Cauliflower Casserole

You probably know this old joke.

Mother: why did you buy for child potato chips?!
Grandmother: But potato is vegetable and vegetables are healthy.
I present to you one nice healthy 🙂 vegetable casserole. Suitable as main dish or side dish.

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Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower Casserole

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 1hr
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light vegetable casserole perfect for a dinner.

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Chicken and Rice

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Chicken and Rice

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light and simple to cook everyday supper

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken leg or thigh for each eater
  • 250 ml rice
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • ca 200 g frozen peas
  • salt,pepper, oil for cooking

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and fry in to hot oil in all sides
  2. Put fried chicken in to oven pot, add sliced carrot, onion, rice and 800 ml water
  3. Cook in lid covered pot in to the oven 180C 30 minute
  4. Add peas, and let them melt

Soundtrack  Liisi Koikson ” Kaks kuukiirt mu toas”

Estonian Style Sauerkraut with Pork and Barley. Mulgikapsad

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Estonian Style Sauerkraut with Pork and Barley. Mulgikapsad

Estonian Style Sauerkraut with Pork and Barley is called ” Mulgikapsad”. Kapsad- means Cabbage and
Mulgi- Mulgimaa is area  in South-Estonia, with own culture, traditions, food and dialect.

This area and culture is perfect example about the globalisation already in 19th of century. During the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865 was lack of cotton and price was very high.
So, was demand for alternatives. South Estonia, Mulgimaa has perfect conditions for cultivation of linen. Bondage was in Estonia abolished 1816, but still farmers were very poor and land was owned by landlords. But because of America and demand for linen, farmers gets enough money to buy from landlords land and farms. And this area become rich and successful. This made others little bit jealous and they started to call people and this area Mulgimaa 🙂
In Latvia means word- Mulk- ” silly” and in Estonia it means “hole”- in meaning that the all richness went in to the one hole…:)

I am Mulk ( person, who is living and born in Mulgimaa), as well. My mothers ancestry have been lived in Mulgimaa more than 400 years. Maybe more, but we have first written documents from 1630 of year 🙂

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.

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Mashed Potatoes

dsc01737Maybe it is not very original food, but because this is very typical in Estonian cuisine, as well, I will add this. Each Estonian eat ca 100 kilo potatoes in year  !

My father was kid after war. and he is talking about times, when to “cheat” classmates that they have enough butter at home, they spread mashed potato between sandwich…Potato porridge seems like butter 🙂

Mashed Potatoes

  • Servings: 3
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light compliment for a dinner.

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Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 5-6 potatoes
  • 0,5 glass of milk
  • 25 g butter
  • salt

Directions

  1. peel potatoes and cut in to four. Put in to cold water and cook ca 20 minutes, while potatoes are ready
  2. Drain water from potatoes and put the pot back to the stove
  3. Add butter and milk. Let milk to warm
  4. Mash potatoes and season
  5. Head isu!

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Meat Jelly. Sült

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 the kitchen hot. Because in old times for winter was left only pork legs and heads, which are suitable for cooking Sült. It was “poor” food. Today all ladies know, how important is collagen…

Today, for me, this is perfect summer dish. Sült is cold and with cold cottage cheese sauce and boiled fresh potatoes.. yummy 🙂

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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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Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut. Sealiha hapukapsaga

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.

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Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut. Sealiha hapukapsaga

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.

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Duck Legs with Cranberries

This is weekend food for lazy people 🙂

Duck Legs with Cranberries

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 3 hr
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious slow cooking food for weekend.

Ingredients

  • 4 duck legs
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3-4 bay leaf
  • ca 100 g cranberries, slovenly crushed
  • salt, pepper

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Duck Legs with Cranberries

Directions

  1. Rub the duck legs with garlic, cranberries and bay leaf. And leave set for overnight ( in fridge)
  2. Preheat oven up to a maximum ( 220 C)
  3. Season duck with pepper and salt
  4. Cover oven pot with lid and reduce heat up to 165
  5. Cook 3 hours.
  6. Head isu!


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Duck Legs With Cranberries

Soundtrack Raimond Valgre ” Snowflakes”

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Pearl Barley Risotto. Orsoto.

orsoto-8Recepie for Pearl Barley.

St Catherine’s Day, Kadripäev, Nov 25 has been named after St Catherine, the patron saint of sheep. The mores and songs of St Catherine’s Day were very similar to the mores of St Martin’s Day.
St Catherine’s Day was probably an ancient holiday, the beginning of women’s wintry handicraft was celebrated. During the winter, the women had to spin yard and thread from wool and flax and knit fabric and clothes for the whole family.
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