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!