A classic Swedish recipe found in “Kulinarisk Pass” (Culinary Passport) published by Tupperware in 1970
Herring is one of the very best food sources for vitamin D. Our bodies make this vitamin in sunlight, but in Nordic climate, it’s easy not to get enough. There seems to be more to vitamin D than strong teeth and bones. It’s now thought that vitamin D deficiency might be a factor in many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
Herring is loaded with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids help prevent heart disease and keep the brain functioning properly. They also seem to be effective in reducing inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and arthritis.
Herring and potatoes was poor people’s staple dinner in the old days here in Scandinavia. The sea was full of herring and it could be salted for storing and potatoes were cheap too. But don’t think their dinner plates looked anything like the one on the picture above, because that is party food – Ted
A recipe from “Fra canard à l’orange til ris à la Carte” a book in the “Gourmet – om god vin og festelig mad” series published in 1978
This recipe is obviously based on an old one from Roman times and is pretty freely interpreted. I can see several types of seafood in the picture that is not mentioned in the recipe, for instance squid and shrimps so I guess it is a type of use what you got kind of fish soup which seems reasonably enough. Most seafood is delicious anyway – Ted
A new variation on the Scandinavian pickled herrings found on grytelokket .no
Scandinavians are wild about pickled and potted herring and new variations turns up ever so often. Among these are coriander and ginger herring, but you can safely put it on the Christmas buffet along with the other herring jars, or give it away to someone you know will like it. This pickled herring is going to be a Christmas classic.
As I have told you before Scandinavians are just about crazy when it comes herring. With this in mind it should come as no surprise that we eat herring at Christmas too. A Scandinavian Christmas buffet without herring in many different forms would simply be a miserable affair. By the way, would you find it strange that we actually have cranberry herring too 😉
And this recipe comes as a request from my friend Thor at ThorNews. Should you like me to post a particular Norwegian or another Scandinavian Christmas recipe, feel free to mail me or leave a massage on one of my Christmas posts – Ted
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