Cauliflower Casserole

You probably know this old joke.

Mother: why did you buy for child potato chips?!
Grandmother: But potato is vegetable and vegetables are healthy.
I present to you one nice healthy 🙂 vegetable casserole. Suitable as main dish or side dish.

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Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower Casserole

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 1hr
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light vegetable casserole perfect for a dinner.

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Estonian Black Bread. Leib

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Estonian Black Bread. Leib

Estonian Black Bread is fermented Rye Bread.
For this bread we have even the own word: LEIB.
“white wheat bread” we call “Sai”.

Of course, shops are  full of different breads, even with nuts and chocolate.
But some years ago, our first lady Evelin Ilves promoted the homemade bread. So, today, I believe, all Estonian woman has their own home-made bread recipe.

Each estonian eat  ca 10 kg white wheat bread and 30 kg black rye bread per year, so Rye bread is very popular and I can say, that this is something very “Estonian”.

24th February is Estonian Independence Day,  our republic become 99 years old 🙂
so this is the best day to bake the Estonian traditional rye Leib.

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Estonian Style Sauerkraut with Pork and Barley. Mulgikapsad

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Estonian Style Sauerkraut with Pork and Barley. Mulgikapsad

Estonian Style Sauerkraut with Pork and Barley is called ” Mulgikapsad”. Kapsad- means Cabbage and
Mulgi- Mulgimaa is area  in South-Estonia, with own culture, traditions, food and dialect.

This area and culture is perfect example about the globalisation already in 19th of century. During the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865 was lack of cotton and price was very high.
So, was demand for alternatives. South Estonia, Mulgimaa has perfect conditions for cultivation of linen. Bondage was in Estonia abolished 1816, but still farmers were very poor and land was owned by landlords. But because of America and demand for linen, farmers gets enough money to buy from landlords land and farms. And this area become rich and successful. This made others little bit jealous and they started to call people and this area Mulgimaa 🙂
In Latvia means word- Mulk- ” silly” and in Estonia it means “hole”- in meaning that the all richness went in to the one hole…:)

I am Mulk ( person, who is living and born in Mulgimaa), as well. My mothers ancestry have been lived in Mulgimaa more than 400 years. Maybe more, but we have first written documents from 1630 of year 🙂

Mulgikapsad can be served as a meal unto itself, usually with boiled potato and certainly with some fermented milk for drink. You may cook this as vegan, without meat.

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Mashed Potatoes

dsc01737Maybe it is not very original food, but because this is very typical in Estonian cuisine, as well, I will add this. Each Estonian eat ca 100 kilo potatoes in year  !

My father was kid after war. and he is talking about times, when to “cheat” classmates that they have enough butter at home, they spread mashed potato between sandwich…Potato porridge seems like butter 🙂

Mashed Potatoes

  • Servings: 3
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light compliment for a dinner.

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Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 5-6 potatoes
  • 0,5 glass of milk
  • 25 g butter
  • salt

Directions

  1. peel potatoes and cut in to four. Put in to cold water and cook ca 20 minutes, while potatoes are ready
  2. Drain water from potatoes and put the pot back to the stove
  3. Add butter and milk. Let milk to warm
  4. Mash potatoes and season
  5. Head isu!

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Pumpkin Salad

dsc01188Pumpkin Salad is mandatory salad on Estonian Christmas table. Together with Cowberry- Apple salad, Black Pudding and Roast Pork.

My salad is not very sweet. I like more sweet and sour.

Pumpkin Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pumpkin Salad is mandatory salad on Estonian Christmas table.

Ingredients

    One 0,5 litre jar
  • 300 g pumpkin, chopped in to small cubes
  • 1,5 glass of water
  • 0,5 glass of sugar
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 spice
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  • 1,5 tablespoon 30% food vinegar

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients- excluded vinegar,in to the pot, bring to boil.
  2. 2.Decrease heat and  let simmer, while pumpkin is ready. Add vinegar.
  3. Pour in to the clean jar, and close airtight.

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Barley Scone. Karask

Barley Scone. Karask.

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30mins
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Karask is Estonian National Food. A fresh, oven-warm Karask with fresh butter is delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 litre sour milk
  • 1/2 cup Barley flour
  • 3/4 cup low quality wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, sugar and
  • 1/2 soda
  • seeds, cumins

Directions

  1. In a bowl, toss together flour with salt, sugar, soda.
  2. Add whipped egg
  3. And sour milk and oil
  4. If you wish, add cumins. And/or cover Karask with seeds.
  5. Pour pastry baking paper lined form or oven plate.
  6. Bake 200 C ca 20 min

 

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