I was in Tallinn, this summer, meeting a friend, on a road trip in the Baltic. The Baltic in summer is full of fresh produce, with the markets wafting with the fragrance of ripe strawberries and farmers with cherry stained aprons offering the fruit in an array of yellowed to bright beautifully maroon sweetness.
One of the definite places to go visit in Tallinn is Telliskivi – art district, creative city. And boy it does not disappoint. Some of the street art had me staring for what could have been an eternity. And though till date I have not shared any picture on this blog other than that directly related to food, this time I feel compelled. It remains not just a gem in the Baltic, but also a great place for discovering art. With a bouquet of boutiques and stores offering knick knacks for everyone.
A home furnishing store in Telliskivi loomelinnak
One of the many cafes and what beautiful blue sky
Is it a cat or a rat or a mouse with a grouse? Graffiti on the walls
Those eyes, they had me. Captivating. the best wall art I have ever seen
The Petunia dotted cafe balcony overlooking the parking
This whole old warehouse district is dotted with old carriage ways and station wagons done up to become cafes and old communist factory floors house lovely restaurants. One of the most popular one is F-Honne, known for its daily fresh bake of the regional brown bread, which is by the way on the house with unlimited balsamic and olive oil to dip, is a more or less perfect example of industrial design done right. Here I had a spring mushroom soup, the flavour of which was surprisingly asian and close to Thai, fresh, simple button mushrooms, lemony, zingy and just the right tang to balance the coconut milk broth.
The Interiors of F-Honne http://www.fhoone.ee
And I have here tried to recreate that same soup. Surprise, surprise, there is a cheats way of doing it added to the tip section, right before the post script. Do not miss it.
For the curry paste:
1 handful Thai basil
1 handful coriander leaves (with roots)
2-3 kaffir lime leaves and kaffir lime skin
2 inches lemon grass
1 green chilli
1 clove garlic
1 medium onion
For the soup:
500 gms button mushrooms (thoroughly washed and evenly diced)
400 ml light coconut milk
2 tbsp cooking oil ( I used ghee)
Salt to taste
- Blend all the ingredients of the curry paste in a blender, with a little water. Only one 1 table spoon per person is needed. So the rest can be easily popped in the fridge for later use.
- Add the ghee to the pan, and sauté the mushrooms on slow heat. As the mushrooms start to render the liquid add 2 table spoon (1 tbsp per 250 gms. of mushrooms so that the flavour is not overpowering) of the curry paste and continue to sauté on low heat.
- This needs to cook for about 15 minutes. Please be careful not to turn the heat up. Once you see that the mushrooms are cooked and the curry paste that coats the mushrooms has lost colour, add the coconut milk and 400 ml water. Allow the broth to simmer for 15minutes or so on low heat.
- Cook till the broth reaches the consistency you desire and add the seasoning as per taste. Add the juice of one lemon, or as much as you like.
- Garnish with springs of mint, coriander leaves, thai basil, or basil flowers.
Skip the whole curry making step, and add 1 table spoon of thai green curry paste. Almost no one will notice.
Netflix – Blood Line http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3520702/
Movie – The Blind Side. A great story for weekend watching if you have not already. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878804/
Lost on the River – When I get my Hands on You (I think this is 1/4 Mumford Sons in here ) -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcMvZeFSuXE
Water – Jack Garratt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFuhB8N2CLk
You and I – Wilco – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USjuOWLyWIQ
Blog – I need to lear a lot from here about social media management. In the mean time why don’t you try. https://www.agorapulse.com/blog
Book – Into the water by Paula Hawkins https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33151805-into-the-water
Like all the rest of her poems, the poem does not have a title and is called by the first line of the poem.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
– Emily Dickinson