It's time to offer to the deity of fertility, Ūsiņš! In order to unlock the gates of fertility, our forebears would present offerings of eggs, onion skins, feathers, bones, coins, and scarlet wool thread. In keeping with tradition, contemporary adherents may offer credit cards, car keys, unworn designer attire, and the like. As for the ritual of floating horses, today's youths may substitute it by submerging motorcycles in the lake.
Once Ūsiņš is appeased, attention turns to nourishing oneself. Andris Ūpis recommends gracing the table with a pantāgs adorned with marinated honey fungus, smoked meats, and dried porcini mushrooms, accompanied by hunger pancakes and a beef stew, while satisfying cravings with waffles drenched in whipped honey.



pantags_ar_celmenem_receptesYou will need
    • 8 eggs
    • 20 g butter
    • A small onion
    • 100 g smoked meat
    • 100 g marinated honey fungus
    • 1 teaspoon dried porcini mushroom powder
    • Salt to taste
    • Ground pepper to taste
    • Assorted spring greens as desired

Peel and finely chop the onion. Sacrifice onion skins to the fire gods to ensure the beer does not run out in summer Cut the smoked meat into small pieces.
Heat butter in a skillet, add onions and chopped smoked meat. Once the meat and onions are browned, add eggs one by one. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook until the eggs are done.
Arrange marinated honey fungus and spring greens (such as sorrel, nettle, dandelion leaves, chives, mint) on top. Sprinkle with dried porcini mushroom powder and add chili oil and wild garlic pesto.

Chili Oil. You will need
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 100 ml rapeseed oil

Finely chop the chili pepper, leaving the seeds in if desired. Mix the chopped chili with the remaining ingredients.

food_pairing_with_beerWild garlic pesto. You will need
  • 100 g wild garlic leaves (or any greens of choice)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 50 g grated hard cheese
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 5 g salt
  • 50 g roasted shelled hazelnuts
  • 80 ml olive oil

Blend all ingredients until smooth; adjust seasoning if necessary to suit your taste.

Which beer to choose?
On your table lies an intense and flavorful bouquet, complemented by the refreshment provided by Ausma. Meanwhile, the hoppy non-alcoholic beer Skaidrais apinis will be a great appetizer and refreshment for those who still show skepticism towards non-alcoholic beer.



bada_pankukas_ar_sautejumuHunger pancakes (FRIED IN A HUNGER PAN). You will need
  • 4 eggs
  • 300 g flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 40 g melted butter
  • 200 ml kefir
  • Salt


Whisk the eggs, add the melted butter, add the kefir and stir. Mix the flour with the baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the eggs and kefir. Mix everything well together. The consistency of the batter should be like sour cream. Heat a frying pan thoroughly and grease it well. Pour the batter into the pan and brown the pancakes on both sides.

Beef stew. You will need

  • 2 kg beef (cheeks, ribs, osso buco, tail)
  • 5 carrots
  • 3 onions
  • 3 garlic
  • 1 celery root
  • 15 fresh rosemary
  • 200 g flour
  • 20 g salt
  • 4 g paprika powder
  • 60 g sugar
  • 1 g cayenne pepper powder
  • 4 g cumin
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 g ground coriander
  • 1 l of broth

Rinse and peel the vegetables. Cut the vegetables into coarse pieces, the onions into four cuts and leave the garlic in the cloves. Mix the flour with the spices and put in a shallow tray. Keep the pieces of meat large enough to put on the pan. Coat the meat pieces in the flour mixture and place on a hot, greased pan. Brown on all sides. While the meat is roasting, have a beer. Choose something light as the stew will take several hours to cook. When the meat is done, place it in a fire pot with high sides. When all the meat is fried, then in the same pan fry all the vegetables and add them to the meat. Pour the water into the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes and then pour it over the meat. Add the rosemary, bay leaves and broth. Place the lid on the pan and simmer over a low heat for about four hours. Simmer until the meat is tender. Serve with pancakes and beer.

Which beer to choose?

Believe me, it was worth waiting for several hours, as the reward accompanying the hearty stew and hunger pancakes is complemented by a strengthener - the barley wine Pokaiņu mežs. Meanwhile, Purva medus will be a sip of freshness with a tart touch of cranberry.


planas_vafelesYou will need
  • 200 g flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 30 g sugar
  • 1 g vanilla sugar
  • 2 g salt
  • 100 ml milk
  • 200 g sugar
  • 100 g butter


Melt the butter and let it cool.

Beat eggs in a bowl with high sides, add sugar. Whisk with an electric mixer until the mixture doubles in volume. Add milk and melted butter. Mix flour with salt and vanilla sugar.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, continue mixing with the mixer until you get a homogeneous mass, without lumps.

Pour 2 tablespoons of batter onto a hot, lightly greased pan and spread it thinly in a circular motion. Cook for one minute on each side over medium heat. While the waffles are cooking, pour Faerie into a glass and get acquainted with the aromatic character of the drink. Remove the cooked waffle from the pan and fold it immediately as desired.

Serve with whipped honey and beer.

Whipped Honey preparation
Whisk 100 g of honey for 15 minutes with a mixer until it becomes light and airy.

Rhubarb in Syrup

  • 300 g rhubarb
  • 150 g sugar
  • 150 g water

Wash and peel the rhubarb but save the peels. In a saucepan, pour in the sugar. Add water and rhubarb peels. Bring to a boil over medium heat for 10 minutes. Slice the rhubarb into pieces. Add rhubarb to the syrup and boil for one minute. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool.

Serve cold, along with waffles.

ed_ar_alu_usiniWhich beer to choose?

Sweet attracts sweet. Sometimes, at the conclusion of a hearty meal, it's not about a period, but rather an exclamation mark in the expression of Pļavas Laumas prompting the tongue to revel in the sweet nectar. On the other hand, those who prefer contrasts will appreciate the incredible and multi-layered composition of flavors. Simulakrs is a beer that wears more than one mask. Shedding one reveals another, creating true bewilderment for those who indulge in it.