Anyone who knows a little about Scandinavian food in the old times knows that herring, both fresh and salted, was a central part of the diet not just along the coast. Barrels of salted herring were easy to transport and became part of the diet also on the countryside.
A classic Russian dish found in “New Fashion Plates for Your Menu” published by Planters Edible Oil Co in 1932
Borsjtsj is a traditional dish in Eastern Europe, consisting of a vegetable soup, where the main ingredient usually is beetroot, while the other ingredients may vary. It is assumed that it originally originates from Ukraine.
A fish dinner recipe found in “Old Gloucester Sea Food Recipes” published by Frank E Davis Fish Company in 1932
If this dish was old-fashioned back in 1932 it sure is today. An unfamiliar way to serve cod for a Scandinavian, but it does sound delicious. Apart from the beets and onion it sound a little like what we call “Plukkfisk” in Norway – Ted
A traditional Swedish vegetable soup recipe found on godmat.org
It is so nice when the first beets are harvested and you can eat them lightly cooked with a dollop of butter. When they have lost their news value it’s time for soup. This recipe is traditional, but if you want to add an extra spark, serve it with freshly grated horseradish, this lovely gastronomic booster.
Classic Swedish beef stew flavored with allspice. Here with carrots but they can be excluded. Most taste and real flavour is obtained with meat on the bone. Regular stew meat will do as well but then you may need to add stock cube for more flavour.
A classic recipe found in “Robert Carrier’s Kitchen Cook Book” published by Marshall Cavendish Ltd in 1980
This easy-to-prepare, one-pot meal is based on freshly-cooked, home-made salt beef and cabbage plus all the root vegetables you have at hand. Serve it with freshly-cooked beetroots, sliced and sprinkled with vinegar.
Anyone who have the slightest knowledge about Scandinavian cooking knows that most of us is completely bonkers when it comes to herrings. We make potted herrings with just about anything you can imagine. Cherry, port, madeira, aquavit, curry, tomato sauce, sour cream, mustard sauce, you name it and we pot herring in it. Here on the other hand is a recipe for a classic herring salad – Ted