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Creamy Mushroom Puree Soup with Juniper Berries. Seene ja kadakamarjapüreesupp

seenepyreesupp (13)More than 400 spices of mushroom grow in Estonia and almost 100 of them are edible. And proximate 25 of them are a very good edible mushroom.
I know and foraging for food more than 10 spices.

This is Creamy Mushroom Puree Soup with Juniper Berries. Gin is boosting the taste of the Juniper berries and complements the sweetness of cream and mushroom. Juniper berries impart a sharp, clear flavour.
NB! For cooking use only the mature, dark berries

This time I used salted mushroom.

Salted mushroom:
How to remove additional salt are a lot of tips.
My South Estonian relatives told me that they boiling salted mushroom in milk. And after that no saltness and mushroom look and taste like a fresh.
The second option is to boil mushroom just in the water.
And the simplest one.  Put mushroom to soak the night before.

Fresh chanterelle: The mushrooms are cleaned without water, with only a clean, dry towel and paring knife. Heat the chanterelle in a skillet without fat/butter until water has evaporated.

Frozen mushroom: melt, fry slightly.

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 the 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 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, colourants, 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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Cauliflower with Mushrooms and Rose Hips berries. Lillkapsas seente ja kibuvitsamarjadega

Today is Teachers Day.

This is a funny and beautiful day. Children bring a lot of flowers and the day is almost free, because of ..
In Estonia, last class students grant leave to teachers by conducting lessons themselves:)

Let’s celebrate this day! 🙂

A  light, vegetable dish for an If you want a simple, delicious, low-calorie and all-natural healthy salad this is it! Very delicious and nutritious dinner. Sweet cauliflower, seasoned with lemon. Tasty rosehips berries and wonderful mushrooms.
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Fresh chanterelle: The mushrooms are cleaned without water, with only a clean, dry towel and paring knife. Heat the chanterelle in a skillet without fat/butter until water has evaporated.
Frozen chanterelle: melt, fry slightly

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Michaelmas Day lamb chops in Yarrow and Cranberry sauce. Mihklipäeva lammas raudrohukastmes.

lammas (1)On 29th of September is St. Michal day, Michaelmas Day. This day was end of the summer working season.
Englishmen used to say ” Every dog has its day”. But Estonians are saying ” Every tup has its Mihklipäev”. This proverb has two meanings. The first one, as in english: all bad things would be punished. And the second is the direct meaning. On St Michal Day usually sheep was killed and  Lamb had for Michaelmas Day, as traditional dish.

Yarrow is very important medicinal plant in Estonian folk medicine.  Estonian healers used and using still yarrow  of quite a broad-range effect, which also helped to regulate metabolism, stimulates digestion and reduces the onset of stomach cramps and helped against cough and colds and so one.

Yarrow is quite bitter and has little bit anise taste. So, be careful with dosing.

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Rowan Berries and Apple Pork. Pihlaka- õunaliha

pihlakaliha (3)Rowan Berries are very healthy. The astringent taste fades with freezing, so the best time to pick them is winter.

But.

If in your home forest are living greedy birds, you should pick them as soon as possible and leave in deep freezer at least for 3 hours.

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Potato and Turnip Casserole with Currants Sauce. Kartuli- kaalikavorm sõstrakastmega

kartulikaalikavorm (14)Today 30 years ago took place The Baltic Way.

The Baltic Way was a peaceful political demonstration which took place on 23 August 1989 when approximately two million people (which is 25% of Baltic State population) joined their hands forming a 600 km long human chain through the Baltic countries, thus demonstrating their unity in their efforts towards freedom.

We were ready for everything: Estonians promised to eat even potato peelings in name of an independent state.

Potato skins are still very delicious dish. But this year I will introduce more advanced recipe 🙂
Let’s add some turnip and currants.
A light vegetable dinner. Sweet turnip and potato are complemented with the tartness of red currants. You get an even better and different result using black currants. to reduce baking and cooking time, use pre-cooked vegetables.

Perfect dish to use leftovers.

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Cold Summer Beetroot Soup. Külm peedi püreesupp

peedipyree1 (8)Recently I saw TV cooking show, where participants were very amazed about beetroot soup.

Beet root is delicious, healthy and very suitable for soups. You can cook hot soup Borš- look at for recipe. But during summer time at least I need something cold, refreshing and easy.

 

 

 

 
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Estonian Saarde Grated Potato Scone. Saarde Kartuli Riivkarask

riivkarask 1(8)Saarde is the region in South Estonia.

And this is a light and simple summer dish was to use meat leftovers. The most complicated part in this recipe is to grate potatoes, but other… this is easy to bake  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fish in newspaper

I got this idea from Jamie Oliver. And it sounded very intriguing to me. Is it really possible to grill fish in the newspaper? And yes, this is possible. And the result is juicy and delicious.

 

 


Clean a fish. Using a sharp knife, make a shallow cut from here along the belly of the fish, stopping at the base of the gills. Use your fingers or a dull spoon to scoop out the fish’s innards.
Fill fish with a bit of the oil, leek, lime and dill. Season with pepper and salt.
Wrap a fish in a double newspaper paper. Dip package into the water ( do not soak! Just for a minute), and start grilling.

Baking time depends on fish. But it takes for 15-20 minutes. But check by time to time!

 

 

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Marinated chicken fillet rolled in fresh weeds. Roheline kana rabarberimarinaadis.

greenchicken (3)Great spring or summer recipe.

The Tart rhubarb marinate softens poultry.

Beautiful green cover from weed gives a final outstanding look and great taste and flavour.
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Nettle Soup. Nõgesesupp

weedsoup (17)Sour and sweet weed soup with onions and balanced with rye bread.

The recipe is basing on classical onion soup recipe.

Nettles are very important and has been used in Estonian folk medicine centuries.
Folk wisdom teaches that nettle contains vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few
The nettle takes away fatigue, abdominal pain and water swelling, reduces and stops bleeding, reduces the appearance of diabetes mellitus

And did you know: nettles contain vitamin C 2.5 times more than the lemon (660 mg%).

But of course, you can use any weed to replace nettles. Goutweed taste like carrots and celery. Nettles are a little bit sweet. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles keep 1-2 minutes in the boiling water. Goutweed and wood sorrel are edible fresh.

NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weed, growing in the pure environment.weedsoup (1)

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