Traditional Swedish Cabbage Soup / Tradisjonell Skånsk Kålsuppe

A traditional recipe from Sweden’s southernmost landscape found in “Carl Butlers Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance) published by Cappelen in 1991

Traditional Swedish Cabbage Soup / Tradisjonell Skånsk Kålsuppe

Nordic cookbook history was written in 1974. That year a bunch of Swedish 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 sauce and French mustard and an unmistakable scent of herbal spices and garlic it can be found in hundreds of thousands of Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian homes. The book put for the first time coq au vin, moussaka and paté on our tables.

For all Scandinavians who like me love that cook book it took 17 years before we could hurry to the book shops to buy the continuance. It was simply called “Carl Butler’s Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance). This recipe is from that book – Ted

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Potato Soup with Smoked Sausages / Potetsuppe med Røkte Pølser

A recipe for a hearty soup found in “Supper og Sauser” (Soups
and Sauces) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1980

Potato Soup with Smoked Sausages / Potetsuppe med Røkte Pølser

One can find different recipes for soups like this throughout Scandinavia. In the old days, soup was often the only thing one could afford to make so it was important that it was hearty. The smoked sausages could be exchanged with cheap cuts of meat or poultry. Or in hard times, be left out completely, leaving the potatoes to save the day.

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Chicken Burger with Coriander Sauce / Kyllingburger med Koriandersaus

A spicy lunch recipe found on prior.no
Chicken Burger with Coriander Sauce / Kyllingburger med Koriandersaus

Chicken burgers are a nice change from the classic beef burgers
and this spicy version is simply delicious.

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Finnan Haddie Balls / Skotsk Blandaball med Røkt Hyse

A traditional Scotish fish dish found in “War Time Recipes”
published by The Proctor & Gamble Co in 1918
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Finnan haddie (also known as Finnan haddock, Finnan, Finny Haddock or Findrum speldings) is cold-smoked haddock, representative of a regional method of smoking with green wood and peat in north-east Scotland. Its origin is the subject of a debate, as some sources attribute the origin to the hamlet of Findon, Aberdeenshire, (also sometimes called Finnan) near Aberdeen, while others insist that the name is a corruption of the village name of Findhorn at the mouth of the River Findhorn in Moray.

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Traditional Norwegian Sodd / Tradisjonell Sodd

A traditional Norwegian dinner recipe found on spar.noTraditional Norwegian Sodd / Tradisjonell Sodd

Lamb meat cooked with fresh autumn vegetables is traditional food that tastes great. Sodd is considered both everyday and party food and is really suitable for both!

Sodd is not really a soup in the usual meaning of the word but more an intermediate between soups and a light casseroles. But who cares, the dish tastes absolutely amazing –Ted

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Grated Potato Balls and Smoked Pork Knuckle / Raspeball med Røkt Svineknoke

Traditional Norwegian grub at its best. Recipe found on godt.no
Grated Potato Balls and Smoked Pork Knuckle / Raspeball med Røkt Svineknoke

It’s the same if you call the grated balls Komle, Potetball or Klubb; This is cheap and delicious Norwegian traditional food.

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Maakouda – Traditional Moroccan Potato Patties / Tradisjonelle Marokkanske Potetkaker

A traditional North African potato recipe found on
then called food.about.com now called dotdash.com

Maakouda – Traditional Moroccan Potato Patties / Tradisjonelle Marokkanske Potetkaker

Pan-fried potato cakes (maakouda batata) are a much-loved street food in Morocco, but you’ll also find them prepared at home. This is a traditional version of the patties, made from a mixture of mashed potatoes, garlic, spices and herbs. Zesty seasoning makes all the difference, so don’t be afraid to taste as you go and add some cayenne pepper or notch up the garlic a bit.

Once the patties are shaped, they’re given a dip in egg and flour before heading for the oil. Some Moroccans will dip them in a fritter batter instead.

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Crab Cakes with Wasabi Mayonnaise / Krabbekaker med Wasabimajones

A crab kake recipe inspired by Asian cuisines
found on  godt.no

Crab Cakes with Wasabi Mayonnaise / Krabbekaker med Wasabimajones

Replace the traditional fish cakes with succulent crab cakes and serve them with wasabi mayonnaise and a fresh green salad. Perfect everyday dinner – with an Asian twist!

