Potato Tarts with Spiced Stewed Apples (potet-terte)

September 12, 2018
Potato Tarts with Spiced Stewed Apples (potet-terte)

Potato Tarts with Spiced Stewed Apples (potet-terte)Orchards have this incredible presence and sense of wonderment that draws you in and envelops you as you gaze among its rows and rows of spectacular fruit-laden branches. An unkept orchard can become a magical arena for the imagnination and the senses to come alive.

All across Norway, regions are brimming with apples from August to November, depending upon the apple variety and climate. The village we live in is just one example of how apples have overtaken many yards. A quick drive through and your eyesight will be drawn to craggy apple trees  dotted with bright reds, pinks, and subtle greens. Even the ground below is strewn with fallen fruit.  Continue Reading…

Sour Cherry Crisp with Almonds and Seeds (Smuldrepai med Kirsebær)

August 16, 2018
Sour Cherry Crisp with almonds and seeds (Smuldrepai med Kirsebær)

Sour Cherry Crisp (Smuldrepai med kirsebær)Sour Cherry Crisp with almonds and seeds (Smuldrepai med Kirsebær)The slender tree branches, laden with luscious, dark sour cherries, seemed in dire need of relieving their seasonal burden. As always, it’s on a first come first serve basis: us or the birds.

As I walked through my friend’s delightful garden teeming full of berry bushes and fruit trees (each with a long history and proclamation to the land which their roots sink deep into), I couldn’t help but begin to recount all of the times my friends and I would use the garden as our own playground when we were little. We would pluck fruits from the trees in such earnest that our hands would be stained, the lower parts of our shirts became makeshift baskets, our conversations became limited as we kept our mouths full of our succulent findings, and our greediness was shown outright as we left with full bellies and more fruit than we could carry. Continue Reading…

The Southern Coast {Sørlandet} + Seawater-Poached Salmon Steaks

August 4, 2018
The Southern Coast {Sørlandet} + Seawater-Poached Salmon Steaks

The Southern Coast (Sørlandet) + Salt Water Salmon Steaks The Southern Coast (Sørlandet) + Salt Water Salmon SteaksA smoldering heat enveloped me as I gazed out from the brygge (docks) toward the sea; one hand shading my eyes from the sun’s bright rays. The blue waters appeared never ending – with small,  rocky, and only somewhat-barren islands jetting out as the seagulls danced around the them. The breeze gave only the slightest sense of relief from this year’s endless heat wave, but the beauty and tranquility of the landscape alone was enough to take my mind off of it. Continue Reading…

Rhubarb Soup and Spruce Tip Ice Cream (Rabarbragrøt og Granskuddiskrem)

June 12, 2018
Norwegian Rhubarb Soup and Spruce Tip Ice Cream (rabarbragrøt og granskuddiskrem)

Norwegian Rhubarb Soup and Spruce Tip Ice Cream (rabarbragrøt og granskuddiskrem)Norwegian Rhubarb Soup and Spruce Tip Ice Cream (rabarbragrøt og grandskudd iskrem)Rhubarb plants – with their ornate and statuesque figures – have long been sought after and used as garden staples for centuries. Rhubarb cultivation in Norway is mentioned to have first begun around the 1700s, with rhubarb prized for its medicinal benefits. The root was dried and taken for preventative measures as well as used as medicine for digestive problems.

Rhubarb eventually found its way into the Norwegian kitchen in the 19th century. Its sour stalks appealing – and sugar being its greatest companion.

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