Tag: Estonia

Groats and Cheese. Tangud juustuga

groatscheese1 (4)This is classical baked macaroni and cheese recipe with a twist.

I like barley groats and I love combination groats with cheese and thyme.

Barley groats are a superfood, btw. Healthy and delicious. Serve with a salad for a great meatless dinner. Hope you enjoy it

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Barley groats and Turnip Salad. Odratangusalat kaalikaga

odrakaalikasalat (4)A fresh, light, Estonian-inspired salad perfect for a  dinner. Perfect to use boiled barley groats leftovers.

This is the explosion of flavours and textures. Crispy cucumbers, sour cranberries and mushrooms, soft egg, sweet turnip and groats, which are tieing everything into one whole
As every salad, combine ingredients as you like. This is one possible combination. You can replace mushrooms and add ham or other meat.

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Vana Tallinn/ Old Tallinn cakes

rummikook (5)Have you noticed that dishes made from leftovers are always very tasteful?! 🙂 Like pizza or seljanka.
Or in Estonia ” Komeet” candies and cakes ” Rum Balls”.

Rum Balls cakes are made from leftovers.  All the cake edges that are left in the confectionery or bakery, will be mixed together. And the result is very delicious sweets. At home you probably have not to cake leftovers 🙂 This old-fashioned dessert is a delicious way to use up that leftover stale cake!
So use biscuits or sponge cake.

To make this cake more Estonian I replaced rum essence to liqueur Vana Tallinn/Old Tallinn. And the result is even better 🙂

 


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Apple and Buckthorn Pork with Juniper berries. Õunasiga kadakaga

6unasiga (11) Juicy and delicious everyday dinner. Gin and juniper berries give the meat a pleasant woody taste.
Braising produces extremely moist, tender, and flavorful meat and pork will be so soft and tender you can cut it with a spoon. Apple juice and onions forming a tasty sauce. Sweet and sour with juniper taste.

And the liquid used for braising can be used as a sauce or gravy, which is handy for pork dishes served with rice or a similar side dish.

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Juniper berries (cones) are refreshing and power-giving Nordic treats.
The type of juniper most widely spread in Estonia is the common juniper (juniperus communis). You can see it growing the most in Western and Northern parts of Estonia. Juniper symbolizes rebirth, protection and humbleness
. „There is no reason to wonder, why the juniper has become one of the symbols of our windy homeland and for all Estonian nation, showing the undying power of life, no matter what comes ahead. (Ants Viires, 2000)“

Picking juniper berries means success that can be achieved with hard work. People widely  believe that if you eat one juniper berry in a day, they stay young forever. If children have three juniper berries in a day, they are more likely to stay healthy.
This and many other sayings created a belief that a juniper can cure 9 different diseases, 99 diseases in some cases.
Since juniper berry  carries a cross formation on it, it was believed that juniper can help against witchcraft, revenants and anything evil.

It is also believed that juniper cleans and strengthens one’s body  energetically. For humans it has the best effect by breathing in, but it can also affect objects around that person. Juniper branches burnt in the house may clean up bad aura.       

 Juniper berries contain essential oils, sugars, resins, colorants, fatty acids, organic acids, carbohydrates and trace elements (Manganese, Iron, Copper and Aluminum). Juniper berries have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects during colds. Berries also stimulate urine and saphenia and promote digestion.

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Cowberry and Rye Bread Cake. Rukkileiva ja pohlakook

This is real and very Estonian cake. And what is important: this is not baked cake. And what is more important; this is weight watchers cake 🙂 Quark and yoghurt have low-fat but full of protein. Fermented rye bread contains B group vitamins and good probiotic bacteria. And cowberries are a source of vitamins and antioxidants.
And forget this previous story:)

Prepare this because of taste and flavour not benefit 🙂
Quark and rye bread and cowberries give Estonian flavour. Wonderful combination of sour and sweet soft and crispy.

Did you know:
There has been a long debate over who erected the first Christmas tree, Tallinn or Riga. We’re not going to take sides, but some historical sources report that in 1441, the Brotherhood of Blackheads brought trees into their guild houses for the holidays in Reval (Tallinn). On the last night of holiday celebrations, the tree was taken to the Town Hall Square. This tradition still continues today in Tallinn’s Town Hall Square. If you’re looking to get your own tree this holiday, download the RMK mobile app, which shows you where you can cut your own tree from the state forests. Afterwards, you’re asked to pay a small fee, by internet bank transfer of course, and voilà, the tree is yours!
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Very Simple Chocolate Cake. Kakaokook

kakaopohlakook (6)Pööripäev or Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year in Estonia, taking place on 21 December. On the solstice, there are only 6 hours of daylight, whereas, in summer, the longest day of the year has 18 hours of daylight.

 

Celebrate this day with Very Simple Chocolate Cake

A bitter-sweet old school retro cake. I like this cake because it is very easy to do. Just mix together all ingredients.

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Pumpkin and Buckthorn Pudding Kõrvitsa- astelpajupuding

pumpkinpudding (3)Look at the colours! This is so colourful and beautiful dessert. Pumpkin is sweet and buckthorn is sour and altogether you receive delicious and amazing dessert. I added some black currants to get more colour and flavours.

The pudding is soft and airy and fluffy like a cloud!

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Pork Chops dipped in Kama in Plum Sauce. Kamapaneeringuga siga ploomikastmes.

kamaliha (4)This is a unique Estonian inspired pork chop dipped in Kama coating.

What is 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.  Read more

Estonians call this dish ” pork treats” 🙂
Kama breading gives for meat special sweet taste. In case you do not have Kama, use rye bread crumbs. The tart plum sauce complements pork sweetness very well.

 

 

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