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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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Sillamäe. #visitestonia #sillamäe #estonia100

Sillamäe, known also in Germanized version as Sillamäggi or Sillamägi (Estonian for”Bridge Hill”), is a town in Ida-Viru County in the northern part of Estonia. During the Soviet regime in Estonia, Sillamäe remained a closed town due to the secrecy and security measures related to the uranium production activities at the local plant. And tillContinue...

Sillamäe, known also in Germanized version as Sillamäggi or Sillamägi (Estonian for”Bridge Hill”), is a town in Ida-Viru County in the northern part of Estonia.
During the Soviet regime in Estonia, Sillamäe remained a closed town due to the secrecy and security measures related to the uranium production activities at the local plant.
And till today, this Sillamäe (6)is quite complicated to notice the entrance to the city.

The locality of Sillamäggi was first mentioned in 1502 when the area was under the control of Livonian Order. The bridge across Sõtke and a mill in Sillamäggi were documented in 1700.
In the 1800s, Sillamäggi developed into a resort village offering a more tranquil experience than the nearby resort town of Hungerburg. But In the 1920s and 1930s, Sillamäe became the industrial city.

This part of Estonia- north-eastern Estonia, Ida-Virumaa, has a challenging and little bit sad history.   Settled a long time ago. Amazing nature, sea, forest and cliff coast. Near to Russia…Older people still remember beautiful buildings, cosy cafe…
But by the end of 1944, the original native inhabitants were not allowed to return to their homes after the war and immigrant Russian-speaking workers from other parts of the USSR were brought in to populate the city. As I wrote, Sillamäe was a special, industrial and very secret city, even the locals could not visit it. I visited Sillamäe first time at the end of the 90s…

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But Sillamäe is a very different, stylish and interesting city.  You have the possibility to examine the buildings from the post-war period of Stalin, classical avenues, pompous promenade and museums.

And yes. Most of the inhabitants of the City are Russians. And yes. There are still live some people, who believe that their president is Putin, People who cannot and do not want to speak Estonian.
But most of Russians in this area are very hospitable, hearty and friendly people.

 

 

Best Route to Visit Narva Jõesuu
From Tallinn to Narva
211 km (2 h 30 min) on the way back visit:

  • Narva is the third-largest city in Estonia. It is located at the eastern extreme point of Estonia, by the Russian border, Not far from the town is the Narva Waterfall, whose spillway capacity is one of the largest in northern Europe.
  • Narva Jõesuu 7,5 km beach, covered with fine sand and lined with a pine forest; Old fashioned dachas (summer houses) alternately with gorgeous villas. Abandoned nine-store houses alternately with The New Russian (a person who gained quick riches) style palaces with arches and towers…
  • The Sinimäed Hills (or Blue Hills; The hills are best known as the location of the Battle of Tannenberg Line, fought in World War II on July 26–August 12, 1944. There, the Waffen-SS defeated a Soviet offensive against Germany.
  • Sillamäe during the Soviet regime in Estonia, Sillamäe remained a closed town due to the secrecy and security measures related to the uranium production activities at the local plant. You have the possibility to examine the buildings from the post-war period of Stalin, classical avenues, pompous promenade and museums. (Drive in the city Rumjantsevi Street and find Sillamäe Kultuurikeksus (Cultural Center- if possible ask permission to visit this centre as well, inside is very interesting)) Park your car and walk in park and promenade
  • Toila palace and Park, President Päts used as his summer residence. You can walk in the well-marked and well-maintained park, look at various species of trees and shrubs, explore Hõbeallika (Silver Spring) Cave, as well as enjoy the sea view and the sunset from the Swallow’s Nest.
  • Valaste waterfall located on the Ontika limestone cliff, is more than 30 m high, making it the highest waterfall in Estonia
  • Vihula Manor At the time it belonged to the Danish baron Hans von Lode. The manor fascinates with its atmosphere and picturesque location in Lahemaa National Park.
  • Viinistu In the little coastal village of Viinistu, you can visit an Art Museum located in old cold storage of a fish processing plant.
  • Viru Raba Viru bog nature trail ( 3,5 km) 3,5 km is one way, a circle will be 6 km.

 

In Estonia

  • In this region the first language is Russian. But practically all Estonians speak or at least understand English.  Because of the similarity of languages, Estonians are able to understand Finnish.  Children learn German, French, Swedish or Chinese at school
  • almost everywhere you can pay with a card. ATM -s are in the bigger place and petrol stations.
  • and yes, this is not a fairy tale. Almost everywhere in Estonia is Wifi

Best Souvenirs to buy from Estonia

  • Kalev confectionery, liqueur Old Tallinn/Vana Tallinn, Balbiino ice cream and Tallinna spiced sprats (Tallinna vürtsikilu) and Narva silmud (lamprey)
  • Handicrafts made of linen, wool, wood, juniper or limestone. Haapsalu scarf.
    (NB! In Tallinn Viru Street you can find a lot of amber and Matrjoschka. Amber is from Lithuania and Matrjoschka from Russia. Both countries are beautiful and with a rich culture and interesting history. I suggest to visit Lithuania and Russia :))
  • for children, everything about and with Lotte.

