Fish Gratin / Fiskegrateng

A dinner recipe from “Fisk og Skalldyr” (Fish and Shellfish)
published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1980

Fish Gratin / Fiskegrateng

This dish has always been popular in Norway and it still is. You will find several versions of it in the freezers at any grocers all over the country. Nice enough of course, but nothing compared with your own home cooked – Ted

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Little "Ticci" Tarts / Små "Ticci" Terter

A dessert recipe found in “150 New Ways to Serve Ice Cream”
published by Sealtest System Laboratories Inc in 1936
Little "Ticci" Tarts / Små "Ticci" Terter

Most everybody thinks of spaghetti when Italian cookery is mentioned, but few persons are aware of the fact that the little tart which fills such an important place on our dessert list is almost as popular in some parts of Italy as the well-known spaghetti.

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Cheesecake with Ginger and Nutmeg / Ostekake med Ingefær og Muskat

A spicy cheese cake recipe found in “Ost i Varme og Kalde Retter” (Cheese in Hot nd Cold Dishes) published by
Den Norske Bokklubben i 1988
Cheesecake with Ginger and Nutmeg / Ostekake med Ingefær og Muskat

Cheesecake is a cake-like pie, which usually contains the kesam (or another unsalted cream cheese), egg, milk and sugar.

Already in Roman antiquity, a type of cheesecake was made of sour cream and kesame. Recipes have been retrieved from Cato the Elder’s collection, where he refers to two types: libum and placenta. Of the two, the placenta resembles most modern cheesecakess, since it has a crust that is baked separately.

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Cafe Royal

A downright decadent hot drink recipe found in
“Whitman’s Chocolate Cookbook” published by
Whitman’s Chocolates Division, Pet Inc in 1987

Cafe Royal

When the list of ingredients for making this hot chocolate drink runs
down to 11 items one quickly realize that here we’re not talking about
a couple of spoons instant cocoa tirred into hot milk – Ted

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Spice Cake with Strawberries / Krydderkake med Jordbær

En Cake recipe found in “Nye Mesterkokken” (The New Master
Chef) utgitt av Skandinavisk Presse AS i 1974

Spice Cake with Strawberries / Krydderkake med Jordbær

This is a juicy, fresh cake with a nice taste of strawberries, which really makes it different and special. It is all right to use overripe berries, and you can also vary the seasoning as desired.

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Traditional Norwegian Stewed Fish / Plukkfisk

A traditional Norwegian dish found on matprat.no
Traditional Norwegian Stewed Fish / Plukkfisk

Traditional food with an asumed origin from Western Norway. These days, this dish is eaten all over the country, and every “stewed fish family” have their own recipe. Some people use plain cod or stock fish instead of lightly salted cod. Some families may swear to pollock, but there is one thing they all have in common. A really tasty meal.

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Soup with Shrimp, Corn and Cheese / Suppe Med Reker, Mais og Ost

A recipe found in “Ost i Varme og Kalde Retter” (Cheese in Hot and Cold Dishs) published by Den Norske Bokklubb in 1988
Soup with Shrimp, Corn and Cheese / Suppe Med Reker, Mais og Ost

This is a heavy soup that can be served as a full meal
with butter and rolls.

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Coffee Spice Cake / Kaffe- og Krydderkake

A cake recipe found in “The Story of Coffee and How To Make It” published by The Cheek-Neal Coffee Co in 1925Coffee Spice Cake / Kaffe- og Krydderkake

As I mentioned the first time I posted from this book, food flavoured with coffee tends to be most popular among grown-ups. But who cares, as I concluded then, we are grown-ups aren’t we – Ted

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Apple Pie / Eplepai

A classic pie recipe found in “Cake Baking Made Easy”
published by Airy Fairy Flour in 1927

Apple Pie / Eplepai

This is the third of these lush cookbooks flour, chocolate and yeast producers published in the 1920s I’ve prepared for posting lately. They must have made money back then, because these books were not cheap to make and we should all be thankful to those people who have had the sense to save them for posterity so we can all enjoy them today – Ted

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Eighteenth Century Sickbed Custard / 1700-talls Sykeleiepudding

An eighteen centure sickbed recipe found on Revolutionary Pie
Eighteenth Century Sickbed Custard / 1700-talls Sykeleiepudding

Karen Hammonds who runs Revolutionary Pie writes: Modern custard recipes usually call for vanilla, but that wasn’t used in America in colonial times. Thomas Jefferson first brought vanilla beans back from France in the 1890s, and as Richard Sax noted in Classic Home Desserts, vanilla extract wasn’t widely available until the mid-19th century. Eighteenth-century custards were flavored with wine or brandy, tea, or spices. I added nutmeg to Simmons’s recipe since it seemed so bland — but I guess that was sort of the point.

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Loudoun’s Apple Pudding / Loudouns Eplepudding

An 18th centure dessert recipe found on evolutionarypie.com
Loudoun’s Apple Pudding / Loudouns Eplepudding

Karen Hammonds who runs https://revolutionarypie.com writes: John Campbell Loudoun’s apple pudding recipe first caught my eye because it was written in verse. A rarity today, rhyming recipes were common in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when they were supposedly used by housewives to help them remember recipes. Loudoun’s poem, attributed to him by Kristie Lynn and Robert Pelton, authors of The Early American Cookbook, is much older, dating back to the 18th century.

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Miniature Blue Cheese Quiches / Miniatyr Quicher med Gorgonzola

A spicy Quiche recipe found on teatimemagazine.com
Miniature Blue Cheese Quiches / Miniatyr Quicher med Gorgonzola

The sharp taste of gorgonzola cheese adds extra zip to these Miniature Blue Cheese Quiches.

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Apple Pandowdy / Eple Pandowdy

A 17th Century dessert recipe found on Revolutionary Pie
Apple Pandowdy / Eple Pandowdy

The girl who runs Revolutionary Pie writes: According to John Mariani in “The Dictionary of American Food and Drink”, pandowdy was first mentioned in print in 1805. The dessert turned up decades later in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Blithedale Romance” (1852):

“Hollingsworth [would] fill my plate from the great dish of
pan-dowdy.”

In the meantime, it was supposedly a favorite of Abigail and John Adams, although a recipe I saw attributed to Abigail has a pastry-dough crust, not a biscuit topping. Which is a true pandowdy? I don’t think anyone really knows for sure.

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Poacher’s Pie / Tjuvjeger Pai

En classic British pie recipe found on cookit.e2bn.org
Poacher’s Pie / Tjuvjeger Pai

This recipe goes back a long time but was still popular amomg middel class Brits in the thirties as their dinner habits still was rather conservative back then.

By the 1950’s, poacher’s pie had become a working class dish and used cheaper ingredients, such as just sausage meat, and was cooked with only a top made of mashed potatoes.

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Omelette aux Épinards – Spinach Omelette / Spinatomelett

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

Omelette aux Épinards - Spinach Omelette / Spinatomelett

It is not correct to use the term “cuisine” of French farmhouse cooking. It is more a natural part of life. There is no Machiavellian refined elements or superfluous embellishments. Good, simple ingredients in tasty dishes to suit the season, climate and work.

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