Traditional Norwegian Cream Porridge / Fløtegrøt

A traditional recipe from Bamble in Telemark found at

traditional badge2Cream Porridge is an old tradition for various occasions in Bamble in Telemark. It was for example used when haying was finished and everything was safely brought inside. Then all the farm people would gathered for haying porridge. Furthermore, it has been a long tradition to eat cream porridge at midsummer. Then the porridge was decorated with birch leaves. In earlier times, it was also common for cream porridge to be brought as maternity porridge after a childbirth.


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Go Lo Yok – Sweat & Sour Pork / Svinekjøtt I Sur-Søt Saus

A recipe from “God Mat Fra Hele Verden” (Nice Food From All The World) published by Schibsted in 1971
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Pork in sweet & sour sauce is a typical Chinese dish, which is also popular among Europeans. In this dish the meat is baked and fried in a deep fryer. Typical of Chinese sauces is that they are relatively thin and thickened with potato or corn starch which provide a smooth sauce and sweetened with honey, which provides a more refined taste than if sweetened with sugar.

Soft Drink & Soda Saturday – Double Cola


Double Cola is the name of a soft drink and the company that manufactures Double Cola. The Double Cola Company is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


The company was originally founded in 1922 by former Chero-Cola employees Charles D. Little and Joe S. Foster asGood Grape Company, primarily to market "Good Grape". With Little’s creation of Marvel Cola in 1924, Good Grape Company changed its name to Seminole Flavor Company. Marvel Cola was reformulated and renamed Jumbo Cola. The Double Cola product was 11559_dc1developed in 1933 and soon became the company’s flagship product. It was soon followed by flavored Double-Orange, Double-Lemon, and Double-Grape and "Double-Dry" ginger ale. During the 1930s, the vending machine market started to take off. Little had Westinghouse develop one which performed poorly in a key market for Seminole. Little basically pulled out of the vending market by not putting any more money into vending machines.

11559_dc2Additionally, during World War II’s sugar rationing, Seminole continued bottling Double-Cola in the larger bottles which hurt production. PepsiCo was in the same position and Little had a chance to buy them and refused as he preferred just going forward with the cola Seminole had. While Pepsi escaped bankruptcy and moved ahead of Seminole, Little changed the company’s name to Double Cola Company in 1953.  In 1956, the company developed Ski, which is comparable to Sun Drop. The year Diet Double Cola was launched, 1962, Little sold the company to Fairfield Foods, who drained the company of resources. It was purchased in 1980 by K.J. International, Inc., of London, England, from Canadian firm Pop Shops International, which acquired it from a consortium of private investors and remains wholly privately held. Pop Shops had allowed the company to flounder as they focused on their existing brands.

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Soft Drink & Soda Saturday – Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew (currently stylized as MTN Dew) is a citrus-flavored carbonated soft drink brand produced and owned by PepsiCo. The original formula was invented in the 1940s by two Tennessee beverage bottlers, Barney and Ally Hartman, and was first marketed in Marion, VA, Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee. A revised formula was created by Bill Bridgforth in 1958. The Mountain Dew brand and production rights were acquired by the Pepsi-Cola company in 1964, at which point its distribution expanded more widely across the United States.


Between  the 1940s and 1980s, Mountain Dew consisted of a single Citrus-flavored version. Diet Mountain Dew was introduced in 1988, followed by Mountain Dew Red which was introduced – and discontinued – in 1988. While Mountain Dew Red was short-lived, it represented the beginning of a long-term trend of Mountain Dew being produced in different flavour variations. This product line extension trend has continued in the 2000s, with expansion into specialty, limited time production, and retailer-specific (Taco Bell, 7-Eleven) variations of Mountain Dew.

Production was first extended to the U.K. in 1996, though this initial debut was short-lived as it was phased out in 1998. The product returned to the U.K. under the name "Mountain Dew Energy" in 2010 and returned to the Republic of Ireland in Spring 2011. As of 2009, Mountain Dew represented a 6.7 percent share of the overall carbonated soft drinks market in the U.S. Its competition includes Vault, Mello Yello, and Sun Drop; Mountain Dew accounts for 80 percent of citrus soft drinks sold within the U.S.


