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
A delisious Afternoon Tea sandwich recipe found
These pretty Ham, Pineapple, and Cucumber Sandwiches,
garnished with thin slices of cucumber, will add a touch of elegance
to your tea table.
A classic appetizer recipe found on goodhousekeeping.co.uk
This delicious ever-popular starter has no cooking involved,
so it’s no hassle to prepare!
Tamarindus indica is probably indigenous to tropical Africa, but has been cultivated for so long on the Indian subcontinent that it is sometimes also reported to be indigenous there, where it is known as imli in Hindi-Urdu. It grows wild in Africa in locales as diverse as Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tanzania. In Arabia, it is found growing wild in Oman, especially Dhofar, where it grows on the sea-facing slopes of mountains. It reached South Asia likely through human transportation and cultivation several thousand years prior to the Common Era. It is widely distributed throughout the tropical belt, from Africa to South Asia, Northern Australia, and throughout Oceania, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and China.
The fruit pulp is edible. The hard green pulp of a young fruit is considered by many to be too sour, but is often used as a component of savory dishes, as a pickling agent or as a means of making certain poisonous yams in Ghana safe for human consumption.
The ripened fruit is considered the more palatable, as it becomes sweeter and less sour (acidic) as it matures. It is used in desserts, as a jam, blended into juices, or sweetened drinks, sorbets, ice creams and other snacks. In Western cuisine, it is found in Worcestershire sauce. In most parts of India, tamarind extract is used to flavor foods ranging from meals to snacks, and tamarind sweet chutney is popular in India as a dressing for many snacks. Tamarind pulp is a key ingredient in flavoring curries and tamarind rice in South Indian cuisine. Across the Middle East, from the Levant to Iran, tamarind is used in savory dishes, notable meat-based stews, and often combined with dried fruits to achieve a sweet-sour tang.
A traditional food plant in Africa, tamarind has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare. In Madagascar, its fruits and leaves are a well-known favorite of the ring-tailed lemurs, providing as much as 50% of their food resources during the year if available.
A classic Greek recipe found on matprat.no
Tzatziki (English pronunciation: /tætˈsiːki/, /tsætˈsiːki/, or /tɑːtˈsiːki/; Greek: τζατζίκι [dzaˈdzici] or [dʒaˈdʒici] or in Cypriot Greek: τταλαττούρι ) is a Greek sauce served with grilled meats or as a dip. Tzatziki is made of strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and sometimes dill. American versions may include lemon juice, mint, or parsley.
This is a classic Scandinavian dish. When I studied at the art and handcraft college in Oslo we used to eat this at one of the oldest inns in town. And the waitresses were always very nice to us. We always got a second helping of both potatoes, remoulade sauce and cucumber salad. Good memories, I do eat there from time to time still – Ted 😉
A refreshing drink perfect for a picnic or a garden party
found on countryliving.com
Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin-based aperitif that was invented in the 1820s in England by oyster-bar owner James Pimm. Its secret formula is a refreshing combination of dry gin, fruit juices, and spices.
A classic Swedish minced meat recipe found on recept.no
Leif Mannerström: Well, what can one say about this dish, is it just as traditionally Swedish as meatballs? I can only once again remind you that ground beef is by far the best raw material in the Swedish cuisine. Minced meat and dishes of minced meat is loved by all and can be varied almost indefinitely. Here, however, it is not varied in the slightest, but here we’re talking straight forward, juicy patties with onion. And remember to put a bottle of aquavit and a few beers in the fridge before you go shopping.
A variation on the classic cucumber sandwich found on FoodNetwork
Cucumber sandwiches contain little protein and so are generally not considered sustaining enough to take a place at a full meal. This is deliberate; cucumber sandwiches have historically been associated with the Victorian era upper classes of the United Kingdom, whose members were largely at leisure and who could therefore afford to consume foods with little nutritive value. Cucumber sandwiches formed an integral part of the stereotypical afternoon tea affair.
By contrast, people of the era’s lower working classes were thought to prefer a coarser but more satisfying protein-filled sandwich, in a “meat tea” that might substitute for supper.
Text from Wikipedia
Steamed salmon is part of the bedrock of Norwegian dinner traditions. The dish is so absolutely party food and have become the dinner table symbol for the 17th of May, our National Day. With the fish slice, beautiful coral red in colour it is also pleasing to the eye as it is lay there alongside the cucumber salad, potatoes and the golden Sandefjord butter.