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The Cat Artur Cake. Revised. Kass Arturi kook

 

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.

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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 🙂 :).)

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Original Sweet Corn Sticks

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Blueberry Crunch Pie with grilled Meadowsweet

In Estonia School starts at 1st of September. This is the festive day. There are a lot of flowers for teachers. And Children wear formal clothing. And at the school take place festive ceremony, concert.
And then starts  school… 9 long months until beginning of the June, when finally starts summer vacation.mustika kreemikook (9)
The current Estonian educational system consists of pre-school education, basic education, general secondary education, vocational education and higher education. Basic education is the compulsory educational minimum which is provided by basic schools (grades 1-9). Children reaching the age of seven have to attend school.

For this festive and important day simple berry pie. Meadowsweet is sweet and taste like almond. It complement very well the acidity of wild blueberries.

Blueberry Crunch Pie

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A juicy crunchy pie full of berries and with meadowsweet almond- taste


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Ingredients

    Quark Shortcrust Pastry
  • 200 g cold butter
  • 200 g quark, look at recipe
  • 300 g flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cream

  • 100 g sugar
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 3 egg yolk
  • 2 dl 35% cream
  • 1 dl milk
  • –  ca 200 ml berries. If using frozen berries, mix with starch

  • bunch of chopped meadowsweet flowers

Directions

  1. Chop cold butter in to the small pieces, add quark, flour and salt and sugar. Mix together. Leave in cold place at least for 1 hour.
  2. For cream: mix together sugar, flour and egg yolks. Add cream and milk. Heat while mixture getting thicker.
  3. Put 2/3 of pastry in to the oven form. Bake for 20 minute at 200 C, while pastry is solid
  4. Pour on to the pastry cream and  berries mixed with chopped flowers,
  5. Cut the rest of the dough in to the pieces and sprinkle over the cake.
  6. Bake for 20 minute, while pie is crusty and yellow-brown
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  8. For grilling meadow-sweet.  angervaks (4)
  9. Mix together starch , flour and cold water. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer. Dip flowers in to the dough. Carefully place the flowers in the hot oil. Fry until browned. Remove and drain on paper towels before serving. Sprinkle over with icing sugar.

    Yes. Fresh meadowsweet flowers are eatable, too :). And if you do not want/ like deep- frying, put flowers on top/ behind the cake and bake while crispy.angervaks (5)

    Head isu!

See, how Tea made this cake.

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Creamy Chicken fillet with Chanterelle

Next to my home is beautiful park. And flower beds.
Beautiful, but full of weeds.

I am walking and thinking.  Should I do a little weeding? This is not difficult and each physical movement is a good movement 🙂 When I am walking back, I will…

I am walking back and…. I see, that one women already weeding!
Waw! I am only thinking but some people are acting.  Shame to me.

I am getting closer and.. I see. Woman is not weeding. She is picking flowers… 🙂 🙂

So. Please do not pick flowers from public flower beds.

Better go to the forest and pick up the mushrooms  🙂

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One more simple everyday dish.

When I am writing mushrooms, I mean wild mushrooms. chanterelle, boletuses, russula.  And other Mushrooms that does not need blanching.

Chicken fillet with Chanterelle

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light, everyday simple dinner.


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Estonian Cold Soup with Black Bread. Hapupiimapudi

Ancient Estonians ate usually fermented milk  dipped in bread, fish or potatoes in the hot summer.
Now we are more riche 🙂 So, bread is not enough.

To make this soup use your creativity.  For this soup are suitable for example:

radish, tomato, cucumber
fermented cucumber, boiled beetroot, boiled potatoes, boiled eggs

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Estonian Secret. Kama. Estonian “muesli”

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Estonian Kama

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…

And what is interesting. In Estonian Kama means in slang “stuff, things” and the same time Kama means ” drugs”…:) Continue reading “Estonian Secret. Kama. Estonian “muesli””

Chanterelle Sauce. Kukeseenekaste

Chanterelle Sauce with fresh and boiled new potatoes in something MUST be in the summer. Fresh mushrooms and fresh potatoes and a lot of fresh dills. This is summer.

Picking wild mushrooms means the aromas of the fields and the forest.

And in July, there are not only mushrooms. Blueberries and cowberries. Hot air. The smell of the pines. Later, in autumn, the smell of wet dead leaves. Something mysterious and captivating.

When I am writing mushrooms., I mean wild mushrooms. chanterelle, boletuses, russula.  And other Mushrooms that do not need blanching.

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Chanterelle Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light, chanterelle sauce is perfect for a summer dinner.


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Blueberry Pie with Crispy Oatmeal topping

Vikkelä mustikakookPlease, turn on the kettle !, I asked   the husband
Few minutes later.
I am going to the kitchen.
Pouring water in to the cup.
And leaving the tea to infuse and set.

Very carefully, blowing …  and sipping
cold peppermint flavoured tap water… 🙂 🙂

It is impossible to cook a hot tea from water, forgotten to put it to boil…:)

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1 Hour Simple Brined Cucumbers in Plastic Bag

I believe that each Estonian has own recipe what to do with cucumbers. I already shared one recipe and I will share them more.  But if you have not time and you need brine cucumbers as soon as possible. This is one option.

Simple Salted Cucumbers

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Quick and simple way to have fresh salted cucumbers

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Brined Cucumbers in Plastic Bag

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How to make Estonian Potato Flat Bread. Kartulipletskid

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.20170204_162123
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.

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