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Cuisine: Estonian

Holiday cooking: browned sautéed cabbage

Photo by Juta Kübarsepp for Nami-Nami Christmas is just around the corner and I’m busy coordinating various festive dinners and other occasions. Good times, and I always feel a bit sad when all the feasts are finally over. Well, there will be another Christmas in just a year, of course 🙂 One of the staples on Estonian Christmas table is …

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Recipe for Beef Stroganoff with Chantarelle Mushrooms

Recipe by Nami-Nami. Above photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the September 2013 issue of Kodu ja Aed (“Home and Garden”, an Estonian monthly magazine. I’ve been their food writer since October 2012) Boeuf Stroganoff, a popular family classic, gets an seasonal-autumnal touch here from fresh chanterelle mushrooms. As I’ve mentioned in another post, stroganoff doesn’t usually include mushrooms over here. …

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Blueberry cake with sour cream filling and coconut topping

We love crumb cakes here in Estonia. Quite a lot. They’re cheap, quick, and an excellent way of using up all those jams and preserves and marmalades we’re busy making in July and August and September each year. I’ve stocked my larder with considerable amounts of wild strawberry fridge jam, apricot jam, sour cherry jam with almonds, and cloudberry jam …

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Some links about Estonian food

I’ll be compiling my annual “Where to eat out in Tallinn and elsewhere in Estonia“ 2013 round-up soon (yep, even with three small kids I’ve been able to visit a café and restaurant or two, quite surprisingly :)), but until I do that, I leave you with some links about Estonian food and/or food in Estonia. Based in Toronto? Then listen …

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Purukook or streusel cake – Estonian crumb cake recipe

This Estonian classic – purukook (crumb cake, streusel cake) – is another recipe request. Over the last few years I’ve got several e-mails asking for this simple cake recipe, yet somehow I’ve never managed to blog about it until now. The basic ingredients are few – butter, flour, sugar (for the crumb), and some kind of thick jam filling. That …

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Fried fish in marinade (Baltic herring recipe)

Time for another Estonian recipe here on Nami-Nami. My mum celebrated her birthday last weekend, and this – “marineeritud praetud räimed” aka “praetud räimed marinaadis” – was one of the dishes I brought along to her party. You see, both my grandmothers – one 91, the other 92 years old – are staying with my parents these days. The other …

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Lenten buns aka semlor aka vastlakuklid 2013

It’s Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday today, which means pancake feasts in many places across the world. In Estonia and other Nordic countries, however, this means eating lenten buns (semla, vastlakukkel) instead. I baked a batch of these wonderful buns, filling them with whipped sweet cream this year. No marzipan, no jam. You’ll find all my Lenten recipes here., including …

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Estonian recipes: yellow split pea soup with smoked pork (hernesupp suitsulihaga)

Originally posted in February 2012, slightly edited. It’s Shrove Tuesday tomorrow, and before feasting on delicious Lenten buns (I’ve blogged about the classic ones, chocolate ones and luscious raspberry and marzipan ones), Estonians eat split pea soup. Thick, hearty, well-flavoured (smoked pork!) and textured (peas + pearl barley) – all the elements of a substantial and delicious winter soup are present. …

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Tuna and egg sandwich cake (Smörgåstårta aka võileivatort)

Although it’s Sweden that is most famous for its sandwich cake – smörgåstårta – sandwich cakes aka  võileivatordid have been popular in Estonia for a few decades now. We celebrated our older kids birthday parties last weekend – our daughter turned 4 and our son 2 in January, and I made three sandwich cakes for the occasion. One with ham …

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Ham, leek and kidney bean salad

If you have ever visited Estonia, then you know we’re fond of various chopped salads with mayonnaise and sour cream dressing. We’re pretty proud of our potato salad, which requires hours of dedicated chopping and dicing and tends to be on many a birthday table. I’ve offered you some recipes here on Nami-Nami that fit the category – potato and …

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