Hakklihakotlet, Estonian Cabbage and Estonian Barley Skillet Bread. Before I say anything else about this meal, I have to say that both Bob and I have found our new favorite country, to date! This food was so simple and, yet, utterly delicious.
The total land area is 17,462 square miles. The official language is Estonian, which is closely related to Finnish.
The capital and largest city is Tallinn and the population is around 1.3 million.
Evidence has been uncovered that hunting and fishing villages existed around 6500 BC in Northern Estonia near the town of Kunda. This evidence dates back to the Middle Stone Age.
The highest point in all of Estonia is Suur Munamagi at 1043 feet.
Estonia has 2357 miles of coastline which is marked by numerous bays, straits and inlets. There are around 1500 islands and islets which are in Estonia. There are two islands which are big enough to be considered separate counties: Saaremaa and Hiiumaa. Saaremaa has a small and recent cluster of meteorite craters and the largest crater is called Kaali.
There are over 1400 lakes located within the country. Most of the lakes are small, but, the largest one is Lake Peipus at 1373 square miles. There are, also, many rivers in Estonia. The longest is the Vohandu at 101 miles in length, followed by the Parnu at 89 miles in length and the Poltsamaa at 84 miles in length. Estonia has numerous bogs and fens. Much of the country is covered by forest. 61% is forested mainly by pine, spruce and birch.
Skype was written by Estonian-based developers Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn, who originally developed Kazaa.
I have to admit that I didn't know what to expect with this cabbage dish. It did make the whole trailer stink for a while as it cooked down. It's perfectly fine, though. I'll take the stink for this...
Estonian cuisine, historically, is seasonally dependent and simple, peasant fare. Typical Estonian foods are black bread, pork, potatoes and dairy products. Being seasonally dependent, in the spring and summer, Estonians enjoy fresh-berries, herbs, vegetables and anything else from their gardens. In the winter, jams, preserves and pickles are often brought to the table. Gathering and preserving fruits, vegetables and mushrooms for the winter months has always been popular. With cars and vehicles being so readily available, it's starting to fall to the wayside, though. Estonia, with its extensive coastline, also enjoys a fair amount of fish. It can be said that Estonia belongs firmly in the beer, vodka, rye bread and pork "belt" of Europe.
Those patties browned up beautifully!
Well, I know my bread is going to last...all the way to dinnertime tonight. We are, quite happily, having this exact same meal and we're going to enjoy each and every bite of it...just as we did last night. We love Estonian food!
Estonia has been my 95th country in my Around the World in an RV series. Up next, Country/Territory #96...Hong Kong!
I've added a new poll to pick the 98th country...please scroll up and right under the big volcano picture to the left, that is where YOU get to vote. I don't pick these countries...YOU do! So, make sure to do that!
Until we meet up in Hong Kong...PEACE!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
I also have my mini greenhouse out back. It has 5 shelves. I plan on filling up those shelves with starter plants that I will put into a container or a bucket or something that was once used for something else.
Our neighbors, Dick and Joan, are super cool. I'm glad we have people like them living next door. Anyhow, they've told me that I can use their backyard for my garden. I'm eternally grateful for the use of the space and I will pay them back...in produce! Dick grows a couple of tomato plants every year. They are on a very limited income. I told them not to buy their tomato starter plants...I'll be happy to share some of mine.
Crimson Cushion Beefsteak
Camp Joy Cherry
Mortgage Lifter: Radiator Charlie's
Marianna's Peace (Thanks, Anissa!! I love you for sharing these with me!!)
Silvery Fir Tree
Super Sonic (From what I've found out, this is a hybrid, not an heirloom, but a fantastic tasting and producing tomato)
Violet Jasper Cherry
Blondkopfchen Yellow Cherry
Southern Belle (These were acquired in a trade and I can't find a photo for them...they may be known by a different name.)
