Fillet à la Oscar / Filet à la Oscar

A classic Swedish party dish found in a special edition of “Husmorens Kokebok” (the Houswife’s Cookbook)
utgitt av Norsk Kunstforlag i 1963
Fillet à la Oscar / Filet à la Oscar

This is a typical Scandinavian party dish from the early sixties that comes highly recommended even today.

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Molasses Walnut Cookies / Småkaker med Mørk Sirup og Valnøtter

A cookie recipe found in “Cooky Jar Favorites”
published by The Tested Recipe Institute in 1960

Molasses Walnut Cookies / Småkaker med Mørk Sirup og Valnøtter

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Almond Beef Hawaiian / Biff med Mandler Som På Hawaii

A spicy dinner recipe found in “The Treasury of
The Worlds Best Almond Recipes” published by
Blue Diamond Almonds Brand in 1963

Almond Beef Hawaiian / Biff med Mandler Som På Hawaii

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Jelly Filled Sugar Cookies / Gelefylte Småkaker

A cookie recipe found in “Cooky Jar Favourites” published
by the Tested Recipe Institute in 1960
Jelly Filled Sugar Cookies / Gelefylte Småkaker

From the cover: Delicious cookies to serve for dessert – At parties – For Snacks – To pack in lunch boxes.

The fifties and early sixties was a great decade for us kids. No wholemeal bread or raw carrots in the lunch box, just cookies. Our parents had just been through WWII and they wanted the best for us. Cookies were scarce on the ground in the first part of the forties, at least here in Norway due to rationing on most goods, so the post-war baby boom which I was a part of were not denied the sweet stuff.

Ted
Winking smile

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Youth Parties Anno 1969 / Ungdomsselskaper Anno 1969

A youth party suggestion with menu and recipes found in
“Vi Skal Ha Gjester” (We’re Having Guests)
published by Johan Grundt Tanum Forlag in 1969

Youth Parties Anno 1969 / Ungdomsselskaper Anno 1969

I found working with the last post so entertaining that I just had to do another post from the same book although both are more more work than most posts. Because if you think arranging a party for your young ones would provide less problems than serving crabs to a couple of friends you are absolutely mistaken.

The set of worries maybe different, but the chance of ending with egg on your face was indeed present. And all the worries about what would happen to your furniture and floors came on top of that.


I was sixteen in 1969 and I must admit that the parties I went to back then were home-alone-parties that didn’t have the slightest likeness to the parties described in this book. If not totally Sex Drugs & Rock’n’Roll we were close enough.

Ted
Winking smile

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A Crab Evening for 4 Sixties Style / Krabbeaften for 4 Som På Sekstitallet

A party suggestion with menu and recipes found in
“Vi Skal Ha Gjester” (We’re Having Guests)
published by Johan Grundt Tanum Forlag in 1969

A Crab Evening for 4 Sixties Style / Krabbeaften for 4 Som På Sekstitallet

“Vi skal ha gjester” is not a cook book in the normal sense of the word, it is a book on hosting parties at home with menu suggestions and recipes.

And have times changed in the nearly fifty years since this book was written. How anyone dared to invite even their closest friend for dinner after having read in this book what it would take to make it a successfull evening I can’t imagine. What table cloth, what sort of flower arrangement and what sort of candles to use for what sort of  evening was the least of the problems you had to tackle.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, those were hard times visitors. A time full of etiquette pitfalls and embarrasing situations. With a variety of blunders that could as we would say here in Norway, leave you standing with your ass bared.

Ted
Winking smile

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White Batter Bread / Loff Bakt Med Røre

A bread recipe found in “The Fleischmann Treasury
of Yeast Baking” published in 1962

White Batter Bread / Loff Bakt Med Røre

I know white bread is not considered the healthiest of pastries, but you got to admit it tastes great. A fresh cup of Assam and a decent blue cheese on fresh white bread. That’s a little piece of everyday magic, if you ask me – Ted  😉

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Fruit Bars / Frukt Ruter

A fruit cookie recipe found in “Cooky Jar Favorites”
published by The Tested Recipe Institute in 1960

Fruit Bars / Frukt Ruter

Bake quick and comforting fruit bars with a just few simple ingredients. A delicious flashback from those carefree first pre-WWII decades. They’re the perfect treats to serve for everything from Sunday dessert to summer picnics and celebrations of any kind.

As Contry Joe & the Fish once sang; Bring Back The Sixties, Man 😉

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French Pot Roast / Fransk Grytestek

A dinner recipe found in”Husmorens Store Kokebok”
(The Housewife’s Big Cook Book) published in 1963
French Pot Roast / Fransk Grytestek

In the early sixties spaghetti started to turn up at Norwegian grocers. Some had heard of it before, a very few had tasted it, but most people hadn’t a clue about what to do with it. But did that stop them from buying it, far from. This new thing had to be tried. The result was as you can see from the picture, for years spaghetti was served in Norway as you would potatoes – Ted  😉

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Baking Soda Cake / Natronkake

A baking recipe found in”Husmorens Store Kokebok”
(The Housewife’s Big Cook Book) published in 1963
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Touch o’ Lemon Tea Cake / Tekake med Smak av Sitron

A recipe from “Pillsbury’s Best 1000 Recipes –
Best of Bake-Off Collection 42”

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A moist cake made with tea and chopped raisins, with a delicate
lemon flavour that is repeated in the icing.

Recipe from Senior Winner Mrs. Barbara B. Constant,
Culver City, California.

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French Pork Chops / Franske Koteletter

A dinner recipe found in”Husmorens Store Kokebok”
(The Housewife’s Big Cook Book) published in 1963
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Some old cook books have no ingredients lists in their recipes, just an explanation on how to prepare the dishes. “Husmorens Store Kokebok” is one of these. But don’t let that scare you, the recipes are relatively simple and anyone who know their way around a kitchen can follow them easily – Ted

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American Flapjacks / Amerikanske Flapjacks

A classic baking recipe found in Marguerite Patten’s
“Cookery in Colour” published in 1960
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A flapjack, muesli bar, cereal bar, or granola bar is a sweet tray-baked oat bar made from rolled oats, butter, brown sugar and golden syrup.

The item is known as a “flapjack” in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Ireland and as a “muesli bar” or “cereal bar” in Australia and New Zealand. In other countries, including Canada, the United States, and South Africa, such products are referred to as “oat bars”, while the word “flapjack” is used to describe a pancake. In the UK, the term “cereal bar” is often used to describe products which contain fruits, nuts, other cereals apart from oats, and, occasionally, chocolate.

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Camilla’s Sunday Cake / Camillas Søndagskake

A flashback from the sixties found in ”Husmorens Store Kokebok” (The Housewife’s Big Cook Book) published in 1963
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Everything about this picture reminds me of my childhood. The fancy way of decorating the cake and the flowery tea cups are so very typical of a Norwegian coffee table  back in the sixties. I still got several sets of tea crockery just like the one you see above. I’m a bit weird, I know – Ted 😉

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Berliner Chops / Berliner-Koteletter

A recipe from “Husmorens Store Kokebok”
(The Housewife’s Big Cook Book) published in 1964

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This seems like as nice a recipe one could want even though the one in care of setting the text seems to be a bit confuced about whether the main ingredient is pork chops or simply slices of pork. But as always, I never change the text I scan from my old cook books. I simply scan the text, run the text image through ocr scanning and check it to see if the ocr has misinterpreted some of the letters – Ted

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