Norwegian Cod with Egg Sauce / Torsk med Eggesmør

A classic Norwegian recipe found in “The Best of
International Cooking” published by Hamlyn in 1984

Norwegian Cod with Egg Sauce / Torsk med Eggesmør

This is what happens in books like this, the authors like to fiddle with the recipes giving them their personal touch ruining the authenticity. This is a rather well known recipe to Norwegians. The sauce here, which in Norway isn’t even called a sauce, but “Eggesmør” (egg butter) is wrong. I’ve just been checking through several dozens of recipes. Some use just eggs and butter, some cream, eggs and butter. Some chop the eggs finely, some roughly. Some add chives, some parsley or dill. But no one but no one uses broth or tomatoes.

I’m sure people from other countries have found their local recipes have been fiddled with too. But having said as much, you really should try this recipe, it is simply delicious. Just leave out the broth and tomatoes in the sauce/egg butter.

Ted
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Asparagus and Mushroom Omelette / Asparges- og Soppomelett

A vegetable omelette recipe found in “Sundt og Godt”
(Wholesome and Nice) published by Det Beste in 1988

Asparagus and Mushroom Omelette / Asparges- og Soppomelett

Omelettes are among the the most versatile dishes there is. You can make one for breakfast, for lunch, as an appetizer, a dessert and even enjoy one as an evening meal. You can fill them with just about anything and use whatever kind of spice or herbs you prefere to suit your taste and eating practices. For instance vegetables and chives like in the one in this post.

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Holiday Stew / Feriegryte

A pork stew recipe in holiday mood found in
“52 Søndagsmiddager”  (52 Sunday Dinners)
published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1983

Holiday Stew / Feriegryte

The easter holiday is getting close and those who haven’t had enough of snow and skiing yet here in Norway head for the mountains. The more sensible of us stay at home and enjoy the budding spring. What ever we choose, labouring over the pots and pans is a thing to avoid when in the holiday mood, so here’s a quick and easy stew for you

Ted
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Chocolate-Amaretto Ice Cream / Sjokolade og Amaretto Iskrem

A great dessert recipe found in “Hershey’s Make it Chocolate!” published by Hershey in 1987Chocolate-Amaretto Ice Cream / Sjokolade og Amaretto Iskrem

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Amaretto (Italian for “a little bitter”) is a sweet, almond-flavoured, Italian liqueur associated with Saronno, Italy. Various commercial brands are made from a base of apricot pits, almonds, or both.

Amaretto serves a variety of culinary uses, can be drunk by itself, and is added to other beverages to create several popular mixed drinks, as well as to coffee and ice cream.

Party Dressed Fish / Selskapsfin Fisk

A classic fish dinner recipe found in “Fisk og Skalldyr” (Fish and Shellfish) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1980Party Dressed Fish / Selskapsfin Fisk

White fish, rice, asparagus and shrimps is a classic Scandinavian dinner dish combination and can be found in a multitude of recipes from our little part of the world. It is as the title of the post suggests classic party food. It was when this book was published in 1980 and it so absolutely still is – Ted

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Meat Pates / Kjøttpostei

A pâté recipe found in “Sundt og Godt” (Wholesome and Delicious) published by Det Beste in 1988
Meat Pates / Kjøttpostei

Lean, healthy meat cooked in red wine and mixed with cottage cheese turns into a soft, smouth pâté with rich meat flavor.

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Stuffed Peppers / Fylt Paprika

A snack recipe found in “Mat for Alle” (Food for Everyone)
published by Tiden Norske Forlag in 1985
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Stuffed peppers and other vegetables are a cooking technique that can be found many places in the world, but to day most of us usually think of it as traditional Middle Eastern way to prepare food.

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Crispy Potato Wedges / Sprø Potetbåter

A great potato recipe from “Spennende Mat” (Exiting Food)
published by Skandinavisk Presse in 1980

Crispy Potato Wedges / Sprø Potetbåter

These crispy roast potato wedges beats any of the frozen ones you are likely to find in your local shops! Fragrant herbal spices and a grilled Parmesan drissle makes them irresistible. These potato wedges are great with chicken or juicy meat.

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Club Sandwich Dagwood / Klubbsandvikare Dagobert

A recipes from “Stora boken om Smörgåsar och Smörgåstårtor” (The Big Book on Sandwiches and Sandwich Cakes) published by ICA Bokförlag in 1985
Club Sandwich Dagwood / Klubbsandvikare Dagobert

Dagwood Bumstead is a main character in cartoonist Chic Young’s long-running comic strip Blondie. He first appeared sometime prior to 17 February 1933.