Box Car Willie
Red Currant Cherry
Rideau Sweet Cherry
Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge
Stripes of Yore
Large Barred Boar
Old Timey Yellow
Snow White Cherry
These are the tomato seeds that I have in my possession at this moment. I'm waiting seven more days for the last remaining seeds that I've traded for to come in and everyone is getting planted. I'm waiting for Green Zebra, Brandywine, Pink Brandywine and Carbon. There may be a few others, but we'll have to wait and see.
As for peppers, this is what I've got going. I'll link a photo to each of the ones that, most likely, won't be all that familiar.
Mini Bell Mix
Grand Bell Pepper Mix
Croatian Sweet Stuffer (No photo available...it's one of those wait and see type of things.)
Red Pimento and
As soon as this blog post is done, I'll be sending off a variety of trades for some other cool things: Brandywine, Costoluto Genovese, Yellow Stuffer, Polish Linguisa and Pink Brandywine tomatoes, poblano, Red Peter and Corno di Toro peppers.
I'm also going to attempt to grow different colored carrot varieties...10 pounds of each in 5-gallon buckets. Wish me luck!
Enjoy...Happy Gardening and...PEACE!
P.S.: I started a new group on Facebook called Heirloom Tomato Addicts Anonymous. If you'd like to join, just click on the name and ask...I'll be happy to add you in.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Yes, I need to desperately use a Magic Eraser on my stove again.
I used this Easy Blender Hollandaise recipe that Phil shared with me. Click on the recipe name for the link. It will hold on the stove for up to an hour.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
1 pound fresh asparagus, ends snapped off and saved for something else
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chardonnay
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat until hot and the surface of the oil ripples. Add red pepper flakes and toast for about 30 seconds. Add asparagus in a single layer, toss to coat with oil. Add garlic, salt and pepper. Toss around to heat through. Add chardonnay and let reduce by half. Add butter and let melt. Toss to coat everything. Serve immediately.
Such a simple dish packed with tons of flavor. I served with alongside corned beef and potatoes. Delicious. I'm going back for more asparagus today.
Friday, February 7, 2014
|After dawn broke yesterday, I was astounded at what the wind had done. I did hear some of those tree limbs bouncing off the top of our fifth wheel. We're extremely lucky that we did not sustain any damage.|
|This is how Puppa deals with the snow. I had to fight him for the couch. I call this his "polar bear" mode. He was quite content, so we just let him be. He did not like that wind flapping the awning one bit.|
|Soon after the high winds died down yesterday, around 9 am, it started to snow...|
|and, man o man, did it snow! I've never, in all the time I've lived in Western Washington state, which is over 40 years, seen it snow SIDEWAYS!|
|I took two walks down to the river this morning. The first time I took my old Nikon Coolpix L100. It's basically a point and shoot, but it's got a great zoom lens on it. This is the Lewis River.|
|I love living on the Lewis River and with the snow, it's even more beautiful!|
|Every angle I look at it, there is a photo that I see.|
|This is a house or some sort of building that I zoomed in on. This is across the river from me.|
|There is that house/building from the above photo.|
|I'm not sure what it is about rivers, but I am not happy unless I am near one.|
|This was the RV park this morning. This was taken from my backyard.|
|This is one of the firepits that are in each site.|
|My herbs and roses|
|The greenhouse got a bit on top of it. No matter, it will hold in the heat that the plants are generating.|
|Looking from my backyard up toward the road. Yes, that's my truck!|
|One of the fir limbs from the wind storm.|
|Majestic fir trees|
|The second time I went down to the river, I took my Nikon D5000. Can you see the difference in the photos?|
|Snow laden fir trees|
|I absolutely love this picture!|
|This is one of the primitive RV sites in the park. It's primitive in that there is no sewer hookup. But, what a view to have!|
|Another view from one of the RV sites along the river.|
|This house is directly across the river from us.|
|Bird tracks in the snow.|
|And, back home again.|