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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Pumpkin Salad

dsc01188Pumpkin Salad is mandatory salad on Estonian Christmas table. Together with Cowberry- Apple salad, Black Pudding and Roast Pork.

My salad is not very sweet. I like more sweet and sour.

Pumpkin Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pumpkin Salad is mandatory salad on Estonian Christmas table.

Ingredients

    One 0,5 litre jar
  • 300 g pumpkin, chopped in to small cubes
  • 1,5 glass of water
  • 0,5 glass of sugar
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 spice
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  • 1,5 tablespoon 30% food vinegar

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients- excluded vinegar,in to the pot, bring to boil.
  2. 2.Decrease heat and  let simmer, while pumpkin is ready. Add vinegar.
  3. Pour in to the clean jar, and close airtight.

Soundtrack Maarja ” Lumevärv”

Liver Pate

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Liver Pate

What is Christmas without pate?

 

Estonians have not “street food”, because our mothers and grandmothers and their mothers said: this is impolite to eat in street.

Liver pate is quite “street food”, because this is good to have sandwich with pate for example in forest or just outside. Add some salted cucumber and.. delicious!

Liver Pate

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Delicious liver pate

 

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Gingerbreads. Piparkoogid.

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Ginger Bread. Piparkook

From first Advent until Chrstimas every night Estonian children put their shoe on their windowsill, because Päkapikud (little elfs) starts visits good children and brings at night in to the child slipper, some candy.

Today there are of course discussions:) Is it good idea, that “Päkapikud” leave candy, maybe it should be carrot or raisins 🙂
And what about “not good” children. But anyway, christmas time is started and this is means Piparkook!
In Estonian, Piparkook means, in direct translation  – pepper cake. So, nothing about ginger 🙂 Continue reading “Gingerbreads. Piparkoogid.”

How To Do Sauerkraut. Hapukapsas.

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Sauerkraut. Fermented Cabbage. Hapukapsas

Homemade Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage, Hapukapsas is very important and popular dish in Estonia during 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 only source of vitamin, this is source of probiotic bacterium and this is excellent for your health.

By the way, ancient Estonians believed, that  Sauerkraut succeed best, during New Moon. So, 7th of December is right time to test it 🙂

Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage- Hapukapsas

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light and healthy fermented food

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Pearl Barley Risotto. Orsoto.

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St Catherine’s Day, Kadripäev, Nov 25 has been named after St Catherine, the patron saint of sheep. The mores and songs of St Catherine’s Day were very similar to the mores of St Martin’s Day.
St Catherine’s Day was probably an ancient holiday, the beginning of women’s wintry handicraft was celebrated. During the winter, the women had to spin yard and thread from wool and flax and knit fabric and clothes for the whole family.
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Garlic Bread

when I am looking abroad cook shows, it seems to me very strange hysterical attitude to raw garlic.

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Garlic Breads

In Estonia because of climate are runny nose and cough, very common. (Probably it is reason, we do not use welcome kissis:)). And to cure or prevent cold, you must use raw garlic, as much you can tolerate 🙂

For Tasty Garlic Bread

Roast, toast or fry Black Bread
Spread on bread smashed garlic
cut in to cubes
and add some salt

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