It has never been picked as much berries in Norway as during the German occupation during WWII. The cranberry traffic by trains, busses and lorries was legendary. It was strictly regulated by date and it resulted in regular migrations when the traffic took place. Inspectors, jokingly called “cranberry police” made sure that there were no false starts. And if you were caught red handed, your berries were ruthlessly confiscated and you were fined.
This is not just a story of hard times, rationing and food shortages. It is also a story about Norwegians’ deep love for cranberry jam. Whatever they managed to get hold of for Christmas dinner during the war, they would at least see to it that there was cranberry jam on the table.
It was just Cranberry that were submitted to date regulation. you could pick all other berries when it suited you. Cloudberries were obviously the very jewel in the crown. It could not be date regulated because it matured at different times. But picking unmatured cloudberries was totally forbidden then as now. Stories sirculated about people that allegedly went out on the cloudberry marshes with a scythe cutting down the cloudberry bushes and cleaning them for unmatured cloudberries. It did hardly ever happen, but such stories were still told with horror and disgust.
All cloudberry pickers, then as now, amateurs as professionals pickers, know that there is no point in picking unmatured berries all you are left with are useless hard seeds.
Professional cloudberry pickers
Just as surely as autumn came, came stories about bears having been seen on the cloudberry marshes. As a rule, these storries were a pack of lies and merely intended to intimidate people from embarking on the marshes to pick cloudberries. Such fantasy animals was usually called “Cloudberry Bear”.
A nice version of the pan-fried sandwich found on foodnetwork.com
Anything containing cranberry sauce or jam will sound downright mouthwatering to any Scandinavian, we grew up on the stuff after all. Meatballs without cranberryjam for instance will sound like a monstrosity to most of us. So these sandwiches would go down well around our neck of the woods too – Ted
A classic Scandinavian cordial found on tara.no
A delicious cordial that is loved by both grownups and kids. This cordial is often made for Christmas here and in Scandinavia every IKEA in Scandinavia has their version in their shops the year round.
A new take on the traditional Norwegian meat patties
found on matprat.no
Traditional Norwegian meat patties are typically made of beef mince, but could just as well be made of chicken mince. With gravy, stewed cabbage and lingonberry jam the chicken patties get the right traditional touch.
A classic Swedish recipe found on receptfavoriter.se
Fried, crispy potato pancakes and salted pork are classic Swedish farmhouse cooking at its impressive best. Lingonberry jam is an all rigth substitute for stirring fresh lingonberries with sugar. You can also use ready made pancake batter and mix with grated potatoes to speed up the process of making the potato pancakes.
A traditional Swedish farmhouse dish found on receptfavoriter.se
This egg cake is a kind of pancakes served with fried pork and lingonberries. It is a traditional farmhouse dish from Skåne, the southern most county in Sweden. The recipe is for two people and you make it in an ovenproof skillet.
As I have mentioned before, my mother worked at Norway’s largest producer of mayonnaise most of her working life, so I grew up on the stuff. And as a Norwegian I also have a great love of cranberries, almost all of us do.
But mixing the two, well, I’m not all that sure really. But that’s just me. What ever blows your skirt up visitor, go for it if it tickles you fancy- Ted 😉
A quick version of a traditional Norwegian Christmas dessert
found on rimi.no
Troll Cream is a classic dessert that is going to be on the table in many Norwegian homes on Christmas Eve. Here you have a very quick way to make the dessert should you be to short of time to make it the traditional way.
A spicy Christmas cranberry jam recipe found on dansukker.no
I mentioned cranberry jam in the first post to day and cranberry jam is part of the Norwegian staple food, and we eat it with just about any sort of meat dish. Meatballs, meat patties, pork chops, pork roast, game, you name it and to most Norwegians the table is not set properly before a bowl of cranberry jam is added. And this goes for Christmas in particular and for the Christmas dinner not just any cranberry jam will do. A lot of us makes a special Christmas cranberry jam with spices and red wine.
- recipes: cooking with cranberries (growinggracefarm.com)
- Cranberry Orange Ginger Relish & #StackandSnap Food Processor #Giveaway (thefitfork.com)
- The Health Benefits of Cranberries (theepochtimes.com)
- Slow Cooker Cranberry Spice Mulled Punch (alittleclaireification.com)
A tasty Christmas gravy found on TescoRealFood
This recipe is based on turkey, but I guess it would be delicious with the Scandinavian Christmas diners done the same way as well, both the Danish goose or duck, the Swedish glazed ham and the Norwegian pork ribs. All of them leave a lot of tasty juices in the roasting tray, and we Scandinavians are after all crazy about cranberry jam – Ted
- Why Don’t We Eat Cranberry Sauce All Year? (gawker.com)
- The Best Cranberry Sauce Recipes For Thanksgiving (huffingtonpost.com)
- 10 ideas for homemade cranberry sauce (pottsmerc.com)
- Grape Cranberry Sauce (cindysrecipesandwritings.com)
- Recipe: Fig Cranberry Sauce – Thanksgiving Recipes from The Kitchn (thekitchn.com)
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.