Tag: Side dish

Estonian flat bread. Vatskid

all ingenious is simple and all simple is ingenious.

Last year I introduced to you Pletskid- Estonian flat bread from very difficult and poor time. When people had just few potatoes and little bit oil.
Vatskid are from South Estonia, as well, but little bit more advanced version. From times when people had at least some buttermilk 🙂

Vatskid was baked on oven on the cabbage leaf. Believe, the most complicated in this recipe is to remove leaves from cabbage  🙂 Cabbage leaf helps keep moisture.

But, of course you can bake them on the ordinary way in hot skillet (without oil) or in the oven.
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Buckwheat and Quark Fritters. Tatra- kohupiimapallid

tatrapall1 (5)Good dish for “meat free Mondays ” 🙂

Notice, that if you change balance of buckwheat and quark  in favour of buckwheat, you receive more crispy result. Eat warm, because cold dish become crispy, as well (what is not bad at all).

In my picture are balls. But if you prefer to serve them as burger, form loaves.

I’m not a big fan of frying these fritters as I barely have time, plus I get my sufficient amount of fat from other sources anyway. 🙂

Therefore, I’ve adapted the  recipe for baking in the oven.

In case you want to fry on to the skillet: leave dough in to the refrigerator at least for  an 1 hour, before frying.

I decided, that buckwheat flour is too expensive, so I did this by myself from buckwheat groats 🙂 In this case  I suggest to use closed mill: blender or similar. otherwise count with cleaning… 🙂
Groats are so light, that they are jumping out from your mixer:)

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Estonian Potatoes and Groats Mash. Mulgipuder

mulgipuder1 (4)Mulgi-Mulgimaa is a district in South-Estonia with its own culture, food and dialect.

My mother is Mulk and so am I. Mulgipuder means Mulgi’s porridge. This dish is very old though. In former times when people had wood burning stoves the porridge was placed on a stove in the morning where it had time to cook and get simmer and better. People just had more time.

Mulgid (the people who lived in Mulgimaa) were wealthy. But because in early times animals were more important than people, they were usually to ones who got to eat the porridge first. And if there was anything left from the dish it was passed on to the rest of the family. Like my mother used to say – the Mulgi’s porridge was a pig food (Bon appĂ©tit! Sorry!)

Despite all, me and Estonians love this dish. It’s very, very nourishing and filling with an option to cook it completely vegan-friendly!

Potato and pearl barley porridge, i.e. potato-barley mash, originates from Southern Estonia. People in Southern Estonia (the Mulgi people) started boiling potatoes and pearl barley together in the second half of the 19th century as the combination was very filling. By the last quarter of the 19th century, this porridge was known all over Estonia. In the second half of the 20th century, this dish reached cafeterias as well and it has by now become a national dish that is served at various official events.

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Buckwheat Salad. Tatrasalat

One more recipe about ” what to do with boiled buckwheat”.

I love buckwheat and in my opinion, it is goes with everything. This is one possible combination

boiled buckwheat
red onion
pickled cucumber
boiled beetroot
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You can serve this with oil- acid sauce, but I like more mayonnaise- sour cream (smetana/creme fraiche) sauce. It makes salad more creamy and nutritious
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Millet Fritters. Hirsikotletid

hirsikotlett1 (5)My husband eats almost everything. And my husband eats everything as long as it’s drowning in mayonnaise or sour cream.
 The only two dishes that still give him traumatizing flashbacks from the past are milk soup and millet.

The latter mainly because he used to serve in a Soviet army somewhere in the Middle East many years ago where one of the main dinners he got to eat a lot was millet porridge which he found terrible.

So, now I did attempt to turn his mind over. And I succeed.

I have been able to successfully change his mind about this dish though. Millet however is not a grain that can be found growing in Estonia which is unfortunate as this interesting yellowish sweet cereal is also very healthy.

In children stories we used to dream about the country, that had “porridge mountains and milk rivers”, and all these mountains have drawn yellow. Like millet.

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Oven Baked Syrniki. Ahjus kĂŒpsetatud SĂ”rnikud

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Syrniki. SÔrnikud http://www.estoniancuisine.com

SÔrnikud made its way to Estonian cuisine from Russia.

As these fluffy quark fritters are very delicious SÔrnikud were quickly adapted by Estonian sweet teeth.

SĂ”r /сыр means in Russian cheese and/or quark. So, these are small cheesecakes 🙂 🙂


I’m not a big fan of frying these cakes as I barely have time, plus I get my sufficient amount of fat from other sources anyway. 🙂


Therefore, I’ve adapted from the original recipe to make SĂ”rnikud suitable for baking in the oven.

 

 

This January, I would like to introduce you to a foreign dish that throughout the years has become more and more popular in Estonia to the point where me and my fellow estonians consider it being part of our national cuisine.

 

 

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Simple Parsnip and Potatoes Rösti. Naeri ja kartuliröstid. Vegetable Recipe

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Parsnip and Potatoes Rösti http://www.estoniancuisine.com

I have the good relationship with vegetables. I love grow plants and I love to eat them. But reason I prefer vegetables is the taste. I love taste of tomatoes or potatoes and this is the reason to enjoy them.
What I can not understand is ” like” food.  Why should carrot taste ” like meat” or zucchini ” like fish” or cauliflower as ” real bread”. Why ?

I love the simplicity. And the pure taste.

If you have electric grater, this is the simplest dinner to make. Because of all vegetables are white, you can add some pumpkin, beetroot or carrot to add some colour.

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Old-school Cabbage-Carrot Salad. Kapsa- porgandisalat.

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Old School Cabbage Carrot Salad http://www.estoniancuisine.com

In 1988-1992 I have been studied in university (this time university last 5 years).  This was very complicated and messy time.
Of course, students are always poor and has complicated life 🙂 But this time in Estonia took place changes.

We have been more than 40 years occupied by soviet union, all this period were lack of food products, deficit. Most of milk and meat and butter,  produced in Estonia,  were sent to the Russia.
But in the beginning of 90-s, was situation very bad. This was not only deficit, but to get any milk, butter, flour, sugar, semolina…. and so one, you must have a special coupon.

 

 

 

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Old School Cabbage Carrot Salad http://www.estoniancuisine.com

today is very cool to be vegan, This time we have to be vegans…we fryed potatoes using water, and this salad was one of the main dish. Vegetables were something, what we had….. Because most of the Estonians had and have some land in country or country grandmothers.
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Kurzeme Stroganoff

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Kurzeme Stroganoff

With this food  I will make a great tribute to our good neighbors Latvians.  But this is a very good dish and I am from South-Estonia, what is almost Latvia:), so let it be in Estonian blog.

Kurzeme Stroganoff

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious Latvian pork stroganoff

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Pumpkin and Vermicelli Fritters. KĂ”rvitsa ja nuudlikotletid. Vegetable Recipe.

The biggest and the hardest part of this case is to grate pumpkin. When this is done, it is the simplest recipe and dish to cook

Pumkin and Vermicelli Fritters

  • Servings: ca 13 pcs
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light vegetable recipe perfect for a dinner.

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Ingredients

  • ca 500 g pumpkin
  • ca 200 ml vermicelli
  • ca 50 g hard cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for cooking and for seasoning salt, pepper, ginger, nutmeg….
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