I used in headline word “mushroom”. But in Estonia, when we are talking about mushrooms, we mean forest and/or wild mushrooms: milk mushrooms, russulas, chanterelle….
As Estonia has an abundance of forest, we like to pick berries and mushrooms.
For winter mushrooms are marinated, or salted or fermented. Or dried.
But the easiest way to freeze. Heat the mushrooms in a skillet until water has evaporated and add butter. Pour mixture into boxes and freeze over winter.
In this photo and recipe I used marinated russulales.( it is very complicated to find english translation, but it seems to be false saffron milkcap)
How to get married?
• On a Midsummer night pick the nine different flowers and put the bouquet under your pillow. Man, you are dreaming of, will be your future husband
• On a Midsummer night go to the sauna and whisk the nice boys. A Sticking birch leaf shows your future husband
• Wash yourself with Midsummer morning dew, it makes you beautiful
• If you can find a fern’s blossom on a Midsummer night, you will be rich and become able to understand animal languages.
So, if you are rich and beautiful and able to speak with everyone, you are will definitely get married 🙂
Jaaniõhtu (Midsummer Eve – 23 June) and Jaanipäev (Midsummer Day, St John’s Day – 24 June) are the most important holidays in the Estonian calendar.
Jaanipäev is summer solstice and we say ” sun do not go down”.
In Estonian fairy tales and literature, there is a tale of two lovers, Koit (dawn) and Hämarik (dusk). These two lovers see each other only once a year and exchange the briefest of kisses on the shortest night of the year. Earth-bound lovers go into the forest looking for the “flower of the fern” which is said to bloom only on that night.
Wash with hot water very carefully cucumbers and jars.
For faster results, you can cut off the ends of cucumbers
Boil 1-litre water.
Add 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon salt
and 1 tablespoon food vinegar (30%)
If you do not like vinegar, make just salted cucumbers:
2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
Put the cucumbers, garlic, peeled horseradish root, dill roots and flowers and black currant leaves (if any) into the jar.
Add Marinade. Cover, but not airtight. Leave to set in room temperature. After few hours ready to eat!
For longer preservation:
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoon food vinegar (30%)
(other as previous).