The name “Mountain Dew” was first trademarked by Ally and Barney Hartman in the 1940s, who coined the name from a colloquial term for moonshine whiskey. Early bottles and signage carried the reference forward by showing a cartoon-stylized mountaineer. The first sketches of the original Mountain Dew bottle labels were devised in 1948 by John Brichetto, and the representation on product packaging has changed at multiple points in the history of the beverage.

11531_md3PepsiCo (known then as The Pepsi-Cola Company) acquired the Mountain Dew brand in 1964, and shortly thereafter in 1973 the logo was modified as the company sought to shift its focus to a “younger, outdoorsy” generation. This direction continued as the logo remained the same through the 1970s, 80s and into the late 1990s. Later updates to the logo were made in 1999 and again in 2005. On October 15, 2008, the Mountain Dew logo was redesigned to "Mtn Dew" within the U.S. market, as a result of a PepsiCo rebranding of its core carbonated soft-drink products. However, the variant flavours continued to use the previous design until May 2011, when it was revealed that the "Code Red", "LiveWire", "Voltage", and "Baja Blast" flavour variants would be given redesigned packaging, including new logos to correspond with the "Mtn Dew" style. The returning flavours "Pitch Black" "Supernova" and "Typhoon" were given redesigned packaging and logos for their re-release.


In  its primary market of the United States, the ingredient composition of Mountain Dew is listed as: “carbonated water, High-fructose corn syrup (in much of the U.S.), concentrated orange juice, citric acid, natural flavours, sodium benzoate, caffeine, sodium citrate, erythorbic acid, gum arabic,calcium disodium EDTA, brominated vegetable oil, and yellow 5.” The ingredient makeup of Mountain Dew varies based on the country of production. For example, in Canada, the sweetener listed is "fructose/sucrose" and it is caffeine-free by default.

11531_md5In response to consumer insistence on a more natural product, PepsiCo in 2009 released a limited run production of Mountain Dew Throwback, a variation consisting of sugar in place of high fructose corn syrup. Mountain Dew Throwback has since been re-released for brief periods (generally 8–12 weeks at a time), including a 2nd wave from December 2009 – February 2010 and a 3rd wave in Summer/Fall 2010. A 4th limited production run began in March 2011, lasting for a total of eight weeks before becoming a permanent addition to the Mountain Dew flavour line-up.

Two unfounded urban legends about Mountain Dew ingredients exist. One is that it causes shrunken testicles and/or penis size. The other is that it lowers sperm count. Both myths are typically attributed to the dye Yellow #5 (tartrazine). Yellow #5 has never been scientifically linked to any of the alleged effects in the legends; nor has any other component of the drink. Thus, there is no evidence that Mountain Dew is any more hazardous (or beneficial) to health than other caffeinated, sugar-sweetened soft drinks, provided one is not allergic to Yellow #5.

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Soft Drink & Soda Saturday – Pommac


Pommac is a carbonated soft drink made of fruits and berries and matured in oak barrels for 3 months. The name comes from "Pommery", referring to Champagne, and Cognac, as it is matured on oak barrels like wine. The recipe is kept a secret.

Svenska: Ljusreklam för Pommac i Stockholm

In 1919, after his best efforts to keep his brewery running Anders Lindahl moved to Stockholm, Sweden as a failed businessman, and founded Fructus Fabriker and began to make Pommac. The recipe was made by a Finland-Swedish inventor. The drink was made for the upper classes as an alcohol-free substitute for wine.

Dr Pepper distributed a formulation of it in the US as a diet drink from 1963 to 1969 in six-and-a-half- and ten-ounce bottles. It took a while for people to become accustomed to the taste, so sales were slow. When sales remained stagnant after six years, and its sweetener, sodium cyclamate, was banned, Dr Pepper discontinued the product.

Pommac is also served as a non-alcoholic champagne alternative on festive occasions.

In late 2004, Carlsberg in Denmark announced that they were going to cease production of Pommac for financial reasons. However, after overwhelming public demand (including a petition tallying over 50,000 signatures) was raised in response, the company decided to keep marketing Pommac.

