An exciting version of baked potatoes found on “Mett på en litt sunnere måte” (Hearty in a little healtier way) a free e-booklet published by tine.no
To make a simple version of chakalaka, start by heating oil in a saucepan and add chopped onions, garlic and green peppers. Fry the vegetables until the onion is transparent and then add curry and chili pepper and a can of beans in tomato sauce. Boil until everything is heated well. Mix some chakalaka with cottage cheese if you can’t get hold of the mixture ready for cooking. Serve the rest of the chakalaka with the baked potatoes and fried or grilled meat.
Purée is a nice dinner accessory, where bacon does a good job as flavoring and topping. Test out different varieties such as Jerusalem artichoke purée, pea purée or as in the recipe below – cauliflower purée.
A classic side dish found in “Varme Småretter” (Small Hot Dishes) in the “Ingrids Beste” (Ingrid’s Best) series publishd by Gyldendal i 1991
If you think it’s a lot of work to first cook the vegetables and then gratinate them afterwards, you can use deep-frozen vegetables as a starting point.
Deep frozen broccoli or a blend of summer vegetables are excellent. Put the vegetables deep frozen in the mould and pour the sauce over them. Calculate 4-5 minutes longer in the oven for the frozen ones.
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.’
Take green peas, and boil them in a pot; And when they are broken, draw the broth a good quantity through a strainer into a pot, And sit it on the fire; and take onions and parsley, and hew them small together, And cast them thereto; And take powder of Cinnamon and pepper and cast thereto, and let boil; And take vinegar and powder of ginger, and cast thereto; And then take Saffron and salt, a little quantity, and cast thereto; And take fair pieces of pandemaine, or else of such tender bread, and cut it in fair morsels, and cast thereto; And serve it so forth.
A classic Norwegian side dish recipe found on frukt.no
Stewed cabbage is a classic Norwegian side dish that you easily make yourself. It is usually served with meat balls, dinner sausages and any sort of smoked meat.
You can buy packages of half finished stewed cabbage (cooked, dried cabbage flakes and the dry ingredients for the sauce) at most grocers here in Norway, but the result is nothing compared with what you get if you cook stewed cabbage from scratch yourself.