Tip: If you want to make a little extra out of your meal, why not make homemade mayonnaise.

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In Context

Wasabi (ワサビ or わさび(山葵), earlier 和佐比; Eutrema japonicum or Wasabia japonica) is a plant of the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbages, horseradish, and mustard. It is also called Japanese horseradish, although horseradish is a different plant (which is generally used as a substitute for wasabi, due to the scarcity of the wasabi plant). Its stem is used as a condiment and has an extremely strong pungency more akin to hot mustard than the capsaicin in a chili pepper, producing vapours that stimulate the nasal passages more than the tongue. The plant grows naturally along stream beds in mountain river valleys in Japan. The two main cultivars in the marketplace are E. japonicum ‘Daruma’ and ‘Mazuma’, but there are many others. The origin of wasabi cuisine has been clarified from the oldest historical records; it takes its rise in Nara prefecture, and more recently has seen a surge in popularity from the early 1990s to mid 2000s.

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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Bacon Steaks / Baconbiffer

A quick dinner recipe found in “52 Søndagsmiddager”
(52 Sunday Dinners) utgitt av Hjemmets Kokebokklubb i 1983
Bacon Steaks / Baconbiffer

I hope you don’t get too disappointed when you find out that these
steakes are made of minced beef. Norwegians have a tendency to call
large thick patties for steaks. My apologies visitors

Ted
Winking smile

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English Casserole / Engelsk Gryte

A quick dinner recipe found in “Mat for Travle” (Food for
Busy People)
published Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1982

English Casserole / Engelsk Gryte

I’m not quite sure why the authors of the book has chosen to call this dish English Casserole, it could just as easily has been from any of the Scandinavian countries. Not that this matter much, recipes have traveled to and fro over the North Sea for more than a 1000 years so who care where it came from initially, it looks delicious – Ted

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Baked Potato Variations / Bakt Potet Variasjoner

An appatizer/lunch recipe found in “Cappelens Kokebok”
published in  1995

Baked Potato Variations / Bakt Potet Variasjoner

Baking is a great way to cook potatoes. They can be eaten as regular boiled potatoes, but can also be served as an appetizer or main course together with suitable accessories. You should choose quite large potatoes, but it is also possible to bake smaller ones. Mealy varieties are best suited. Note that it is not a good idea to wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil. They get a much better taste and texture without.

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home-grown vegetables.

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Veal Birds / Benløse Fugler

A dinner recipe found in “What’s New in Cookery” published
by Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Co in 1928

Veal Birds / Benløse Fugler

This dish was very popular among the people of the upper echelon
in Norway in the seventies. As I’m in no way part of that crowd I’m
not sure if they still serve it or if other dishes with similar confusing
names are more in vogue in those circles to day

Ted
Winking smile
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Old-Fashioned Codfish Dinner / Gammeldags Torskemiddag

A fish dinner recipe found in “Old Gloucester Sea Food Recipes”
published by Frank E Davis Fish Company in 1932

Old-Fashioned Codfish Dinner / Gammeldags Torskemiddag

If this dish was old-fashioned back in 1932 it sure is today. An unfamiliar way to serve cod for a Scandinavian, but it does sound delicious. Apart from the beets and onion it sound a little like what we call “Plukkfisk” in Norway – Ted

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Lamb and Potato Skewers / Lammekjøtt og Poteter på Spidd

A barbecue recipe found in “Grillmat” (Grilled Food)
in the“Kjøkkenbiblioteket” (The Kitchen Library) series
published by Aventura Forlag in 1992
Lamb and Potato Skewers / Lammekjøtt og Poteter på Spidd

Meat and small new potatoes can be thread on the same skewer if the potatoes are boiled a little in advance. Beef can be grilled in the same way. If you have straight, small branches of rosemary, about 20 cm / 8 inche long, these can be used as skewers. Let them lay in water 2 hours before grilling, it makes for dramatic and unusual barbeque.

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