Since our National Day is only four days away here in Norway
I thought it appropriate to post a holiday cake to day so
my Norwegian visitors had time to bake it
A historic recipe found on One Year and Thousand Eggs
Take flour and eggs & knead together / take figs, raisins & dates & put out the stones & blanched almonds & good powder & bray together / make coffins of the length of a span / put thy stuffing therein, in every cake his portion/ fold them & boil them in water & afterward roast them on a griddle & give forth.
From Laud MS. 553, Volume I
A classic Italian cake recipe in a modern version
found on epicurus.com
Venetian Cornmeal Cake is a very old recipe, modernized here by Mary Ann Esposito. The dense cornmeal cake is full of dried fruit and nuts. The cake is rustic in appearance and refined on the palate.
Aunt Jemima is a brand of pancake mix, syrup, and other breakfast foods owned by the Quaker Oats Company of Chicago. The trademark dates to 1893, although Aunt Jemima pancake mix debuted in 1889. The Quaker Oats Company first registered the Aunt Jemima trademark in April 1937. Aunt Jemima originally came from a minstrel show as one of their pantheon of stereotypical black characters. The character appears to have been a Reconstruction era addition to that cast.
A Twelfth Night side dish recipe found on cookit.e2bn.org
This is a standard dish appearing in many variations over the centuries. It makes a lovely side dish, especially with strongly flavoured meats. It was a symbolic dish in winter, a sign that spring would come. It later came to be served as a festival dish on Twelfth Night (5th of January).
This is the original recipe:
‘To make frumente. Tak clene whete & braye yt wel in a morter tyl the holes gon of; seethe it til it breste in water. Nym it up & lat it cole. Tak good broth & swete mylk of kyn or of almand & tempere it therwith. Nym yelkes of eyren rawe & saffroun & cast therto; salt it: lat it naught boyle after the etren ben cast therinne. Messe it forth.’
(Curye on Inglysch CI.IV.i.)
A contemporary Norwegian dinner recipe found on rema.no
It began with the pursuit of a retail concept that was different than the traditional corner store. On a study trip to Germany in 1977 representatives of the Reitan Group were impressed by the German discount chain ALDI’s implemented simplicity. When Odd Reitan opened the first REMA grocers February 15th, 1979 at Bromstad in Trondheim it was an ALDI imitation.
The initial phase
In the initial phase the selection was limited to 500-600 articles, but this range was too narrow to be profitable. The store in Mo i Rana, which opened the following year, therefore increased the range of products to 1,000 articles. This was a great success and was continued in the three stores which from then went by the name REMA. It also led to the name of the chain being changed to Rema 1000 – an abbreviation for Reitan Food, 1000 articles.
The REMA 1000 concept has over the years been developed and improved, and the range of articles has changed in step with the times and customers’ shopping habits. But the Reitan Group still work by the same original philosophy.
The Reitan family are among the richest people in Norway and not long ago people like that had a social conscience. But not in our day and age, The Reitan Group has recently changed their beer distribution routines to increase their earnings even more and it is already begining to cost people their jobs at local breweries. Mack Brewery in Tromsø announced today that they are forced to let 35 people go.
Pears, Raisins, hazelnuts, honey, golden syrup, white wine and redcurrant jelly sounds like a match made in heaven for anyone who regard the dessert as the highlight of the meal. Someone like me – Ted 😉
Malt loaf is a common snack food in the United Kingdom. Malt loaf has a sweet taste and a very chewy texture like very heavy, soft bread. It is made from malt and often contains fruit such as raisins. Malt loaf is usually eaten sliced and spread with butter.
A traditional Norwegian farmhouse dessert recipe found on bygdekvinnelaget.no
Here is a traditional Norwegian recipe from Upper Sogndalen Country Women Society. In the old days colostrum pudding was a dessert always served after calving. Today there is hardly dairy farmers left in Upper Sogndalen. It does not matter if it’s not the first milking, the pudding sets, and it pudding freezes well.
A traitional Norwegian sweet soup recipe found on bygdekvinnelaget.no
A nourishing and hearty soup. Often used both before or after the main course during the week in Norway in the old days.
A classic fruit cake recipe found on odlum.ie
I must have posted several recipes for filled pancakes already, but the truth is I love them. Particularly with sweet filling like these ones. Austrians seams to have a particular sweet tooth as most of their sweets and dessert recipes tends to go rather heavy on the sugar. What do I care, I got a sweet tooth myself the size of medium battleship – Ted 😉
I don’t know about you, but around my neck of the woods it’s getting rather cold. Autumn is creeping steadily towards winter and hot beverages, with or without alcohol are certainy the order of the day. This Swedish punch is usually served during Christmas, but don’t let that stop you from making a batch right now. You can always make more for Christmas – Ted 😉