Food & drink
Latgalian recipes: "Guļbešņīki" with mushroom sauce
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Today's recipe comes under the peculiar name of "guļbešņīki", which derives from "guļbi", Latgalian for "potatoes".
Latgalian recipes: "Grūslis"
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Today's recipe is "grūslis", the name of which comes from the verb "sagrūstīt" or "to crush" due to the seemingly crushed texture of the dish.
Latgalian recipes: "Sirņiki"
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Today's recipe is "sirņiki", an Eastern Slavic traditional dish which long ago crossed the border from Belarus into Latgale to become part of the local cuisine.
Latgalian recipes: Sauerkraut soup
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Today's recipe is sauerkraut soup. Whereas in other parts of Latvia sauerkraut soup is made with potatoes, carrots and groats, the Latgalian version consists of "bare" sauerkraut with a hearty portion of bacon - just the thing for a cold winter day.
Latgalian recipes: "Kļockas" with sweet cream sauce
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Today's recipe is "kļockas", the crowning dish of any festive feast in Latgale.
Latgalian recipes: Fish soup
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. With several rivers and hundreds of lakes, Latgale is particularly strong when it comes to the use of freshwater fish in its cuisine. This one has the benefit of not requiring any specific species - whatever you catch can go into the pot.
Latgalian recipes: Festive bread
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Today's recipe is festive black bread, which occupies the center of the Latgalian table on both special and everyday occasions. It's not the quickest or easiest recipe but anything approaching success will win you credit throughout Latgale!
Latgalian recipes: Stuffed pike
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Today's recipe has northern pike as its main ingredient, the most widespread fish in Latvian lakes and rivers, which can grow up to 150 cm in length and 35 kg in weight. Despite its fearsome appearance and reputation for being a bit bony, its flesh is delicious and it thrives in the blue lakes of Latgale - at least until it finds its way onto the end of a fisherman's rod and winds up stuffed in the manner below.
Potato maintains vegetable supremacy
Major supermarket chain Maxima has confirmed what everyone could probably have guessed: that the potato is the most popular vegetable in Latvia.
Latgalian recipes: Blood Sausage
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Today's recipe is Latgalian blood sausage (asinsdesa), which is sometimes called groat sausage (putraimdesa) because of the added barley groats.
Latgalian recipes: "Murcovka"
This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Recipes don't get much simpler than this one.