DagwoodDagwood was originally heir to the Bumstead Locomotive fortune but was disowned when he married a flapper (originally known as Blondie Boopadoop) whom his family saw as below his class. He has since worked hard at J. C. Dithers & Company (currently as the construction company’s office manager) to support his family. The Bumsteads’ first baby, Alexander, was originally named Baby Dumpling. The name of his younger sister, Cookie, was chosen by readers in a national contest. The family circle is rounded out by Daisy the dog. The origin of both Dagwood’s last name and Daisy’s name came from Chic Young’s long-time friend Arthur Bumstead and his dog, Daisy.

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Chinese Style Steamed Halibut with Cabbage / Kokt Kveite på Kinesisk Vis

A Chinese style lunch recipe found in “Internasjonale Retter med Norsk Fisk” (International dishes with Norwegian Fish) published
by Wennergren – Cappelen in 1987

Chinese Style Steamed Halibut with Cabbage / Kokt Kveite på Kinesisk Vis

A Chinese steamer like the one on the picture is a great addition to any kitchen and can be used to steam just about anything. Rise, fish,
vegetables, shelfish, you name it. If you haven’t already got one,
go get one.

Ted
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Ragoût de Poissons Normand – Fish Ragout with Prawns / Fiskeragu med Reker

A delicious fish ragout recipe found in “Fransk Bondekost”
(French Farmhouse Cooking) published by
Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in in 1980
Ragoût de Poissons Normand – Fish Ragout with Prawns / Fiskeragu med Reker

Fish soup recipes are ten a dozen but decent fish ragout recipes are scarce on the ground. This makes it all the more delightful when one as nice as this one turns up.

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Dijon Chicken en Croûte / Dijon-Kylling en Croûte

A delicious chicken recipe found in “Fjærfe På Menyen” (Poultry On The Menu) published by Den Norske Bokklubben in 1984Dijon Chicken en Croûte / Dijon-Kylling en Croûte

Baked chicken breast wrapped in puff pastry with a creamy typically French mustard sauce, served in a simple manner with asparagus beans and garnished with parsley. Sounds great to me – Ted

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Grilled Salmon Slices / GriIlede Lakseskiver

A grilled salmon recipe  found in “God Mat Fra Sjøen”
(Great Food From The Sea) published by Gyldendal in 1984

Grilled Salmon Slices / GriIlede Lakseskiver

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The salmon is an important creature in several strands of Celtic mythology and poetry, which often associated them with wisdom and venerability. In Irish mythology, a creature called the Salmon of Knot_SalmonKnowledge plays key role in the tale The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn. In the tale, the Salmon will grant powers of knowledge to whoever eats it, and is sought by poet Finn Eces for seven years. Finally Finn Eces catches the fish and gives it to his young pupil, Fionn mac Cumhaill, to prepare it for him. However, Fionn burns his thumb on the salmon’s juices, and he instinctively puts it in his mouth. In so doing, he inadvertently gains the Salmon’s wisdom. Elsewhere in Irish mythology, the salmon is also one of the incarnations of both Tuan mac Cairill and Fintan mac Bóchra.

Salmon also feature in Welsh mythology. In the prose tale Culhwch and Olwen, the Salmon of Llyn Llyw is the oldest animal in Britain, and the only creature who knows the location of Mabon ap Modron. After speaking to a string of other ancient animals who do not know his whereabouts, King Arthur’s men Cai and Bedwyr are led to the Salmon of Llyn Llyw, who lets them ride its back to the walls of Mabon’s prison in Gloucester.

HoffmanLokisalmonIn Norse mythology, after Loki tricked the blind god Höðr into killing his brother Baldr, Loki jumped into a river and transformed himself into a salmon to escape punishment from the other gods. When they held out a net to trap him he attempted to leap over it but was caught by Thor who grabbed him by the tail with his hand, and this is why the salmon’s tail is tapered.

A Spanish Twist on the Mince / Spansk Vri på Kjøttdeigen

A spicy dinner recipe found in “Sundt og Godt” (Wholesome
and Delicious) published by Det Beste in 1988

A Spanish Twist on the Mince / Spansk Vri på Kjøttdeigen

The crispy iceberg lettuce is a refreshing contrast to the strong flavor of the meat sauce. The yogurt has a cooling effect and works well as a side dish. Wholemeal bread and a salad of green beans and squash are excellent accessories.

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Boiled Beef with Dill Sauce / Kokt Oksekjøtt med Dillsaus

A dinner recipe with herbs found in “Alt om Urter” (All About Hebs) published by Den Norske Bokklubben in 1982
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Dill sauces both cold and hot ones are very popular in Scandinavia, particularly in Sweden and can be used with most sorts of meat. Hot it is particularly delicious with lamb and cold yoghurt or sour cream based ones with any sort of shellfish.

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