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Recipes: Rice/Pulses/Grains

ANZAC biscuits (recipe for coconut oat cookies)

  From the recipe archives. Originally posted in 2013. Did you know that it’s ANZAC Day today? ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs of the Australian Government explains the Anzac day and tradition in detail. This being a food blog, it suffices to say that apparently these eggless crispy oatcakes were the cookies …

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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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Recipe for buckwheat with leeks and soy sauce

What’s your standby side dish? Pasta? Rice? Couscous? Bulghur? Potatoes? While these figure most frequently in our kitchen as well, then we also have buckwheat about once a fortnight or so. It’s easy to cook and the slightly nutty flavour of this pseudo-grain complements quite a few dishes nicely. Despite its name, buckwheat is not a wheat nor a cereal …

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Chickpeas with chorizo (Garbanzos y chorizo)

Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans, as they’re known in the US), that excellent store-cupboard ingredient that helps one to make many an excellent meal. A filling chickpea and tuna salad with smoked paprika powder. A healthy vegetarian side dish consisting of chickpeas and pomegranate molasses. A quick tortilla wrap with chickpeas and tuna. A chickpea and tomato soup with smoked paprika.  A chickpea …

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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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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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A healthy start to your day: buttered apple oatmeal porridge

Photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the January 2013 issue of Kodu ja Aed magazine; plate, mug and bowls by Estonian ceramic artist Marion Isabelle Varik of BlueDesign. How many of you included “have a proper and healthy breakfast every day” among your New Year resolutions? I did. In the morning chaos of getting three kids out of bed and dressed and …

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Makhlouta, a comforting rice and lentil soup from Lebanon

Remember those pictures from our garden, taken just ten days ago? Well, just a week later our garden looked – and is still looking – very different, as the snow came surprisingly early this year, and that first snow is still here. Which means it’s time to enjoy autumnal hearty flavours from now on. And here’s a neat recipe to …

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Finnish mince and cabbage gratin

You’ve already got the recipe for the Estonian cabbage and mince stew (recommended!), here’s a Finnish version that’s similar, yet totally different. Whereas Estonians like their mince and cabbage as a stew alongside some boiled carrots, the Finns throw in some rice (and syrup or honey – they’ve got a sweeter tooth!), layer it into a oven dish and bake …

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