[what I ate.] 31. December – 6 January 2018

31. December

Kinakomochi cookie. Was yummy.

A poppyseed roll.

Chicken pasta.

New Year’s Eve dinner with Anna and her mom: roast meat and vegetables, sausages, cheese, salads, pie…

And a sweet pastry for dessert.

1. January

Rice with tuna, wakame salad, garlic sprouts and mayonnaise.

Flatbread with a fried egg, tuna and cheese.

2. January

Beef patty with rice and some salad.

Chicken nuggets with salad and mayonnaise.

3. January

Butterfish with mashed potatoes and carrots.

Solyanka.

Cheese pastry, French fries, baked chicken and broccoli with mayonnaise.

4. January

Reindeer shaped chocolates.

Rice with tuna and wakame.

Beer and fries.

Cookies. Super delicious!

Pizza.

5. January

Coffee, cocoa pudding.

More coffee, pizza.

6. January

Buckwheat porridge with tuna.

Vitamin water and a Geisha chocolate wafer.

Mini tosca cakes.

Japanese style tofu curry with rice.

[what I ate.] 24-30. December 2018

24. December – Yule

Porridge with butter and jam.

Meat jelly (sült) and coffee.

Sauerkraut and boiled potatoes, roast duck.

Roast pork, marinated cucumber.

And blood sausage too!

Tea and delicious delicious cake.

25. December

Coffee and cake.

Walnut-caramel candies I made.

Coffee, sauerkraut, potatoes, blood sausage and other meats.

Kringel.

Berry jelly with ice cream.

26. December

Cucumber and sausage sandwich and some meat jelly (sült).

Coffee and porridge with butter.

Coffee and cake.

More cake :p

Coffee and tuna sandwich.

27. December

Coffee and some couscous.

Scrambled eggs and ham.

Coffee, some buckwheat, roast beetroot and salad.

28. December

Buckwheat and roast beetroot.

Coffee and a chocolate lollypop.

Onigiri senbei.

Meatballs in creamy parsley sauce with rice and salad.

29. December

Porridge and flatbread with cream cheese and sausage.

Some pretty crappy churros.

Coffee, persimmon smoothie.

Jellied beef and horseradish chips and two cheese cookies.

30. December

Jellied meat, wakame salad, garlic sprouts, pickled cucumber, tomato, a meatball and some mayonnaise.

Meat pastry grandmother sent.

Funny honey flavoured candies.

Blood pudding with salad and mayonnaise.

[what I ate.] 14-23. December 2018

Whoopsie! Holidays happened and I cut my finger and needed to get stitches and then I had some rough times at work, so this is why I fell behind with posting again. Welp, time to catch up 😀

14. December

Coffee, marzipan pastry.

Chicken curry.

Chicken curry and a coconut yoghurt drink. The drink was great and had actual pieces of coconut in it which was cool.

15. December – Escape Room

Chicken nugget wrap. Coffee.

Fried squid with dip at Noya. We crashed this restaurant after going to a Leonardo DaVinci inspired escape room. Most dishes we had were shared among all of us.

Mediocre beef tartar and super yummy salmon tartar with avocado.

Hubby ate a waguy “burger”. It was alright. Good beef served with lame bread.

I really liked the tempura mushrooms and white fish. The soup was a Nordic style “ramen” where noodles were replaced with strips of squid. The ramen concept was cool, but I only ate a few bites, because the entire thing was inedible salty. Both I and another girl sent these dishes back 😦

The kitchen sent us some tasty yellowtail tataki as an apology. That was a sweet gesture of them.

My replacement dish for the ramen was Nordic shrimp “tacos.” They were okay I guess, but I would in no way call these tacos xD

In general, Noya left me feeling a bit meh… there were some tasty treats and some failures, but in the end, I felt it was too pricey, especially considering that I was still kind of hungry after sharing all the food (as the restaurant concept suggested). Not worth all the hype I have been hearing about this place, sadly.

Puchitto Soda candies. An amusing treat. (I bought a computer pad 😀 Had to show it off, because I am so happy with my newfound ability to now comfortably read fanfiction in bed 😀 )

16. December

Porridge with butter and a ham sandwich.

