Sunday, 19 November 2006


Hi, I'm Evelin. Now we know each other.

I'm from Estonia, a little country between Finland, Latvia and Russia with the whitest heaps of snow in winter, two weeks of hot summer, backyards with the best apples in autumn and a population of over 1 million people, almost all of whom like to sing. Quite an overview:)

What am I doing here? Food ideas take up too much space in my head, not writing them down would just be plain criminal towards myself. Plus, I totally dig this community thingy of all food-mad people keeping in touch and sharing/robbing ideas.

Why Bounteous bites? Well, why not. Maybe I'm just into alliteration. Or maybe I'm just spontaneous. Go figure!

I'm really into new combinations and outrageous ideas in the kitchen and especially the moments when there's just practically nothing left at the house and I'm miraculously able to prepare something new, wacky and tasty (imagine the epic fails I've gone through)

Oh, and, I'm 19.

Estonian cuisine for me is three things that I love. I'm not overstating if I say we've definitely got one of the best dairy products in the world. High quality, friends. Our curd cheese 'kohupiim' is something I wouldn't want to live without.
We've got this saying - bread is older than us. And by 'bread' I mean rye bread. We've got such variety. It's our thing. It was once a custom that when a slice of bread fell to the floor, the person who dropped it had to apologize to the bread by giving it a kiss.
And, of course I won't forget kama - a traditional flour mix of different roasted and grounded grains (wheat, rye, barley) and legumes. It is usually eaten mixed into dairy products (buttermilk, yoghurt, curd cheese).

Now, about being polite. If you'd like to use my recipes or pictures, I'd really like to hear about it. Linking, at least, works everywhere.

If you'd like to reach me, I'm only that far - evelingrauen at hotmail dot com

Nice meeting you:)