Author: Liva

sauteed sauerkraut stoveti kaposti

Sauteed Sauerkraut

Sauteed sauerkraut (štovēti kāposti) is my “must-have” Christmas dish. Ever since I can remember, my grandma would spend most of the December 24 in the kitchen boiling, frying and sauteing...

marinated pumpkin latvian eats

Marinated pumpkin

Latvians are in to preserving things. Fruit, vegetables, berries, mushrooms – you name it, we preserve it.  It all relates to winter – it is (literally) freezing cold for 6-7...

Sklandrausis - traditional latvian vegetable tarts

Sklandrausis

Sklandrausis is one of the most traditional and most unique Latvian dishes. It was the first Latvian dish that was granted “Traditional Speciality Guaranteed” status by the European Commission, listing...

Bean salad//Pupiņu salāti

Bean salad

Bean salad (pupiņu salāti), in my opinion, is Latvian equivalent of fast food: it is cheap, fast and easy to make, but without the greasy aftertaste. There are several variations...

Latvian cheesecake (biezpienmaize)

Biezpienmaize, literally cottage cheese bread, is my favourite cake in the world. My fondest cake memories are from the high school, when my friends and I would enjoy breaks between...

piragi bacon pies

Pīrāgi (bacon buns)

Speķa pīrāgi or bacon pies/pasties have become the most popular and most recognised of Latvian treats. Traditionally they would be eaten at any major celebration, be it birthday, Chistmas or...

Latvian cheese

Jāņu siers (Latvian cheese)

Līgo and Jāņi or summer solstice is one of the biggest Latvian celebrations. Celebrated on June 23 & 24, it is two days and a night of food, singing and...

Meatball soup - Frikadelu zupa

Frikadeļu zupa (Meatball soup)

Let’s talk soup. Without much exaggeration, Australians only eat pumpkin or pea & ham soup, only in winter and usually both are blended to the consistency of baby food. Latvians,...

Plum cake

Plum cake

This is a quick and easy cake that everyone will love – it is light and moist and perfect with a cup of tea. This is a spin-off of an...

Potato salad

Kartupeļu salāti (Potato salad)

In most parts of the world ‘salad’ means something light, green and healthy; an entree or a side dish. Salad in Latvia usually is like a meal on its own,...