A smoothie with bananas and blueberries.

Blood sausages and some salad.

CocoRolls coconut wafers. These were yummy.

17. December – Dad’s birthday

Some honey cake scraps :p

Pasta with minced meat.

Some marinated lamprey, potato salad and toast with ham.

Lung pastries.

18. December

Coffee, a poppyseed pastry.

Beetroot risotto.

Erm… some soup and a tiny taco shell canape with veggies.

Syrniki and some cocoa.

19. December – Sister’s birthday

Mashed potatoes with pork sauce.

A strawberry milkshake.

Mashed potatoes, roast pork and marinated cucumber.

Gelatoooooooo

Some mess of a pavlova cake :p It was delicious though!

20. December

Some tomatoes, roast duck and some turmeric-onion bread.

Instant noodles.

Mashed potatoes with pork sauce.

21. December – Stitches

Red velvet cake and coffee.

Mashed potatoes with pork sauce.

Coffee with whipped cream @ Da Vinci. I cut my finger badly while baking cookies. Hubby took me to ER, I got stitched up and then he took me to a consolation dinner.

Gnocci in mushroom sauce. Nom!

22. December

Honey cereal with milk, coffee.

Potato chips.

Grapes.

Mini Tosca cakes.

Cheese cookies.

Metsapiiga raspberry beer. It was a bit too sweet, but okay tasting otherwise.

Chocolates.

Rice with beef, soy sauce and sour cream.

23. December

Coffee, caramel doughnut.

Rice with salmon ochazuke.

Sushi and shrimp dumplings.

My Year in Music According to Spotify (2018)

This summary is kind of funny to me. It doesn’t surprise me that Dir en grey and Die Antwoord are in my top artists, because I did listen to them a lot. All fine and dandy.

Hiromitsu Agatsuma and Spangle Call Lilli Line, both nice in their own way, are mostly in this list because they were convenient to play in the café I worked in in the beginning of the year.

Mother Nature Sounds however… xD As you can see, all my top songs are basically rain and thunder sounds xD And why is that? It’s because I find rain and thunder extremely relaxing, so when I can’t sleep or am feeling awful, I often put a playlist of such sounds to play in the background. When I had thrombosis in my shoulder in the beginning of the year and couldn’t work, I think I went for an entire week with rain sounds splattering from the speakers to keep me calm. It’s kind of really zen for me.

[what I ate.] 6-13. December 2018

6. December

Kismet wafer and coffee.

Potato latkes with a poached egg @ RUBY. So delicious!

Grilled cheese sandwich and instant buckwheat.

Caplico mini. A cute tasty treat.

Chicken and dumpling soup with sour cream.

Coffee, chocolate-raspberry cake.

7. December

Chicken and dumpling soup with sour cream.

Stroopwafels.

Plum flavoured strong zero chuuhai. It tasted like soap water, but I was just so excited to find chuuhai in Estonia xD

Instant noodles with breaded chicken and mayonnaise.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Winter Edition. Was not a fan of this one, so gave most of it to hubby.

8. December

Coffee and Meiji Fran pocky.

Scrambled eggs with tuna and veggies.

Bubbly and Napoleon cake.

Tuna-potato salad.

Doughnut.

Instant noodles.

Cheese Pretz.

9. December

Coffee, omelette with ham, bread and mayo.

Matcha Meltykiss. So tasty!

Strawberry-rhubarb vitamin water and a couple of chocolate pastries.

Dinner @ Diner with hubby. We had naked burgers and fries and coffee. Still my fave burger place, best burgers in Tallinn.

Chocolate minimelts ice cream. I have been wanting to try these ice cream pearls for a while now. It’s a funny gimmick for sure xD They were however so cold that they tended to stick to my mouth uncomfortably. The taste was fine though.

10. December

Raspberry skyr and coffee.

Tangerine.

Barley-potato porridge with cottage cheese sauce.

A cheese pastry.

A poppyseed roll.

Pearl barley with smoked pork and some salad.

11. December

Coffee, an apple, some tangerine and a couple of mini scones.

