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Estonian Food and Cuisine. This is blog created to promote and introduce Estonain Cookery. Maybe these recepies are not uniq, but these are typical. Food we are eat at home. Do You Know where Estonia is? This is the one of the smallest country in European Union. In Estonia lives only 1 235 000 people, but we have our own language, university and culture. Thanks for challenging history our food is influenced by German, Russian, Swedish… Estonian Food is real fusion. And it seems to me, that we have taken the best of everything. We eat a lot of milk products. We love sour cream (hapukoor), quark (kohupiim) and our children like for breakfast chocolate glazed curd snacks (kohuke).

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Meat and Carrot Balls. Porgandi ja lihapallid

A fresh, light meatballs for a dinner.

My intention was make balls from carrot, parsnip and meat. But I bought by mistake white radish. But result was amazing and very tasty 🙂

Carrot in balls gives juiciness and moisture. And indulgence 😉 Almost vegetarian 🙂
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Meat and Carrot Balls

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 300 g minced meat, best is 50% pork and 50% beef
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 300 g grated carrot and white radish
  • 100 ml cold water
  • 100 ml grated bread or slice of bread
  • salt, pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C
  2. In a medium bowl, pour cold water over bread
  3. chop garlic and onion
  4. Add onion, meat and vegetables
  5. Mix carefully and season with salt, pepper
  6. Shape the mixture into balls. place them on the prepared baking tray
  7. Bake in the oven at 200 C for 20 min

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How to Restore Your Health With Food. Estonian Tips #folkmedicine

How to Restore Your Health With Food. Estonian Tips #folkmedicine Estonian climate should be perfect, we have four season. But, as we use to say, we have  in real life 9 months of the "bad skiing weather"... so. runny nose and cough are usual and normal.. We use a lot of herbs, you can find tips from my blog. But food is also very important to restore...

Estonian climate should be perfect, we have four season. But, as we use to say, we have  in real life 9 months of the “bad skiing weather”… so. runny nose and cough are usual and normal..

We use a lot of herbs, you can find tips from my blog. But food is also very important to restore health.

Just so you know, most of these methods are not scientifically proven so try them out at your own risk 🙂  I’m still alive and kind of healthy… maybe it was my faith that helped me? 🙂

When I was a teenager my constant diagnose to everything used to be ’’a major respiratory disease”, therefore I have quite a few tips for you whenever img width='100%' _20180819_132654

you feel like you’re starting to get sick:

Classic recommendations are usually to sleep a lot, drink lots of water and wash your hands as often as possible. But there are few more things to try.

Your goal is to boost your blood flow and digestion in order to ‘’sweat the sickness out’’. The safest choice is probably a sauna.

Estonian Black Rye Bread


You might think that if it isn’t some deadly disease it’s not worth your time to take action…- wrong! My family believes in garlic and its ‘’superpowers’’. Nb! We are talking about real strong garlic, not some mild Chinese… 🙂

Some people put it in their nose or pillow BUT… being sick gives you a wonderful excuse to enjoy some garlic bread with lots of dip sauce. Also, feel free to try a combination of cheese, garlic and mayo on a slice of black bread.

You can make a healthy salad with beet and garlic. I always find those cooking shows where everybody faints when they see raw garlic so hilarious … I mean baked garlic doesn’t even have any taste or health benefits.

Vodka helps. Or any other strong liquor.  In Estonia we have a saying: if there is not death disease vodka helps..
It makes you hot inside and numbs the pain but you need to treat it like a medication, so – bottoms up!

A common treatment in our family was a mustard foot bath. Just pour some hot water (not too hot) on mustard powder and hold your feet in the mix. Mustard compresses and band-aids are also proven to be helpful. A good alternative is goose grease. When applying it on your back and chest can help to keep your bronchus warm and increase the blood flow. At least, I think it’s suppose to work this way 🙂

My mother’s favorite way to treat cough was with soda steam. Nowadays we have all these modern inhalers but back in the day we would just boil water with a spoonful of soda. A child needing treatment was standing next to the soda pot wearing a towel on her head so that the hot steam couldn’t escape. If mum didn’t feel like messing with soda she would just let us breath the steam coming from boiling potatoes and it worked equally well. Just be careful when you decide to try it out. Don’t leave children unattended near the boiling water!

Estonian Sauerkraut. Hapukapsas

If your throat is sensitive from coughing go ahead and take a spoonful of honey.

I know that lot of Estonians used herring to treat angina. In my family we used less extreme solutions. But I can share this tip :

salted herring should be taken (if there is fillet, then OK). Put on a piece of gauze and heat slightly in the fryer or above boiling water.
If the herring is warm, then put it close to the neck . Still have a food wrap film/plastic bag and towel to keep it warm.
Especially effective for angina.