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I grew up less than an hours drive from the Swedish border and we often took a trip across the border on Saturday. As a kid I thought Pommac was terrible, but a few years ago a good friend of mine bought an old farm in Sweden and the previous owner had left a few bottles for the new owner. To our surprise we found it delicious – Ted

Norwegian Caramel Pudding / Karamellpudding

A recipe from “Mat For Alle Årstider” (Food For All Seasons) publishe by Det Beste in 1977



traditional badge2This caramel pudding is a classic Norwegian dessert and a favorite at every festive occasion in my country and especially a successful dessert at gentlemen’s parties. It is also straightforward because it can be made one to two days in advance.

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Lefse From Hardanger / Hardangerlefse

A recipe from the Norwegian local paper Varden based in Skien in Telemark



traditional badge2I have just joined which is a net based data base for Norwegian recipes and I thought I might give you a little taste of what one might find there. And what better to start with than lefse which you can both see made and taste at the Folkemuseum in Oslo where the picture above was taken. If you have come across a lefse recipe earlier and find it different than the one presented here you got to remember that just about every valley and village in Norway has their own particular twist on the recipe. There are for instance both “Tynnlefse” and “Tjukklefse” thick and thin lefse – Ted

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Ingemaakte Kerrievis – Fish In Vinegar and Curry / Fisk I Eddiklake Med Karri

A South African recipe from “Kulinarisk Pass” (Culinary Passport) published by Tupperware in 1970

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Chocolate Iced Layer Cake / Smørkake Med Sjokoladetrekk

A recipe from “Cake Secrets” (Kake Hemmeligheter) published by Iglehearts in 1921

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Veal Cacciatora

A recipe from “European Favourites” (Europeiske Favoritter) published by Collins in 1973

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Port Wine Chicken / Portvinskylling

Recipes from the Danish “Bogen Om Kyllinger” (The Book About Chicken) published by Lademann in 1972



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Rolled Pork Roast / Rullet Svinestek

Recipes from “Kokekurs I Bilder” (Cooking Course In Pictures) published by Norsk Kunstforlag in 1968

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Raisin Cocoanut Pudding & Brown Betty

Recipes from “Recipes With Raisins” (Oppskrifter Med Rosiner) published by Sun Maid in the 1920s

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Soft Drink & Soda Saturday – Barq’s


Barq’s /ˈbɑrks/ is an American soft drink. Its brand of root beer is notable for having caffeine. "Barq’s" Root Beer had been labeled as Barq’s Famous Olde Tyme Root Beer until 2012. Barq’s, created by Edward Barq and bottled since the start of the 20th century, is currently bottled by The Coca-Cola Company.


The Barq’s Brothers Bottling Company was founded in 1890 in the French Quarter of New Orleans, by Edward Charles Edmond Barq and his younger brother, Gaston. The Barq Brothers bottled carbonated water and various soft drinks of their own creation. Early on their most popular creation was an orange-flavored soda calledOrangine, which won a gold medal at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois.

Edward Barq moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1897 with his new wife.

The following year he opened the Biloxi Artesian Bottling Works. 1898 is often given as the debut year for what was later to be known as "Barq’s root beer," but some sources say this particular product was not produced until some two years later.

For many decades Barq’s was not marketed as a "root beer." This was in part a desire to avoid legal conflict with the Hires Root Beer company, which was attempting to claim a trademark on the term "root beer." It was also due to differences from other root beers at the time. The base was a sarsaparilla drink of the style of the late 19th century, in a formulation with caffeine, less sugar, and higher carbonation than other brands, though with less of a foamy "head." It was decided to market the soft drink simply as Barq’s.

773_barqs_02The traditional slogan was the simple affirmation "Drink Barq’s. It’s good."

For a time it was marketed with the slogan "Is it root beer?" before the company decided to market the product as such.

In 1976, the Biloxi Barq’s Company was purchased by two entrepreneurs, John Oudt and John Koerner. An aggressive television campaign was developed based on the "Barq’s Got Sparks" theme. Their plans to market the brand nationally were partially complicated by the existence of the New Orleans based Barq’s Beverages, Inc., and Barq’s Beverages of Baton Rouge, Inc., which had long been marketing Barq’s and Barq’s Creme’ Soda in Southern Louisiana. The New Orleans firm was largely independent of the Biloxi firm dating back to early 20th century oral agreements between Barq family 773_barqs_04members and friends. (Those who traveled back and forth between Mississippi and Louisiana noted subtle but distinct differences between the Barq’s sold in the two places, as the Biloxi and New Orleans plants each made their own syrups, and some partisans considered one or the other "better.") There were extended legal conflicts over who exactly had the rights to the Barq’s name and formula and in which markets. These differences were not fully resolved until The Coca-Cola Company acquired both branches in 1995.

