Last year I wrote a lot of about Estonian Christmas customs. But New Year eve NÄÄRID is very important as well. During Soviet times (1945- 1987) Christmas was prohibited and was only New year eve.
Today we have two amazing holiday 🙂
New year eve was as was Christmas perfect time for predictions.
What is maybe interesting and different:
On 31 December there are special (humor) TV shows on all Estonian TV channels, causing a lot of discussion afterwards (Which program was better? Why? etc.).
One more tradition is, that The President of the Republic delivers a speech on radio and TV during the last minutes of the old year.
As probably everywhere New Year is greeted with fireworks and drinking sparkling wine. People wish a Happy New Year (Head uut aastat!) to each other. And it is a good sign when the first New Year wishes are said by a man with dark hair 🙂
Aspic or Meat jelly is a savoury jelly made from meat.
Meat Jelly, Sült is a very good example, how time changes the meaning of some food. In old times Sült was wintertime food. Because it takes 4-6 hours to cook it and this will heat up the kitchen. Because in old times for winter was left only pork legs and heads, which are suitable for cooking Sült. It was “poor” food. And food for the poor. Today all ladies know, how important is collagen…:)
Today, for me, this is a perfect summer dish. Sült is served cold and with cold cottage cheese sauce and boiled fresh potatoes.. yummy 🙂
Sült is a dish traditionally made from a mixture of meat, trotters, hocks, rind and other ingredients that have been cooked for several hours and cooled afterwards, forming a jelly. A traditional Christmas and wedding food served as an appetizer or as a meal itself.
My father still cooking Sült himself. It is very complicated to cook Sült only for 2 persons and still you need a very large pot. So, I buy Sült in summer time from culinary. And in winter time, I get it from my father. This is my father recipe.
Father’s Day in Estonia is always celebrated and observed on Second Sunday of November each year. So, Happy Fathers Day!!!
And lets bake one cake for all fathers 🙂
This is “retro” cake. A sour cream layer cake with a topping made from chunks of white cake mixed with sour cream that looks like a curly hairdo (kräsupea). This cake from times, when in stores were nothing.
My cake look very decent 🙂 ( to get better photo 🙂 ). I did not made last layer from cake cubes but as usual layer.
For lazy people tip: you can use just cookies and do not waste time for baking layers.
For better result leave cake to set overnight.
I used in headline word “mushroom”. But in Estonia, when we are talking about mushrooms, we mean forest and/or wild mushrooms: milk mushrooms, russulas, chanterelle….
As Estonia has an abundance of forest, we like to pick berries and mushrooms.
For winter mushrooms are marinated, or salted or fermented. Or dried.
But the easiest way to freeze. Heat the mushrooms in a skillet until water has evaporated and add butter. Pour mixture into boxes and freeze over winter.
In this photo and recipe I used marinated russulales.( it is very complicated to find english translation, but it seems to be false saffron milkcap)
Estonia has not linked with the corn. We have too cold climate to grow maize.
In 1953 was Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev (Hruštšov). He was an interesting type. Made efforts to turn rivers upside down and grow corn everywhere. Even in the North.
So, Estonian farmers tried to grow corn, and the result was, that corn crown ca 30 cm in length. Suitable only for animal fodder 🙂
In 80s year was in Estonia very popular children TV show
” Saturday Evening with Daddy”. Presenters were uncle Raivo and big fat red cat Artur.
And in this show was presented and introduced The Cat Artur Cake. This was very simple but an extra sweet combination from special toffee candies and sweet corn sticks.
I am not very sure that you have both of them in your country, so I did a revised version. (And this is less sweet and even better 🙂 :).)
Today I will share the recipe, which you probably will never do. The Kama.
Kama is Estonian traditional finely milled flour mixture. Estonians buying Kama mixture from shop.. and the easiest way is to try this, probably visit Estonia. But I still give you the recipe.
Historically kama was a non-perishable, easy-to-carry food that could be quickly fashioned into a stomach-filling snack by rolling it into butter or lard; it didn’t require baking, as it was already roasted. Today Kama is a perfect summer dish. Just add some fresh or fermented milk and sugar or salt, mix, and ready!
Today Kama is used for making cakes, mousse, desserts and salty snacks…
My father was born in 1943. So, he was a child after the war. This was a terrible time. Estonia was occupied by the 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 farmers 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.
Sõir, Estonian Quark Cheese with caraway seeds is very known in South Estonia. And this is my father recipe.
Traditionally was it a dish for Midsummer and Pentecost.
Do you know, that in Latvian is cheese – Siers and in Russian сыр. And even in English, cheese sound very similar. So, all these cheeses are related 🙂
quark must be as dry, as possible. And better is fat-free quark
Ricotta is no alternative to use. Make your quark yourself
Be sure your quark is natural and Do NOT consist gelatine or whatever.