My father was born in 1943. So, he was child after war. This was terrible time. Estonia was occupied by Soviet Union, Hunger and poverty. In March 1949, 20,722 people (2.5% of the population) were deported to Siberia.
Started collectivization. Forcibly was established collective farms, which means that all farmers must give all animals to collective farms. All over the countryside, the establishment of kolkhozes was announced and the majority of the peasants joined ‘voluntarily’, fearing that they would be deported if they did not sign up. During the 1950s, masses of farm animals would starve to death in late winter or early spring because of a lack of fodder. Collective farmer’s did not get first years any salary.
Because was lack of eggs and everything, children invented ” bread”, to have something to eat. They mixed potatoes, flour and oil and baked this on to the wood burning stove iron.
Haapsalu shawl over 200 years old Estonian traditional lace shawl. Always knitted with fine wool, so you can pull the shawl through wedding ring. The skill has been handed down from mother to daughter, from one master knitter to another for one and half centuries.
Haapsalu, a small resort town on the west coast of Estonia, is famous for its 13th-century castle ruins, curative mud baths, and the legend of the White Lady. Created using lambs’ wool, the tradition started when members of the Russian aristocracy – including the royal Romanov family – visited the famous healing mud baths at the start of the 19th century. As they walked from the warm baths into the chilly courtyard outside, these women would fling a delicate shawl around their shoulders to keep warm.
Which and who is the right Mom?
In Estonia Mother’s Day (emadepäev in Estonian) is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
The Mother of the Year is award given annually by the Estonian Womens Union, already more than 25 years.
This year suddenly rose up question. Does nominee of this award, the Mother of the Year, must be officially married.
Because nowadays, in the 21st of century there are a lot of single mothers, divorced mothers, gay mothers…..
Did you know, that 40% of Europeans believe, that gluten may cause digestive problems ?*
Can, believe, may cause…
Estonians eat rather fermented black bread, however there was an epidemic outburst few years ago. Turned out that.. most of us have gluten intolerance. The interesting thing about the disease is that you can not eat white bread. But pasta, semolina, burgers, couc cous are ok. … 🙂
I am apologizing to those who have the real disease.
but mostly it is a problem of control. Have you read the book Rolf Jensen, Mika Aaltonen The Renaissance Society: How the Shift from Dream Society to the Age of Individual Control will Change the Way You Do business.
I highly recommend.
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.
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.
Estonian belongs to the Finnic branch of the Uralic language family. Finnish and Estonian are very similar like for example Italian and Spanish.
Estonian is secret language 🙂 because only ca 1 million people speak this natively.
The biggest difference is that Estonian do not have prepositions (if you reading my posts, you probably noticed, that this is the most complicated for me).
I am able to communicate in Russian, English and Finnish and I can tell you, that for saying the same idea, in Estonian this is the shortest, You need and use fewer words because you do not need prepositions 🙂
The second difference is that we do not have grammatical genders. She and He are both ” tema”. Foreigners asking often, how do you know does in this written text man or woman. And we are asking back: WHY this is important ? Concentrate to the idea and content, not to the prejudices. And usually people has names:)
And, unlike the Romance language speakers, we do not know does table or tree is female or male.
Yes, we believe in that nature has the spirit. In Estonian are very much onomatopoeias. But what gender has trees and stones. We do not care 🙂
But Estonian is not so easy. We have fourteen cases. And lot of vowels.
You can say, that you Estonian is fluent, if you are able to pronounce:
õunapuuõied, oaaed, Jüriööülestõus, jäääär, head aega.. 🙂 (apple tree blossoms, bean garden , St. George’s Night Uprising, the ice edge, good by)
For this day I present to you one very typical Estonian dessert.
Estonian Black Bread is fermented Rye Bread.
For this bread we have even the own word: LEIB.
“white wheat bread” we call “Sai”.
Of course, shops are full of different breads, even with nuts and chocolate.
But some years ago, our first lady Evelin Ilves promoted the homemade bread. So, today, I believe, all Estonian woman has their own home-made bread recipe.
Each estonian eat ca 10 kg white wheat bread and 30 kg black rye bread per year, so Rye bread is very popular and I can say, that this is something very “Estonian”.
24th February is Estonian Independence Day, our republic become 99 years old 🙂
so this is the best day to bake the Estonian traditional rye Leib.