Classic Norwegian Griddle Cakes / Klassiske Lapper

A classic Norwegian griddle cake recipe found on godt.noClassic Norwegian Griddle Cakes / Klassiske Lapper

These griddle cakes are always popular and very quick to make. This recipe also contains little fat, which makes the the cakes suitable as everyday food.

Serve the cakes with homemade jams. And if you want to make the kids extra eager, you can sprinkle chopped chocolate on the cakes while they cook, nothing beats chocolate griddle cakes!

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Fish Soup – Basic Recipe / Fiskesuppe – Grunnoppskrift

A classic take on fish soup found in “Fisk og Skalldyr”
(Fish and Shellfish) published by
Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1980
Fish Soup – Basic Recipe / Fiskesuppe – Grunnoppskrift

Fish soup with vegetables is a delicacy. And it is inexpensive food because the basic broth is made from fish heads, skin and bones.

Here you got a basic recipe, which can be varied with different species of fish. For example, choose cod, haddock, pollock or whiting.

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Dreams / Drømmer

A traditional Norwegian cookie recipe found in “Den Store Bakeboken” (The Big Baking Book) utgitt av Schibstedt in 1978
Dreams / Drømmer

When traditional cookies are called dreams they kind of leave
a promise of a taste quite dreamlike and these cookies really
taste absolutely delicious. I know, my mother
made them every Christmas

Ted
Winking smile

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A Short History of Sauerkraut

The History of Sauerkraut
Contemporary Chinese sour cabbage

Although sauerkraut – German for “sour cabbage” – is thought of as a German invention, Chinese laborers building the Great Wall of China over 2,000 years ago ate it as standard fare. Chinese sauerkraut, made from shredded cabbage fermented in rice wine.

Most likely it was brought to Europe 1000 years later by Gengis Kahn after plundering China.

The History of Sauerkraut
Gengis Kahn

Although in Germany instead of using the wine they dry cured it by sprinkling salt on the shredded cabbage. The water is then drawn out of the cabbage to make the juice that you see that accompanies the kraut.

The History of Sauerkraut
Typical German dish with sauerkraut

The History of SauerkrautThe Dutch, who were great sea-fearing traders used sauerkraut on their ships as it did not need refrigeration and helped prevent scurvy.

Today’s sauerkraut is made by combining shredded cabbage, salt and sometimes spices, and allowing the mixture to ferment. It can be purchased in jars and cans in supermarkets. Fresh sauerkraut is sold in delicatessens and in plastic bags in a supermarket’s refrigerated section. The History of SauerkrautIt should be rinsed before being used in casseroles, as a side dish and even on sandwiches like the famous Reuben Sandwich. Sauerkraut is an excellent source of vitamin C as well as of some of the B vitamins.

There is a theory that the Tartars introduced the acid cabbage from the Orient into eastern Europe, and from there kraut went to Germany, Alsace-Lorraine, and France.

Potato Patties / Potetpletter

A classic Scandinavian lunch/dinner recipe found in “Cappelens
Kokebok” (Cappelen’s Cook Book ) published in 1995
Potato Patties / Potetpletter

Patties made of fried grated uncooked potatoes are cheap and delicious food that has a long tradition in Scandinavia. With the grating dish on a food processor you grate the potatoes in no time. Serve the potato patties right from the frying pan with fried crisp bacon, coleslaw ,and of course, cranberry jam.

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Norwegian Traditional Almond Cookies / Mandelkubber

A cookie recipe found in “Mine lekreste Kaker”
(My Most Delicious Cakes) published by
Teknologisk Forlag i 1994Norwegian Traditional Almond Cookies / Mandelkubber

The sour cream in the recipe can be replaced by sour milk and the hartshorn salt that will give the cookies a hard texture can be replaced by 4 tablespoons of baking soda.

