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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Fish Soup with Cod and Tomatoes / Fiskesuppe med Torsk og Tomater

A  filling soup recipe found in “Torsk til Hverdag
og Fest” (Cod for Everydays and Party) a free cookbook  published by Godfisk!

Fish Soup with Cod and Tomatoes / Fiskesuppe med Torsk og Tomater

Cod is perfect for everyday life when time is scarce, the family is hungry and you need a healthy, quick and tasty dinner.

But cod is also perfect for party food. Put cod on the table when family or friends get together for a nice meal and a good atmosphere is guaranteed. With its firm white fish meat and its delicate flavor, the cod suits perfectly for both everydays and party.

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Onion Goulash / Løkgulasj

A dinner recipe with origins in Hungary found in “Mat for Travle” (Food for Busy People) published by
Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1982
Onion Goulash / Løkgulasj

Goulash (Hungarian: gulyás [ˈɡujaːʃ]) is a soup or stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating from the medieval Kingdom of Hungary, goulash is also a popular meal in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Southern Europe.

Its origin traces back to the 9th century to stews eaten by Hungarian shepherds. Back then, the cooked and flavored meat was dried with the help of the sun and packed into bags produced from sheep’s stomachs, needing only water to make it into a meal. It is one of the national dishes of Hungary and a symbol of the country.

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Grilled Scampi with Garlic / Kjempereker med Hvitløk

A shellfish recipe found in “Grillmat” (Grilled Food)
in the “Kjøkkenbiblioteket” (The Kitchen Library)
series published by Aventura Forlag in 1992

Grilled Scampi with Garlic / Kjempereker med Hvitløk

Scampi is raw when you buy them, yet like other shellfish, they
need just a short time on the grill.

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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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Gypsy Goulash / Sigøynergulasj

A typical sixties dish found in an additional attachment to
“Husmorens Kokebok” published by Norsk Kunstforlag in 1963
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Comment from the author of the cookbook: The name of this dish is from ancient times when the gypsies made goulash under primitive conditions.

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West African Chicken in Peanut Sauce / Vestafrikansk Kylling i Peanøttsaus

A savoury chicken recipe from the African continent
found in “The best of International Cooking”
published by Hamlyn in 1984

West African Chicken in Peanut Sauce / Vestafrikansk Kylling i Peanøttsaus

West African cuisine encompasses a diverse range of foods that are split between its 16 countries. In West Africa, many families grow and raise their own food, and within each there is a division of labor. Indigenous foods consist of a number of plant species and animals, and are important to those whose lifestyle depends on farming and hunting.

The history of West Africa also plays a large role in their cuisine and recipes, as interactions with different cultures (particularly the Arab world and later Europeans) over the centuries have introduced many ingredients that would go on to become key components of the various national cuisines today.

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Strömmingslåda – Swedish Herring Mould / Svensk Sildeform

A classic Swedish recipe found in “Kulinarisk Pass”
(Culinary Passport) published by Tupperware in 1970

Strömmingslåda – Swedish Herring Mould / Svensk Sildeform

Herring is one of the very best food sources for vitamin D. Our bodies make this vitamin in sunlight, but in Nordic climate, it’s easy not to get enough. There seems to be more to vitamin D than strong teeth and bones. It’s now thought that vitamin D deficiency might be a factor in many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

Herring is loaded with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids help prevent heart disease and keep the brain functioning properly. They also seem to be effective in reducing inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and arthritis.

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Stuffed Peppers / Fylt Paprika

A snack recipe found in “Mat for Alle” (Food for Everyone)
published by Tiden Norske Forlag in 1985
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Stuffed peppers and other vegetables are a cooking technique that can be found many places in the world, but to day most of us usually think of it as traditional Middle Eastern way to prepare food.

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A Spanish Twist on the Mince / Spansk Vri på Kjøttdeigen

A spicy dinner recipe found in “Sundt og Godt” (Wholesome
and Delicious) published by Det Beste in 1988

A Spanish Twist on the Mince / Spansk Vri på Kjøttdeigen

The crispy iceberg lettuce is a refreshing contrast to the strong flavor of the meat sauce. The yogurt has a cooling effect and works well as a side dish. Wholemeal bread and a salad of green beans and squash are excellent accessories.

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Pork Chops Provençale / Koteletter Provençale

A French dinner recipe found in “52 Søndagsmiddager” (52 Sunday Dinners) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1983koteletter provencale_post

There is something homely and nice about pork chops. In all the changing food fashions that I’ve seen up through my life pork chops have been just like denims, impossible to kill by the people who like to tell us what we should eat or wear – Ted  😉

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Felfel Bil Roz – Egyptian Stuffed Peppers / Egyptiske Fylte Paprika

A classic Egyptian recipe from “God Mat Fra Hele Verden” (Delicious Food From All The World) published by Schibsted in 1971
Felfel Bil Roz – Egyptian Stuffed Peppers / Egyptiske Fylte Paprika

Stuffed vegetables are known from throughout the Balkans and most other places in the Middle East. Here’s the Egyptian version.

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