A classic French desert from “Desserter” (Deserts) published by Hjemmets kokebok klubb in 1981
A recipe from “Kunglig Spis” (Royal Stove) by Håkan Håkansson published by LTs Förlag in 1982
During the 2nd World War, Håkan Håkansson survived passing German mines and submarines, came to London and started as a chef at the Swedish Embassy. There he met Prince Bertil, who was naval attaché, and a long culinary collaboration began.
After the war, Håkan Håkansson followed the Prince back home and became court cook, first at the Royal Palace, then at the Prince’s Villa Solbacka at Djurgården. Håkan Håkansson also followed the Prince on numerous trips down to Villa Mirage on the Riviera.
Most of the recipes in “Kunglig Spis” are derived from Håkan Håkansson and Prince Bertil’s joint experimentation in the kitchen. And the result is a treasure trove for anyone who likes to cook and eat good food!
And from now on my visitors can eat food right from the “royal stove” through these recipes – Ted
A traditional Swedish bread recipe found in “Norsk Ukeblads Store Bakebok” (Norsk Ukeblad’s Large Book on Baking) published by Ernst G Mortensen’s Forlag in 1984
I’ve finally found time to start scanning the books I’ve found on the autumn’s flea markets and here is the first recipe from the first one. A traditional dark and spicy bread from the Swedish island Gotland.
A traditional Norwegian desert recipe found on melk.no
At The Inn At The Crossroad they write: The sweetness of this medieval pie comes from added fruit and honey. As the pie bakes, the fruit melts, giving a lovely counter-taste to the tart vinegar and salty bacon. The fruit flavour fades into the background and what remains is a sweet, rich meat pie with an easy medley of flavours.
To make Pyes. Pyes of mutton or beif must be fyne mynced & seasoned with pepper and salte and a lytel saffron to colour it, suet or marrow a good quantitie, a lytell vynegre, pruynes, great reasons, and dates, take the fattest of the broath of powdred beefe. – A Propre new booke of Cokery, 1545
Pea soup is real traditional food that deserves to be made a lot more often. In this recipe, there are extra root vegetables added to make the soup smooth and full of flavour. Make a lot and freeze for later.
A recipe for a Norwegian Christmas time classics found on matprat.no
A Swedish classics from the commercial navy and fishing fleet found at Matprat.no
Even made in a cramped galley far out to sea the food should taste good. Then it was nice with a dish that more or less made itself in the oven, so bench space could be used for something else. Seaman’s steak originates from Sweden, but there has certainly also been served similar dishes on board Norwegian ships and fishing boats. Beer gives the dish its distinctive flavour.
A refreshing plum desert recipe found on dinmat.no
1934 Keystone Water Company
Janik brothers Walter, Stephen and John started Keystone Water Company in the basement of their 24th and East Falls Street home in Niagara Falls, NY. They sold bulk water in 5-galloon containers to nearby plants and offices. The water was prepared by a special ozonization process involving electrical discharges. It was only a matter of time before the Janik brothers saw the had all the ingredients necessary to move into the soft drink field.
1935 Extra Bottling Company
Cokes’ decision in 1934 to abandon it’s line of multi-flavour soft drinks and concentrate on selling Cola led to the birth of what is now called Johnnie Ryan Soda. The brothers sensed that Coke’s decision would create a gap in the local soft drink market so they began producing several different flavours of soda pop. Coke at that time had a small split bottle which was 6 1/2 oz. The Janik’s decided to give the public a little more for their money so they went with a 8 oz bottle which was unheard of at the time! Inspired by the “extra pop” they provided in their bottles, the Janik’s chose to call the themselves the “Extra Bottling Company”.
1940 Main St Plant
The Extra Bottling company moved to Main St. in Niagara Falls. They relocated again in 1942 to a larger facility to the 1100 block of Main St. Operations continued there until 1947 when the current Niagara St plant was purchased. This facility formerly housed area 7-up Operations.
1942 Johnnie Ryan Company
John Janik sought to change company name to an Irish name to attract more business. After brainstorming several name variations that included both his eldest son’s names: John and Ron, he settled on the name Johnnie Ryan. Soon after red striped signs were painted on the exterior of taverns and restaurants throughout the city.
1947 Niagara St Plant
As company operations continued to grow, there was for more space. In 1947 a new plant was built at 9th and Niagara Streets where it operated until the present plant was purchased in 1978.
1965 Bar Dispensing Business Began
The bar dispensing business includes syrups and soft drinks dispensed at bars. To this day 90% of bars and restaurants in the Niagara Falls vicinity have the Johnnie Ryan System.
1978 2nd Generation, Niagara St Plant
2nd generation Janik’s Ron Janik and his brother Paul Janik took over the company in 1978. A brother John was in the business until his death in 1994. It was in 1978 when a former 7-up Bottling Plant on the corner of 32nd and Niagara Streets in Niagara Falls was purchased. This facility currently is still the sole production facility for Johnnie Ryan Beverage company.
1981 Introduced Line of Cocktail Mixes
Each year Johnnie Ryan produces about 200,000 5-gallon containers of bulk syrup for dispensing machines. Included in their soft drink dispensing machines, the company also sells, services and supplies cocktail mixes to area hotels, country clubs and restaurants.
1998 New Capping Machine
Installed an $80,000 bottle capping machine in their 12,000 square foot warehouse and production facility. The new bottling system was designed to expedite daily operations and retain it’s work force into the new millennium. It caps at a faster rate than the former machine using plastic caps and bottles instead of aluminium caps.
2001 3rd Generation Ownership
Current Owners Paul Janik and his brother John took over in 2001 when they recognized the opportunity to buy the business they were raised around as kids. As the 3rd generation to run Johnnie Ryan Beverage Company, Ron Janik, President co-owns the company with his brother Paul Janik, Vice President. Their sister Kathy Tedesco is the office manager
Text from johnnieryan.com
If you have any nice childhood memories or other good recollection connected to Red Rock Cola or other sodas from Red Rock or any other of the sodas and soft drinks presented her on Saturdays for that matter, please feel free to share them – Ted
Post text and recipe from ThorNews:
Fyrstekake is a very popular cake in the Nordic countries, and it has an almond and marzipan base. In Norway it is common to serve it as a dessert. It is available in supermarkets, but every Scandinavian would agree that nothing tastes like the homemade cake – preferably made by grandma.
New York Times once wrote this uplifting story about Fyrstekake: Midcentury Scandinavian food never had the second life that Scandinavian furniture did. And if you’d like to know why, imagine the opposite — a world in which we savour salted herring and forget about Saarinen tables. No! But if we were to bring back just one worthy dish, I’d vote for Fyrstekake, also known as Royal Cake.(…) Fyrstekake is something between a cake and a bar cookie. It’s so fragrant and chewy that it begs for an accompanying cup of tea.
A Christmas cake for the 21th century found at klikk.no
And if you are wondering what those red round thingies with white dots are all I can say is; I apologise on behalf of myself and my countrymen, but small red agarics in different materials are actually part of the traditional Norwegian Christmas decorations. Please don’t ask me why – Ted