Estonian first University was established in 1632 and The University of Tartu is among the top 2% of the world`s univerities and the highest ranked in the Baltic States.
We are very proud of our educational system.
Estonia, Finland and Canada rank high on PISA tests. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.
Estonia is a digital society.
I need only 5 minutes to fill out a declaration of my income tax or get a doctor prescription or to participate in elections. Because of e- state and e- government.
Estonia has started teaching first graders to code. And final GoCompare research has revealed Tallinn to be the world best city for millenians starting a business 🙂
September 1 is celebrated as Knowledge Day in Estonia. School Summer Holiday is over and an academic year runs again from 1 September.
Lets celebrate with us and prepare simple retro Mayonnaise Cookies.
Despite the Mayonnaise these cookies are sweet.
I have been used in all my posts word “blueberry” in meaning ” wild blueberry”. Now I read Aho blog and found out that right expression is bilberry?
In Estonia we are saying: “Heal lapsel mitu nime” – a good child has many names.
As I live in Estonia, Estonia is one of the greenest countries in the world: about 50% of Estonian territory is covered with forest.
I forage my berries by myself from forest. And use in recipes wild blueberries/ bilberries.
Picking fresh blueberries, your mouth and hands are pink, fresh air and high roaring pines… this is amazing. This is a summer.,
This year is The Blueberry Year.
I believe, that this is the first time I would say thank you for global warming. May and June and July in Estonia were amazing. Very warm, lot of sun. Real summer.
Did you know ? Estonia has the 2nd cleanest food in Europe (EFSA)
Delicous, full of fruits Kissel with beautiful colour.
Sweet strawberries complements tart rhubarbs.
Our mothers cooked Rhubarb Kissel with Strawberries usually in June, when everyone were fed up with rhubarb, but strawberries began to mature and were not so many.
Rabarberi/Rhubarb Kissell is dessert, what you can enjoy as separate dessert or as addition for other desserts. Like quark pudding or bread pudding.
To get Estonian touch, serve kissell with Kama cream.
This is a very very simple dessert, but amazingly delicious.
In Estonia we call this dessert ” Taani talutüdruk”.
In direct translation ” Taani talutüdruk” means ” Danish farm girl”. Æblekage med ristet rasp/Gammeldags æblekage.
This dessert is very popular in Estonia because of the taste and simplicity.
Danes serve this with apple jam. Taani talutüdruk in Estonian style is with cowberry or cranberry or black currant jam.
For more better result we add some Kama in to the curd cream to get more flavour.
On my photo I used cowberry- apple jam and Estonian rye bread.
How to do Estonian Rye bread
How to do cowberry- apple jam
This recipe I found from book by Carl Mothander (1886–1965) . He was a former Swedish reserve officer
After the first war, in 1928, Mothander settled in Estonia, as he married a Baltic German Baroness Benita von Wrangel.
Mothander was gourmet and fan of local cuisine and ingredients.
He wrote mouth-watering book ” Kulinaarsed vested”(Culinary tales/ Kulinariska kåserier, Thors Holms Förlag , Stockholm 1931), and I have been found lot of interesting old recipes.
Cream cake is one of them.
The Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary on February 24, 2018. Happy birthday my small homeland 🙂
More about celebration read here .
Blueberry Kissell is the best food to celebrate this event. Blueberries are Nordic superfruits and last summer was good year. Our forests were full of berries.
The Sour taste of blueberries gives strength and health to survive long winter …:) Colors of the Estonian flag are blue, white and black. And now, in February you can see these colors in nature. Blue sky, dark forest and white snow…:)
This dessert is almost flag 🙂 Blue -violet blueberries and white quark cream as topping.
Moscow Buns are retro. I used to buy these delicious treats as a child from our local bakery where they were served fresh and warm straight from the oven. I’m not quite familiar with the origin of this bun’s name or why it has ‘Moscow’ in it. I assume that the background of these pies is similar to many other classic Soviet era pastry recipes. Due to the lack of products, bakers used to replace the ingredients in the original recipe with whatever was available and got a new recipe.
Unlike Danish buttery pastries the dough you need doesn’t need to be as complicated buttery yeast dough, but yeast dough just combined with butter
The filling used in these buns is not some fancy expensive cream but a simple mix that contains semolina and whole eggs. Please note that Moscow buns don’t contain any fruit.
Good old Google says that Moscow buns were invented in Estonia…who knows, it’s possible. 🙂 🙂
Sõrnikud made its way to Estonian cuisine from Russia.
As these fluffy quark fritters are very delicious Sõrnikud were quickly adapted by Estonian sweet teeth.
Sõr /сыр means in Russian cheese and/or quark. So, these are small cheesecakes 🙂 🙂
I’m not a big fan of frying these cakes as I barely have time, plus I get my sufficient amount of fat from other sources anyway.
Therefore, I’ve adapted from the original recipe to make Sõrnikud suitable for baking in the oven.
This January, I would like to introduce you to a foreign dish that throughout the years has become more and more popular in Estonia to the point where me and my fellow estonians consider it being part of our national cuisine.