There are also local buses that go from one city to another and stop all over the country. There are literally bus stops everywhere. Lithuania and Estonia are the same.
|Latvia 100 Anniversary Bus Shelter on the way up the coast to Kolka.|
|Bus stop in Estonia close to the Latvian border taken on our way to Valga.|
We also travel quite far by Latvian standards, often driving 3 or more hours to see something in the country side and I have been told Latvians don't usually drive that far. But we do and since we're Canadians we expect to be able to find fast food along the way (plus we don't want to leave the dog alone in the car). The cafe culture here, which I love, doesn't do fast food. It's quality food, and a meal is for relaxing here. I love that attitude, except when I am exploring. So many wonderful places to see! I have gotten back into the habit of making all of our food again. During the winter, I started making sausage rolls, samosas, small meaty tarts, cookies and cakes to take with us as well as water and fruit that we can eat without having to pull over.
Samosas have always been a little tricky (how hot is hot enough for the filling?) I have tried multiple types of wrappers (home made dough, filo pastry, egg roll wrappers, you get the idea.) I have tried to bake them and fry them.
My latest success?
I think I may have found the best filling recipe, dough recipe and how to make them!
So for the filling I use this recipe: https://diningforwomen.org/recipes/easy-samosas-tested/ I make it as written except I add minced garlic to the ginger, pepper, onion mix.
Here is the recipe I use for the dough. https://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/samosa-dough.html I use olive oil instead of canola. It is easier to get in Latvia and healthier.
And I use this video to actually make the dough work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtY8KXjAtko This is the first time it has been silky smooth and easy to roll. I knead it 8 minutes before I let it rest. How she makes the pockets is excellent. The dough is sturdy, flexible and stays together well. It fried up beautifully. You need two batches of dough for the amount of filling in the recipe I am using above.
|Samosas! I fried this batch. Next batch I will try baking.|