Estonian Cuisine

Five recipes with a twist: What does Estonian Christmas taste and smell like?

Sille Vadi, a food blogger and a specialist for academic affairs at the University of Tartu, conducted a kind of sociological inquiry asking what does Christmas taste and smell like – and put a little part of those tastes and smells into practice with a little twist.* By Sille Vadi What …

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Different flavours of birch water from ÖselBirch.

Estonian birch sap producer raises €24,000 via global crowdfunding

ÖselBirch, a family-owned birch sap producer from Saaremaa, Estonia, has raised €24,381 on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, to help the company start producing its flavoured birch sap drinks. Altogether 141 backers supported the company’s crowdfunding project that has allowed ÖselBirch to start producing seven different flavours – Classic fermented, Classic …

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Estonia will compete at the world’s most prestigious culinary competition

Estonian chef Dmitri Rooz became one of the top contestants at the Bocuse d’Or Europe culinary competition in Budapest, thus securing a place for Estonia in the final, global contest that will take place in Lyon, France, in January 2017. Rooz, the chef de cuisine at the Tallinn-based Restaurant Farm, …

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Estonian chef Dmitri Rooz competes among the best in Budapest

Estonian chef Dmitri Rooz, a semi-finalist in the prestigious culinary competition, Bocuse d´Or, will be competing in the European final in Budapest on 10 May against chefs from 20 European countries cooking for glory.   The European final is part of the Bocuse d’Or, a biannual world chef championship. Named for the chef, Paul Bocuse, the event is …

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Estonians celebrate Shrove Tuesday by eating whipped cream buns

Known in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Canada as “Pancake Tuesday”, Estonians celebrate Shrove Tuesday or Vastlapäev instead – and tons of buns with whipped cream are consumed.* As elsewhere, this movable festival is determined by Easter and originates from the Christian calendar. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word “shrive”, meaning “absolve”, and its …

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Meet the Japanese friendship society that loves Estonian food and culture

It isn’t easy to find blood sausage, black bread and herring in Japan, but every year more than 100 people come together to cook a traditional Estonian meal in Tokyo.  Working at a hotel in Tallinn means that inevitably every guest who checks in will ask about the local food. …

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