Marget: Life is a festival!
Visiting Marget and Sulev, partners in life and art, in their marvelous home on Muhu Island, Estonia. Beautiful garden, creative interior, amazing stories and surprise visit by their friends when our healthy buckwheat-cake was just out from the oven!
WHO? Marget, well-known ceramist, owner of the gallery and creativity hub (Loovuspesa)
HER PLACE: Muhu Island (Estonia)
HER PASSION: art, beauty, ceramics, fashion design
HER nutrisophy: local food, new recipes, beautiful table setting, good company
I might say that Marget is an outgoing person with a beautiful soul. She lights your day.
Marget was born in a small village in the very center of Estonia. The reason why Marget wasn´t really fond of cooking for a long time, was actually in her childhood – her mother loved cooking and was well known for her amazing pastry, so Marget never really felt doing the same thing. There was also more practical reason – not enough space for two passionate cooks (the surface of the kitchen was only four square meters).
Besides her mother´s delicious pastries, the tastes of her childhood were milk, salted Baltic herring and potatoes, which she still enjoys today. The Saturday tradition of the family was to bake the black rye bread, heat the sauna and have a good time together. After taking out the bread from the oven, when it was still warm, her Mom always baked a thin sponge cake to celebrate the day with the family.
In sixties Marget decided to study ceramics in the Estonian Academy of Arts, graduating in 1972. Soon after that, she started to work as a freelancer. She has one very clear food-memory from this period when she was visiting her colleague for two weeks in Minsk, Belarus back in 1984. She was amazed how creatively they prepared cabbage and fish, and she can still remember the taste of breaded cabbage leaves prepared by the colleague´s family member.
Marget has had a long and successful career as ceramist and today she continues working in her beautiful workshop designed by her life partner Sulev. They found this place on Muhu Island in 1986 looking for a summer cottage, but soon started to live there all year round. They have renewed the building according to their own dreams and tastes and enjoying the comfortable and balanced life with their four cats and a dog. Sulev, who is an interior decorator and who recently graduated from the horticultural school as a landscape designer, has also established a beautiful garden around their house.
Marget & Food
Marget says that she is always interested in something new, in trying new things – in her pottery making as well as in cooking. She tells me about many parallels comparing these two activities and gives me an example:
“I can´t work with clay when I´m sad or disappointed, the same thing happens with cooking.”
She goes on:
“Clay needs you to be passionate about it; you need to go into clay with all your devotion… It´s the same with cooking. For ceramists their kiln is the most important thing. You have to know your kilns, their characteristics, how they treat the clay etc. You have to be a bit superstitious and know to read the signs… The same with food and the ovens!”
Cooking is an event for Marget.
When preparing food, it is important for her to know for whom she is cooking, then choose the recipes, and then plan the whole day accordingly. Marget and Sulev have often friends visiting and one of their favorite activities is cooking with them. Marget even has cooking books with her own comments – after preparing a dish, she adds her own thoughts about the outcome and some recommendations to have a better result next time. It is also very important for her to have a beautiful table setting to enjoy the meal.
When talking about certain foods, she mentions, that she really enjoys fresh salads and different plates of beetroot. Morning starts with coffee and usually something sweet. She tries not to eat too much sugar, but the homemade marmalade she prepares every year – it has to be sweet enough!
One important component of her nutrisophy is – local food whenever possible! She buys honey and bread from the village, uses organic flour for baking, picks her own berries and mushrooms from the forests of Muhu, and cultivates tomatoes, pumpkins, different leafy greens, dill etc in her own garden.
This is the beauty of living in countryside and Marget is genuinely grateful for this.
I would say that this house as well as people living in it are full of beauty, colors, joy and life.
Every day, every task, every visit is an event. Or as Marget says:
“Life is a festival!”
What did we cook with Marget?
Banana-chocolate cake with buckwheat flour, gluten free. If replacing butter with coconut butter, then also dairy free/vegan.
Find the recipe below!
Banana cake with dark chocolate and buckwheat
15 min to prepare, 30-40 min in the oven
150 g butter or coconut butter
3 ripe bananas
100 g dark chocolate (70% cacao)
2 dl (0.8 cup) buckwheat flour
1 dl (0.4 cup) sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
0.5 tsp. salt
– Melt the butter, set aside and let cool.
– Whip eggs with sugar into a fluffy foam.
– Add melted butter and bananas mashed with fork.
– Mix buckwheat flour, cinnamon, vanilla sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Add to the egg foam with chopped chocolate.
– Line a round cake pan (24-cm / 9.5-inch diameter) with baking paper and add batter into it.
– Bake it in the oven with 175 °C (350 °F) for about 30-40 minutes.