Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A surprise from Tallinn!

I had the best surprise the other day! As some of you may or may not know, my father's family is originally from Estonia. I've grown up with some Estonian customs and food, but I really don't know that much about the culture. I was therefor absolutely delighted to find Nami Nami, Pille's blog. See, Pille is Estonian, although she now lives in Edinburgh. I love reading about her cooking, and especially her Estonian cooking. She kept mentioning Kama, so I had to ask if she could hook me up with some. No problems, was her sweet reply, and the other day I got a note from the post office to pick up a package. I had no idea what it was, but when I saw the sticker with "Eesti Post" I got an idea.

Pille had asked her wonderful parents to send me Kama - so I got a very large bag of Kama, and two pieces of "Kamatahvel" - Kama-flavored chocolate! And a gorgeous postcard from Tallinn, too. Lovely! I showed this to my dad, and he was delighted to see something that he remembered so well from his childhood. I'm not sure what to make with it just yet, but I'm leaning towards either an appetizer or dessert to serve at our Estonian christmas family gathering, which we have every year on Dec. 26.

Many, many thanks to Pille and her parents!


Pille said...

Hi Anne, I am so glad you received the parcel! I am more than happy to suggest ways to use kama, but kama mascarpone truffles would be my top tip. I am positive they would be lovely on a Christmas buffet table (or "Swedish table", as we call these in Estonia).
I'll search my recipe archives for other options as well and will email you. Enjoy!

Raquel said...

Another ingredient that I have never heard of. It will be interesting to see what you can come up with!