For some reason we have three different foods: meat balls, served usually in sauce. Small meat balls: frikadellid, we are using in soup. And ” kotlet”- what is flat shape minced meat “ball”. Kotlet is served as main dish with potato and sauce and salad.
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Today I will share recipe, which you probably will never do. 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 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 “Kama. Estonian “muesli””
My father was born in 1943. So, he was child after war. This was terrible time. Estonia was occupied by Soviet Union, Hunger and poverty. In March 1949, 20,722 people (2.5% of the population) were deported to Siberia.
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 farmer’s 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.
Sõir, Estonian Quark Cheese with caraway seeds is very known in South Estonia. And this is my father recipe.
Traditionally was it dish for Midsummer and Pentecost.
Do you know, that in Latvian is cheese – Siers and in Russian сыр. And even in English, cheese sound very similar. So, all these cheeses are related 🙂
quark must be as dry, as possible. And better is fat-free quark
Ricotta is not alternative to use. Make your quark yourself
Be sure your quark is natural and Do NOT consist gelatine or whatever.
sieve with fine holes
clean fabric, cloth, towels. For better result soak it in the salty water
Pot with thick bottom. Be careful: milk boiling over and stick to the bottom with seconds.
Continue reading “How To Do Estonian Quark Cheese with Caraway Seeds. Sõir.”
Which and who is the right Mom?
In Estonia Mother’s Day (emadepäev in Estonian) is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
The Mother of the Year is award given annually by the Estonian Womens Union, already more than 25 years.
This year suddenly rose up question. Does nominee of this award, the Mother of the Year, must be officially married.
Because nowadays, in the 21st of century there are a lot of single mothers, divorced mothers, gay mothers…..
Easters are over and you have too much boiled eggs ?
Lets make egg butter. And for better serving Sandwich Cake. Traditional Estonian Sandwich Cake is made from rye Bread (look for recipe), but you can use, of course, wheat bread. Because of Easters (and I believe, that as I, you have lot of hard-boiled eggs remaining :)), I used for decoration egg butter.
Depending on your taste, it is possible to make ham-based cake. Or vegetable spread based cake… anyway, choice is yours.
I divided the spreads and decorated Sandwich Cake with two filling.
6 slice of bread means in this recipe 3 layers, for more beautiful result remove bread crusts. If you going to eat cake soon, steep bread with milk or stock. If you have time to set, then steeping is not necessary. Butter gives enough moisture and juiciness.
Sandwich Cake. Võileivatort
A fresh, light Sandwich Cake for a dinner.
Estonian Black Bread is fermented Rye Bread.
For this bread we have even the own word: LEIB.
“white wheat bread” we call “Sai”.
Of course, shops are full of different breads, even with nuts and chocolate.
But some years ago, our first lady Evelin Ilves promoted the homemade bread. So, today, I believe, all Estonian woman has their own home-made bread recipe.
Each estonian eat ca 10 kg white wheat bread and 30 kg black rye bread per year, so Rye bread is very popular and I can say, that this is something very “Estonian”.
24th February is Estonian Independence Day, our republic become 99 years old 🙂
so this is the best day to bake the Estonian traditional rye Leib.
Kohuke- chocolate glazed quark snack is very popular dessert for children breakfast. Estonians can buy from store tens of sorts Kohuke: with different flavours and fillings.
Because of quark, Kohuke is rich of protein and because of chocolate, it is energy bar:)
Lets do Kohuke at home as pop-cakes.
Kohuke. Chocolate Glazed Quark Snack
Kohuke is typical Estonian breakfast dessert. Full of energy and protein.
- ca 100 g quark ( ca 10 pcs Kohuke)
- ca 100 g baking chocolate
- sugar, vanilla… you can add berries, chocolate, coconut…
- Put the quark in to the towel and squeeze as much you can, as dry you can. Quark must be very dry
- season dry quark. NB! do not add too much sugar, because chocolate is sweet, as well
- Roll small balls
- Melt chocolate in to the water bath or micro-oven. Add some cream , if necessary. Chocolate must be liquid and flowing
- Dip quark balls in to the chocolate and cover all sides.
- Let Kohuke dry and harden. Enjoy! Head isu!
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Impossible to write Estonian food blog without quark.
To be honest, I am not sure, which word is right
quark or curd or fromage blanc.
In each country you get the different product with different acidity, texture, consistent….., because of leavening, milk.
Quark is not
.. riccota. Riccota is made from cheese whey, which give the specific taste and texture
… cream cheese. Cream cheese is made from cream and has different consistent, texture, acidity and usually in cream cheese has added salt
… mascarpone. Mascarpone is not fermented product. Protein is curdled with acid.
Estonian quark is made from skimmed milk and mesophilic starter. This is fat-free and mesophilic means, that quark is fermented on the low temperature.
If you have children, call them to join. To make quark is fun process and lesson about chemistry, cooking, health and fermentation 🙂
Homemade Quark. Kohupiim.
A fresh, light, homemade natural quark for several dishes
- 1 litre ” milk” From 1 litre milk you receive ca 200 g quark.
- skimmed milk + ca 150 g sour cream
- fermented milk
- yoghurt. But! Be sure, that yoghurt is not consist thickeners or stabilizers
What to use:
NB! DO NOT use products with signs UHT (ultra high temperature), ESL (extended self life), aseptic, thermized… You need living bacteria and natural product.
- 1. You need:
hot water bath
thigh sieve and (gauze) cloth for straining
- For better result stir as little as possible, and if, then very carefully
- Quark is ready when has formed clumps and whey has separated. It takes ca 40 minute.
- Pour quark through a sieve, to separate whey
[caption id="attachment_8821" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Estonian Quark. Kohupiim[/caption]
2. Pour ” milk” in to a pot, and put pot in to hot water bath. Ideal temperature is 55 C- 65 C. Water bath is not necessary. And if you want result quicker (for example you making lesson for kids:)), do not use water bath but make quark directly on the stove and use higher temperature. Higher temperature gives you less curd, but you get this quicker.
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What is Christmas without pate?
Estonians have not “street food”, because our mothers and grandmothers and their mothers said: this is impolite to eat in street.
Liver pate is quite “street food”, because this is good to have sandwich with pate for example in forest or just outside. Add some salted cucumber and.. delicious!
Delicious liver pate