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Recipes: Red Meat

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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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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Danish meatballs in curry sauce (boller i karry)

Aren’t those meatballs cute and bright? It’s a popular Danish family dish, boller i karry or meatballs in curry sauce. According to various sources, the dish was created already back in 1840s, when curry powder mixes were first introduced to Danish customers. The popular Danish meatballs were then served with a mildly (!!!) curry-flavoured sauce and rice instead of potatoes …

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Sibulaklops aka Estonian Onion Steak aka Pan-Seared Steak and Onions

Photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the February issue of Kodu ja Aed magazine.  Time for another Estonian classic! There are two lovely-sounding dishes in Estonia, kooreklops and sibulaklops. The first one is pan-fried steak simmered in creamy gravy, the other is the kooreklops with a generous amount of fried onions. I’ve come across recipes for those dishes in Estonian cookbooks …

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Estonian meatballs aka hakk-kotletid aka kotletid aka hakklihakotletid

Here’s a posting I didn’t think I’d be doing – after all, kodused kotletid are such a humble comfort food and they’re not exactly the runner-up for the “Most Photogenic Food” title. Yet I’ve recently understood that there is something wee bit unique about the typical Estonian hakk-kotlet – namely, the main ingredient. Of course, that’s minced meat, but majority …

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Sauerkraut with pork and barley (Mulgi kapsad)

Mulgi kapsad aka mulgikapsad is a traditional dish from Southern Estonia, consisting of pork, sauerkraut and barley (either pearl barley or barley groats). It doesn’t sound much – but it’s another one of those dishes that tastes much more and better that you’d imagine when looking at the (short and rather bland) list of ingredients. It’s also cheap, filling and …

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Lamb and Puy lentils

January 6th – or today – is the last day to wish happy new year here in Estonia, so I’m just in time – Happy New Year, dear readers of Nami-Nami near and far! Wish you all a peaceful and productive year, full of delicious and nourishing food, with occasional treats and decadent moments! We’re in the middle of a …

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Great comfort food: cold weather hotpot recipe

Now that I have five mouths to feed on a daily basis, I need to cook dishes that are easy to put together and suit all the members of the family, be they 11 months or 41 years. That means they must be flavourful and tasty, as I don’t have the time, will or energy to cook separate meals for …

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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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Saucy Asian Meatballs recipe

There was a day in early December last year that involved a small round turning table, a batch of beautifully styled Saucy Asian Meatballs from Ali’s Gimme Some Oven blog, one of my favourite white serving plates, our beautiful white and heavy cotton living room curtains, and our almost-two-year-old son Aksel. I don’t want to go into details, but let me …

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