Tag: Quick dinner

Kama. Estonian “muesli”

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Estonian Kama

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””

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Chanterelle Sauce. Kukeseenekaste

Chanterelle Sauce with fresh and boiled new potatoes in something MUST be in the summer. Fresh mushrooms and fresh potatoes and lot of fresh dill. 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. 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 does not need blanching.

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Chanterelle Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light, chanterelle sauce is perfect for a summer dinner.


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How to make Estonian Potato Flat Bread. Kartulipletskid

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.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 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.

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Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb and Horseradish

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Pork tenderloin with rhubarb

I heard a beautiful song,  Soundtrack.

But.. as usual, any information about what song it is and who was presenting this song ( is this not unlawful?!)

Anyway.  I wanted to know.
I brought a computer . Throw front of the television. Reversed film.

Opened midomi.com, but… some problems with microphones and I failed. No result.
But, wait, I have a phone and SoundHound!
Next attempt.
No results. Saying the program.
I am trying to song it by myself, but 12 years as chorist is nothing. Program does not recognize my song.

I scroll the film back and forth.. and finally!
at least!  program saying to me: Why worry? This is Dire Straits and Brothers in Arms.

Yesss!! I am happy and start to listen to.. Brothers in Arms.
BUT. This is NOT THIS song!!?

Next attempt and second attempt. And no result,
Only consolation, my dear,
Why worry?  xvihoqcb…. Yes, I AM worry !!!!!! Because… I want to know what song it is ?!
Finally I tried some other song… and

realized, that…
this was the song title…
” Why worry”…. 🙂 🙂

So, do not worry about rhubarb, I have one more recipe 🙂 Continue reading “Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb and Horseradish”

After Party Soup. Seljanka

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After Party Soup. Seljanka

Jaaniõhtu (Midsummer Eve – 23 June) and Jaanipäev (Midsummer Day, St John’s Day – 24 June) are the most important holidays in the Estonian calendar.
The Jaanipäev celebrations were merged with the celebration of Võidupüha (Victory Day) after the War of Independence, when the Estonian forces defeated the German troops on 23 June 1919.
So, we have long holiday 🙂

Jaanipäev is summer solstice and we say ” sun do not go down”. Even at 10 pm you can read book, because is enough light 🙂 This is the day, when all children has permission to be awake overnight.

To be honest. Because of global warming summer is not summer anymore. My birthday is 17th of June, and few years ago in my birthday was snowing !
And about Jaanipäev- yes we have bonfires, but usually exactly this evening is raining or lot of mosquitoes and.. this is not very fun:)
But still until today  we believe: the lighting of the bonfire and jumping over it. This is  a way of guaranteeing prosperity and avoiding bad luck.
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.

So, this is important day for young pars…:) and lot of grill and chill. And next morning you just need a sour and sweet soup. I do not call this Selyanka, because real Selyanka is little bit different. But very similar:) This is Selyanka-type soup. Continue reading “After Party Soup. Seljanka”

Minced Meat Sauce. Hakklihakaste

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Minced Meat Sauce

We have saying: where are two Estonians, there are three opinions and four political parties ( and as added our president Kersti Kaljulaid .. five tweets and six Facebook posts and seven online headlines which has a different messages.

I believe that in the internet there are at least billion food photos, And on the same time I believe that at least half of it is staged and better than in the real life.
In the real life we do not know, how and what  people are eating.

When I talk about Estonians in my blog I certainly generalize.

One important topic is sauce.  When I say: Estonians making sauce. It means a different things:
A friend told me, that there are only few families who care cook some sauce. Most people do not make sauce at all; some of them use a cold sauce, which means sour cream with some greens.

but I am about to tell you about the real warm Estonian sauce that makes Gordon Ramsay swoon.

To cook a typical Estonian sauce you should mix could water with some flour and pour the mixture into the boiling cream or milk. and yes, there are different understandings and schools:) Some people prefer milk, some cream with 10% fat and some people cream with 35% fat,

And one more interesting fact. In Estonia there are two words that can be used to call a ” sauce”. Similar the English word ” sauce” we have ” soust”. ” soust” is more rustic and thicker,. The second word is “kaste”, which is coming from the words watering, moistening.
This is easy and very quick Sauce, which probably do not need any recipe. But, because this is very traditional in Estonian food-table, let it be:)

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Estonian Milk Soup

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Milk Soup

Do Estonians have a comfort food?

