Nettle and Goutweed Soup. Nõgese- ja naadisupp

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Weed Soup. Nõgesesupp

The World is strange. Estonian woman squishing snails with rainboots heels , but only few hundred kilometers to the south there’s another woman preparing an appetizing dish out of those same snails. Gardeners all over the world are cussing those pesky creatures but the Estonian woman would simply pluck the weeds and….would use the outcome to cook a delicious meal

I am not going to talk about the benefits of nettles, wood sorrel, dandelion leaves and goutweed. You can read this from Wikipedia:) But believe me, they are healthy. The first  source of vitamins in spring.

Goutweed tastes like carrots and celery. Nettles are a  bit sweet. Dandelion tastes like honey,. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles need to be kept in the boiling water 1-2 minutes. Goutweed and wood sorrel are eatable when fresh.

NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weeds, grown in a pure and clean environment.

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Sandwich Cake with Egg Butter. Võileivatort

Easters are over and you have too much boiled eggs ?
Lets make egg butter. And for better serving Sandwich Cake.  Traditional Estonian Sandwich Cake is made from rye Bread (look for recipe), but you can use, of course, wheat bread. Because of Easters (and I believe, that as I, you have lot of hard-boiled eggs remaining :)), I used for decoration egg butter.

Depending on your taste, it is possible to make ham-based cake. Or vegetable spread based cake… anyway, choice is yours.
I divided the spreads and decorated Sandwich Cake with two filling.
6 slice of bread means in this recipe 3 layers, for more beautiful result remove bread crusts. If you going to eat cake soon, steep bread with milk or stock. If you have time to set, then steeping is not necessary. Butter gives enough moisture and juiciness.

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Sandwich Cake with Egg Butter. Võileivatort

Sandwich Cake. Võileivatort

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light Sandwich Cake for a dinner.

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Quark Cake by Janne

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Quark Cake by Janne

Impossible to write Estonian food blog without quark.
You can buy quark from shop, but this is very easy to do by yourself.
If you have children, call them to join. To make quark is fun process and lesson about chemistry, cooking, health and fermentation 🙂
Quark recipe you can find here.

Estonian quark is made from skimmed milk and mesophilic starter. This is fat-free and mesophilic means, that quark is fermented on the low temperature. And if quark ready, bake delicious quark- cake.

Quark Cake by Janne

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light quark cake for easter

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Quark cake by Janne

Ingredients

  • 125 g room temperature butter
  • 1 dl sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 dl flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Filling

  • 250 g quark
  • 250 g sour cream
  • 1 dl sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon starch

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Filled Eggs

dsc01195Easters in Estonian ” Lihavõtted”. which mean in direct transaltion: take a meat, have a meat. Probably because after long winter was again possibility to eat some meat.

As probably everywhere we have tradition to paint eggs. My generations do not use synthetic colors, we paint eggs with onion skins or birch leaves.

And one more interesting fact. In Estonia we have day off only 14th of April.  We want to work so much..:)…

Filled Eggs can not miss from Estonian festive menu.

You can keep eggs simple, as in my picture. Or you can make them fancy, add some shrimps, caviar, fill eggs  by using squirt.

Filled Eggs

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Filled Eggs are Mandatory snack in Estonian Festive menu

Ingredients

  • 3 hard-boiled eggs (15 min in cold water)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

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#recipeswap Rhubarbsalad. Rabarberisalat

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Rhubarb Salad

In my childhood was the best dessert and treat rhubarb with sugar. Just so simple: we dipped rhubarb stalks in to the sugar.  Sour! Sour.. sour!!! 🙂

Dianna Donnely from https://realfoodmeals.com/2017/03/18/crunchy-cabbage-salad-with-sliced-almonds/ introduced delicious salad. I saw photos and was sure, that there are rhubarb .. But it was celery:)

So, I promised to Dianna that I will test similar recipe with rhubarb. (And replaced other ingredients the local)

Rhubarb is strange vegetable. The plant do not need (too) much care, so in all gardens are small place for rhubarb, which means that in May, June all Estonia has a flood of rhubarb. And we are looking for recipes.. ..what else to do. So, thank you Dianna for inspiration!

In my childhood was the best dessert and treat rhubarb with sugar. Just so simple: we dipped rhubarb stalks in to the sugar.  Sour! Sour.. sour!!! 🙂
From rhubarb leaves we are cooking soup. And with others.. baking lot of cakes. And rhubarb leftovers freezing for winter..
When you are looking for Estonian cake recipes, there are always written “apple or rhubarb”. This is means that the same cake you can bake in spring with rhubarb and in autumn with apples.

