Whole Wheat, Dark Chocolate and Candied Orange Peel Braided-Swirl Bun (Grov-flettekrans med skjokolade og kandiserte appelsinskall)

March 14, 2018
Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate and Candied Orange Peel Braided Swirl Bun (Grov-flettekrans med skjokolade og kandiserte appelsinskall)

Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate and Candied Orange Peel Braided Swirl Bun (Grov-flettekrans med skjokolade og kandiserte appelsinskall) Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate and Candied Orange Peel Braided Swirl Bun (Grov-flettekrans med skjokolade og kandiserte appelsinskall) Påske (Easter) is only a few weeks away and Norwegians are undoubtedly preparing for the days preluding påske and the days following. Påske is one of the biggest holidays in Norway – a full week off from work and school and whatever else occupies one’s time. Setting the religious aspects of the holiday aside, there are certain elements that need to be present in order for it to be a truly Norwegian påske. Two of these elements are oranges and chocolate. Continue Reading…

Stewed Green Pea Dip with Radishes (Ertestuing-dipp)

March 6, 2018
Stewed Green Pea Dip with Radishes (Ertestuing-dipp)

Stewed Green Pea Dip with Radishes (Ertestuing-dipp)Spring officially marked its entrance on the meteorological calendar, but it has yet to arrive (or come close to arriving) in our valley.

I’ve been conjuring up ideas for spring dishes with pops of color and fresh greens that have just sprouted up from the once frozen earth. But alas, the snow seems to be standing its ground with a fierce endurance that will undoubtedly result in its presence until the very last moment when hope for a timely and long spring has all but dwindled.

So, I turn to the kitchen to take up battle by making spring-inspired dishes (as if by making a dish that is reflective of spring I will somehow will spring into arriving faster). But battle seems like a harsh stance, especially since this winter has been one of the most charming and delightful winters we have had in Numedal since moving here and I look forward to a few more ski trips leading up to påske (Easter). I suppose even if spring is still a long time away, one can always bring it to the plate a little earlier. Continue Reading…

Creamy Norwegian Cod Soup (Torskesuppe)

February 20, 2018
Norwegian Creamy Cod Soup (Torskesuppe)

Norwegian Creamy Cod Soup (Torskesuppe)Norwegian Creamy Cod Soup (Torskesuppe)While winter means a barren landscape void of fruits and vegetables and wild herbs, life is teeming and thriving under the waters. In fact, winter in Norway is the best season to feast on fish and seafood along the coast despite the love affair we associate with consuming them during the warm, summer months.

Cod is one type of fish that happens to be in the best condition during the colder months. There is even an old saying in Norway stating that cod is at its best when eaten in all the months with the letter ‘r’ in them – meaning, all months except for May, June, July, and August.

Torsk har ypperlig kvalitet i alle måneder med “r”.

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Cinnamon Cake Bread (Kanelkakebrød)

January 30, 2018
Cinnamon Cake Bread (Kanelkakebrød)

Cinnamon Cake Bread (Kanelkakebrød)Cinnamon Cake Bread (Kanelkakebrød)Winter came with a fierceness this year, unlike last year’s somewhat bleak and disappointing season where pockets of snow and slush lay strewn about fields of brown. This winter had other ideas. Grandeur ideas. A plush blanket of white snow, covered with another blanket, and another, and yet another. In some places, the snow towers so high that when I peer out my window I can only see the skyline. Continue Reading…

Beef and Vegetable Stew (Brun Lapskaus)

January 12, 2018
Norwegian Beef and Vegetable Stew (Brun Lapskaus)

Norwegian Beef and Vegetable Stew (Brun Lapskaus)Lapskaus is simply a Norwegian stew made up of meat and vegetables, with both dark and light versions. Brun “brown” lapskaus is made with beef that is browned first before the other ingredients are added. Some also prepare brun lapskaus with the addition of a brown gravy. Lys “light” lapskaus is typically made with pork, salted or smoked, and cooked in the sauce rather than browned first. Continue Reading…

‘Glitre’ kringle

December 28, 2017
Glitrekringle (Maj-Lis's Norwegian pastry with raisins and nuts)

Glitrekringle (Maj-Lis's Norwegian pastry with raisins and nuts)Glitrekringle (Maj-Lis's Norwegian pastry with raisins and nuts)In the bright of the day, looking toward the bay, the water sparkles as the sun’s rays reflect off the waves with an intense luster creating an almost magical atmosphere.  This reoccurring picture and likening to glitter is what gave inspiration for the name of a farm in Rollag three generations ago. It would, in recent times, be the inspiration behind the name of the baked good so loved and so often served at this farm, by the hands of Maj-Lis. Continue Reading…