Cuisine: Estonian

Sentimental ramblings and Tallinn suppers.

When I’m asked where I am from, my normal shpill goes like this: I’m Russian (pause) but not from Russia (pause) I grew up in Tallinn, Estonia, don’t know how much you know about the socio-political situation there? (a long

Cuisine: Estonian

When potato patties are better than kissing.

‘Cooking lasts, kissing don’t’ quoted the magnificent Clarissa Wright in today’s Guardian. how poignant, how both sad and life-affirming..I must be going through that nearly-Christ-age-syndrome, as my weekends lately have been increasingly filled with the luscious (or nauseous?) amount of

Cuisine: Estonian

A warming Baltic sprat pie.

More on those pesky Baltic sprats. A pie, a warming layered pie with potatoes, cream and butter. I’ve mentioned my weakness for these little, salty, slippery things (for examples, see here when combined with baked milk..). Well, since I’ve brought

Cuisine: Estonian

Estonian breakfasts: sprats and baked milk.

My favourite way to breakfast has long been to crunch on something salty and pickled in the wee hours. Now, in this glorious and frankly bizarre hot autumn weather, there’s no better way to greet a morning than a couple

Cuisine: Estonian

Sweet truffles, uniquely Estonian way.

If salo, Ukrainian iconic cured pork fat, is a dish that Ukrainians themselves both hate and loath, then Kama, a product quite unique to Estonia, is salo’s Northern cousine.  What is Kama? Well, in short, it is a very old

Cuisine: Estonian

Seducing pioneers – Caramelised ryebread icecream

They say Russians eat ice-cream in winter, in that winter, in particular in that winter. Like many Russian so-called emigrees,  and most Russians lucky to be born before early 1980 – I reminisce passionately about Plombir. Plombir was the ubiquitous

Cuisine: Estonian

My Midsummer Baltic brunch.

We dined on ham in hay, drank fermented rye liquid, jumped over fires built of candles and searched for a non-existent flowering plant… Our secret Baltic Midsummer Brunchclub has gone well. The idea (on which you can read more here)

Cuisine: Estonian

Brunchclub – Midsummer nights and Baltic herring

Fellow foodies, I am overjoyed to announce the next Russo-Soviet Brunchclub is set: Sunday 19 June 2011, midday 10 spaces, £20 *see here our previous Brunch adventures* Theme: Baltic Midsummer nights – I am going back to my Estonian roots.

Cuisine: Estonian

Verru – new Franco-Baltic restaurant. Finally.

My countrymen have made me proud. Finally, I am happy to report that a born and bred Estonian has opened a restaurant in London that I am quite content to recommend to people curious about Eastern-European cuisine. However, do not

Cuisine: Estonian

‘Moon’ – Estonian food with a (hi)story

What is the typical Estonian cuisine? I often get asked upon accidentally dropping my place of origin, a tiny country an hour’s ferry drive from Helsinki, with history and pride that stretch its petite body.