 

 

Estonian Food you Must to Try

  • visit Estonian supermarkets and buy some Estonian dairy products: kohuke, kodujuust (cottage cheese), hapukoor (sour cream). Buy Kama and rye bread, handicraft beer
  •  In restaurants ask for quark cake, soups with dumplings, meatballs or cabbage. Semolina cream, quark cream or bread cream. Local lake fish. Drink kefir, kvass or local beer. Värska mineral water. And Estonian tap water and spring water are clean, pure and drinkable.Sillamäe (18).JPG

 Culture:

  • check and google timetables for Viljandi Folk, Pärnu Weekend, Jazzkaar, PÖFF or Laulupidu.
  • buy movie about Estonian history: ” Nimed marmortahvlil”, ” Tants aurukatla ümber”, ” “Tuulepealne maa”. Or ” Malev”, this is a comedy and pseudo history, but very good summary about Estonians.
  • Music: Pärt ja Tüür.  Tõnis Mägi, The Sun; Metsatöll and TradAttack. And read my blog posts. I gave a lot of links for good Estonian music.


Simple Quark and Bread Pudding. Lihtne kohupiimavorm saiaga.

when I was a child, my mother used to make us simple everyday dessert. She smeared bread slices with quark cream and baked on the oven. It was a delicious dessert or breakfast. This dessert is inspired by this old retro dessert, but more difficult…:) I would say, that this dessert is for advanced…:) becauseContinue...

quarkpudding (30)when I was a child, my mother used to make us simple everyday dessert. She smeared bread slices with quark cream and baked on the oven.

It was a delicious dessert or breakfast.

This dessert is inspired by this old retro dessert, but more difficult…:) I would say, that this dessert is for advanced…:)

because of .. you should add-on top of the bread slice, smeared with quark cream.. add some more layers 😉 more bread and more quark cream 😉

 

 

 


Simple Quark and Bread Pudding. Lihtne kohupiimavorm saiaga.

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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This dessert is inspired of this old retro dessert


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Ingredients

  • 200 g quark. Read, how to make quark
  • sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon liqueur Vana Tallinn/Old Tallinn
  • cinnamon
  • 6 slice of bread ( for 2 layers)
  • cold butter

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Directions

  1. Mix together sugar, eggs. Add quark, cream and season with cinnamon and liqueur
  2. Put bread slices into greased pan or oven casserole. Place on the top half of the quark mixture. Add more bread as the second layer and pour quark mixture into a top.
  3. Cut some butter into small cubes and place on top
  4. Bake at 180 C 30 minutes.

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Sour Milk Flat Scones. Hapupiimakakud

Very simple and delicious dish. Sour Milk Scones are very easy to make and bake and it is a very good idea to ask children to help you. This is an ancient recipe from South Estonia, Võrumaa. Sour Milk Flat Scones are Predecessor of pancakes and later scones. In the old days, they were bakedContinue...

odrakakakud (15)Very simple and delicious dish. Sour Milk Scones are very easy to make and bake and it is a very good idea to ask children to help you.
This is an ancient recipe from South Estonia, Võrumaa. Sour Milk Flat Scones are Predecessor of pancakes and later scones. In the old days, they were baked in hot ash or on hot stone clay.

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Sour Milk Flat Scones. Hapupiimakakud

  • Servings: 9-10 pcs
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious and very easy to bake, light, ethnic South Estonian flat sour milk scones.


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Ingredients

  • 0,25-litre sour milk
  • 250 g flour (combine wheat and buckwheat or use only barley flour)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter or oil
  • –  salt, (and caraway) seeds

Directions

  1. Mix together sour milk, salt and oil. Add flour gradually while stirring. The dough must be thick enough to roll scones
  2. Using a wet spoon take the dough and dip into flour and form the dough into round buns.
  3. Preheat oven
  4. Place buns on the greased or baking paper-lined oven plate and pat thin. Using a fork, torch holes in the cake with a fork. (Sprinkle cakes with seeds)
  5. Bake at 220 C for 10-13 minutes. Coat warm scones with the butter or honey and serve with cold milk
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Simple Anniversary Quark cake. Juubeli kohupiimakook

In Estonia is very popular a simple and very sweet Anniversary Quark cake. Anniversary because of for preparing this cake you need special ready-to- make cake powder "Juubeli"/anniversary. #baking #cake # quark #simple cakes

Juubeli quarkcake (3)In Estonia is very popular a simple and very sweet Anniversary Quark cake. Anniversary because of for preparing this cake you need special ready-to-make cake powder “Juubeli”/anniversary.

All this combination is ultra sweet. But I believe, that reason for the popularity is simplicity. You should alternately put layers of quark cream and cake powder. and that is it!

