In the old times spring meant two good news. At least the grass arises and the cows began to give milk.
So, ancient Estonian spring dishes contain a lot of milk, dairy products and greens.
Goutweed tastes like carrots and celery. Nettles are a bit sweet. Dandelion tastes like honey, but could be little bit bitter. To decrease the bitterness, leave leaves in to the cold salty water to set. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles need to be kept in the boiling water 1-2 minutes. Goutweed and wood sorrel are eatable when fresh. NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weeds, grown in a pure and clean environment.
Barley has been cultivated in Estonia longer than any other crops – for over 4,000 years. And pearl barley has been a staple food for Estonians through the ages; it has even been a food fit for celebrations. In the olden days, the tradition in Estonian villages was to make sauerkraut soup with pork and barley groats on Thursdays and Sundays.
You can cook this soup on the traditional way: swell beans and barley overnight. Prepare beautiful and delicious broth, and cook up to 2 hours.
But I recommend the easier and faster ”everyday version”:
This soup has enough flavours, so you can cook this without meat. If needed add some meat leftovers or strengthen flavour with ready broth.
And Use prepared/canned beans and barley groats.
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
Notice, that if you change balance of buckwheat and quark in favour of buckwheat, you receive more crispy result. Eat warm, because cold dish become crispy, as well (what is not bad at all).
In my picture are balls. But if you prefer to serve them as burger, form loaves.
I’m not a big fan of frying these fritters as I barely have time, plus I get my sufficient amount of fat from other sources anyway.
Therefore, I’ve adapted the recipe for baking in the oven.
In case you want to fry on to the skillet: leave dough in to the refrigerator at least for an 1 hour, before frying.
I decided, that buckwheat flour is too expensive, so I did this by myself from buckwheat groats 🙂 In this case I suggest to use closed mill: blender or similar. otherwise count with cleaning… 🙂
Groats are so light, that they are jumping out from your mixer:)
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.