A party suggestion with menu and recipes found in “Vi Skal Ha Gjester” (We’re Having Guests) published by Johan Grundt Tanum Forlag in 1969
“Vi skal ha gjester” is not a cook book in the normal sense of the word, it is a book on hosting parties at home with menu suggestions and recipes.
And have times changed in the nearly fifty years since this book was written. How anyone dared to invite even their closest friend for dinner after having read in this book what it would take to make it a successfull evening I can’t imagine. What table cloth, what sort of flower arrangement and what sort of candles to use for what sort of evening was the least of the problems you had to tackle.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, those were hard times visitors. A time full of etiquette pitfalls and embarrasing situations. With a variety of blunders that could as we would say here in Norway, leave you standing with your ass bared.
A recipe from “Gryteretter” (Casseroles) by Jennie Reekie published in 1977
What is it with people in the western world. Even on this obviously Eastern inspired dish we are suggested to both drizzle it with chopped parsley and garnish it with parsley sprigs. There are a whole world of herbs out there, lovely herbs, tasty herbs, exiting herbs, so why this dull, boring, trite parsley. I simply can’t understand it. The rest of the recipe is very nice though – Ted 😉