Broadbean and Tomato Stew. Oa- ja tomatihautis vastlapäevaks

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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 the meeting I am going with my colleges to sled, as well.
And later we have pea soup and Vastlakukkel!
Today, of course, nobody cares 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 ran out.

This year I did broad beans stew.

I used fresh broad beans. in case you are going to use dried, let them swell overnight
To add more colors add a different color of tomatoes and peppers or zucchini

Did you know?
The longest ice road – conditions permitting – in Europe is the Rohuküla-Heltermaa ice road with a length of 26.5 kilometers (16 miles), stretching for across a frozen expanse of the Baltic Sea. The road links Estonia’s mainland port of Rohuküla on the continent with Hiiumaa island. The longest known ice road originating from Estonia was located between Saaremaa island and Lübeck (a city in Germany) in 1323.
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Sauerkraut and Apple Salad. Hapukapsa-õunasalat

hapukapsa6unasalat (11)Homemade Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage, Hapukapsas is a very important and popular dish in Estonia during the autumn-winter time and mandatory food during Christmas time.
In ancient time, Hapukapsas and cranberries were only sources of  C vitamin, during winter time.
Sauerkraut is fermented food and this is not the only source of vitamin, this is the source of the probiotic bacterium and this is excellent for your health.

One wonderful salad recipe.

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Estonian Kama roll with Cowberries. Kama ja pohlarull

he secret of Estonia is Kama. Kama is Estonian traditional finely milled flour mixture.

Historically kama was a non-perishable, easy-to-carry food that could be quickly fashioned into a stomach-filling snack by rolling it into butter or lard; it didn’t require baking, as it was already roasted. Today Kama is a perfect summer dish. Just add some fresh or fermented milk and sugar or salt, mix, and ready! How to do kama, find out it here.
And what is interesting. In Estonian Kama means in slang “stuff, things” and the same time Kama means ” drugs”…:)

This cake is So Estonian:) Bitter-sweet taste of Kama is complemented with sweet and sour cowberries.
I have been studying many dictionaries to find out which is the right translation: cowberries or lingonberry. And still, I do not know the right answer.
These berries grow in a pine forest, They want and like the sunny and dry place. Usually, there are some wild blueberries and Lactarius Rufus are in neighbours.
anyway, no difference what name these berries has. Important is that cowberries are delicious, healthy and suits practically in every savoury dish and in sweet cakes.

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Yeast Free Kefir Hand Pies with Turnip and Horseradish by Olga. Olga pärmivabad kaalika ja mädarõikapirukad.

kaalikaseenepirukad (1)I found this recipe from blog of Olga. It sounded and seemed so interesting and I decided to try this and share with you. Please visit Olga blog, you can find more very interesting recipes.

This recipe is suitable for all people who do not like or have not time or skills to use and prepare yeast dough. Very easy to prepare.

I used turnip and horseradish filling. But you free to change it, of course. I would suggest for example carrot filling. Find recipe from my blog.

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Barley Flour Mousse. Odrajahuvaht

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One of the oldest grain cereals in Estonia was barley
Barley was the mundane and the ordinary food and belonged on the table for common people. The oldest data of barley growing in Estonia dates back to the beginning of the first millennium BC.

Barley Flour Mousse is a light and delicious dessert. Using cranberry juice you get pink and fluffy and using apple juice very light mousse.

If Barley Cream seems to you too exotic, cook Semolina Cream. look at for recipe

 

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Vertical Layer Honey Cake. Meekook

meekook (27)Honey cake is known and famous in many countries.  Estonian honey cake is simple. The sweetness of honey is balanced with sour cream.
This time I did this cake in a little bit different way. With vertical layers.

Trust me: It is much simpler to make than you might think. I won’t tell if you don’t 😉 It sounds and seems complicated and difficult, but in reality it is simple. Read this recipe, understand what to do and this is very simple! 🙂

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How to Restore Your Health With Food. Estonian Tips #folkmedicine

Estonian climate should be perfect, we have four season. But, as we use to say, we have  in real life 9 months of the “bad skiing weather”… so. runny nose and cough are usual and normal..

We use a lot of herbs, you can find tips from my blog. But food is also very important to restore health.

Just so you know, most of these methods are not scientifically proven so try them out at your own risk 🙂  I’m still alive and kind of healthy… maybe it was my faith that helped me? 🙂

When I was a teenager my constant diagnose to everything used to be ’’a major respiratory disease”, therefore I have quite a few tips for you whenever img_20180819_132654


you feel like you’re starting to get sick:

Classic recommendations are usually to sleep a lot, drink lots of water and wash your hands as often as possible. But there are few more things to try.

Your goal is to boost your blood flow and digestion in order to ‘’sweat the sickness out’’. The safest choice is probably a sauna.

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Estonian Black Rye Bread

 

You might think that if it isn’t some deadly disease it’s not worth your time to take action…- wrong! My family believes in garlic and its ‘’superpowers’’. Nb! We are talking about real strong garlic, not some mild Chinese… 🙂

Some people put it in their nose or pillow BUT… being sick gives you a wonderful excuse to enjoy some garlic bread with lots of dip sauce. Also, feel free to try a combination of cheese, garlic and mayo on a slice of black bread.

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