Recipes from My Estonian Farm
Visually stunning and potentially life-changing, Essential Nourishment is your feel-good guide to living well, one delicious meal at a time, one nurturing action at a time.
January 10, 2013: The story behind the cover image - Interview with Marika on Donna Currie's Food Blog COOKISTRY
October 6 - 13: Estonian Book Tour - find entire schedule here.
September 27: The second, updated edition of the Estonian version of Essential Nourishment is published.
August 28: ESSENTIAL NOURISHMENT wins the LIVING NOW BOOK AWARDS Gold Medal.
June 23: ESSENTIAL NOURISHMENT is a 2011 finalist for the BOOK OF THE YEAR Awards.
May 14: Rick Kleffel, Independant Producer, National Public Radio, conducts in-depth interview with Marika - listen here.
April 20 - May 1: San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, OR Book Tour - see entire schedule here.
Paris: on March 6, ESSENTIAL NOURISHMENT wins 3rd place at the prestigious GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS 2011. The awards gala takes place at the famous Folies Bergère Theatre on the eve before the Paris Cookbook Fair March 7 – 11, 2012.
Los Angeles: on January 12 Marika has the great honor to present Estonian food as well as her book at the Taste Awards in Hollywood. See video here.
A Sample Recipe Root Vegetable Vinaigrette serves 4
The beet turns this vinaigrette a vibrant magenta, and the dish provides a gorgeous color accent for any occasion.
1 beet, peeled and cubed
2 carrots, sliced into rounds
1 turnip, peeled and cubed
1 parsnip, peeled and sliced into rounds
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons red balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
1 handful chopped scallions
1 handful chopped basil
1 Fill a pot with 1 inch (2½ cm) of water, insert a steamer basket and bring the water to a boil.
2 Add the vegetables – start with the beet, then add the carrots, then the turnip, then the parsnip – waiting three minutes after each addition. Steam until the vegetables start to get soft. Transfer the vegetables to a colander, rinse with cold water and drain. Transfer to a bowl.
3 Combine the dressing ingredients in a glass jar. Close the lid and shake to mix. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, mix well, and let the salad marinate for at least 1 hour.
4 Before serving, toss, taste and add vinegar or seasoning if needed.
Garnish with basil leaves.
Note: You can use just about any vegetable in this recipe – it is also a great way to make vegetable leftovers taste delicious the next day.
Visually stunning and potentially life-changing, Essential Nourishment
is your feel-good guide to living well, one delicious meal at a time,
one nurturing action at a time.
The recipes inspire you to create dishes
that are both mouthwatering and easy to make.
nutrient-dense meals also give you the energy you need to lead an active
life for years to come and pursue your passions with enthusiasm and delight.
Essential Nourishment — once and for all —
ends the confusion around food. It helps you to:
- Choose food purposefully, making food your
friend and not your enemy
- Understand how your moods are affected by the
foods you eat
- Discover how you can stabilize your blood
sugar naturally by consciously eating balanced meals
- Achieve weight loss — without
counting calories or dieting — simply by eating great-tasting,
Essential Nourishment shows you how to
effortlessly shift to a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. It brings fun to your
kitchen, well-being to your body, clarity to your mind, and joy to your heart.
“A friend gave me Marika Blossfeldt's "Essential Nourishment" at a critical, life-changing moment. I had just suffered a mild heart attack and realized that it was time for a lifestyle change. Many people equate "diet" with "deprivation," when in fact diet really means how we eat, not just what we eat. Look at it this way: automobile-loving Americans would not intentionally put lousy, harmful gas in their gas tanks. Yet we readily fuel our bodies with food that destroys them. "Essential Nourishment" provides a healthy and enjoyable alternative. The recipes are simple, straightforward and delicious, using readily available ingredients. From roasted green beans in a little olive oil and salt (addictive), to zucchini and tomato casserole (earthy and Mediterranean) to amazing brownies made with black beans and a hint of cayenne (surprisingly superb), the food in this book makes eating well the true pleasure it should be. In addition, Blossfeldt provides detailed sections on the science of food which makes for fascinating reading, alongside pages of her own, abstract artwork. By making some simple adjustments (much simpler than I thought they would be) to my eating habits, enhanced by "Essential Nourishment", and by adding exercise to my daily routine, I have dropped more than 30 pounds, my blood pressure is percolating along at a normal level, my (bad) cholesterol level has dropped dramatically, I am sleeping well, feeling better and, in short, feel like I have been given a second chance at life -- not something that comes along too often.”
Tom Verde, Pawcatuck, CT
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