mother’s Day (emadepäev in Estonian) is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

The Mother of the Year is award given annually by the Estonian Womens Union, already more than 25 years.
This year suddenly rose up question. Does nominee of this award, the Mother of the Year, must be officially married.
Because nowadays, in the 21st of century there are a lot of single mothers, divorced mothers, gay mothers…..

I do not know right answer. I know that for each child his mother is the  best mother.
So, concradulations for all mothers! Happy Mothers Day!

In Estonia we call this type cakes and pies “Pidusai”- means “party bread”. This is festive and beautiful and everyone get one  own piece.

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Quark and Rhubarb Pie. Pidusai

Quark and Rhubarb Pie

  • Servings: 7 buns
  • Time: 2hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicous rhubarb sour and sweet pie

Ingredients

  • 1 dl milk
  • 10 g yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 small egg
  • 25 g butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3 dl flour
  • 200 g sweet quark
  • 1 glass of sliced rhubarb
  • sugar, cinnamon
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6 Simple Salad to accompany the main dish

Radish and Egg Salad

I have been to many countries, and one of the biggest differences in eating culture/habits/cuicine is how salad is served.
Salad as a main or separate dish, this is understandable. You can have Caesare Salad for lunch for example.

But, how is salad served, as accompany for the main dish, are differences between countries.

There are three courses in most countries : appetizer;  main dish, which includes protein and salad and then dessert.

However, there are exceptions, as well. I was  amazed to see that in Portugal rice and potato (with some meat/fish) were served on the same plate  .. In addition to that we visited a restaurant with a very  generous cook  in Malta 🙂 french fries, boiled potato, couscous, pasta were on the same plate.  And some bread of course. and a LOT of meat 🙂

In Estonia the three courses means usually 1. soup; 2. main dish containing protein, garnish (potato, rice, pasta, buckwheat…) and salad.  And finally 3. dessert.
We have grown up with the”plate rule”. Plate rule means that the meal on your plate should have 1/4 protein, 1/4 garnish and 1/2 salad.
And it is not the case only when cooking  home or at school. Most restaurants follow the same logic. Ok, except for  fancier and finer  more tourist oriented restaurants, of course.

Typical Estonian  salad comes with sour cream /mayonnaise sauce. Nowadays youngsters prefer u

Plate Rule

sing more vinegar/oil instead.

There are my favourite simple salads.

Easy to do, because of just few components.
And remind then:) serving Estonian dish, you should full half of the plate with one or mix of these salads. Then 1/4 potato or pasta or rice or buckwheat. And then some fish or meat. .. 🙂

Tomato Cucumber Salad
This is, I believe most common, usual, traditional everyday salad in Estonia

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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Estonian Bread Pudding. Saiavorm

Did you know, that 40% of Europeans believe, that gluten may cause digestive problems ?*
Can, believe, may cause…
Estonians eat rather   fermented black bread, however there was an epidemic outburst few years ago. Turned out that.. most of us have gluten intolerance. The interesting thing about the disease is that you can not eat white bread. But pasta, semolina, burgers, couc cous are ok. … 🙂

I am apologizing to those who have the real disease.

but mostly it is a problem of control.  Have you read the book Rolf Jensen, Mika Aaltonen The Renaissance Society: How the Shift from Dream Society to the Age of Individual Control will Change the Way You Do business.
I highly recommend.

A study conducted in 2015 ( by Allergofood)  found that 50% of Estonian parents suspect their child has somekind of allergy. But it only applies to 11%. So, ca 40% of children do not get enough real nutritious food, because their parents are afraid of something…

This is a dessert from my childhood. It was often served as a dessert at  school  to reuse leftovers from bread.
Today I make this very seldom, because.. as I do not eat white bread very often, and I do not have white bread leftovers at home 🙂

NB!  my recipe is not contains sugar, because for me bread + jam are sweet enough. If you like sweet, add sugar!

Bread Casserole. Saiavorm

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: easy
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A easy cooking delicious dessert to reuse your leftovers from bread.

