Category Archives: latvian

Poppy Filled Ring Roll… or something.

Poppy-filled ring loaf

My husband has really taken to baking. He loves it! I’m happy that I was able to introduce him to something he really enjoys and if our area had a baking class, I’d probably get him a term as a birthday present. Sadly, the only ones I’ve found are the community college campus that is almost an hour away, so that will have to wait.

He’s been in a super-baking mood lately, making all sorts of things out of his favorite…

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Slow Cooker Borscht

This one’s for Deb, a friend of mine up in Seattle. :)

It’s been super-windy and rather cold all this last week. After spending some time in the morning listening to the wind howl about the eaves and against the windows, we decided yesterday that soup was definitely in order for dinner. We also wanted to get stuff done, so anything requiring a lot of time was out. Enter the slow cooker. But what to make?

We had some beets that were harvested in Grantsville that needed to be used up. Now, naturally we could have done…

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On Baked Milk and Slow Cookers

This is an update to making baked milk from my original post on Ryazhenka.

As I’ve mentioned here before, we recently obtained a slow cooker. We’ve been happily slow-cooking our way through a couple of cookbooks, trying this or that recipe on a whim and generally being pleased with the results. There’ve been a few duds, like the French Onion Soup That Wasn’t, but by and large, the slow cooker has turned out to be an excellent decision.

Now that we’re more experienced with it, we’ve been looking at some of our own recipes and considering whether…

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Latvian Bean Salad

Latvian Bean Salad

Summer’s almost over, sadly enough. The quantity of produce we can acquire from our local farmer is diminishing week by week with squashes taking over the bulk of the offerings.

I’ll miss being able to pick out fresh cucumbers or be enticed by overflowing baskets of colorful peppers. Eggplants are disappearing, our little ghost eggplant, no longer so little, has stopped blooming. The three eggplantlings that are still growing will be our last for the year. The two purple brussels sprouts…

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Fried Wax Beans

Fried Wax Beans

This is an incredibly simple dish that is tasty all out of proportion to its ingredients.

In short, this is a recipe that lives and dies by the quality of its ingredients.

We had found yellow and purple wax beans at the farmer’s market and I couldn’t resist. My husband had been wishing for yellow beans for some time, but you don’t often see green beans at the local store, much less yellow. I thought the purple ones were fantastically…

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Šašliks – Two Ways

Šašliks

As promised on Friday, here are the recipes we used for this year’s šašliks.

What are šašliks? You probably know them as shish-kebobs or shashliks (š is sh) – just skewered, marinated meat that’s grilled. Nom.

I don’t think I could pick one of these as a favorite of the night – I wished for more of both!

Cranberry Chile Pork Šašliks [printable recipe]

  • 1/2 lb to 1 lb pork1, cut into 1″ – 2″ chunks
  • 150 g cranberries
  • 1
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Jāņi 2010

Boy, we had some good food this year for Jāņi and thought I’d share what we made. We didn’t make as much as usual – I kinda forgot to set up rupjmaizes kartojums for dessert. If you celebrated Jāņi, what did you have?

Jalapeno Jāņu Siers

We decided to do the spicy pepper version of Jāņu siers finally, substituting very finely minced jalapeno for the caraway seeds. If you like spicy cheeses, you HAVE to do this one – it’s quite like spicy Havarti or…

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