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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 (Easter)

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....

buberts milk desert

Buberts

Buberts may not be uniquely Latvian, but it it is one of the  desserts that many remember from their childhood. If the cookbooks and internet can be trusted, there are...

rye bread

Rye Bread

Rye bread (rupjmaize, rudzu maize) always has been a staple of Latvian diet. Traditionally, Latvians ate whatever was available during the season – cereals, legumes and root vegetables, meat and...

Gingerbread

Gingerbread

Christmas in Latvia cannot be imagined without baking tray upon tray of gingerbread (piparkūkas). It is a national pastime in the days leading up to Christmas – store brought gingerbread...