Tag: Quick dinner

Nettle and Goutweed Soup. Nõgese- ja naadisupp

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Weed Soup. Nõgesesupp

The World is strange. Estonian woman squishing snails with rainboots heels , but only few hundred kilometers to the south there’s another woman preparing an appetizing dish out of those same snails. Gardeners all over the world are cussing those pesky creatures but the Estonian woman would simply pluck the weeds and….would use the outcome to cook a delicious meal

I am not going to talk about the benefits of nettles, wood sorrel, dandelion leaves and goutweed. You can read this from Wikipedia:) But believe me, they are healthy. The first  source of vitamins in spring.

Goutweed tastes like carrots and celery. Nettles are a  bit sweet. Dandelion tastes like honey,. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles need to be kept in the boiling water 1-2 minutes. Goutweed and wood sorrel are eatable when fresh.

NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weeds, grown in a pure and clean environment.

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Fresh Salad with Rye Bread

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Fresh Salad with Black Bread

What do you think, is it possible to stay hungry in Italy or France ?

At Cookingwithoutlimits was discussion about food experience during trips, travelling. The first rule is: look at for place, where locals eat.

Do you know this saying: breakfast eat yourself, lunch share with friend and dinner give to enemy?

In Estonia we eat dinner usually at 6-7 pm. Because we used to, because you should “give your dinner to enemy”, because we have been studied, that between last meal and sleep must be at least 3-4 hours.  So, during traveling is the most complicated challenge is to find place with locals. Because…. Mediterranean countries they start their dinner at 9.. 10 o clock:) And when we are looking for place.. restaurants are empty (or still closed) 🙂

Few years ago we were with family in Spain, Torremolinos. Knowing, how complicated is to find good place for dinner I did search. and ( probably?) Tripadvisor told me the name of the good place for dinner.
So we drawled time.. till 8 o clock and went to this place. It was empty, Few tourist couples only with us. ” jee… popular place..”, was I angry. Sorry,
I do not remember this place-name. But it look like quite poor and cheap: white plastic tables and chairs. We did not understand menu and asked same food, what had our neighboring table. This was only fish and seafood restaurant. We got our food, this was delicious and we kept wondering, why this rated place with amazing food is still empty.
Was a half past eight… and… suddenly appeared crowds:) When we finished our meal, all tables were full and a very long queue waited for opportunity to get dinner..:)

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Chicken and Rice

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Chicken and Rice

  • Servings: 4-6
  • 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”

Turnip Soup

Turnip Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
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I know about Turnip two things.
The First is famous Russian Fairy Tale. And the second, before potato arrived from America, ancient Estonians ate turnips.
Turnip in estonian ” Naeris”. And ” Naeris” means, “laughed”, as well. So, “Naeris naeris”- means “Turnip laughed” 🙂

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Turnip Soup

Ingredients

  • onion
  • 2 carrots
  • ca 50 g butter
  • 2 potato
  • 2 turnips
  • 2 apple
  • for seasoning mustard, sour cream and salt, pepper

Directions


1. Chop vegetables
2. Turn on the Kettle
3. Melt in the pot butter and add onion and carrot
4. Pour in boiling water
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Meat Ball Soup. Frikadellisupp

Meat Ball Soup. Frikadellisupp.

  • Servings: 4-6
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Meat Ball Soup. Frikadellisupp

Ingredients


For Frikadellid (36 pcs)
– 400 g minced meat
– 1 clove garlic
– 1 egg
– 100 ml cold water
– 2 tablespoon grated bread or slice a bread
– salt, pepper

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– 1 potato per eater
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Cabbage and Minced Meat Stew

Cabbage and Minced Meat Stew

  • Servings: 4
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Ingredients

  • ca 600 g minced meat. Best is 50% pork and 50% beef
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small cabbage
  • 200 ml cream
  • salt, pepper, thyme

Directions

  1. Cook in hot oil minced meat and onion, garlic
  2. Add cutted cabbage and ca 200 ml hot water, Season.
  3. Mix together and stew under the lid ca 10 min, while cabbage ready
  4. Add cream. Boil. Taste.
  5. Serve with boiled potatos.

Soundtrack Põhja-Tallinn “Meil on aega veel”

Borsch. A Simpler Version

Law nr.1 If in the menu Borsch, You are wearing usually something White 🙂

Beetroot has been used in Estonian cuisine already since the 17th–18th century. A lot of beetroot dishes have reached us through Slavic cuisine, so dishes like Russian beetroot and potato salad, Borscht and cold beetroot soups were known already in the Baltic German cuisine. From then on, beetroot dishes were included among the foods of the pre-war Republic of Estonia.

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