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Estonian Pea Soup. Hernesupp

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Traditional Pea Soup. Hernesupp

Vastlapäev, known as Shrove Tuesday in much of the English-speaking world, the Estonians celebrate this day a little differently.

Instead of pancakes, we eat split pea soup and the delicious Vastlakukkel cream cake.
Traditionally children will sled down any available hill of snow, to get “long linens”.  And not only children. Tomorrow, after meeting I am going with my colleges  to sled, as well.
And later we have pea soup and Vastlakukkel!
Today, of course nobody care about linen, this is just for fun:)

The name Vastlapaev is taken from the German word “fasten” (to fast). And after Vastlapäev started fast, because meat was ran out.

Traditional pea soup takes time, so this is reasonable to cook more soup and leftovers freeze or store in clean airtight jar.

Traditional Estonian Pea Soup. Hernesupp

  • Servings: 4-6
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Traditional Estonian Pea Soup takes time, but it is worth it

Ingredients

  • 500 g pork, best is (smoked) leg or ribs or pork belly
  • 0,5 glass of pearl barley
  • 400 g dried yellow peas
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • for seasoning salt, mustard, pepper, garlic

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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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Sauerkraut Soup. Hapukapsasupp

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Sauerkraut Soup. Hapukapsasupp

Soup from Sauerkraut, fermented cabbage, is very easy to cook.

How to make Sauerkraut, look at this recipe

Sauerkraut Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sauerkraut sour and salty soup is warming winter-time dish, which needs time to get best result

Ingredients

  • ca 500 g streaky and fat pork with bones
  • 500 g sauerkraut
  • 1/2 cup barley groats
  • 3 litre cold water
  • 1 grated carrot and onion, if you cabbage is not contains carrot
  • salt, pepper, bay leaf,sugar, mustard, caraway seeds and vodka

Directions

  1. Put meat, cabbage and barley in to cold water, and let to boil
  2. Remove foam
  3. Add salt, pepper, bay leaf and let soup simmer while all ingredients ready (min 1 hour)
  4. Add grated carrot and onion.
  5. Season and let soup simmer, while all flavours are felt. As much time you have to let soup simmer, as best result you get.
  6. Serve with sour- cream. Head isu!

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Vegetable Soup. Village Soup. Külasupp.

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Vegetable Soup. Village Soup. Külasupp

This is easy and delicious vegetable soup.

Vegetable Soup. Village Soup. Külasupp.

  • Servings: 4-6
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A tasty vegetable soup, easy to cook

Ingredients

  • ca 0,5 glass groats. If using natural groats, let them at least 1 hour to swell
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 turnip
  • smoked ribs or ham
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt, pepper, bay leaf
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Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut. Sealiha hapukapsaga

As You probably know, Estonians are the least religious nation.
The Estonian word jõulud (Christmas) is of ancient Scandinavian origin and comes directly from the word Jul/ Hjul  which means “cycle”,  and has no real connection with Christianity.

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Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut. Sealiha hapukapsaga

In 22th of December the Sun rises in Estonia at 9. 17 a clock and  sets at 15.22. So, we do not need any fairy tales. We have very practical reason to celebrate 🙂
Jõulud as the winter solstice , when the day is the shortest and the night the longest, is celebrated between December 21 and 25. According to folk-tradition, “the sun was laying in the nest” and the day was celebrated as the Sun’s birthday. From that day on, the Sun started to rise and move slowly to the north again.

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Duck Legs with Cranberries

This is weekend food for lazy people 🙂

Duck Legs with Cranberries

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious slow cooking food for weekend.

Ingredients

  • 4 duck legs
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3-4 bay leaf
  • ca 100 g cranberries, slovenly crushed
  • salt, pepper

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Duck Legs with Cranberries

Directions

  1. Rub the duck legs with garlic, cranberries and bay leaf. And leave set for overnight ( in fridge)
  2. Preheat oven up to a maximum ( 220 C)
  3. Season duck with pepper and salt
  4. Cover oven pot with lid and reduce heat up to 165
  5. Cook 3 hours.
  6. Head isu!


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Duck Legs With Cranberries

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Pearl Barley Risotto. Orsoto.

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St Catherine’s Day, Kadripäev, Nov 25 has been named after St Catherine, the patron saint of sheep. The mores and songs of St Catherine’s Day were very similar to the mores of St Martin’s Day.
St Catherine’s Day was probably an ancient holiday, the beginning of women’s wintry handicraft was celebrated. During the winter, the women had to spin yard and thread from wool and flax and knit fabric and clothes for the whole family.
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Chicken Soup with Dumplings

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Chicken Soup with Dumplings

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is weekend soup, because needs more time for perfect broth

Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Ingredients

    Broth
  • bony chicken is  better, ca 600 g
  • salt, pepper, laurel
  • For Soup

  • per eater 1 potato
  • 1/2 carrot per eater
  • 1 onion
  • For Dumplings

  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml flour
  • 50 ml broth
  • 1 tablespoon soft butter
  • (salt)

Directions


1. Place the chicken in a large pot. Pour cold water over the bones
2. Bring the broth to a boil
3. Remove the impurities that float to the surface. A frothy/foamy layer will form and it
can be easily scooped off with a big spoon. Throw this part away.
4. Add  salt, pepper, spices
5. Reduce to a simmer and simmer until done
6. Boil min 30 minute, while chicken is ready. Ideal would be 1 hour.
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