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Bread Casserole. Saiavorm

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Smoked Baltic Herring and Pasta casserole

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Smoked Baltic Herring and Pasta Casserole

We need to talk about fish.
You can read from several Estonian official newspapers and brochures that we are very proud of our fish. And yes. There is a reason to be proud.
When you are planning  to visit our Estonian lovely islands you just have to try the local fresh whitefish or smoked eel and flounder. Furthermore, in the Eastern part of Estonia  with numerous beautiful lakes you can buy fresh bream, pike, perch….from local fishman .
But in my blog you can only see few fish recipes.

There are two reasons. Firstly, there just are not much fish.   75% of local fish is exported to foreign countries. On the one hand, it is good, But where is the joy in visiting an estonian store, and being forced to choose from fishes like trout and salmon.. from Norway 🙂  not local …

Seasonally you can buy Baltic Herring.

Indeed,  you can buy local bream or other white fish by 24 or more euro/kg from fancier and finer stores. Norwegian salmon costs less than 10 euros per kilogram. And chicken is ca 2 eur per kilogram…
So in other words story short. Fish is not always the option.

The second reason, again is… yes, you are right:) Our background and history. My generation

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Smoked Baltic Herring

was served a fish dish  every Thursday at school . Thursdays were Fish Days 🙂
It has still remained a mystery to this day.  How was it possible to cook SUCH a bad meal from fish. It was usually  soup or sauce from cod or other white fish. But it was very horrible. It took me many years until I started to  believe that fish can be delicious…:)

So, I do not know much about fish dishes as they are not  my first choice.

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Smoked Baltic Herring and Pasta Casserole

Smoked Baltic Herring and Pasta casserole was one of my childhood favorite food.
I never achieve such a crispy result, as my mother did.
You can replace the Baltic Herring with some another smoked fish.
This amounts for 20,5 x 20,5 cm casserole.

Smoked Baltic herring and Pasta casserole

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 60mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light and crispy dinner

Ingredients

  • 0,5 litre (raw, uncooked) pasta
  • 400 g smoked fish (not gutted)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • butter and bread crumbs
  • salt, pepper, parsley

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#recipeswap Croatian Zagreb schnitzel

horvatia (3)What do you know about Croatia?
My husband (he is the huge sport fan) answered:

Ooo. Of course I know. They are great basketball players.
And he called to me the entire team 🙂
How do not you know Dražen Petrović (was a Croatian professional basketball player)?
And their football is quite good as well, Take
Modric Jersey and Ivan Rakitic, for example. But we are better,
he laughed. In March we had friendship play between Estonia and Croatia, and we won 3:0.(this was miracle :))

Mom, what about Dalmatian, asked my daughter.

What do you know about Croatia?
I asked from my friends: Ooo. Of course I know. Dubrovnik and Krk. These  are very popular holiday destinations. Capital city is Zagreb, small beautiful country with amazing sandy beach on the Adriatic coast and handsome mountains.

So, I believe, you understood me. Croatia is country, where tall athletic men walking with spotty dogs on the beach 🙂

I am never been in Croatia, it is in my holiday bucket list. And when Tea from Little Finger proposed me cooperation, to swap recipes. I agreed, because Tea blog is wonderful and I do not know anything about Croatian food.

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#recipeswap Tea made Estonian Blueberry Cake

IMG_20170423_185244_202Some time ago Tea asked me to do some cooperation 4and switch traditional recipes. So, soon I will present to you some Croatian food, But today, please welcome Tea and Estonian Blueberry Cake.

read more https://spicepicableme.com/2017/04/23/estonian-blueberry-cake/

In a cooperation with Estonian food blogger Ruta (click to: https://estoniancuisine.com/) a new project was born. One in which we give each other traditional recipes form our countries and try to recreate them in our kitchens. I got this beautiful blueberry cake which consists of qaurk, a sort of fresh cheese, and it’s the first time I made anything like this.

The cake is light and refreshing, perfect for springtime.

Source: ESTONIAN BLUEBERRY CAKE