Tag: Retro

Mayonnaise Cookies. Majoneesiküpsised

majoneesikypsis (3)Estonian first University was established in 1632 and The University of Tartu is among the top 2% of the world`s univerities and the highest ranked in the Baltic States.
We are very proud of our educational system.
Estonia, Finland and Canada rank high on PISA tests. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.

Estonia is a digital society.
I need only 5 minutes to fill out a declaration of my income tax or get a doctor prescription or to participate in elections. Because of e- state and e- government.
Estonia has started teaching first graders to code.  And final GoCompare research has revealed Tallinn to be the world best city for millenians starting a business 🙂

September 1 is celebrated as Knowledge Day in Estonia. School Summer Holiday is over and an academic year runs again  from 1 September.

Lets celebrate with us and prepare simple retro Mayonnaise Cookies.
Despite the Mayonnaise these cookies are sweet.

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Estonian Vegetable Salad. Toome salat

toomesalat1(1)Good child has many names.  This Toome salad has an other name “Pail Salad”.

Word “Toome” has two meanings, as well.

Toome- bird cherry, and Toome as international meaning – “Dom”

It was not very long time ago, when from October until May we have not fresh vegetables and fruits.  Around a year were available only few: apple, cabbage, onion, cranberries, cowberries, turnip, carrots. And that is all.
To get all others, we made preserves: salted, marinades, jams, compote…

The origin of the  Toome Salad dates back to this time.
In the autumn put all mothers and grandmothers  this salad ingredients as layers in to the pail. Salad settled overnight, and later, salad was heated, canned in banks  to preserve vitamins for over winter.
Now we have not need for this. Fresh cucumbers are available round a year and we can make this salad every day.

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Sausage Sauce. Vorstikaste

vorstikaste1(2)This is one very retro dish.

My generation was served  Sausage Sauce for dinner at school .

And this was one of the our favourite school lunch dish.
At school  the table was already set . Plates were on the tables and food in big bowls.

Who was quicker to run, got a bigger portion 🙂
Today, at home I do this very rarely.

I added tomato pasta, because of better picture:) but you can leave this out.  This dish is made from cooked sausage. But you can use frankfurters.

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Layered Dessert with Rye Bread. Taani talutüdruk

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This is a very very simple dessert, but amazingly delicious.

In Estonia we call this dessert ” Taani talutüdruk”.
In direct translation ” Taani talutüdruk” means ” Danish farm girl”. Æblekage med ristet rasp/Gammeldags æblekage.

This dessert is very popular in Estonia because of the taste and simplicity.

Danes serve this with apple jam. Taani talutüdruk in Estonian style is with cowberry or cranberry or black currant jam.
For more better result we add some Kama  in to the curd cream to get more flavour.
On my photo I used cowberry- apple jam and Estonian rye bread.
How to do Estonian Rye bread
How to do cowberry- apple jam

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Moscow Buns. Moskva saiakesed

Moscow Buns are retro. I used to buy these delicious treats as a child from our local bakery where they were served fresh and warm straight from the oven.
I’m not quite familiar with the origin of this bun’s name or why it has ‘Moscow’ in it. I assume that the background of these pies is similar to many other classic Soviet era pastry recipes. Due to the lack of products, bakers used to replace the ingredients in the original recipe with whatever was available and got a new recipe.

Unlike Danish buttery pastries the dough you need doesn’t need to be as complicated  buttery yeast dough, but yeast dough just combined with butter
The filling used in these buns is not some fancy expensive cream but a simple mix that contains semolina and whole eggs. Please note that Moscow buns don’t contain any fruit.

Good old Google says that Moscow buns were invented in Estonia…who knows, it’s possible. 🙂 🙂

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Cake Spotted Dog. Kirju koer

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If you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious dessert, your search is over!
Kirju Koer is one of my favourite simple desserts, just because it’s so easy to make and still as tasty. The perfect and very very sweet old school dessert or cake.

It is up to you, How to you like to call this:)
Kirju koer means Spotted Dog and this name came from how this cake look like. This is a perfect combination of sweet and sour, tart marmalade pieces complement very well bitterness of chocolate and sweet cookies.
For this dessert you need old school marmalade. I am not sure, that you can buy it in your country, In case it is impossible, use just berries and fruits.

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Cake Spotted Dog. Kirju koer

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Cake Spotted Dog. Kirju koer

marmelaad

If you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious dessert, your search is over!
Kirju Koer is one of my favourite simple desserts, just because it’s so easy to make and still as tasty. The perfect and very very sweet old school dessert or cake.

It is up to you, How to you like to call this:)
Kirju koer means Spotted Dog and this name came from how this cake look like. This is a perfect combination of sweet and sour, tart marmalade pieces complement very well bitterness of chocolate and sweet cookies.
For this dessert you need old school marmalade. I am not sure, that you can buy it in your country, In case it is impossible, use just berries and fruits.

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Cake Spotted Dog. Kirju koer

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“Curly Top” Cake. Kräsupea kook

krasupea1(10)Father’s Day in Estonia is always celebrated and observed on Second Sunday of November each year. So, Happy Fathers Day!!!
And lets bake one cake for all fathers 🙂

This is “retro” cake. A sour cream layer cake with a topping made from chunks of white cake mixed with sour cream that looks like a curly hairdo (kräsupea). This cake from times, when in stores were nothing.
My cake look very decent 🙂 ( to get better photo 🙂 ). I did not made last layer from cake cubes but as usual layer.

For lazy people tip: you can use just cookies and do not waste time for baking layers.
For better result leave cake to set overnight.

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Apple Cake by Moonika. Moonika õunakook

Monika kook1(19)This is again the very simple cake. If you do not have time, use biscuit cookies (like Lady Fingers or similar) for bottom and ready Pudding.

Apples are not my first choice. Apples are usual. And if you have so wide choice, why to pick the apples?

And then somewhere someone serving to me some apple jam and…I am sold.
My mother told me, when I was baby I had very bad appetite. One trick to make me eat was use everywhere apple jam and hide others ingredients and food under it 🙂

The key of this cake is apple jam. Specific  mild apple taste.

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The Cat Artur Cake. Revised. Kass Arturi kook

 

Estonia has not link with the corn. We have too cold climate to grow maize.
In 1953 was Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev (Hruštšov). He was an interesting type. Made efforts to turn rivers upside down and grow corn everywhere. Even in North.
So, Estonian farmers tried to grow corn, and result was, that corn crown ca 30 cm in length. Suitable only for animal fodder 🙂

In 80s year was in Estonia very popular children  TV show
” Saturday Evening with Daddy”. Presenters were uncle Raivo and big fat red cat Artur.

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Cat Artur

And in this show was presented and introduced The Cat Artur Cake.  This was very simple but extra sweet combination from special toffee candies and sweet corn sticks.
I am not very sure that you have both of them in your country, so I did revised version.  (And this is less sweet and even better 🙂 :).)

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Original Sweet Corn Sticks

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