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Recipes: Fish/Seafood

Exploring the Fish Market in Jimbaran, Bali

Our little family of five spent three weeks exploring the beautiful Island of the Gods aka Bali earlier this year. We began our family vacation in Jimbaran, then stayed in the quaint artists’ village of Penestanan just outside Ubud, then explored Northern Bali from Dencarik on Lovina beach and ended our holiday with a short stay in Canggu on the West coast …

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Anne’s shrimp and mango salad

We had some friends over today and I needed something bright and yummy (and without gluten) to be served on this sunny day. I was browsing my to-do(-again) lists, and opted for a refreshing mango and shrimp salad that I’ve made before. It’s light, it’s easy, and it’s quite an eye-catcher, so perfect for a summer get-together. As I suspected, …

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Cullen Skink, a Scottish smoked haddock and potato soup (gluten-free)

Few days ago the Scots – and friends of Scotland – celebrated yet another anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, hosting or attending a Burns Supper. Any self-respecting Burns Supper begins with a proper Scottish soup. I’ve shared a recipe for Cock-a-leekie before, other options are Scotch broth and Cullen Skink.  Now it’s time to share my recipe for the …

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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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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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Simple, yet decadent fish supper: pan-fried vendace

This was originally posted in August 2012. I reposted this in late June, when the catching season for Lake Peipus vendace began and fresh and smoked vendace was again available, if pricey (going rate for a kilogram of smoked fish was about 20 Euros in June. But, oh so worth it). Now the Finnish vendace – slightly smaller, but just …

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Estonian delicacies: spiced sprat sandwiches

The Baltic sprat (Sprattus sprattus balticus) is a subspecies of the European sprat (Sprattus sprattus), also known  as brisling or skipper. They are up to 12,5 cm long (about 5 inches), small, silvery and herring-like. The sprats are commonly marinated in a mixture of black pepper, allspice (aka Jamaican pepper), cloves, nutmeg, coriander seeds, bay leaves, salt and sugar etc. The result: …

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Smoked salmon and spinach quiche

Some seven years ago, when my dear K. and I met for a long weekend date in Paris. One morning we had a late breakfast at Bread & Roses, a lovely deli-cafe near the Luxemburg gardens. I cannot recall exactly what else we had, but we definitely had a really lovely smoked salmon and spinach quiche. I even wrote about it back …

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A great starter recipe: Shrimp and cucumber salad with mint vinaigrette

Photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the May 2013 issue of Kodu ja Aed (“Home and Garden”, an Estonian monthly)Back in early April, when I was trying to decide what starter would suit my Mother’s Day menu spread in the next magazine, a FB-friend mentioned Jamie Oliver’s shrimp and cucumber salad in a totally different context. I’m not a huge fan of shrimps – although …

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It’s Pasta Time: Tagliatelle with creamy spinach and pan-fried salmon

One of my favourite pasta dishes recently is this clean-looking pasta (usually tagliatelle, but I’ve also used linguine) with seared salmon, fresh spinach and cream, with a light lemon kick. For an extra quick version I’ve used smoked salmon, but using fresh salmon is much wallet-friendlier and has more kid-appeal as well. Also, it’s a great way to use that …

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