The World is strange. Estonian woman squishing snails with rainboots heels , but only few hundred kilometers to the south there’s another woman preparing an appetizing dish out of those same snails. Gardeners all over the world are cussing those pesky creatures but the Estonian woman would simply pluck the weeds and….would use the outcome to cook a delicious meal
I am not going to talk about the benefits of nettles, wood sorrel, dandelion leaves and goutweed. You can read this from Wikipedia:) But believe me, they are healthy. The first source of vitamins in spring.
Goutweed tastes like carrots and celery. Nettles are a bit sweet. Dandelion tastes like honey,. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles need to be kept in the boiling water 1-2 minutes. Goutweed and wood sorrel are eatable when fresh.
NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weeds, grown in a pure and clean environment.
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.
I know about Turnip two things.
The First is famous Russian Fairy Tale. And the second, before potato arrived from America, ancient Estonians ate turnips.
Turnip in estonian ” Naeris”. And ” Naeris” means, “laughed”, as well. So, “Naeris naeris”- means “Turnip laughed” 🙂
ca 50 g butter
for seasoning mustard, sour cream and salt, pepper
This is weekend soup, because needs more time for perfect broth
bony chicken is better, ca 600 g
salt, pepper, laurel
per eater 1 potato
1/2 carrot per eater
250 ml flour
50 ml broth
1 tablespoon soft butter
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. Continue reading “Chicken Soup with Dumplings”→
Law nr.1 If in the menu Borsch, You are wearing usually something White 🙂
Beetroot has been used in Estonian cuisine already since the 17th–18th century. A lot of beetroot dishes have reached us through Slavic cuisine, so dishes like Russian beetroot and potato salad, Borscht and cold beetroot soups were known already in the Baltic German cuisine. From then on, beetroot dishes were included among the foods of the pre-war Republic of Estonia.