New England Boiled Dinner with Cranberry Pudding / New England Kokt Middag med Tyttebærpudding

A classic dinner recipe found in “What’s New in Cookery” published by Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Co in 1928
New England Boiled Dinner with Cranberry Pudding / New England Kokt Middag med Tyttebærpudding

When Grover Cleveland took over the presidency from Chester A. Arthur in 1885, he inherited more than a new address and the nation’s problems. He came into a legacy of epicurean dining that he loathed. The former President had liked his food with its nose in the air: dits of foie gras, dots of charlotte russe; he even dandified his macaroni pie by adding oysters. Cleveland, a regular Joe of simple tastes, put up with the fancy food; but one night, catching a whiff of corned beef and cabbage being eaten by the servants, the president traded his Arthurian meal for theirs. “It was the best dinner I had had for months,” he later beamed.

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Warm Cranberries and Juniper Drink / Varm Tyttebær- og Einerdrikk

A classic Norwegian campfire hot drink found on dagbladet.no
Warm Cranberries and Juniper Drink / Varm Tyttebær- og Einerdrikk

This is a fresh, warm and healthy drink for cold evenings – and for camping and hikes in the woods.

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The Christmas Recipes – Part 30

The Christmas Recipes – Part 30

Peppermint Candies / Peppermyntekonfekt

Peppermint Candies / Peppermyntekonfekt

Quick Troll Cream / Rask Trollkrem

Quick Troll Cream / Rask Trollkrem

Hot Spicy Apple Drink / Varm Krydret Epledrikk

Hot Spicy Apple Drink / Varm Krydret Epledrikk

The Christmas Recipes – Part 8

The Christmas Recipes – Part 8

3 Variations On Mustard / Sennep i 3 Utgaver
3 Variations On Mustard / Sennep i 3 Utgaver

Spicy Cranberry Jam / Krydret Tyttebærsyltetøy
Spicy Cranberry Jam / Krydret Tyttebærsyltetøy

The Christmas Recipes – Part 3

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Cranberry & Port Gravy / Tyttebær & Portvinsaus
Cranberry & Port Gravy / Tyttebær & Portvinsaus

Vanilla Toffees / Vanilje Karameller
Vanilla Toffees / Vanilje Karameller

The Norwegian WWII Cranberry Traffic

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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.

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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.

Cranberry trafficA lorry about to take off for the cranberry picking and as you
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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.

 

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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”.

Pan-fried Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Sandwich / Pannestekt Kalkun, Brie og Tyttebærsandwich

A nice version of the pan-fried sandwich found on foodnetwork.com
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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

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Cranberry Cordial / Tyttebærsaft

A classic Scandinavian cordial found on tara.no443_tyttebærsaft_post

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.

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Fried Brie with Cranberry Sauce / Frityrstekt Brie med Tyttebærsaus

A nice starter found in “Harrods Cookery Book” published in 1985fried brie with cranberry sauce_post

The brie for this recipe should not be over-ripe. Serve as an appetizer or light snack with a crisp green salad.

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Chicken Meat Patties / Kyllingkjøttkaker

A new take on the traditional Norwegian meat patties
found on matprat.no
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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.

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Potato Pancakes with Fried Pork and Lingonberries / Raggmunk med Stekt Fläsk och Rårörda Lingon

A classic Swedish recipe found on receptfavoriter.se366_Raggmunk med stekt fläsk och rårörda lingon_post

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.

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Swedish Pancakes with Pork and Lingonberries / Skånsk Ugnspannkaka med Fläsk och Lingon

A traditional Swedish farmhouse dish found on receptfavoriter.se371_skånsk ugnspannkaka med fläsk och lingon_post

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.

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Cranberry Soufflé Salad / Tyttebær Sufflésalat

A recipe from an ad for Hellmann’s Mayonnaise published
in LIFE magazine in 1958

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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 😉

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Quick Troll Cream / Rask Trollkrem

A quick version of a traditional Norwegian Christmas dessert
found on rimi.no
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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.

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Spicy Cranberry Jam / Krydret Tyttebærsyltetøy

A spicy Christmas cranberry jam recipe found on dansukker.no113_tyttebærsyltetøy_post

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.

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