In case of a fever
My father, who was also a doctor, was never concerned about a 38 Celsius degree fever.
I also found that a fever is something that helps to fight with the sickness and you shouldn’t worry about it too much. You shouldn’t push your sick kid to eat because human body knows exactly when is the right moment to start eating again.
When your temperature rises be sure to cool it down. You can use vodka to rub your skin for example (NB! If you’re putting it on a child mix vodka with water)

There are other ways to lower the fever: raspberries and blackcurrants. Before the freezer was invented (*cough*), parents would put these berries or pedicles in teas for their sick children to drink. I didn’t torture my daughter with this tea I just gave her some frozen berries to snack on.

A couple of years ago people were talking about Superfruits that were full of vitamins and antioxidants and help you strengthen your immune system. Estonia is rich in those ‘’fruits’’: rosehip, seaberry, cranberry, blackcurrant

My father’s vitamin mix: seaberries + blackcurrants + honey.

Gastrointestinal disorders
I think I’ve had like tons and tons of pumpkin seeds which apparently helps to avoid cestodes. I don’t know if they worked or not but I never got any cestodes and these seeds are so delicious!

Something to eat/drink to relieve constipation
My parents believed in black dried plums and blueberries. My mother used plums or blueberries to make custard which with some whipped cream tasted like heaven. All my problem were gone right away 😉

To be quite honest with you I don’t know much about constipation as I experience it rather rarely. There are couple of foods that usually have an impact on me like pâté and xylitol gum.

To treat diarrhea drink lots of (mineral) water, eat salted breadsticks, rice porridge and hard boiled eggs.

Estonians knew what is good for their health. In order to treat the digestive system it was crucial to restore the microflora and add so called good bacteria.
You can obviously buy all types of probiotics and supplements from your local pharmacy but you’ll get everything you need from sauerkraut, pickles (not marinated!), traditional Estonian leavened bread, fermented diary foods, sour cream, plain yogurt, sour milk…

Estonian Quark

When you’re abroad check the labels. Avoid UHT or ESL products, these are thermized and the good bacteria in these products is dead.

Treat tooth ache with either vodka or salty water. Chewing clove helps surprisingly well. But…please go to the dentist though.

And finally some healthy sleep tips.
It is scientifically proven that B-vitamins may help achieve good sleep as they make you more relaxed. So go ahead and drink a cup of warm milk (with honey) before bedtime. On the good side, milk doesn’t make you pee as often as tea does 🙂

Because of B vitamins’ calming effect, the ‘’old Estonians’’ used to give their babies some pieces of bread (from rye and whole wheat) to snack on.

Some ‘’brave’’ parents even added a pinch of poppy seeds…but don’t try this at home, please 🙂

The Vertical Layer Cake with Cottage Cheese Chocolate Cream and Cranberry Filling. Kodujuustu- valge šokolaadi jõhvikakook

Delicious Cottage cheese and white chocolate cranberry cake with twist. This is cake with vertical layers.

Vertikaalne kook (10)Delicious Cottage cheese and white chocolate cranberry cake with twist.

This is cake with vertical layers.
Trust me : It is much simpler to make than you might think. I won’t tell if you don’t 😉

I made biscuit/sponge dough, because I love this. But you can replace it with butter dough. Find recipe. Butter dough is more firm and you get little bit better layers.
My cake is juicy and because of chocolate is very sweet. Usually I do not eat and like very sweet food. So, I added cranberry jam to balance sweetness. Cottage cheese gives texture and little saltness to complement all this sweet taste.

Did you know:
A common tradition on New Year’s Eve is “õnne valamine” or the ‘pouring of luck’. Lead is melted over a stove in a metal ladle and then poured quickly, or slowly into Vertikaalne kook (2)ice-cold water. What appears are interesting lead figures, which can then tell you your fortune for the upcoming year.

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The Vertical Layer Cake with Cottage Cheese Chocolate Cream and Cranberry Filling. Kodujuustu- valge šokolaadi jõhvikakook

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Delicious Cottage cheese and white chocolate cranberry cake with twist. This is cake with vertical layers.

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    Cake: – 6 eggs
  • 6 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoon flour
  • Chocolate and cottage cheese filling

  • 8 g gelatine (4 leaves )
  • 120 g milk
  • 200 g white chocolate
  • 200 g 35% cream
  • 150 g cottage cheese
  • 200 g cowberry or cranberry sauce (without sugar)
  • 50 g Vana Tallinn (Estonian Old Tallinn) liqueur
  • Caramel elk moss for decoration: – elk moss

  • 100 g water
  • 100 g sugar
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  1. Place eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on high until eggs are light and pale yellow in color (about five minutes).
  2. 2.. With the mixer running on medium-speed, gradually add in the sugar,
  3. Carefully add in the flour
  4. Pour batter into the parchment-lined pan. Bake  at 180 C for 15-20 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, place a baking paper on your work bench. Dust with powdered sugar.
  6. When cake is done baking, carefully invert the pan onto the prepared baking paper while the cake is still hot.
  7. Peel back the parchment from the cake.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar.
  9. With the short side of the cake facing you, gently roll the warm cake in the paper. Set aside to cool. Cover with towel.
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    Prepare filling Filling

  11. Prepare gelatine. Heat the milk and melt gelatine in it.
  12. Add white chocolate and stir until the mixture becomes smooth and chocolate is melting.
  13. Whip the cream until firm. Add cottage cheese. Mix.
  14. Add cream mixture to the chocolate mixture gradually while stirring.
  15. Let set but not too long
  16. 15. Gently unroll the cake

  17. Evenly distribute the cranberry jam, mixed with liqueur and  2/3 of chocolate filling onto the cake and spread with a spatula.
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    17. Use a knife to slice cake length wise to create long strips of cake.

