Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake. Kakaokook pähklitega

kakaokook1 (8)Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake.
A  delicious and very sweet old school real food cake

This cake from an era, when people ate sugar nad butter and flour… Very sweet, very rich. Butter cream and chocolate and lot of crunchy nuts.

This is a cake from my childhood . The cake from time when calories were burned playing in the yard. But still. This simple and rich cake was my favourite at this time and now, as well.
Well, now I just use less sugar and more cacao :)….

 

 

 

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Kefir and Cherry Jelly. Keefiri-kirsitarretis

keefiritarretis 1(36)Estonians eat too much.

Specially during Christmas time.
Look at Estonian Christmas dishes

Estonian Christmas dishes – pork, sauerkraut, mushrooms, salads… are very nourish and feeding. So, usually there are not  too much space in the stomach for dessert … 🙂
Jelly is the perfect and best Christmas dessert. Light and beautiful.
Christmas colours 🙂
Notice: kefir and cherries are both little bit sour. So, taste and add as much sugar you like.

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Soft Gingerbread Cake. Pehme plaadipiparkook

pehmepiparkook (11)Have I said that I just love gingerbread.

The real and my favourite gingerbread is very thin and crispy. Look at for recipe here.

But sometimes you want some change and something different.

Soft gingerbread cake has all best features of gingerbread: flavour, smell, aroma, seasons… but soft.
Juicy and fruity cowberry- apple sauce complements very well gingerbread flavour and reduce sweetness ( and makes it healthier dessert :))20171201_091452

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Beetroot and Herring Salad. Rosolje

rosolje1(1)Rosolje is a traditional salad, as Estonian Potato Salad, where all families has their own recipe.

For sure it contains  beetroot. And as says name ” rosol” (means (in Russian) cucumber brine,)  salted/marinated/fermented cucumbers is very important, as well.

Usually we make this with salted /marinated herring. But I have eaten Rosolje without herring and with meat or without meat and fish, as well.

Rosolje second meaning in Estonian is mess, diverse, colorful. So, this is my recipe

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Apple Cake with Halva. Halvaaga õunakook

halvaa6una (14)Halva has nothing to do with Estonia. But I love halva.
This cake is a real fusion. Mix of Estonian traditional quark and eastern halva.
A delicious sweet and sour and juicy apple filling, complemented by Eastern flavours of halva, makes together for an amazing cake.
This cake is an eggfree.
In case you have not quark, use ricotta or mascarpone or cream cheese. But to get orignal and the best result prepare quark by yourself.
You can not imagine how simple it is !

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Duck with juniper berries and Black Currant Sauce. Kadakane part mustsõstrakastmega

partkadakaga (3)I love duck.
Duck fillet is a quite expensive and duck legs take a lot of time, so this is a dish I always order in the restaurant.

But sometimes I prepare duck at home, as well.
Today I suggest duck with delicious combination: sour and sweet black currant sauce and amazing duck fillet flavoured with little gin and juniper berries. Crispy skin and juicy meat 🙂

Juniper berries (cones) are refreshing and power-giving Nordic treats.
The type of juniper most widely spread in Estonia is the common juniper (juniperus communis). You can see it growing the most in Western and Northern parts of Estonia. Juniper symbolizes rebirth, protection and humbleness
. „There is no reason to wonder, why the juniper has become one of the symbols of our windy homeland and for all Estonian nation, showing the undying power of life, no matter what comes ahead. (Ants Viires, 2000)“

Picking juniper berries means success that can be achieved with hard work. People widely  believe that if you eat one juniper berry in a day, they stay young forever. If children have three juniper berries in a day, they are more likely to stay healthy.
This and many other sayings created a belief that a juniper can cure 9 different diseases, 99 diseases in some cases.
Since juniper berry  carries a cross formation on it, it was believed that juniper can help against witchcraft, revenants and anything evil.

It is also believed that juniper cleans and strengthens one’s body  energetically. For humans it has the best effect by breathing in, but it can also affect objects around that person. Juniper branches burnt in the house may clean up bad aura.       

 Juniper berries contain essential oils, sugars, resins, colorants, fatty acids, organic acids, carbohydrates and trace elements (Manganese, Iron, Copper and Aluminum). Juniper berries have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects during colds. Berries also stimulate urine and saphenia and promote digestion.

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Pork tenderloin in Beer Marinade with Mushrooms. Sea sisefilee õllemarinaadis

sigaseenega (4)Amazingly delicious combination of sweet pork, bitter beer and crunchy mushrooms.

Fresh chanterelle: The mushrooms are cleaned without water, with only a clean, dry towel and paring knife. Heat the chanterelle in a skillet without fat/butter until water has evaporated.
Frozen chanterelle : melt, fry slightly.

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Oatmeal and Apple Spoon Bars. Kaerahelbe- õunakook.

kaerapohlakook (4)This is very soft and crisp cake. Use the spoon for eating and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
This cake has only few ingredients and is an eggfree. Healthy and crispy oatmeal is combined with juicy apple cowberry sauce. Continue reading “Oatmeal and Apple Spoon Bars. Kaerahelbe- õunakook.”

Kurzeme Stroganoff

Latvia 100!!! Happy birthday neighbors to the South!!!!

Estonian Cuisine. Eesti Toit.

Kurzeme (8) Kurzeme Stroganoff

With this food  I will make a great tribute to our good neighbors Latvians.  But this is a very good dish and I am from South-Estonia, what is almost Latvia:), so let it be in Estonian blog.

Kurzeme 1(1) Kurzeme Stroganoff

Read more about Latvia on Ilze blog https://latvianmom.com/home/

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Soundtrack . This song author is the most popular and famous ( for my generation) Latvian song-writer Raimond Pauls. Song about Kurzeme talking about this beautiful place. Vello Orumets ” Kurzeme”

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