Split pea soup (Hernesupp)
Split pea soup was a must be meal during a winter holiday called
"vastlad". Folklore says that one has to go out to take a long slide on
the snow at this holiday to secure a happy year to come and eat nine times during the day to secure good harvest.
1 + 1/2 cup green or yellow split peas
1/2 cup pearl barley
1lb smoked ham hock or smoked ham
2l of water
Salt to taste
3-5 whole peppers
2 bay leaves
Makes 5-6 portions.
Put 1 cup of peas, pearl barley, ham, peppers and bay leaves into the pan,
add water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook until peas are soft, add 1/2
cup of peas and cook until all peas are ready. Add salt to taste. Take out
bay leaves and meat. Trim meat from the bone and return to soup. Serve soup
Meat with onions (Sibulaklops)
500g (1lb.) beef
pepper, salt, oil
1 cup water
2-3 tbs. flour
200g (1/2 lb) Sour cream
Makes 4 portions.
Cut meat into 4 peaces, fry it and put into warm place.
Cut onions into rings, fry them and put into warm place.
Fry flour, until slight brown add water, boil for 1-2 min. add sour cream.
Bring meat to pan with souse, sauté 5-8 min, top with fried onions.
Serve with boiled potatoes.
Bread Soup (Leivasupp)
Bread soup is a great example of how careful people were with their food.
Bread soup is originally made of stale bread - nothing can go waste,
especially so highly honored bread.
300 g rye bread (can get from any Russian store)
1 1/2 - 2 l apple juice (or mix of apple juice and water)
1/2-3/4 cup sugar
ground cinnamon and/or ground cardamom
milk or whipped cream or sour cream or plain yogurt
The best is to use stale bread (do not use fresh soft bread). Cut the
bread into approximately 2 by 2 inch cubes and boil in apple
juice. Once the bread has broken to porridge-like mass you need to stir
constantly and make sure you don't have any lumps of bread. Sweeten with
sugar and add raisins. Add little bit of cinnamon and/or cardamom.
You can eat the bread soup either hot or cold. Best if served with either
whipped cream on top, or pour milk over it. You can also eat the bread
soup with sour cream or plain yogurt.
Bon appetite (Head isu)