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The Vicarage’s Spice Cake / Prestegårdens Krydderkake

An old-fashioned cake recipe found in  “Mine lekreste Kaker”
(My Most Delicious Cakes) published by
Teknologisk Forlag i 1994
The Vicarage’s Spice Cake / Prestegårdens Krydderkake

Wikipedia: Spice cake is traditionally flavored with a mixture of spices. The cake can be prepared in many varieties. Predominant flavorings include spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg

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Norwegian Traditional Crispbread / Knekkebrød

A traditional baking recipe found in
“Cappelens Kokebok” published in 1995
Norwegian Traditional Crispbread / Knekkebrød

In the old days when it was difficult to keep the houses free of mice and rats, Norwegians often baked crispbread with holes in the middle so they could thread them on a long pole and hang them under the roof to keep them away from the rodents.

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Cock-a-Leekie Soup / Kyllingsuppe med Purre

A classic soup recipe found in “Kulinarisk Pass”
(Culinary Passport) published by Tupper Ware in 1970

Cock-a-Leekie Soup / Kyllingsuppe med Purre

While it is called “Scotland’s National Soup,” it probably originated as a chicken and onion soup in France. By the 16th century, it had made its way to Scotland, where the onions were replaced with leeks. The first recipe was printed in 1598, though the name “cock-a-leekie” did not come into use until the 18th century.

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Scottish Heather Honey Sponge / Skotsk Lynghonningpudding

A traditional Scottish dessert recipe found on BBC Food
Scottish Heather Honey Sponge / Skotsk Lynghonningpudding

There’s nothing to compare to the light, fluffy texture of a steamed sponge pudding. Golden syrup is a classic addition, of course, but you will love this version, which makes the most of the fragrant flavour of Scottish heather honey. Any other well-flavoured honey will work well too.

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Karin’s Soft Syrup Cookies / Karins Myke Sirupskaker

A classic Swedis cookie recipe found in  “Cappelens Kokebok”
(Cappelen’s Cook Book) published in 1995
Karin’s Soft Syrup Cookies / Karins Myke Sirupskaker

Ill_01_thumb[36]Karin was the Swedish artist Carl Larsson’s wife. The recipe is assigned to this cookbook by Karin’s and Carls’s grandson. Today, the syrup cookies are baked every Christmas in Larsson’s home Sundborn in Dalarna. The cakes should be quite tough. You keep the toughness by storing the cakes in plastic bags together with a piece of bread.

Potash (potassium carbonate) can be purchased at the pharmacies, but can be substituted with baking powder  or baking soda.

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Hen Fricassé / Hønsefrikassé

A traditional Norwegian dinner recipe found in “Fjærkre”
(Poultry) published by the Hjemmet’s Kokebokklubb in 1882
Hen Fricassé / Hønsefrikassé

Thanks to the devoted efforts of a host in a consumer program on Norwegian television, we can finally get hens in the stores again here and I can finally make one of my childhood’s big dinner favorites, hen fricassé. To make the dish with chicken will never, ever be the same – Ted

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Swedish Beet Soup / Rödbetssoppa

A traditional Swedish vegetable soup recipe
found on
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Swedish Beet Soup / Rödbetssoppa

It is so nice when the first beets are harvested and you can eat them lightly cooked with a dollop of butter. When they have lost their news value it’s time for soup. This recipe is traditional, but if you want to add an extra spark, serve it with freshly grated horseradish, this lovely gastronomic booster.

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Apple Soup From Western Norway / Eplesuppe Fra Sogn

A traditional Norwegian dessert soup recipe found on
matoppskrift.no
Apple Soup From Western Norway / Eplesuppe Fra Sogn

Warm soups were a regular dessert in Norway in the old days and were not particularly unusual even when I was a kid. We had both home-made rosehip soup, fruit soup and soups made on different types of berries for dessert back then – Ted

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Gingerbread with Fruits / Ingefærkake med Frukter

A old fashioned cake recipe found in  “Formkaker” (Cakes baked in moulds) published by Hjemmet’s Cookbook Club in 1981
Gingerbread with Fruits / Ingefærkake med Frukter

Any cake baked in a mould whether it is a oblong, square, ring or round mould, even a oven baking pan is called a “formkake” (mould cake) in Norway. I know, we’re a simple lot

Ted
Winking smile

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