As You probably know, Estonians are the least religious nation.
The Estonian wordjõulud (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.
From the first Advent until Christmas every night Estonian children put their shoe on their windowsill because Päkapikud (little elves) starts visits good children and brings at night into the child slipper, some candy.
Today there are of course discussions:) Is it a good idea, that “Päkapikud” leave candy, maybe it should be carrot or raisins 🙂
And what about “not good” children. But anyway, Christmas time is started and this is means Piparkook!
In Estonian, Piparkook means, in direct translation – pepper cake. So, nothing about ginger 🙂 Continue reading “Gingerbreads. Piparkoogid.”
Homemade Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage, Hapukapsas is a very important and popular dish in Estonia during the autumn-winter time and mandatory food during Christmas time.
In ancient time, Hapukapsas and cranberries were only sources of C vitamin, during winter time.
Sauerkraut is fermented food and this is not the only a source of vitamin, but this is also a source of the probiotic bacterium and this is excellent for your health.
By the way, ancient Estonians believed, that Sauerkraut succeeds best, during New Moon. So, 7th of December is the right time to test it 🙂
Layered Salad from beet and herring needs transparent bowl for serving. “Kasukas” mean in estonian “fur coat”, and name probably came from meaning that fur coat, covers you as layer .
The layered beetroot and herring salad originates from East Slavic cuisine. During Soviet times, this salad, with its special sauce made of sour cream, mayonnaise and mustard, was prepared for celebrations along with potato salad and the Russian beet and potato salad.
Beetroot has been used in Estonian cuisine already since the 17th–18th century. A lot of beetroot dishes have reached us through Slavic cuisine, so dishes like Russian beetroot and potato salad, Borscht and cold beetroot soups were known already in the Baltic German cuisine. From then on, beetroot dishes were included among the foods of the pre-war Republic of Estonia.
My Grandmother called Semolina Mousse as ” Wind Porridge”. Because it is “fills” but does not feed:)
What name to use, it depends on juice.
White Mousse is ” Mannavaht”. And Pink Mousse is ” Roosamanna”, what means ” Pink Mousse”.