Tag: Estonia

Roasted Pork Leg. Ahjukoot

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Roasted Pork Leg

Pork Leg is a traditional Estonian Shrove Tuesday dish. On that day, everything except for the pork legs was eaten.

So before fast, pork legs were used to create an additional greasy, delicious dinner. Last year I wrote about Shrove Tuesday’s customs.
Now, when I think about my childhood school times, on every Shrove Tuesday we had this tradition of going on a 15 km ski-hike.

It happened quite often that on that exact day we had crazy snowstorms and it was terrible! Well, sure, hot pea-soup and Shrove Tuesday’s whipped cream jam filled sweet-buns were waiting for you when you finally got back but still…

Due to global warming or some other unusual phenomenon the snow from November to March isn’t that common anymore. Ironically, I would love to have a chance to ski now… And. Fortunately this year we have real winter with snow 🙂

Btw. Can you tell me why two words: fast food =junk food and fast as fasting have different and contrary meaning but the same base and strain?

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Shrove Tuesday Soup. Vastlasupp

vastlasupp1 (6)Like I wrote last year, the most important custom on Shrove Tuesday (Vastlapäev) is sledding.

You can understand why this activity is important by just looking at the ingredients of the Shrove Tuesday’s pea-soup: beans, sauerkraut, barley…

Foods that give you lots of energy to burn.

You can cook this soup 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”:

All ingredients can be prepared, canned or frozen…If you want, you can add some smoked meat, ham or broth just to give it a bit stronger taste.

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Buckwheat Salad. Tatrasalat

One more recipe about ” what to do with boiled buckwheat”.

I love buckwheat and in my opinion, it is goes with everything. This is one possible combination

boiled buckwheat
red onion
pickled cucumber
boiled beetroot
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You can serve this with oil- acid sauce, but I like more mayonnaise- sour cream (smetana/creme fraiche) sauce. It makes salad more creamy and nutritious
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Moscow Buns. Moskva saiakesed

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. 🙂 🙂

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10 Most Popular Posts of 2017 on EstonianCuisine

Happy New Year !  Thank you all my readers! 🙂  2017 was amazing year and I hope you enjoyed all recipes I shared and most important: found something new and lot of inspiration 🙂
Happy New Year!

These are the most popular posts on  www. estoniancuisine.com

  1. How To Do Estonian Black Rye Bread.
    Estonian Black Bread is fermented Rye Bread. For this bread we have even the own word: LEIB.
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2. How To Do Homemade Quark
Impossible to write Estonian food blog without quark. If you have children, call them to join. To make quark is fun process and lesson about chemistry, cooking, health and fermentation 🙂
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3. Cake Anthill, simple eggfree cake
This is Retro cake. This is easy cake. But the best part is the bottom dough. This is egg free. Easy to do. With neutral taste so you can use this for different cakes and pies.
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4. Minced Meat Sauce. Hakklihakaste.
This is easy and very quick Sauce, which probably do not need any recipe. But, because this is very traditional in Estonian food-table, let it be:)
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5.  Estonian Style Sauerkraut with Pork and Barley. Mulgikapsad.

Mulgikapsad can be served as a meal unto itself, usually with boiled potato and certainly with some fermented milk for drink. You may cook this as vegan, without meat.
Mulgikapsad takes and need lot of time. And Mulgikapsad are the best in the second day, as all Sauerkraut dishes.

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6. Estonian Bread Pudding. Saiavorm.
This is a dessert from my childhood. It was often served as a dessert at school to reuse leftovers from bread.

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7. After Party Soup. Seljanka.
next morning you just need a sour and sweet soup. I do not call this Selyanka, because real Selyanka is little bit different. But very similar:) This is Selyanka-type soup.
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8. Soft and Delicious Grandmothers Apple or Rhubarb Pie. Pehme ja õhuline Õunakook
My grandmother did this using barley flour. But this is same delicious with wheat or whatever flour.
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9. Estonian Quark and Rhubarb Pie. Pidusai by Terhi
In Estonia we call this type cakes and pies “Pidusai”- means “party bread”. This is festive and beautiful and everyone get one own piece.
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10. Estonian Secret: Kohuke. Chocolate Glazed Quark Snack

Kohuke- chocolate glazed quark snack is very popular dessert for children breakfast. Estonians can buy from store tens of sorts Kohuke: with different flavours and fillings.
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Simple Salmon Pie. Lõhepirukas

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Simple Salmon Pie. Lõhepirukas

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 🙂

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Cake Spotted Dog. Kirju koer

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If you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious dessert, your search is over!
Kirju Koer is one of my favourite simple desserts, just because it’s so easy to make and still as tasty. The perfect and very very sweet old school dessert or cake.

It is up to you, How to you like to call this:)
Kirju koer means Spotted Dog and this name came from how this cake look like. This is a perfect combination of sweet and sour, tart marmalade pieces complement very well bitterness of chocolate and sweet cookies.
For this dessert you need old school marmalade. I am not sure, that you can buy it in your country, In case it is impossible, use just berries and fruits.

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Cake Spotted Dog. Kirju koer

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Cake Spotted Dog. Kirju koer

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If you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious dessert, your search is over!
Kirju Koer is one of my favourite simple desserts, just because it’s so easy to make and still as tasty. The perfect and very very sweet old school dessert or cake.

It is up to you, How to you like to call this:)
Kirju koer means Spotted Dog and this name came from how this cake look like. This is a perfect combination of sweet and sour, tart marmalade pieces complement very well bitterness of chocolate and sweet cookies.
For this dessert you need old school marmalade. I am not sure, that you can buy it in your country, In case it is impossible, use just berries and fruits.

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Cake Spotted Dog. Kirju koer

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Eat Christmas Dinner Like Estonian

As You probably know, Estonians are the least religious nation.
The Estonian word jõulud (Christmas) is of ancient Scandinavian origin and comes directly from the word Jul/ Hjul  which means “cycle”,  and has no real connection with Christianity.
In 22th of December the Sun rises in Estonia at 9. 17 a clock and  sets at 15.22. So, we do not need any fairy tales 🙂 We have very practical reason to celebrate 🙂
Jõulud as the winter solstice , when the day is the shortest and the night the longest, is celebrated between December 21 and 25. According to folk-tradition, “the sun was laying in the nest” and the day was celebrated as the Sun’s birthday. From that day on, the Sun started to rise and move slowly to the north again.

 

To have plenty of Christmas food at home symbolically meant enough food for the whole coming year. According to an old tradition, seven to twelve different meals were served on Christmas Night. Christmas food had to remain on the table (as part of the cult of the ancestors) and the fire burning in the fireplace or candles (as sun worship) for the whole night. It was believed that both good and bad forces were on the move on Christmas Night and that ancestors would visit the house.

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How To Do Meat Jelly/Aspic. Sült

Aspic or Meat jelly is a savoury jelly made from meat.

Meat Jelly, Sült is very good example, how time changes the meaning of some food. In old times Sült was winter time 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 poor. Today all ladies know, how important is collagen…:)

Today, for me, this is 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.

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Meat Jelly. Sült

My father still cooking Sült himself. It is very complicated to cook  Sült only  for 2 persons and still you need 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.

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