A Crab Evening for 4 Sixties Style / Krabbeaften for 4 Som På Sekstitallet

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

A Crab Evening for 4 Sixties Style / Krabbeaften for 4 Som På Sekstitallet

“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.

Ted
Winking smile

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Nordic Dip / Nordisk Dipp

A flashback from the seventies found on “European Favourites” published by Collins in 1973
Nordic Dip / Nordisk Dipp

This may very well be a Nordic kind of dip from the early seventies. Paprika was high fashion among the cooking savoir faire back then and you risked getting celery in dishes where they far from belonged. Probably because some local health guru had sworn to its many benefits.

I can even remember a tv ad proclaiming celery’s magnificence as snacks. With this dip you could actually end up dipping pieces of celery in a dip containing celery. I’ve said it before, those were hard times back then.

To make it even worse, the horrid disco music  was lurking in the near future. A few years later you could actually risk sitting somewhere overdosing on celery listening to that horrible music. – Ted

Winking smile
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Crab and Prawn Pasty / Britisk Pasty Med Krabbe Og Reker

A traditional pasty recipe with a modern twist
found on
about.com/food/
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A traditional pasty recipe will invariably contain meat but a delicious alternative is a Crab and Prawn Pasty. This pasty recipe is light yet very nutritious with such a lovely filling. Buy fresh crab meat when possible, if not, tinned white crab meat is also excellent.

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Matelote Alsacienne – Fish Casserole from Alsace / Fiskegryte fra Alsace

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

Matelote Alsacienne – Fish Casserole from Alsace / Fiskegryte fra Alsace

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

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Classic Prawn Cocktail / Klassisk Rekecocktail

A classic appetizer recipe found on goodhousekeeping.co.uk
Classic Prawn Cocktail / Klassisk Rekecocktail

This delicious ever-popular starter has no cooking involved,
so it’s no hassle to prepare!

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Town Mayor Toast With Prawns / Borgmästaretoast Med Räkor

A rich canapé starter recipe found on koket.se
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Town mayor toast with prawns toast or toast with luxurious touch of shrimp and caviar – perfect for starters!

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Peel-and-eat Shrimp with Spicy Herb Butter / Rens-og-Spis Reker Med Krydret Urtesmør

A delicious and simpel seafood recipe found on saveur.com
Peel-and-eat Shrimp with Spicy Herb Butter / Rens-og-Spis Reker Med Krydret Urtesmør

A great way to eat fresh shrimps and a bit more exciting than the traditional way we do it here in Norway: spread on fresh white bread, topped with mayonnaise, freshly ground pepper and dripped with lemon juice. It is not unlikely that I’ll try this the next time the lust for shrimps grabs me (but I won’t skip the white bread though) – Ted  😉

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Scampi as in Greece / Scampi på Gresk

A delicious shelfish recipe found in “Carl Butlers Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance)
published in 1991

Scampi as in Greece / Scampi på Gresk

If you have been to Greece, you are probably recognising this dish. You can make either with scampi or with large prawns.

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Japanese Omelette / Japansk Omelett

A lunch recipe found in “Internasjonale Retter med Norsk Fisk” (International dishes with Norwegian Fish) published
by Wennergren – Cappelen in 1987
Japanese Omelette / Japansk Omelett

Chirashi Sushi is a Japanese dish consisting of rice and shellfish, vegetables and spices. It is all put into a thin omelette and served  beautifully on a platter.

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Dublin Bay Prawn Bisque / Dublin Bay Kremet Rekesuppe

An updated Irish classic recipe found on delish.com
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Creamy and spicy, this update on the classic Irish soup will impress any foodie and is hearty enough to be a meal in itself.

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Skewer with Scallops and King Prawns / Grillspyd med Kamskjell og Kongereker

A juicy shellfish starter recipe found on meny.no
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Skewer with scallops and king prawns, marinated in herb butter, served with tangy citrus salad and parsley aioli. Quickly over high heat these barbecue skewers makes for a fast, tasty appetizer.

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Pazun Ngabuang Kyaw – Burmese Shrimp Balls / Burmesiske Rekeboller

A Burmese speciality found in “Asia – En Kulinarisk Reise”
(Asia – A Culinary Voyage) published by Grøndahl Dreyer in 1987

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These small balls are usually eaten as a side dish to mohinga, but are also served as a snack or as side dish with other dishes. They can also be made with fish.

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Shrimp Toast Lyngør / Reketoast Lyngør

A sandwich recipe found in “Matglede Som Aldri Før”
(Food Enjoyment Like Never Before) published by
Skandinavisk Presse as in 1977

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Lyngør is a village area on a group of small islands in the municipality of Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder county, off the southeast coast of Norway. The village is about 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) northeast of Tvedestrand city center and also 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) south of the city of Risør.

lyngørPreviously a popular home for sea captains, the village is accessible only by boat, has no cars, and is known for its scenic harbour and charming wooden houses. It is recognized as one of the best-preserved communities in Europe. Most of the buildings are now summer homes, but there are about 70 permanent, year-round residents. A hugely popular destination in the summer months, it has in later years struggled to maintain a stable permanent population. The community has a sail-making factory, a few restaurants that are open during the tourist season, and a famous general store.

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Broiled Scallops with Tartare Sauce / Stekte Kamskjell med Tartarsaus

A starter recipe found in “Recipes from Famous Places”
published by Better Homes and Gardens in 1975

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This appetizer was served at the Old Original Bookbinder’s
in Philidelphia back in the mid seventies.

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Deep Fried Shellfish with Greek Sauce / Frityrstekte Skalldyr med Gresk Saus

A delicious starter/snack recipe found in “Forretter” (Starters)
published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1982

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Deep fried mussels, shrimp, crayfish and other types of shelfish are suitable as a starter or snacks. A mixture of various shellfish and boiled fish cut into pieces, offers many delicious possibilities.

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