great Latvian taste
Everything has beginning. The idea about Latvian style catering in America was born, when my son updated store strawberries with sugar and milk and said: "now it taste like in Latvia!" That was a challenge for me - to prepare a Latvian style meal from local New Jersey ingredients to make them taste like in my country. I started with piragi, klingeris, then follows sweet-sour rye bread and smoked chicken. Challenges will continue. I' m happy to keep my native food traditions and share the taste of Latvia with you!
Beliefs associated with eating
There are many beliefs and customs associated with food and eating in Latvia. One of the most important features of Latvian "eating etiquette" is to offer food to others around you if you yourself are eating.
Latvians are enthusiastic bread eaters, and in many homes, when cutting the first slice from a loaf of bread, the end is called a 'farmer's son'. Young women compete to eat this slice, so that they may marry a 'farmer's son' - someone who has their own home and farm. Another belief is that a loaf of bread should be sliced from the fatter end, in order for the eldest daughter to be the first to marry.
Today people still hold a number of beliefs about salt. Each Latvian knows that if a food has too much salt added, the cook is in love. If salt is spilled on the table or on the floor, then there will be a quarrel in the house.
Sitting down to a meal is a serious business, which requires people to be calm and act with decorum, to demonstrate respect for the food and for those who have worked to put it on the table - the ploughman and the cook. The place of honor is at the head of the table, where the head of the house usually sits. Those who sit at the corner of the table should be afraid of being cursed - that they will not be married for seven years. And everyone knows that if a spoon or fork fall to the ground, a female visitor will arrive, whereas if a knife falls, the visitor will be a male.
You are welcome at our table and we wish you Labu apetīti!