Tag: vegetable

Turnip and Mushroom Fritters. Kaalika-seenekotletid

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The great vegetable dish. This time I used salted mushroom .

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

and for winter Mushrooms are marinated, or salted or fermented. Or dried

Salted mushroom:
How to remove additional salt are a lot of tips.
My South Estonian relatives told me that they boiling salted mushroom in milk. And after that mushroom look and taste like a fresh.
Second option is  to boil mushroom just in the water.
And the simplest one.  Put mushroom to soak the night before.

Fresh chanterelle: The mushrooms are cleaned without water, with only a clean, dry towel and paring knife. Heat the chanterelle in a skillet without fat/butter until water has evaporated.

Frozen mushroom : melt, fry slightly.

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Potato and Mushroom Casserole. Kartuli ja seenevorm

seene kertulivorm (10)This summer was very warm. In May, June, July, August were hot, 30 C degrees. The Estonian climate is very humid, so warm feels hotter and cold is colder.
I love summer and it would be unfair to whine. But heat spill is that mushroom are not growing. Mushroom needs rain and humidity.

But now in September finally started to rain… 🙂

But still. It is not necessary to use wild mushrooms, this dish will be delicious with champignon as well 🙂

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Estonian Vegetable Salad. Toome salat

toomesalat1(1)Good child has many names.  This Toome salad has an other name “Pail Salad”.

Word “Toome” has two meanings, as well.

Toome- bird cherry, and Toome as international meaning – “Dom”

It was not very long time ago, when from October until May we have not fresh vegetables and fruits.  Around a year were available only few: apple, cabbage, onion, cranberries, cowberries, turnip, carrots. And that is all.
To get all others, we made preserves: salted, marinades, jams, compote…

The origin of the  Toome Salad dates back to this time.
In the autumn put all mothers and grandmothers  this salad ingredients as layers in to the pail. Salad settled overnight, and later, salad was heated, canned in banks  to preserve vitamins for over winter.
Now we have not need for this. Fresh cucumbers are available round a year and we can make this salad every day.

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Summer New Vegetables Milk Soup. Värske köögiviljasupp

piima köögivilja1 (8)This is dish from my childhood.
In June or July, when all vegetables start to mature. Carrots are almost always seeded too closely together. And it is important to thin carrots, they will not grow to maturity unless they have space to do so.
So, you have tiny carrots , first small potatoes are  sweet peas and maybe even first cabbage.. aand this is mean Summer New Vegetables Milk Soup. Easy to do and very delicious.
Of course, you can cook it all year long, but then,. it is not This Soup.

 

 

 

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Cottage Cheese and Potato Salad. Kodujuustu ja kartulisalat

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cottage cheese

Interesting fact: In Estonia, cottage cheese began to be produced in order to meet the cheese production plan set by Moscow to the USSR. The National Planning Committee of the USSR almost doubled the cheese production of the Estonian SSR for the five-year plan, So, this is reason why Estonia began to produce cottage cheese which was reported as cheese in the reports 🙂kogujuustukartulisalat (14)

But still. There is nothing better than fresh new potatoes with little bit salty cottage cheese.
I believe I am not wrong to say that this is a typical Estonian summer dish. Potatoes and cottage cheese and sometimes with herring. Continue reading “Cottage Cheese and Potato Salad. Kodujuustu ja kartulisalat”

Baltic Herring and Potato Casserole. Räime ja kartulivorm

raimevorm1 (2)The Baltic herring is one of the most important fish in the whole of the Baltic Sea and the Estonians’ feeder for centuries.

In 2007 the Baltic herring was announced the national Estonian Fish. The Baltic herring is such an everyday fish for us and believe me, we have a lot of recipe books like ” 100 dishes from Baltic herring”.

Since Baltic Herring are cheap fish, she had a reputation for many years as a poor human food. But because of delicious taste this reputation is gone. And from early spring to late autumn, Baltic Herring is mandatory part of Estonian cuisine.

Especially in spring, because the spring Baltic herring is big, fat and delicious.

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Weed Pie. Umbrohupirukas

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Do you know this fairy tale. About girl, who must, to rescue her brothers, knit a jacket from.. nettles..?

This is a  good story about love.

But to exterminate and consume all weed in your garden….. You do not need so extreme solutions 🙂

Just, bake a pie. From weed. Delicious and weeding in the garden gets some very good point 🙂

Rich, savory custard flecked with things like quark and fresh weed baked in a buttery crust,

I do not write how healthy are nettles, wood sorrel, dandelion leaves and goutweed. You can read this from Wikipedia:) But believe me, they are healthy. The first vitamins source in the spring.

Goutweed taste like carrots and celery. Nettles are little bit sweet. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles keep 1-2 minutes in the boiling water. Goutweed and wood sorrel are edible fresh.
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NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weed, growing in the pure environment.

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Broad Bean Soup. Kõrtsisupp

k6rtsisupp1(6)Beans are traditional Good Friday dish.

Barley has been cultivated in Estonia longer than any other crops – for over 4,000 years. And pearl barley has been a staple food for Estonians through the ages; it has even been a food fit for celebrations. In the olden days, the tradition in Estonian villages was to make sauerkraut soup with pork and barley groats on Thursdays and Sundays.

You can cook this soup on the traditional way: swell beans and barley overnight. Prepare beautiful and delicious broth, and cook up to 2 hours.

But I recommend the easier and faster ”everyday version”:

This soup has enough flavours, so you can cook this without meat. If needed add some meat leftovers or strengthen flavour with ready broth.
And Use prepared/canned beans and barley groats.

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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 appétit! 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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Weekdays Rassolnik. Argipäeva Rassolnik

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.

Rassolnik is light vegetable soup. As name says “rassolnik “-“rassol” means in Russian cucumber brine.  So, this soup contains and has specific salted cucumbers taste.

If you follow my blog, You know, that I prefer dishes that do not take much time to prepare. Yes, you can cook proper broth. But in weekdays I have not time for this.

I make this soup using meat leftovers and/or season this soup with stock fond.

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