Cauliflower Casserole

You probably know this old joke.

Mother: why did you buy for child potato chips?!
Grandmother: But potato is vegetable and vegetables are healthy.
I present to you one nice healthy 🙂 vegetable casserole. Suitable as main dish or side dish.

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Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower Casserole

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light vegetable casserole perfect for a dinner.

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Quark Pudding. Kohupiimavorm

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Curd Casserole. Kohupiimavorm

14 th of March is Estonian Native Langue Day .

Estonian belongs to the Finnic branch of the Uralic language family. Finnish and Estonian  are very similar like  for example Italian and Spanish.
Estonian is secret language 🙂 because only ca 1 million people speak this natively.

The biggest difference is that Estonian do not have prepositions (if you reading my posts, you probably noticed, that this is the most complicated for me).
I am able to communicate in Russian, English and Finnish and I can tell you, that for saying the same idea, in Estonian this is the shortest, You need and use fewer words because you do not need prepositions 🙂

The second difference is that we do not have grammatical genders. She and He are both ” tema”. Foreigners asking often, how do you know  does in this written text man or woman. And we are asking back: WHY this is important ? Concentrate to the idea and content, not to the prejudices. And usually people has names:)

And, unlike the Romance language speakers, we do not know does table or tree is female or male.
Yes, we believe in that nature has the spirit. In Estonian are very much onomatopoeias. But what gender  has trees and stones. We do not care 🙂

But Estonian is not so easy. We have fourteen cases. And lot of vowels.
You can say, that you Estonian is fluent, if you are able to pronounce:
õunapuuõied, oaaed, Jüriööülestõus, jäääär, head aega.. 🙂
(apple tree blossoms, bean garden , St. George’s Night Uprising, the ice edge, good by)

For this day I present to you one very typical Estonian dessert.

Quark Pudding with Kissel

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Quark Pudding is typical Estonian Dessert.Serve with sour cream or kissel

Ingredients

  • 50 g melted butter + some butter to grease baking form and some butter on the top of dessert
  • 400 g quark/curd
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 dl semolina
  • 100 g sour cream
  • sugar and grated lemon peel
  • bread crumbs
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Sauerkraut and Beetroot Salad

Never gift for Estonian womans red Dianthus…
Today is International Woman Day. Have you heard about this? Necessary and nice holiday with “red background”but with good idea. Celebrate and recognize all woman, not only mothers.
During soviet times we do not celebrated Mothers day, was only Woman day on 8th of the March. Soviet Union was terrible, but about feminism and women rights was everything perfect. Woman was welder,tractor driver,cosmonaut. And not only career at work. Woman took care about household and children. Clothes were washed by hand and shops were not full of punane-nelk-247x300prepared products…:)

In Estonia we have a saying. Woman must be able to feed man and 6 children:)

So,  Viva women!

But what about red Dianthus… These times were not very large choice of cut flowers. Just and mostly only expensive roses and cheaper dianthuses.

So we got them enough 🙂 Thank you! 🙂
Beetroot has been used in Estonian cuisine already since the 17th–18th century.  From then on, beetroot dishes were included among the foods of the pre-war Republic of Estonia.

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The Real Neat Blog Award

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Rini from All Roads Lead to Food nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award ! Vau! 🙂

I have been blogging few months and  there are already so many memes.
I appreciate attention, and most important for me this community  feeling, cooperation and recognition of each other.

The Rules:
Thank and link the person who nominated you.
Answer the seven questions your nominator has provided.
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Black Bread Dessert. Leivasupp

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Black Bread Dessert. Leivasupp

So, You baked black bread and probably have some leftovers. This is the easiest dessert in the world.
NB! of course, if you have very salty bread with caraway seeds, this is not dessert to you. Then make better Garlic Breads.

 

Already medieval cookbooks included recommendations to use toasted and grated black bread to make desserts. Baltic German cooks made black bread pudding with apples or chocolate and wine, rum or cognac. During the inter-war period, Estonian housewives took to making various desserts out of black bread, e.g. a chocolate pudding with black bread. In Soviet times, bread soup was often served in cafeterias, but people made it at home as well.

Black bread plays a major role in Estonian culture. There are tons of superstitions, traditions and old sayings about bread here. For example, you shouldn’t slice a new loaf in the evening or it will shrink, though this saying has become obsolete with the introduction of pre-sliced bread. Also, if you drop your slice of bread, you shouldn’t throw it away – you should pick it up, kiss it and then continue eating. And eating the heel piece will give you big breasts.
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(Kohuke) Chocolate and Cherry Surprise

Emily made Kohuke!!! 🙂
Read how it succeed and enjoy beautiful photos!

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Kohuke are a chocolate glazed quark snack.  Do be alarmed these are tasty bites when popped into your mouth whole.  All the flavours mingle together to taste like a black forest cheese cake!   Yum

Kohuke is a traditional Estonian recipe and is served as snacks and treats.  I got this recipe from Ruta who has kindly said I can share her recipe with you all.

https://estoniancuisine.com/about-estonian-food-blog/  Click on Ruta’s, blog link. There is lots of different recipes, its a great blog.  I love learning about different countries and their specialties.

I made them yesterday and took them to my Slimming World Group where once a month we have tasters of healthier food.  They were a big hit, everyone loved them.  When asked what they were called I said “chocolate, cheesy, balls!”   Thanks to my friend Sarah, they have a new name, Chocolate and Cherry Surprise, this is so much better!!

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Estonian Pea Soup. Hernesupp

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Traditional Pea Soup. Hernesupp

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

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Traditional Estonian Pea Soup takes time, but it is worth it

Ingredients

  • 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

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2016/2017 TAG!

I have been food blogger just some months and already second blog-challenge!! 🙂
Thank you Carol for tagging:)
Please visit her blog https://cookingforthetimechallenged.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/20162017-tag/ to get real inspiration and answer  The Biggest Question..:) What is for dinner 🙂
The tag was created by David from The Guy Who Said Always No.
Please show your support and visit both of these wonderful blogs.

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How To Do Estonian Black Bread. Leib

Estonian Black Bread is fermented Rye Bread.
For this bread we have even the own word: LEIB.
“white wheat bread” we call “Sai”.

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Estonian Black Rye Bread. Leib

Of course, shops are  full of different breads, even with nuts and chocolate.
But some years ago, our first lady Evelin Ilves promoted the homemade bread. So, today, I believe, all Estonian woman has their own home-made bread recipe.

Each estonian eat  ca 10 kg white wheat bread and 30 kg black rye bread per year, so Rye bread is very popular and I can say, that this is something very “Estonian”.

24th February is Estonian Independence Day,  our republic become 99 years old 🙂
so this is the best day to bake the Estonian traditional rye Leib.

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