Homemade Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage, Hapukapsas is a very important and popular dish in Estonia during the autumn-winter time and mandatory food during Christmas time.
In ancient time, Hapukapsas and cranberries were only sources of C vitamin, during winter time.
Sauerkraut is fermented food and this is not the only source of vitamin, this is the source of the probiotic bacterium and this is excellent for your health.
If you want a simple, delicious, low-calorie and all natural healthy salad this is it!
Very delicious and nutritious Salad. Recently I heard from one Australian Tv cooking show, that broad bean must be peeled before eating. I do not know. I heard this first time. So, if you have a lot of time, you welcome to clean and peel. But I use and eat broad bean as you can see from photo. Unpeeled.
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.
Estonians are the singing nation. We regained independence without any bloodshed only by singing…
The Singing Revolution lasted over 4 years and In 1990 Estonians promised to eat even potato peelings in name of independent state.
In order to handle the deficit, in 1990 the government established a rationing system. This meant that for buying a product in a shop one had to produce not just a bank-note – the rouble – but also a special coupon. The coupon was actually a simple piece of paper cut out from a printed A4 sheet. These coupons were distributed to households according to the number of family members.
1991, 20th of august we got freedom and independent state. Few months later were stores full of different goods and food. Would be only money for that 🙂
But, we still like potato skins, because of delicious taste 🙂
And now, one more recipe. You need salt and garlic and a little bit of time to get very delicious solution,
Black currant leaves and horse-radish leaves and root are necessary to get the perfect Estonian taste.
Where to use ? Eat as appetizer or with sandwich. Or cook seljanka, Kurzeme stroganoff or Rassolnik.
Interesting fact: In Estonia, cottage cheese began to be produced in order to meet the cheese production plan set by Moscow to the USSR. The National Planning Committee of the USSR almost doubled the cheese production of the Estonian SSR for the five-year plan, So, this is reason why Estonia began to produce cottage cheese which was reported as cheese in the reports 🙂