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Fresh Salad with Rye Bread

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Fresh Salad with Black Bread

What do you think, is it possible to stay hungry in Italy or France ?

At Cookingwithoutlimits was discussion about food experience during trips, travelling. The first rule is: look at for place, where locals eat.

Do you know this saying: breakfast eat yourself, lunch share with friend and dinner give to enemy?

In Estonia we eat dinner usually at 6-7 pm. Because we used to, because you should “give your dinner to enemy”, because we have been studied, that between last meal and sleep must be at least 3-4 hours.  So, during traveling is the most complicated challenge is to find place with locals. Because…. Mediterranean countries they start their dinner at 9.. 10 o clock:) And when we are looking for place.. restaurants are empty (or still closed) 🙂

Few years ago we were with family in Spain, Torremolinos. Knowing, how complicated is to find good place for dinner I did search. and ( probably?) Tripadvisor told me the name of the good place for dinner.
So we drawled time.. till 8 o clock and went to this place. It was empty, Few tourist couples only with us. ” jee… popular place..”, was I angry. Sorry,
I do not remember this place-name. But it look like quite poor and cheap: white plastic tables and chairs. We did not understand menu and asked same food, what had our neighboring table. This was only fish and seafood restaurant. We got our food, this was delicious and we kept wondering, why this rated place with amazing food is still empty.
Was a half past eight… and… suddenly appeared crowds:) When we finished our meal, all tables were full and a very long queue waited for opportunity to get dinner..:)

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Estonian Traditional Curd filled Buns. Mulgi korbid

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Mulgimaa is perfect example about the globalisation already in 19th of century. During the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865 was lack of cotton and price was very high.
So, was demand for alternatives. South Estonia, Mulgimaa has perfect conditions for cultivation of linen. Bondage was in Estonia abolished 1816, but still farmers were very poor and land was owned by landlords. But because of America and demand for linen, farmers gets enough money to buy from landlords land and farms. And this area become rich and successful. This made others little bit jealous and they started to call people and this area Mulgimaa 🙂
In Latvia means word- Mulk- ” silly” and in Estonia it means “hole”- in meaning that the all richness went in to the one hole…:)

I have been already wrote about Mulgimaa. Estonian hidden treats.

Mulgi- Mulgimaa is area  in South-Estonia, with own culture, traditions, food and dialect. korbid (plural “korbid”, singular “korp”)- curd or semolina filled buns are one of its famous signature dish. Mulgi Korbid filling and buns itself are not very sweet. But you can make sweet filling and add more sugar in dough, as well.

Traditionally Mulgi Korbid has  curd or semolina filling, but you can use potato filling, as well. This is perfect dish to made, when you made too much potato mash or bubert, and you have some leftovers.

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Estonian Traditional Curd filled Buns. Mulgi Korbid.

Estonian Traditional Curd filled Buns

  • Servings: 15-16 buns
  • Time: 2hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mulgi korbid

Ingredients

  • 0, 5 litre milk
  • 35 g yeast
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt,
  • 8 dl flour
  • Semolina filling or use Bubert recipe

  • 0, 6 litre milk
  • 0,5 glass of semolina
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg
  • salt, sugar
  • Boil a thick porridge from milk and semolina. Add butter, season with salt and sugar. Let cool down and add beaten egg.

    Curd/quark filling  look for home made quark recipe

  • 600 g quark
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • salt, sugar and cumin
  • If mix is too fluid, add some semolina or flour

    Potato filling 

  • 700 g boiled and mashed potatoes
  • 2  beaten eggs
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • salt and cumin
  • If mix is too fluid, add some semolina or flour
  • 1 egg for coating buns
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The Liebster Award

It was a nice surprise to receive this nomination from Zoe, https://crichtonscoop.wordpress.com/  Thank you!
Blog name „ Cooking With Soul“ says everything . It worth a visit if you haven’t come across her already 🙂

Blogging awards like the Liebster Award, are a great way to share blogs that you have discovered, as well as recognising the efforts of the people behind the blogs, and building the blogging community !

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The rules are as follows. (Sorry, I did some changes, because 11 facts and questions were too much :))

  1. Thank the person/blog who nominated you and link back to them.
  2. Write a post telling your fellow bloggers 8 things about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions asked by the blog who nominated you.
  4. Create 8 questions for those you will nominate.
  5. Nominate 5-11 new bloggers (who have less than 200 followers)

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