Easy Thai Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk / Enkel Thai Kyllingsuppe med Kokosmelk

A spicy Thai soup recipe found on godt.no
Easy Thai Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk / Enkel Thai Kyllingsuppe med Kokosmelk

A lovely warming soup with lots of flavor that will make a family favourite at the first go. Make some extra, freeze it and you have a delicious quick dinner for a buzy day.

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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

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Winking smile
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Boeuf Lyonaise

A classic lunch dish found  in “Cattelins Kokebok”
(Cattelin’s Cook Book) published in 1978

Boeuf Lyonaise

This dish is closely related to the salad Parisienne. Both are based on the same basic ingredients. The biggest difference is that one is a warm meal while the other is a cold one. The dish is excellent to turn to when you have some leftover roast beef or other types of beef.

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In context: Cattelin’s is one of the best and most reasonably priced restaurants in Stockholm. It has survived wars, disasters, and changing tastes, and still manages to pack ‘em in, so they must be doing something right. Read more here and here

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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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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Roast Chicken with Garlic / Ovnstegte Hvidløgskyllinger

A recipe from “Bogen om Kyllinger” (The Book about Chicken)
published by Lademann in 1972
Roast Chicken with Garlic / Ovnstegte Hvidløgskyllinger

You just got to love this book, it gives you so many variations on each dish that you usually get four recipes instead of one on each page. The Danish really know how to make you want to put on an apron and start cooking – Ted

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WWII Homity Pie / WWII Homity Pai

A pie recipe from The Second World War  found on historyextra.com
WWII Homity Pie / WWII Homity Pai

No one knows where the name for Homity Pie originates from but the dish was popular with land girls during the Second World War. As well as unrationed items, the recipe also includes rationed foods like cheese, eggs and butter – the original recipe would have used these frugally. Nowadays we don’t have to be so sparing with the cheese and butter, which only make it even tastier.

In every issue of BBC History Magazine, picture editor Sam Nott brings you a recipe from the past. In this article, Sam recreates homity pie – a hearty, vegetarian dish popular during the Second World War.

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In Contex

The Land Girls

The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was a British civilian organisation created during the First and Second World Wars so women could work in agriculture, replacing men called up to the military. Women who worked for the WLA were commonly known as Land Girls. The name Women’s Land Army was also used in the United States for an organisation formally called the Woman’s Land Army of America.

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In effect the Land Army operated to place women with farms that needed workers, the farmers being their employers.

Second World War

As the prospect of war became increasingly likely, the government wanted to increase the amount of food grown within Britain. In order to grow more food, more help was needed on the farms and so the government started the Women’s Land Army in June 1939.

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The majority of the Land Girls already lived in the countryside but more than a third came from London and the industrial cities of the north of England.

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In the Second World War, though under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, it was given an honorary head – Lady Gertrude Denman. At first it asked for volunteers. This was supplemented by conscription, so that by 1944 it had over 80,000 members. The WLA lasted until its official disbandment on 21 October 1949.

Land girls were also formed to supply New Zealand’s agriculture during the war. City girls from the age of 17 and up were sent to assist on sheep, cattle, dairy, orchard and poultry properties.

In popular culture

The Women’s Land Army was the subject of:

South Sea Beef Kebabs with Pineapple / Syd Havs Grillspyd med Biff og Ananas

A great kebabs recipe from the sunny South Seas found in “The Best of International Cooking” published by Hamlyn in 1984
South Sea Beef Kebabs with Pineapple / Syd Havs Grillspyd med Biff og Ananas

I am a sucker for any dish containing pineapples, canned or fresh. So I’ll be sure to remember this one when the snow and cold is gone and summer is here again – Ted

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Chicken in Port Wine / Kylling i Portvin

A chicken recipe from ”French Cooking” published by
Golden Appel in 1968

Chicken in Port Wine / Kylling i Portvin

I bought this book in a used book shop here in Oslo the other day. I didn’t check it very thoroughly, just made sure there was lots of colour phictures. When I got home and started to scan the book I realised that the recipes and the pictures were not on the same page at all. Irritating of course, it makes scanning a lot more time consuming.

Well, my mistake, but I’m a stubborn sod, so I scanned it anyway – Ted  😉

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Jamaican Chicken and Potato Curry / Jamaicanske Kylling Og Potet Karri

A spicy Jamaican curry recipe found on foodandwine.com
Jamaican Chicken and Potato Curry / Jamaicanske Kylling Og Potet Karri

Jamaican curry powder is typically a blend of turmeric, cumin, coriander, mustard seeds, anise seeds, allspice and fenugreek. This flavorful chicken dish requires little hands-on prep time.

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Peking Casserole / Pekinggryte

An Asian inspired casserole recipe found in “Gryteretter”
(Casseroles) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1979

Peking Casserole / Pekinggryte

As the seventies neared its end the interest for Asian food grew in Europe, particularly Indian and Chinese. This dish is a good example of that, although chopsticks were obviously not in style yet even though the ingredients were perfectly cut for that purpose,but the rice was suggested cooked like you would it you intended to eat it with a fork – Ted  😉

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Pommes de Terre au Pistou – French Basil Potatoes / Franske Basilikumpoteter

A delicious potato recipe found in “Fransk Bondekost”
(French Farmhouse Cooking) published by
Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in in 1980

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This is a very tasty way to prepare potatoes done in French
farmhouses and it can be served with most fried dishes.

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Blackcurrent Ham / Solbærskinke

A delicious ham recipe found in “Den Store Mini Kokeboken”
(The Big Mini Cook Book) published about 10 years ago
Blackcurrent Ham / Solbærskinke

The Big Mini Cook Book is a collection of 10 booklets bound as one book published by the Norwegian Meat Information Office. One could pick up these booklets at grocers for free about 10 yeas ago and they became very popular.

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Herbed Garlic Bread / Urtekrydret Hvitløksbrød

A spicy sidedish recipe found on cookingchanneltv.com
Herbed Garlic Bread / Urtekrydret Hvitløksbrød

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