A classic fish dinner recipe found in “Fisk og Skalldyr” (Fish and Shellfish) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1980
White fish, rice, asparagus and shrimps is a classic Scandinavian dinner dish combination and can be found in a multitude of recipes from our little part of the world. It is as the title of the post suggests classic party food. It was when this book was published in 1980 and it so absolutely still is – Ted
A youth party suggestion with menu and recipes found in “Vi Skal Ha Gjester” (We’re Having Guests) published by Johan Grundt Tanum Forlag in 1969
I found working with the last post so entertaining that I just had to do another post from the same book although both are more more work than most posts. Because if you think arranging a party for your young ones would provide less problems than serving crabs to a couple of friends you are absolutely mistaken.
The set of worries maybe different, but the chance of ending with egg on your face was indeed present. And all the worries about what would happen to your furniture and floors came on top of that.
I was sixteen in 1969 and I must admit that the parties I went to back then were home-alone-parties that didn’t have the slightest likeness to the parties described in this book. If not totally Sex Drugs & Rock’n’Roll we were close enough.
A party suggestion with menu and recipes found in “Vi Skal Ha Gjester” (We’re Having Guests) published by Johan Grundt Tanum Forlag in 1969
“Vi skal ha gjester” is not a cook book in the normal sense of the word, it is a book on hosting parties at home with menu suggestions and recipes.
And have times changed in the nearly fifty years since this book was written. How anyone dared to invite even their closest friend for dinner after having read in this book what it would take to make it a successfull evening I can’t imagine. What table cloth, what sort of flower arrangement and what sort of candles to use for what sort of evening was the least of the problems you had to tackle.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, those were hard times visitors. A time full of etiquette pitfalls and embarrasing situations. With a variety of blunders that could as we would say here in Norway, leave you standing with your ass bared.
A classic Swedish dish found in “Cattelins Kokebok” (Cattelin’s Cook Book) published in 1978
This classic dish is from old Hotel Rydberg in Stockholm. A nice party dish when one is willing to go for beef fillet, because beef fillet is needed in this case. But one does not have to use the very finest fillets, since the meat should be cut into pieces.
A traditional Sami reindeer stew found on matprat.no
Bidos is the Sami People’s traditional party food. There are many different recipes for bidos and it can be made both with and without thickening. This is an authentic recipe – devoid of affectation, but full of flavour. Leage Buorre!
In context: The wolffish, also known as seawolves, are a family, Anarhic-hadidae, of perciform fish. They are native to cold waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, where they live on the continental shelf and slope, to depths of about 600 m (2,000 ft). They are bottom-feeders, eating hard-shelled invertebrates such as clams, echinoderms, and crustaceans, which they crush with their strong canine and molar teeth. The longest species, Anarrhichthys ocellatus, grows to more than 2 m (6.6 ft) in length. – From Wikipedia
A recipe from “Mat For Alle Årstider” (Food For All Seasons) published by Det Beste in 1977
Sour cream porridge is considered one of the most traditional Norwegian dishes, and it is for many families the obvious choice for Whitsun Eve, Midsummer’s Eve and “Olsok”*. The porridge is usually served with traditional cured meat or sausage called “grøtpinne” (literally; porridge stick).
A lot of people find sour cream porridge a little to heavy in our day and age, one has to admit that it is far from health food :-). On the other hand it is exceptionally delicious and eating it a couple of times a year will probably not kill you, I for one am at least willing to take that chance – Ted