Homemade Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage, Hapukapsas is a very important and popular dish in Estonia during autumn winter time and mandatory food during Christmas time.
In ancient time, Hapukapsas and cranberries were only sources of C vitamin, during wintertime.
Sauerkraut is a fermented food and this is not the only a source of vitamin, but this is also a source of the probiotic bacterium and this is excellent for your health.
One wonderful salad recipe.
Continue reading “Sauerkraut and Beetroot Salad. Hapukapsa-peedisalat”
Should dessert be healthy?
Probably not. Dessert must be sweet and tasty and easy to cook.
But little bit healthiness does not make bad.
This is an interesting and very delicious combination of carrots and barley groats. Sweet carrots and neutral barley complement each other and cold milk makes this everything just amazing.
This is a very good recipe in case you cooked too much barley.
Continue reading “Barley Groats and Carrot Pudding. Porgandi ja kruubivorm”
Sweet and sour braised turnips can be served as a side dish with some meat or main dish.
I do not know. Does it is international that children just do not like some food? Like blue cheese and olives? ( or children who grow up in the Mediterranean are fond of olives??)
When I was a child I hated braised and boiled carrots and turnips. And, blue cheese and olives, of course 🙂
Now I am grown up and I can say that there is nothing better than braised turnips.
Sweet of turnips are balanced with cranberry acid. And this is the perfect side dish. This time I served it with grilled cheese.
Continue reading “Braised turnips with cranberry sauce. Stoovitud kaalikad jõhvikakastmega”
before potato arrived from America, ancient Estonians ate beans and peas. From old cookbooks, You can find a lot of dishes from peas and barley. Nowadays, vegetarian dishes are once again in vogue and peas and bean are ruling 😉
Continue reading “Broad Beans Fritters. Oakäkid”
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.
This is very simple mushroom soup. If you believe that barley takes too much time, replace it with rice,
I use frozen mushrooms. They do not need any additional cooking, while they are already prepared
Heat the mushrooms in a skillet until water has evaporated and added butter. Pour mixture into boxes and freeze over winter.
In autumn, when you use fresh mushrooms. Blanch, depending on mushrooms, remove blanching water and add mushrooms into the soup
Wild Mushroom Soup
A light vegetable soup for dinner.
- 1/2 glass of barley groats
- 1-2 onions
- 200 g – 400 g mushrooms
- 1 tomato
- 4-5 potatoes
- salt, pepper, dill
- Cook groats while these are soft
- heat some oil, add sliced onion, mushrooms and tomato. Cook, while onion and tomato are half ready
- Add potato slices, groats and onion mix into the soup
- Cook, while the potato is soft. Season
- Serve with sour cream and add a lot of dills
Nettles are very important and has been used in Estonian folk medicine centuries.
Folk wisdom teaches that nettle contains vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few
The nettle takes away fatigue, abdominal pain and water swelling, reduces and stops bleeding, reduces the appearance of diabetes mellitus
And did you know: nettles contain vitamin C 2.5 times more than the lemon (660 mg%).
But of course, you can use any weed to replace nettles. Goutweed taste like carrots and celery. Nettles are a little bit sweet. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles keep 1-2 minutes in the boiling water. Goutweed and wood sorrel are edible fresh.
NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weed, growing in the pure environment.
Continue reading “Nettle Potato Fritters. Nõgese kartuli kotletid”
A fresh, light, spring vegetable salad. The perfect combination of sour and sweet. crunchy and soft.
Continue reading “Rhubarb and Strawberry Salad. Rabarberi- maasikasalat”
This is very simple and delicious everyday vegetable soup. And most important! This soup takes only 15 minutes.
Of course, I assume, that you use prepared mushroom ( as I do).
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.
Continue reading “Creamy Cauliflower and lentil puree soup with mushroom cream. Lillkapsa ja läätsesupp seentega”
A fresh, light, Estonian-inspired salad perfect for a dinner. Perfect to use boiled barley groats leftovers.
This is the explosion of flavours and textures. Crispy cucumbers, sour cranberries and mushrooms, soft egg, sweet turnip and groats, which are tieing everything into one whole
As every salad, combine ingredients as you like. This is one possible combination. You can replace mushrooms and add ham or other meat.
Continue reading “Barley groats and Turnip Salad. Odratangusalat kaalikaga”
This is a wonderful combination. Apple gives acid, celery bitterness and parsnip is sweet. All ingredients complement each other. And look at this light colour!
Change products combination and shares depending on your taste. If you like more sweet, add more parsnip and if you like more acid, use more apples.
Continue reading “Apple, Celery and Parsnip Soup. Õuna selleri ja pastinaagisupp”