Miso soup and tonkatsu don.

Calpis soda, salmon ochazuke, some salad and boiled sausages with sour cream.

12. December

Cheese pastry and coffee.

More coffee and brownie quark.

Chicken-spinach-quinoa soup with sour cream.

13. December

Chicken-spinach-quinoa soup with sour cream.

Husbands’ work Yule dinner @ OKO. The buffet was extraordinary and oh so delicious!

Herbed toast, epic delicious mozzarella, deconstructed chirashizushi, bulgur salad, duck salad.

Fries, baked mashed potatoes with cranberry sauce, backed chicken, kale chips.

Ribs and shrimp.

Coffee and cake.

It was such a pretty evening.

Whales.

24 Days of Baltic Christmas – Yule Feast Edition

I was invited to participate in the 24 Days of Baltic Christmas project this year at http://FemmeauFoyer2011.blogspot.com. The project describes itself as follows: an annual countdown to the holidays showcasing Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian culture, traditions, food, customs, crafts and stories!

Today, on day 11, I appeared in the project with a post looking back at 9 years of Yule dinners. It was a fantastic trip down the memory lane and even though most my feasts were far from traditional Estonian ones xD Still, I am glad I got to join in on this project and share something of my life and culture, no matter how non-traditional it was, with the rest of the world.

If you are interested, you can find my post here: http://femmeaufoyer2011.blogspot.com/2018/12/baltic-christmas-day-11-what-i-ate-yule.html

Thank you again, Liene, for the oportunity!

[what I ate.] 26. November – 5. December 2018

26. November

Veggie soup with sour cream.

Coffee, grilled sandwich with sausage and cheese.

Toast, poached egg and salad with tuna.

Shared snacks with hubby: Hokkaido cheese mochi (from Niigata prefecture), matcha dorayaki (from Tokyo), Gogo no Koucha milk tea cake (from Tokyo) and Matcha chocolate coated pecans (from Tokyo). The mochi puffs were yummy, and so were the dorayaki and the milk tea cake. The pecans were not my thing.

27. November

Porridge with chia seeds, raspberry bits and some tangerine.

Spicy instant noodles with sour cream. Not as spicy as I expected and kind of sweet tasting which I didn’t like.

Fried potato salad with pea crisps and fancy dried sausage.

Apple pie with ice cream.

28. November

Coffee, apple pie with ice cream.

Vegetable lasagna scraps with some salad.

Salad with tuna and avocado.

Coffee and rice crackers inspired by the fall of leaves (from Saitama prefecture). Pretty and yummy.

29. November

Nettle smoothie.

A salad with fried potatoes, boiled egg and tuna.

Almond flour chocolate-banana cake.

Omelette with spinach and dried ham, and mozzarella salad.

Coffee and almond chocolate.

30. November

Coffee and a cheese roll.

Chickpea-lentil curry with sour cream and some tomato.

Quark pastry.

Coffee, poppyseed pastry and some tangerine.

Minced meat-vegetable casserole.

1. December

Some pomelo.

Minced meat-vegetable casserole.

Coffee, Lips gummies with collagen. These were gross tasting and coated my teeth in a paraffin-y feel.

Party foods- sandwich cake, salad, snacks.

Cake and alcohol.

Jalapeno beer that I didn’t like and some biscuit cake.

2. December

Coffee, Greek yoghurt with persimmon, dried blueberries and raspberries, and caramelised sunflower seeds. Also had two tasty cookies.

Tea, vegan chocolate cake that Maarja brought 🙂

Pumpkin-spinach risotto.

Roasted corn.

3. December

Hazelnut pastry.

Beetroot risotto with feta cheese.

Milk soup with pasta and a beef ham sandwich.

A banana.

4. December

Coffee and a pepper senbei.

Bacon, poached eggs with salad.

Salad with tuna and vegetable pasta.

Quark pastry.

Milk soup with pasta and a beef ham and cheese sandwich.

5. December

Coffee, warm potato salad with blue cheese and champignons.

A cheese pastry and fresh orange-apple juice.

Beer, barley porridge with smoked pork, sour cream and salad.