Pancakes were (and still are) served on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), which marks the last day before Lent. Christians began fasting on Ash Wednesday and certain foods were forbidden throughout Lent. Eggs and milk were used up before Lent began, which is why we make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
The finished pancakes are a little like small, crispy doughnuts, with a wonderfully frilly shape. The batter puffs up in the hot oil. You need to work quickly to keep them crisp and serve them as soon as the last ones are cooked. They are quite rich and so are particularly nice dipped in a slightly sharp fruit sauce.
A traditional North African potato recipe found on then called food.about.com now called dotdash.com
Pan-fried potato cakes (maakouda batata) are a much-loved street food in Morocco, but you’ll also find them prepared at home. This is a traditional version of the patties, made from a mixture of mashed potatoes, garlic, spices and herbs. Zesty seasoning makes all the difference, so don’t be afraid to taste as you go and add some cayenne pepper or notch up the garlic a bit.
Once the patties are shaped, they’re given a dip in egg and flour before heading for the oil. Some Moroccans will dip them in a fritter batter instead.
A great Italian inspired snack recipe found on saveur.com
Test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin at Saveur likes to use Italian bread crumbs to bread her mozzarella, but you could use panko if you were so inclined. Double breading insures that the outside gets nice and crispy while the inside cheese has time to melt when frying. These freeze well, so keep them in your freezer and pull them out to defrost before frying whenever you feel like.
A delicious starter/snack recipe found in “Forretter” (Starters) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1982
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.
Fish fingers will never be an epithet after you’ve tried this recipe signed success chefs Tom Victor Gausdal and Stian Floer.
Everyone wants fish fingers served like this. The recipe is taken from the super chefs’ cookbook “Fiskekokeboka” (The Fish Cook Book) which was published in 2012 and was a finalist in “The Best Norwegian cookbook” that year.
This classic Indian snack is very popular namkeen in North Indian states especially Rajasthan and Punjab and is served with achaar (pickle) as a tea time snack. It is prepared for festivals like Diwali, Holi and Karwa Chauth. The mathri dough is flavored with an assortment of spices like anardana (dried pomegranate seeds), tymol seeds (ajwain), cumin (jeera), black pepper (kala mirch) and dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi).
Here’s a little-known fact: Early corn-dog purveyor Ed Waldmire, Jr., wanted to call his corn-dog stand “The Crusty Cur”….his wife convinced him to change the name to “Cozy Pup.” Like most other American fried-food-on-a-stick, batter-fried weiner wands have state fair connections.
Vaudeville actors Carl and Neil Fletcher abandoned their Dallas song-and-dance act tent show in 1938 when the Texas State Fair offered them the chance to operate a food booth. The two had read about a man in the Oaklawn neighbourhood of Dallas who was baking corn-battered hotdogs in moulds, and the idea intrigued them, so the brothers set out to improve on the product. They perfected their batter-dipped and fried corn dog in time for the 1942 Texas State Fair.
Easy, portable and quick, corn dogs soon became fast-food-restaurant darlings. Cozy Dog Drive-in in Springfield, IL claims first-to-market status (1946) but restaurateur Dave Barham started selling at Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica, CA, that same year.
A classic recipe from “God Mat fra Sjøen”
(Nice Food From The Sea) published in 1984
This is a classic Scandinavian dish. When I studied at the art and handcraft college in Oslo we used to eat this at one of the oldest inns in town. And the waitresses were always very nice to us. We always got a second helping of both potatoes, remoulade sauce and cucumber salad. Good memories, I do eat there from time to time still – Ted 😉