    18. With the short side facing you, start to roll up one of the cakes with the filling. Take the first roll and match end-to-end with the next cake and continue to roll and wrap the cakes around.

  19. Continue to wrap the remaining strips of cake around the large cake. Trim ends to fit.
  20. Flip the cake roll on its side (so the flat part in on your work bench).
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  22. Transfer to cake board and decorate with remaining cream, berries and caramel moss.

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10 Most Popular Posts of 2018 on EstonianCuisine

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Happy New Year!!
Thank you all my readers!
I hope you enjoyed all recipes I shared and most important: found something new and lot of inspiration 🙂

These are the most popular posts on  www.

As in last year the most popular post was about Estonian Black Rye Bread.

    1. How To Do Estonian Black Rye Bread.   Estonian Black Bread is fermented Rye Bread. For this bread we have even the own word: LEIB
      eestileib2How To Do Estonian Black Bread. Leib
    2. Somewhat surprisingly reached the second place exotic SÜLT: How to do Meat Jelly/Aspic.  Sült was traditional winter time food, but nowadays it more popular in summertime.dsc02139
  1. The third place achieved the wonderful Estonian dessert KOHUKE. Estonian Secret: Kohuke. Chocolate Glazed Quark Snack
    Kohuke- chocolate glazed quark snack is very popular dessert for children breakfast.  


    Estonian Chocolate glazed Quark Snack. Kohuke
    Estonian Chocolate glazed Quark Snack. Kohuke
  2. Estonian Style Sauerkraut with Pork and Barley is called ” Mulgikapsad”. Kapsad- means Cabbage and Mulgi- Mulgimaa is area in South-Estonia, with own culture, traditions, food and dialect.
  3. And more cabbage 🙂 Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Kapsarullid .Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are dish what is known, I believe, in everywhere. But every nation has his own recipe, something different, which give for this dish special touch and make it different,kapsarull1 (4)
  4. Mulgipuder means Mulgi’s porridge. This dish is very old though. In former times when people had wood burning stoves the porridge was placed on a stove in the morning where it had time to cook and get simmer and better.
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  5. Homemade Ginger Breads. Piparkoogid. In Estonian, Piparkook means, in direct translation – pepper cake. So, nothing about ginger
  6. Kama is Estonian traditional finely milled flour mixture. Estonians buying Kama mixture from shop.. and the easiest way is to try this, probably visit Estonia. But I still give you the recipe.kama uus (7)
  7. If you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious dessert, your search is over!
    Kirju Koer is one of my favorite simple desserts, just because it’s so easy to make and still as tasty. The perfect and very very sweet old school dessert or cake.kirjukoer 1(9)
  8. Crispy and Juicy Brita Cake. Brita kook. As I know this cake is origin from Sweden, but because of taste and simplicity is very popular in Estoniabitta (25)





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Thank you for reading and following my blog. I wish you Happy New Year !!!

Thank you for reading and following my blog. I wish you Happy New Year !!!

Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake. Kakaokook pähklitega

Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake. A delicious and very sweet old school real food cake

kakaokook1 (8)Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake.
A  delicious and very sweet old school real food cake

This cake from an era, when people ate sugar nad butter and flour… Very sweet, very rich. Butter cream and chocolate and lot of crunchy nuts.

This is a cake from my childhood . The cake from time when calories were burned playing in the yard. But still. This simple and rich cake was my favourite at this time and now, as well.
Well, now I just use less sugar and more cacao :)….




Hazelnut and Cacao Cake

  • Servings: 22-24 cm
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious and very sweet old school real food cake

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  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoon flour
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • Filling

  • 600 g butter
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoon cacao
  • for seasoning Vana Tallinn or other rum or liqueur
  • For decoration

  • 100 g chopped hazelnuts

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  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a pan with paper liners. You can use round cake form or make sheets.
  2. 2.  In a large bowl, cream together eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.  Mix the flour  with the cacao, and gently stirring,  sieve flour mixture in to egg foam.
  3. Bake at 180 degrees C  for 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  4. Make the cream: beat sugar, mixed with cacao and the butter . constantly mixing add one by one egg yolks, until cream is light and fluffy, Season.
  5. Using a  knife, trim the tops of the cakes to make level (in case you used round pan). Place bottom layer on a plate and with an offset spatula, carefully top with 1/3  of cream. Place the second cake layer on top, spread with another 1/3 cup of the cream. Repeat with the third layer. Decorate cake with nuts.

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