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Cuisine: Estonian

Estonian layered curd cheese cake (kihiline kohupiimakook)

The photo is from January 2008  We love our curd cheese cakes in Estonia – and you’ll find at least five curd cheese cake recipes here on my blog. This particular one is one of the most common curd cheese cakes out there. It uses a shop-bough yellow cake mix (“Juubeli tordipulber” or “Jubileum cake mix”), making it super-quick to …

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Traditional Christmas roast (oven-baked pork shoulder with honey, mustard and rosemary)

From the recipe archives (originally posted in December 2012. Still my favourite Christmas roast). Photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the December issue of Kodu ja Aed magazine, 2012  What’s your traditional Christmas roast (assuming you’re eating meat)? Turkey? Goose? Duck? In Estonia it’s definitely pork, though roast poultry has become more popular during recent years. I’ve been flirting with roast goose and …

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Dyeing Easter Eggs with Onion Skins, Estonian style

This was originally posted in 2011. You’ll find all my Easter recipes here.  We don’t really ‘do’ chocolate eggs for Easter here in Estonia, but real, chicken eggs. Dyeing eggs for Easter is very popular, and using onion skins is probably the most popular method. Using onion peels gives you most beautiful dyed eggs, each one unique and special. Here …

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It’s not Pancake Day, it’s Shrove Tuesday cream bun day soon ;)

Photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the March 2014 issue of Kodu ja Aed magazine.  It’s time for semlor or lenten cream buns again soon – February 9th, to be precise. Remember, instead of pancakes, in Estonia and other Nordic countries cream-filled buns are eaten (semlor in Swedish, vastlakuklid in Estonian, laskiaispulla in Finnish). I’ve got three different recipes here on …

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Layered Vegetable Salad with Smoked Salmon

(From the Nami-Nami recipe archives.) “Kasukas” – “fur coat” – is a name for a layered vegetable salad that is very popular here in Estonia, especially during the cold and dark season. The salad has chopped cured herring as the bottom layer, topped with layers of grated or chopped beets, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables and “glued together” with thin …

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Estonian lamb soup with cabbage

Time for soup! Earlier this year I came across a recipe for Islandic lamb and cabbage soup in the blogosphere. Lovely soup and justifiably popular – and almost identical to the Estonian way of making lamb and cabbage soup. Not surprising, giving the fact that both Iceland and Estonia are “up North” and the range of vegetables traditionally available is …

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Gravlax with sea-buckthorn berries

Sea-buckthorn is a popular autumn berry here in Estonia. I’m afraid it’s not so widely known in the US where most of my blog readers are based. However, given that Doctor Oz has been touting sea-buckthorn as one of the superberries, this may change 🙂 Sea-buckthorn berries have a pleasant, but very tart flavour. They can be used instead of lemons …

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Whipped semolina pudding with apples and black aronia berries

Recipe by Pille @ Nami-Nami. Above photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the October 2012 issue of Kodu ja Aed (“Home and Garden”, an Estonian monthly magazine. I’ve been their food writer since October 2012).  Back in July 2013, The Wall Street Journal touted the slightly astringent and tart black aronia as possibly the next superberry. While WSJ listed it alongside other …

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Quark and pumpkin pudding cake

Recipe by Pille @ Nami-Nami. Above photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the October 2013 issue of Kodu ja Aed (“Home and Garden”, an Estonian monthly magazine. I’ve been their food writer since October 2012). Pumpkin or winter squash dessert, anyone? There’s a popular old-school dessert here in Estonia, called kohupiimavorm. It consists of curd cheese (also known as quark), sugar, (whisked) eggs, …

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Creamy chantarelle sauce recipe (aka creamy girolle sauce)

My regular readers all know about my love for wild mushrooms. We had a long and hot and dry summer here in Estonia – not the time for forageing for wild mushrooms. However, the autumn rains have arrived, so soon I’ll be heading to our regular mushroom forests to fill up the baskets (yes, the basket and my pink wellies …

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