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A taste of Estonia

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Well, it’s begun. My Tour de Goulash (or stew) has kicked off with a nice pot of Estonian Cabbage and Mince Stew.

I’ve never had Estonian food before today, but I have to say that I like it.

First, it was easy to make and didn’t take too much time.

Second, it’s healthy.

Third, it smells really good.

Fourth, it’s really filling.

Fifth, it tastes pretty good too.

Now, I will say that it doesn’t exactly taste as good as my first ever T-bone steak, or as good as the Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Red Lobster, but that’s okay.

And perhaps the dopamine receptors in my brain were saying, “where’s the cheese?” but I got over that pretty quickly when I realized my belly was full. I was satisfied.

Since I have a history of being a chronic overeater, finding a food that fills me up is important.

Will I ever make this again? Absolutely.

As I mentioned, it was pretty easy.

I forgot to say that it’s a budget food too.

First, to start, I gave the cabbage and carrots a little sauté.

While I was doing that, I almost forgot to add the salt and pepper, but I managed to get it in on time.

Then, the cheapest ingredient of all after cooking the cabbage for a little while, I added a cup of hot water and cooked the cabbage some more.

I let it simmer under a lid while I should have been getting ready for the next stage in cooking.

However, I’m not really good in the kitchen. …

So I decided to compensate for one of my weaknesses.

Not a great idea, but not disastrous either.

I was supposed to start cooking the onion and the meat in the next pot at that point, but I started cooking it when I started cooking the cabbage.

I find that because of my weight and occasional difficulty standing in front of a stove for a while, that I don’t always get my foods cooked at the times that I need them. I’m a little slow in the department.

Or at least I used to be. …

Today I found that I was able to stand and cook the whole meal without any trouble.

And I kept up with everything too.

So my meat was done a little early. I just turned down the heat to a simmer and kept it going until it was time to add it to the cabbage, which I did.

All the while, I had my potatoes boiling in the background.

After adding my meat to the cabbage mixture, I added some parsley, stirred it all up, and let it all simmer for a while.

And that was it. I served it up over the potatoes.

Earlier on I did say that the dish was easy to make. But what about all that cabbage and all that carrot that has to be grated?

Well, I had an idea while making my shopping list.

Instead of grating all that stuff myself, I’d buy a coleslaw mix, two bags of it, because the recipe called for a 2 pound head of cabbage.

In my mind, it’s all the same difference. So I didn’t exactly add pineapple or mayo.

But I did add a few extra carrots. At least that way the carrots I had leftover in my fridge would get used instead of going bad.

But it all turned out like it should, and I didn’t have to work my hiney off grating a mess of cabbage.

Plus, I’ve been known to knick myself when handling vegetables, so I try to handle them as little as possible. Frankly, I should stay away from peelers. I don’t know about graters, but I’m guessing that I should be just as cautious.

Whatever works!

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    Sounds good. I would have to switch the potatoes for new potatoes or sweet potato but other than that it really sounds yummy.
    1615 days ago
    Nothing like home-cooking to bump up the quality of our food choices! :-)

    1671 days ago
    I love cooked cabbage. I was in Estonia last fall. What a beautiful country. The old walled town of Tallinn is gorgeous. We had wonderful food and they make a "honey beer" drink that is to die for. I can't for the life of me find a recipe for it online. I'd go back just to have another one! Your recipe sounds like a wonderful combination of flavors. And using that pre shredded cabbage is a stroke of genius. Sometimes I go to a store salad bar and grab just a bit of something that's called for in a recipe (like green olives or red onion) when I don't want to have 3/4 of whatever I needed to go to waste. Lots of ways to make life easier.
    1671 days ago
    Recipe, please! it does sound good and simple. Great idea, using the coleslaw mix. emoticon
    1671 days ago
    LOVE goulash! Now I want some.. lol. Do you have a recipe to share?
    1672 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    I bet it was yummy!
    1672 days ago
    Sounds delish.
    1672 days ago
    lol all those great pictures and none at the end.. I feel Cheated .. hehehe.. It sounds good .. i like cabbage so would work for me..

    Did it taste Awesome or what ? Thanks for sharing...

    1672 days ago
  • MIRA04
    Lol your blog just made me hungry! But more for a salad so I guess you've inspired healthy :). Glad you found a new type of food you love!
    1672 days ago
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