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Recipes: Vegetables

Sautéed garlic scapes with tomatoes

Are you familiar with garlic scapes? I’ve actually mentioned them here on my blog, Nami-Nami, just over ten years ago (YES, NAMI-NAMI BLOG QUIETLY CELEBRATED ITS 10 BLOG ANNIVERSARY IN MID-JUNE) –  when I was still living in Edinburgh. I used to go to the fabulous Edinburgh Farmers Market every weekend, and it’s there that I first encountered those spindly …

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Badrijani nigvzit – Georgian aubergine rolls with walnut filling

Badrijani is the Georgian rolled eggplant dish we’ve been missing our whole life, wrote Lucky Peach on its Facebook page yesterday. I don’t really know about rolled eggplant/rolled aubergine dishes in particular, but as far as eggplant dishes in general go, Georgian rolled aubergines are pretty wonderful. They’re pictured on the top left corner above. My recipe is pretty minimalist, …

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Recipe for a Latvian Beet and Bean Salad (Pupiņu un Biešu Salāti)

A few years ago Saveur, the American food magazine, featured some Latvian recipes (Latvians, remember, are our Southern neighbours). Among them was a recipe for beet and bean salad, Pupiņu un Biešu Salāti, that caught my attention. I love beetroot, and cook and eat various beetroot salads quite frequently. Some of my favourite beet salad recipes have been featured here on Nami-Nami …

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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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Holiday baking: Carrot cake cookies recipe

Time to start preparing for the Christmas holidays and I offer you a lovely cookie recipe! Although we’ll be mostly eating piparkoogid aka gingerbread cookies here in Estonia, these slightly chewy carrot cake cookies would do just as well. For over two years now I’ve been contributing recipes for one of the biggest home and gardening magazines here in Estonia, …

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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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Swiss Chard Gratin with Cheese

Recipe by Pille @ Nami-Nami. All photos by Juta Kübarsepp for the September 2014 issue of Kodu ja Aed (“Home and Garden”), an Estonian monthly magazine. I’ve been their food writer since October 2012.  There’s this wonderful cauliflower cheese recipe that I make pretty regularly, as it’s super easy, quick, tasty and flavoursome. It’s also gluten-free and low-carb, and I always have some cheese and mustard and cream in …

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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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Summer food: Estonian milk and vegetable soup

It’s mid-July, which here in Estonia means the peak of summer. We’re having a beautiful summer here, with lots of sun and not much rain. It’s the end of the wild strawberry season, it’s the height of chantarelle mushroom season (but too early for most other wild mushrooms), and it’s the start of the beautiful local vegetable harvest season. Here’s …

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Asparagus and cheese tart recipe

Originally posted in May 2011, but I’m bumping this up again, as the local asparagus season has began. The photo above was taken by Juta Kübarsepp to illustrate my column in the May 2014 issue of Kodu ja Aed magazine here in Estonia..  Isn’t it pretty? This lovely topless tart can be served either warm (perhaps with a green side …

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