I believe that we can call our Milk Soup as comfort food. All our Mothers made a milk soup at night. When the child’s stomach had suddenly become so empty 🙂

Milk soup is very easy to make, it gets ready quickly and as milk is rich of B vitamin, it makes you calm and helps you sleep.

However, this comfort food has sometimes been complicated 🙂
During the Soviet times at school on Mondays we were always served a bowl of milk soup for lunch.  Of course, I hated it:)
In a very popular book called ” Kasuema” by Silvia Rannamaa, which describes the life of a youngster during the 60s, the ” Milk soup Mondays” were compared to Dickens poorhouses 🙂 believe me, despite the fact that this book was very popular it certainly did not help to rise the popularity  of milk soups.
But again, we can call Milk soup a comfort food. On Mondays, you have enough power to start your 🙂 school week.

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Tallinna Vürtsikilu (Spiced sprat) Sandwich

And yes, you can not believe this, but traditionally the milk soup is served with some spiced sprat (Tallinna Vürtsikilu) sandwiches 🙂

You can replace pasta with rice, barley, semolina or dumplings. Recipe is the same.
For Dumpling Soup bring milk to boil, reduce heat and add small dumplings. Dumpling recipe you can find here.

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Milk Soup

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6 Simple Salad to accompany the main dish

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I have been to many countries, and one of the biggest differences in eating culture/habits/cuicine is how salad is served.
Salad as a main or separate dish, this is understandable. You can have Caesare Salad for lunch for example.

But, how is salad served, as accompany for the main dish, are differences between countries.

There are three courses in most countries : appetizer;  main dish, which includes protein and salad and then dessert.

However, there are exceptions, as well. I was  amazed to see that in Portugal rice and potato (with some meat/fish) were served on the same plate  .. In addition to that we visited a restaurant with a very  generous cook  in Malta 🙂 french fries, boiled potato, couscous, pasta were on the same plate.  And some bread of course. and a LOT of meat 🙂 Continue reading “6 Simple Salad to accompany the main dish”

Smoked Baltic Herring and Pasta casserole

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Smoked Baltic Herring and Pasta Casserole

We need to talk about fish.
You can read from several Estonian official newspapers and brochures that we are very proud of our fish. And yes. There is a reason to be proud.
When you are planning  to visit our Estonian lovely islands you just have to try the local fresh whitefish or smoked eel and flounder. Furthermore, in the Eastern part of Estonia  with numerous beautiful lakes you can buy fresh bream, pike, perch….from local fishman .
But in my blog you can only see few fish recipes.

There are two reasons. Firstly, there just are not much fish.   75% of local fish is exported to foreign countries. On the one hand, it is good, But where is the joy in visiting an estonian store, and being forced to choose from fishes like trout and salmon.. from Norway 🙂  not local …

Seasonally you can buy Baltic Herring.

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#recipeswap Croatian Zagreb schnitzel

horvatia (3)What do you know about Croatia?
My husband (he is the huge sport fan) answered:

Ooo. Of course I know. They are great basketball players.
And he called to me the entire team 🙂
How do not you know Dražen Petrović (was a Croatian professional basketball player)?
And their football is quite good as well, Take
Modric Jersey and Ivan Rakitic, for example. But we are better,
he laughed. In March we had friendship play between Estonia and Croatia, and we won 3:0.(this was miracle :))

Mom, what about Dalmatian, asked my daughter.

What do you know about Croatia?
I asked from my friends: Ooo. Of course I know. Dubrovnik and Krk. These  are very popular holiday destinations. Capital city is Zagreb, small beautiful country with amazing sandy beach on the Adriatic coast and handsome mountains.

So, I believe, you understood me. Croatia is country, where tall athletic men walking with spotty dogs on the beach 🙂

I am never been in Croatia, it is in my holiday bucket list. And when Tea from Little Finger proposed me cooperation, to swap recipes. I agreed, because Tea blog is wonderful and I do not know anything about Croatian food.

So, please let me introduce to you Zagreb schnitzel. Other amazing Croatian recipes you can find from Tea blog Little Finger. Continue reading “#recipeswap Croatian Zagreb schnitzel”