A traditional gipsy recipe found in “Matglede Som Aldri Før” (Joy of Food Like Never Before) published by Scandinavisk Presse in 1977
Gypsy cuisine has been called “the little known soul food”. Gypsies have a rich and complicated identity and history, which is reflected in the delicious complexity of the food, and, like most things, it’s a lot better when you understand it. First, the word “Gypsy” is the term that gadjé (Rromanes for non-Romani people) have used to refer to Roma, the ethnic group originating in India around the eleventh century.
Gypsies divide food into two categories: “ordinary” and “auspicious” or “lucky” (baxtalo). Auspicious foods are believed to be particularly healthy for the body and soul, and these beliefs are likely rooted in Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine that uses food, herbs, and yogic breathing to balance the body.
A French dinner recipe found in “52 Søndagsmiddager” (52 Sunday Dinners) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1983
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 😉
A dinner recipe found in”Husmorens Store Kokebok”
(The Housewife’s Big Cook Book) published in 1963
In the early sixties spaghetti started to turn up at Norwegian grocers. Some had heard of it before, a very few had tasted it, but most people hadn’t a clue about what to do with it. But did that stop them from buying it, far from. This new thing had to be tried. The result was as you can see from the picture, for years spaghetti was served in Norway as you would potatoes – Ted 😉
A real classic British breakfast recipe found in a booklet published by gilde.no
It was somewhat strange to find such an utter British dish in a booklet from a Norwegian meat supplier, but so what. I’m a real sucker for a solid breakfast and always go for the full english when in Britiain. Continental is for sissies – Ted 😉
A recipe from Saveur’s test kitchen found on saveur.com
Add a little “kick” to this homemade version of Little Caesar’s “Crazy Bread” by sprinkling on a little chile flake before dunking in hot marinara.
Test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin grew up eating Little Caesar’s pizza with her family and friends, and was particularly fond of the crazy bread on the menu, thus inspiring her to make this homemade version. She loves to sprinkle it with chile flakes before dipping it in hot marinara sauce.
A vegetarian lunch recipe from “The Sainsbury Book of Italian Cooking” published in 1979
A delicious vegetable lunch dish full of Mediterranean goodies. Serve it with fresh ciabattas og en Ruffino Classico and close your eyes and imagine yourself seated at a sidewalk table in Palermo. Sounds nice doesn’t it, particularly here in Oslo, where the winter’s first snow fell yesterday – Ted 😉
A dinner recipe found in “Asia – Culinary Journey” published in 1987
In this dish East and West meet. Tender roast beef braised with garlic, onions and tomatoes in Spanish manner, but fresh ginger and soy sauce gives the dish a touch of the Orient. Serve with white rice or noodles.