How To Do Homemade quark

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Estonian Quark. Kohupiim

t’s impossible to write a blog about Estonian food without talking about quark. To be honest, I’m not quite sure whether should I say ”quark”, ”curd” or ”fromage blanc”.

The quark in every country has a different acidity, texture and consistency due to the processing of the product.

Quark is not
.. riccota. ricotta. Ricotta is made from whey, which gives the cheese its specific taste and texture.
… cream cheese. Cream cheese is usually a salty soft product made from cream and milk. It has a different consistency, texture and acidity.  Usually in cream cheese has added salt
… mascarpone. Mascarpone is not fermented product. Protein is curdled with acid.

Estonian quark is fat-free, made from skimmed milk and mesophilic starter. The latter means that the quark is fermented at a low temperature.

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!

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Vegetable Soup. Village Soup. Külasupp.

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Vegetable Soup. Village Soup. Külasupp

This is easy and delicious vegetable soup.

Vegetable Soup. Village Soup. Külasupp.

  • Servings: 4-6
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A tasty vegetable soup, easy to cook

Ingredients

  • ca 0,5 glass groats. If using natural groats, let them at least 1 hour to swell
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 turnip
  • smoked ribs or ham
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt, pepper, bay leaf
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Gingerbread Cake with Berries

Happy New Year! Head uut aastat!

Christmas and holidays are over, and at least I have still too much gingerbread.
Lets make one cake.


”Gingerbread

  • Servings: ”4-6″
  • Difficulty: ”easy”
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”Simple


– ca 200 g gingerbreads
– 250 g quark
– 200 g sour cream
– 75 g butter, melted
– ca 0,5 litre berries. If frozen, mix berries with starch
– 2 eggs
– sugar
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Rolled Cake. Rullbiskviit

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Rolled Cake. Rullbiskviit

One of my favourite cake. For better result use free range yellow eggs.

Rolled Cake. Rullbikviit

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light and delicious cake

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 5 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoon flour
  • ca 300 g jam

Directions

  1. Whip eggs in mixer with sugar ca 10 minute, while you get bright and light egg foam
  2. preheat oven to 180 Cdsc01666
  3. Sift flour in to egg mix and stir carefully
  4. Pour dough in to baking paper lined oven tray
  5. Bake ca 10 minute 180 C. While biscuit is baking, prepare
  6. Put on the table “baking tray sized” baking paper and sprinkle with the sugar
  7. Take biscuit from oven and turn it back, biscuit side next to the sugar.
  8. Remove carefully baking paper  from biscuit and spread quickly with jam
  9. Roll cake and serve.


Soundtrack  Äpu Näärilaul

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Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut. Sealiha hapukapsaga

As You probably know, Estonians are the least religious nation.
The Estonian word jõulud (Christmas) is of ancient Scandinavian origin and comes directly from the word Jul/ Hjul  which means “cycle”,  and has no real connection with Christianity.

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Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut. Sealiha hapukapsaga

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.

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Duck Legs with Cranberries

This is weekend food for lazy people 🙂

Duck Legs with Cranberries

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious slow cooking food for weekend.

Ingredients

  • 4 duck legs
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3-4 bay leaf
  • ca 100 g cranberries, slovenly crushed
  • salt, pepper

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Duck Legs with Cranberries

Directions

  1. Rub the duck legs with garlic, cranberries and bay leaf. And leave set for overnight ( in fridge)
  2. Preheat oven up to a maximum ( 220 C)
  3. Season duck with pepper and salt
  4. Cover oven pot with lid and reduce heat up to 165
  5. Cook 3 hours.
  6. Head isu!


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Duck Legs With Cranberries

Soundtrack Raimond Valgre ” Snowflakes”

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Bubert. Semolina dessert

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Bubert

Bubert is a strange Estonian dessert because of its name. As it starts with the letter ”B” it must be a foreign originated word.As far as I know Bubert is mostly known in Latvia and Germany.

Bubert. Semolina Dessert

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light semolina dessert Bubert

Ingredients

  • 0,5 litre milk
  • 2 tablespoon semolina
  • 2 eggs
  • sugar, vanilla
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Kissell

Kissell

  • Servings: 2-3
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Ingredients

  • 0,5 litre juice + water +sugar
  • 0,5-1 tablespoon strach

Directions

  1. If you using dried fruits (raisins, plums..) Put the fruits in water for half an hour. And add berries with swelling water
  2. 2. If you using fresh berries – like Cranberries. Bring  berries with some water to the boil and smash them through the sieve.

  3. Bring the juice to the boil. Mixture should be little bit “too strong”
  4. Mix the starch with cold water and
  5. Pour in to the boiling juice, stirring constantly and let simmer while Kissell is enough thick
  6. Do not let Kissell to boil
  7. Serve with whipped cream or Quark pudding or bread pudding


Soundtrack Leila Miller “Talv”

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