We picked our four shrubs of red currants almost a month ago. And some yet not ripe berries were left on the bottom of the shrubs for later. When I picked them recently, there wasn’t enough for the proper desert, so I improvised. I combined the ingredients I had at home and made a desert that I liked very much. I love the freedom that I have when serving deserts in a glass. No worries about the thickness of the cream or sauce, did the biscuit crack… And what’s most important – it’s done in no time.
Red Currant Trifle
Beat some heavy cream and let it chill in the fridge. If you like your deserts very sweet, you can add some sugar, but since there’ll be caramel sauce, I don’t think it’s necessary. Then, prepare the caramel sauce using your favorite recipe or just use the store bought. Soak ladyfinger cookies in strong instant coffee, with no sugar added. To assemble the desert, place one layer of soaked ladyfingers, one layer of chilled heavy cream, layer of red currants and caramel sauce. Repeat according to the size of your serving glass/bowl.
Now, you probably know how I love to travel a lot. Those are mostly the short stays and it’s king of impossible to see and taste everything you plan. But how is it when you stay somewhere for a longer period of time?
Life takes people on strange and unexpected journeys and due to some life circumstances, I will be soon living in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. I’ve just returned from my first visit there, before the final move, and I’ll share some of my first impressions.
Population of the whole country is about 1,5 million people, which is less then the city I live in now. The capital, Tallinn is one of the most beautiful European cities and it’s on UNESCO World Heritage List. At moments, it reminded me of Prague, then of Alpine town, and sometimes of a Mediterranean city… After I had my first stroll through the Old Town, something hit me and I felt so good to be there that I didn’t want to go back at all. Now, it is summer there and as it is on the north, night never falls. It’s kind of strange, you enter the pub at 20h, leave at 02h, and outside it’s still daytime. Average temperature during my stay was about 17-18°C and what’s crazy, Estonians are dressed as if it’s 40°C. I, as the real future Estonian acclimatized momentarily and acted as them (well, actually, I only brought summer clothes) and got a terrible cold, but that’s OK The tricky part, and something I’m kind of afraid is the winter, when temperature goes down to -30°C, and you don’t see the Sun for months…
Estonians live so differently than we do on the Balkans. Not as open as I’m used to. Shaking hands means closeness and here, where I come from it is very common, and we greet most of the times with 3 kisses on the cheeks Apart from that, as a nation, they are so beautiful and athletic, both males and females
And finally, what probably interests you the most – food.
When a foreigner comes for the first time, Estonians take him for an initiation drink – Millimallika, The flatliner, or a jellyfish. The shot is a combination of sambuca, tequila and Tabasco sauce. Knowing the contents, you get why it’s called the flatliner As far as drinking is concerned Estonians drink a lot, almost as the people on Balkans Besides that, they have a thing for ciders, so you can buy all the flavors you can imagine.
Based on what I had so far, the food is bland. When I asked an Estonian couple for a good restaurant where Estonians would go for a dinner the guy said, and this is a quote: “Not sure that good and Estonian food go well in one sentence. And besides, we don’t go out to eat.” ?! The only thing that they recommended, and what is actually one of the favorite Estonian foods, was kilu. Rye bread with butter, boiled egg and some small raw fish. Our Estonian friend tried to explain to me that it’s not raw, but salted, but to me it was sooo raw. I had a fancy version where the bread is cubed and with quail eggs at Hell Hunt. It was one of the worst foods I have ever tasted, and I ate some weird stuff in my life. No photo of this, but you can see how it looked like when I tried it