Before the purchase, Barq’s produced other sodas, such as lime green and grape, in the 1970s and early 1980s, and Coca-Cola manufactured its own root beer,Ramblin’ Root Beer.

In 1990, Barq’s partnered with the Pick N Save grocery store in Dekalb, Illinois to create the World’s Largest Root Beer Float. It was mixed in an above ground swimming pool in the parking lot and consisted of 1,500 gallons of Barq’s root beer and 1,000 gallons of vanilla ice cream.

773_barqs_05In recent years Barq’s has been marketed with the slogan "Barq’s has bite!"

Regular Barq’s has 22.5 mg of caffeine per 12 ounce serving (similar to green tea), while Diet Barq’s has no caffeine.

The Barq’s that is dispensed from Coca-Cola Freestyle machines is caffeine-free.[9] This is because the system uses the same concentrated, microdosed ingredient for both Barq’s and Diet Barq’s; the only difference between the two is the sweetener that is added.

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Soft Drink & Soda Saturday – Crush

Crush is a carbonated soft drink brand, originally marketed as an orange soda, which was invented by California beverage and extract chemist Neil C. Ward. Most flavours of Crush are caffeine-free.

11436_oc1In 1911, Clayton J. Howell, president and founder of the Orange Crush Company, partnered with Neil C. Ward and incorporated the company. Ward perfected the process of blending ingredients to create the exclusive formula that yielded the zesty, all-natural orange flavour of Orange Crush. Howell was not new to the soft drink business, having earlier introduced Howell’s Orange Julep. Soft drinks of the time often carried the surname of the inventor along with the product name. Howell sold the rights to use his name in conjunction with his first brand; therefore, Ward was given the honours: Crush was first premiered as Ward’s Orange Crush. Originally, Orange Crush included orange pulp in the bottles, giving it a “fresh squeezed” illusion even though the pulp was added rather than remaining from squeezed oranges. Pulp has not been in the bottles for decades.

11436_oc2Crush was purchased by Procter & Gamble in 1980 (with the exception of the Canadian rights, which were purchased in 1984). Procter & Gamble only manufactured “bottler’s base,” which was a concentrate consisting of flavour and colour. 1 millilitre of bottler’s base was combined with syrup and carbonated water to create a 12 ounce bottle of Crush. In 1989, Cadbury Schweppes acquired Crush USA from Procter & Gamble Co. Cadbury Schweppes spun off its United States beverage business as Dr Pepper Snapple Group in 2008.

The Crush brand and trademark are currently owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group of Plano, Texas. Crush is also popular in Canada, where it is distributed by subsidiary Canada Dry Mott’s. It is distributed by various Pepsi bottlers, the biggest being the Pepsi Bottling Group Canada.

Other countries where Crush is sold are Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Lebanon, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Syria, Uruguay and at one time Costa Rica, Ecuador and Bolivia. In some countries of Latin America the Crush brand is distributed by the Coca-Cola Company, using the same colours and bottles as Fanta.

11436_oc3Several flavours (Grape, Cream Soda, Lime, Orange) are available at most stores throughout North America; however, others are distributed only within small markets. Pineapple Crush and Birch Beer Crush, for instance, is relatively easy to obtain in both can and single serving bottle in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and in Fort McMurray, Alberta. This will soon change, as the Pepsi Bottling Group has recently announced they would begin distributing Crush in a majority of their territory in the United States, followed less than a month later by PepsiAmericas’ announcement that they would follow suit in most of their territory. The changeover in distribution became official in late January and early February 2009, with the Pepsi bottlers taking over the Crush rights in those areas and the bottling rights to Hawaiian Punch (which the Pepsi bottlers in those areas had handled prior to 2009) going to the bottlers of Dr Pepper and 7 Up.

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