Tag: Side dish

Pumpkin and Vermicelli Fritters

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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Simple Mushroom salad

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I used in headline word “mushroom”. But in Estonia, when we are talking about mushrooms, we mean forest and/or wild mushrooms: milk mushrooms, russulas, chanterelle….

As Estonia has an abundance of forest, we like to pick berries and mushrooms.

For winter mushrooms are  marinated, or salted or fermented. Or dried.
But the easiest way to freeze.  Heat the mushrooms in a skillet until water has evaporated and add butter. Pour mixture into boxes and freeze over winter.

In this photo and recipe I used marinated russulales.( it is very complicated to find english translation, but it seems to be  false saffron milkcap)

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Simple Mushroom Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light snack.

Ingredients

  • 300 g mushrooms
  • 2 (red) onion, chopped
  • 150 g sour cream

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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
  • 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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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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How To Do Estonian Quark Cheese with Caraway Seeds. Sõir.

s6ir (1)Sõir, Estonian Quark Cheese with caraway seeds is very known in South Estonia. And this is my father recipe.
Traditionally was it dish for Midsummer and Pentecost.
Do you know, that in Latvian is cheese – Siers and in Russian сыр. And even in English, cheese sound very similar. So, all these cheeses are related 🙂

Important:
quark must be as dry, as possible. And better is fat-free quark
Ricotta is not alternative to use. Make your quark yourself
Be sure your quark is natural and Do NOT consist gelatine or whatever.

You need:
sieve with fine holes
clean fabric, cloth, towels. For better result soak it in the salty water
Pot with thick bottom. Be careful: milk boiling over and stick to the bottom with seconds.
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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”

Filled Eggs

dsc01195Easters in Estonian ” Lihavõtted”. which mean in direct transaltion: take a meat, have a meat. Probably because after long winter was again possibility to eat some meat.

As probably everywhere we have tradition to paint eggs. My generations do not use synthetic colors, we paint eggs with onion skins or birch leaves.

And one more interesting fact. In Estonia we have day off only 14th of April.  We want to work so much..:)…

Filled Eggs can not miss from Estonian festive menu.

You can keep eggs simple, as in my picture. Or you can make them fancy, add some shrimps, caviar, fill eggs  by using squirt.

Filled Eggs

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Filled Eggs are Mandatory snack in Estonian Festive menu

Ingredients

  • 3 hard-boiled eggs (15 min in cold water)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

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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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