Gädda i Grädde / Creamy Pike

A simple fish dish found in “God Mat På en Halv Timme”
(Nice Food in Half an Hour) published by Allt Om Mat in 1974

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For this dish the golden rule is: The simpler the better. But then for a Swede the combination of pike, cream and tomato puree is unusually obvious.

Pike is copious both in Norwegian, Finish and Swedish lakes and it is a very popular fish both in Sweden and Finland. It is hardly ever eaten here in Norway though. Strange really, though it is rather ugly to look at it is absolutely delicious with its firm white meat – Ted

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Pike Filet with Nettles / Gjeddefilet med Nesler

A spring recipe from “Carl Butlers kokebok Fortsettelsen”
(Carl Butler’s Cook book-The Continuation)
published by Cappelen in 1991
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cover_smallIn 1974 cookbook history was written in Scandinavia. That year a bunch of foodie friends published a cookbook that would become one of Scandinavia’s most popular, “Carl Butler’s Cookbook”. With folded corners, patches of pie dough, tomato and French mustard and an unmistakable scent of dried herbs and garlic this book is found in hundreds of thousands of Swedish, Finnish, Danish and traditional badge swedish_flatNorwegian homes. The book put for the first time coq au vin, moussaka and patè on many a scandinavian’s table. This book was the first cook book I bought and I still got it and still use it.

It took 17 years before I and every other Scandinavian fan of the book could rush to the book store to buy the continuation. It is simply called “Carl Butler’s Cook book – The Continuation”. This recipe is the first one I post from that book, a lot of recipes from the one from 1974 has been posted already as they are also featured in a cook book Butler made for IKEA and I’ve posted lots of recipes from  that book – Ted

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