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Cake Anthill, simple eggfree cake

Some time ago I saw Mediterranean diet recommendations in a blog www.jovinacooksitalian.com. As the Estonian National Institute for Health Development (ENIHD) publishedsipelgapesa (3)

a new updated version of Estonian diet recommendations at the end of 2016, I thought it would be very interesting to compare the recommendations.

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Mediterranean diet
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Estonian diet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some things are the same: do not eat sweets and have enough daily physical activity.

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Estonian Quark and Rhubarb Pie. Pidusai by Terhi

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…..

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Estonian Bread Pudding. Saiavorm

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.

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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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Estonian Traditional Curd filled Buns. Mulgi korbid

Mulgi korbid

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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Curd Casserole. Kohupiimavorm

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Curd Casserole. Kohupiimavorm

14 th of March is Estonian Native Langue Day .

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.

Curd Casserole with Kissel

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Curd Casserole is typical Estonian Dessert.Serve with sour cream or kissel

Ingredients

  • 50 g melted butter + some butter to grease baking form and some butter on the top of dessert
  • 400 g quark/curd
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 dl semolina
  • 100 g sour cream
  • sugar and grated lemon peel
  • bread crumbs
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How To Do Estonian Black Bread. Leib

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Estonian Black Bread. Leib

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.

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Shrove Tuesday Buns. Vastlakuklid

oo, I LOVE Shrove Tuesday Buns:)

I do not eat and like too much cookies and pies, but twice in the year: gingerbread and Shrove Tuesday Buns… I can eat without shame and limit 🙂

It seems easy stuff, but in Estonia we have two parties. One camps say that Vastlakukkel must be only with whipped cream. And others are sure, that it must contain whipped cream and jam. So, choice is yours.

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Shrove Tuesday Buns. Vastlakukkel

Shrove Tuesday Buns

  • Servings: 15-16 buns
  • Time: 2hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A traditional Shrove Tuesday dessert after Pea Soup and Pork legs

Ingredients

  • 2 dl milk
  • 25 g yeast
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 6 dl flour
  • 1 egg for coating buns
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Gingerbread Cake with Berries

Happy New Year! Head uut aastat!

Christmas and holidays are over, and at least I have still too much gingerbread.
Lets make one cake.


”Gingerbread

  • Servings: ”4-6″
  • Time: ”1hr
  • Difficulty: ”easy”
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”Simple


– ca 200 g gingerbreads
– 250 g quark
– 200 g sour cream
– 75 g butter, melted
– ca 0,5 litre berries. If frozen, mix berries with starch
– 2 eggs
– sugar
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Rolled Cake. Rullbiskviit

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Rolled Cake. Rullbiskviit

One of my favourite cake. For better result use free range yellow eggs.

Rolled Cake. Rullbikviit

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light and delicious cake

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 5 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoon flour
  • ca 300 g jam

Directions

  1. Whip eggs in mixer with sugar ca 10 minute, while you get bright and light egg foam
  2. preheat oven to 180 Cdsc01666
  3. Sift flour in to egg mix and stir carefully
  4. Pour dough in to baking paper lined oven tray
  5. Bake ca 10 minute 180 C. While biscuit is baking, prepare
  6. Put on the table “baking tray sized” baking paper and sprinkle with the sugar
  7. Take biscuit from oven and turn it back, biscuit side next to the sugar.
  8. Remove carefully baking paper  from biscuit and spread quickly with jam
  9. Roll cake and serve.


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