It took from me time to figure out how to share this recipe with you. I believe you have not the same cake powder in your country 😉

I did different tests and now _I believe; I got the result, good and very similar to the origin. Ok, My recipe is not very sweet But you welcome to add as much sugar you like 😉

NB! Estonians usually add some apple or rhubarb slices as one middle layer or mixed in quark cream. Adding some fruits you get more moisture and delicious cake.

Simple Anniversary Quark cake. Juubeli kohupiimakook

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A popular simple and very sweet Anniversary Quark cake


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Ingredients

  • 200 g quark. Read how to make quark by yourself
  • sugar, cinnamon or lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon liqueur Vana Tallinn/Old Tallinn
  • rhubarb or apple slices
  • Mixture

  • 6 tablespoon flour
  • 6 tablespoon cream/milk powder
  • cold butter
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Directions

  1. NB! Cream/milk powder is very sweet, so test it before you season quark mixture.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar together into a foam.
  3. Add quark, cream. And season with lemon or cinnamon and liqueur.
  4. Mix together flour and cream powder
  5. Pour 4 tablespoon flour mixture into a greased pan. Place half of the quark mixture on top. (place fruit or berries on top)
  6. Pour 4 tablespoon flour mixture as a third layer and place remaining quark on top.  Finish cake with flour mixture as a final layer.
  7. Cut butter into cubes and place on top.
  8. Bake at 180 C for 30-40 minutes.

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Simple Yeast Free Cabbage Hand Pies. Pärmivabad kapsapirukad

To make waiting easier, bake some very simple yeast free hand pies, cook a hot tea and read some interesting book... and,,, after few months or weeks... is spring arriving :) :)

handpies (26)Waiting for a white ship is something Estonian. This is a concept and myth about freedom.

The concept dates from 1861 when several hundred followers of the religious prophet Juhan Leinberg (the so-called prophet Maltsvet), mostly peasants, waited for a few weeks near Tallinn for a white ship to take them away to a more prosperous and free country. The concept soon spread widely because it was used in literature.

After the Soviet regime was restored in Estonia in 1944, the concept quickly acquired a specific meaning – the white ship stood for the end of Soviet power, either by means of the intervention by Western countries or by diplomatic pressure. Waiting for the white ship was a popular concept especially in the post-war decade, and the ruling regime had to work strenuously against it.

When outside is winter, without snow and cold.  Concept about waiting for liberty and changes is still actual. Please, spring, come as soon as you can!

24 February is the national day of Estonia, marking its declaration of freedom in 1918. Celebrate with us !

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Simple Yeast Free Hand Pies

  • Servings: 20-30 pcs
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Simple Yeast Free Hand Pies


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Ingredients

  • 2oo g butter
  • 350 g flour
  • 200 g sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • for coating 1 egg

    Filling:

  • 600- 700 g cabbage
  • 50 g butter
  • 1- 2 onions
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg, dill

Directions

  1. Melt the butter. Sift salt, flour together and add to the butter gradually while stirring. Add sour cream, mix the dough and place for 0,5 hour in a cool place
  2. Prepare to fill. Chop cabbage and onion into thick slices add butter and some water and cook until semi-soft, Season. The filling should be a little bit too salty. Add chopped boiled eggs.
  3. Form small pies. Unroll pie dough on floured work surface. With a glass ( I use for cutting usual glass) or round cutter, cut rounds from dough. Spoon 2 teaspoons mixture on half of each dough round. Fold untopped half of round over filling; press edges to seal.
  4. Coat pies with the beaten egg before putting into the oven.
  5. Bake at 200 C  for 20 minutes, while pies are ready.
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Simple Estonian Quark Buns by Säde. Säde kohupiimakuklid

These popular, no-fail Estonian quark buns are light, fluffy and delicious! They are so easy to make; perfect for bread-making beginners and experts alike! If you want one of the easiest, foolproof and delicious buns recipes around, this is it. I got this recipe from Säde. Quark adds acidity and lightness. And meringue from eggContinue...

Sade Cake (2)These popular, no-fail Estonian quark buns are light, fluffy and delicious!

They are so easy to make; perfect for bread-making beginners and experts alike!

If you want one of the easiest, foolproof and delicious buns recipes around, this is it.

I got this recipe from Säde. Quark adds acidity and lightness. And meringue from egg whites complements with texture and crispy top.

Notice, I did not use sugar. I used this time sweet quark. If you are going to use regular quark add some sugar in.

 

Simple Estonian Quark Buns by Säde. Säde kohupiimakuklid

  • Servings: 14-16
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light, Estonian-inspired Quark Buns.

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Ingredients

  • 300 g flour
  • 150 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g sweet quark or add some sugar

Directions

  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the cold butter and quark and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk and mix to a firm dough. Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface. Use baking paper and  Roll out the dough and chill for 1 hour
  2. 2.  Beat sugar and egg white together into a light foam.
  3. Pour egg whites into a cake and Spread over the bottom, Take the longest edge of the cake and using the baking paper underneath, roll up the cake quite tightly, making sure the filling stays inside.
  4. Cut roll into slices and place on a baking paper covered baking tray.
  5. bake at 165-170 C /low temperature)  for 15-20 minutes

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