Estonian Cuisine

Thea Tammeleht – bringing the Estonian marzipan making traditions to India

The destiny took an Estonian lady, Thea Tammeleht, from a leafy resort town of Pärnu to one of the largest cities on Earth, Mumbai, to produce and sell luxury marzipan candy in one of the most populous countries – India. Holding a master’s degree in special education and counselling, Tammeleht …

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Old customs die hard – New York’s Estonian House organises a rosolje competition

Estonians are proud of their traditional dishes – the rye bread, potato salad, selection of meats, sausages, marinated fish, pickles. One dish which was historically never missing from a party table, is rosolje – a beetroot and potato salad. And wherever Estonians emigrated, they took the tradition of making rosolje …

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An ode to verivorstid

Sappho gave us Ode to Aphrodite. Beethoven composed the musical setting for Ode to Joy. John Keats praised a songbird in Ode to a Nightingale. But seemingly nobody has paid poetic homage to those odd little Estonian verivorstid (blood sausages). And frankly, that’s a tragedy.* Traditionally the centrepiece of the Estonian …

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American-Estonian couple opens a café named after Alo Mattiisen in Phoenix, Arizona

An American-Estonian couple, Steve Martinez and Hilja Hõlpus Martinez, has opened a little internet coffee house in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Called Alo café, it is named after the famous Estonian composer during the Singing Revolution, Alo Mattiisen. Both of Estonian heritage, but born in the US, it …

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Porridge, cabbage and dirt: understanding Estonian humour through food and film

Lisa and Kristen Dobbin are Estonian-Canadian sisters from Toronto. In 2012, they relocated to Tartu to try and become a little more like their Estonian grandmother. This is the second part in their series of articles, Lessons in Estonian culture for beginners. The first part can be found here and …

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The Külmlaud – a guided tour

Andres Simonson, a first generation American of Estonian descent, gets you acquainted with the Estonian külmlaud or “cold table” buffet. As a first generation American of Estonian descent, I embrace all things Estonian. Well, almost everything. I still can’t do sült. For those unfamiliar, sült is an Estonian delicacy of jellied …

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