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Latvian Christmas decoration - puzurs

Ziemassvētki (Christmas)

Celebration of Christmas in Latvia is rich in tradition with a sprinkling of superstition. Although now it has been tamed down to a quiet family celebration, it used to be...

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Baked cheese toasties

My mum is not much of a cook (and she knows it), and this is the only recipe I ever learned from her. I remember her making these baked cheese...

Latvian hazelnut meringue chocolate cake

Hazelnut meringue chocolate cake

Latvia is having a birthday next week, and I cannot think of many other occasions that could warrant making a lavish cake with delicate hazelnut meringue and rich chocolate cream....

Stuffed peppers

Stuffed peppers

In Latvia stuffed peppers are usually made with green Hungarian paprika. Paprika hits the market stalls in late summer, and pretty much every household will have stuffed peppers on the...

Latvian poppy seed bun recipe

Poppy seed scrolls

Latvians love their pastries (smalkmaizītes). They come in all shapes and sizes, from braided buns with raisins and sugar glaze to custard filled nests to soft jam or nut filled...

Latvian meatloaf (fake hare)

False hare and cucumber salad

Commonly known in Latvia as “Viltotais zaķis” (literally False hare, also known as Falscher Hase), and everywhere else in the world as a meatloaf, it is a dish that shows...

pickled-cucumber

Pickled cucumbers

I once wrote that Latvians would pickle, marinate or otherwise preserve anything that grows (or breathes). While summer is in full bloom and gardens and markets full of fresh produce,...

Heirloom tomato salad

Tomato salad

Tomato salad, especially when made with homegrown heirloom tomatoes, is one of my favourite summer comfort foods; it is unpretentious, yet satisfying. The best part always is the juice and...

Latvian Easter eggs coloured with onion peel | latvianeats.com

Lieldienas

Lieldienas (Easter) is a celebration of the arrival of spring and sun, the spring equinox. With the rise of Christianity, Lieldienas was celebrated on the day coinciding with Easter Sunday....