Honey and Mustard Sauce / Honning- og Sennepssaus

A medieval spicy sauce recipe found at cookit.e2bn.org
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Mustard was much used by the Romans and later was very popular with the Anglo Saxons. It grew locally and so was cheap. It could be used to makes sauces for meat and fish as well as dressings for salads. It helped to preserve other foods as well as having healthy properties of its own.

The sauces were generally made from a mixture of ground mustard seeds, vinegar, wine and often honey, with spices or other flavourings added according to what people liked.

They could then be stored for several weeks. Mustard’s ‘hotness’ gets less after it is mixed and kept for a few days, which may account for the strength of the sauces often made – which would be much too hot for most of us today.

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Quenelles of Halibut with Saffron Sauce / Queneller av Kveite med Safransaus

A delicious and delicate French appetizer recipe found in
“Harrods Cookery Book” published in 1985

Quenelles of Halibut with Saffron Sauce / Queneller av Kveite med Safransaus

Quenelles are like poached mousseline dumplings and can be made from fish, shellfish, meat, poultry or game. The saffron sauce adds a delicate golden hue to this dish.

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Fried Trout With Cucumber Salad And Crème Fraîche Sauce / Stekt Fjellørret Med Agurksalat Og Crème Fraîchesaus

A great dish full of sweet memories found on alleoppskrifter.no
Fried Trout With Cucumber Salad And Crème Fraîche Sauce / Stekt Fjellørret Med Agurksalat Og Crème Fraîchesaus

I grew up on this dish, with sour cream sauce, not crème fraîche sauce though. No one knew what crème fraîche was round this neck of the woods back in the fifties and early sixties.

Both my mom and dad was eager anglers, so they headed for the montains every autumn and retured with trout enough to last us till well into the early summer. My granny, one of the bats ;-), came to take care of my sister and me while they were away – Ted

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Scottish Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce / Skotsk Laks med Hollandaise Saus

A Scottish dinner recipe from “Kullinarisk Pass”
(Culinary Passport) published by Tupperware in 1970
Scottish Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce / Skotsk Laks med Hollandaise Saus

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Salsa Verde – Green Sauce / Grønn Saus

A classic Continental cold sauce recipe found in
“God Mat fra Hele Verden” (Nice Food From All Over the Word)
published by Schibsted in 1971

Salsa Verde - Green Sauce / Grønn Saus

One usually think of this sauce as a typical Italian specialty, but as it turns out also in Germany is it known, as a specialty comming from Frankfurt.

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Cornwall Toast / Cornwalltoast

A delicious toast recipe found in “Matglede Som Aldri Før”
(Joy of Food Like Never Before) published by
Skaninavisk Press as in 1977

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French Veal Chops with Calvados / Fransk Kalvekoteletter med Calvados

A great dinner recipe from “The Best of International Cooking”
published by Hamlyn in 1984

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In context: Apple orchards and brewers are mentioned as far back as the 8th century by Charlemagne. The first known Norman distillation was carried out by “Lord” de Gouberville in 1553, and the guild for cider distillation was created about 50 years later in 1606. In the 17th century, the traditional cider farms expanded, but taxation and prohibition of cider brandies were enforced elsewhere than Brittany, Maine, and Normandy.

calvados posterThe area called “Calvados” was created after the French Revolution, but eau de vie de cidre was already called calvados in common usage. In the 19th century, output increased with industrial distillation and the working class fashion for café-calva. When a phylloxera outbreak in the last quarter of the 19th century devastated the vineyards of France and Europe, calvados experienced a “golden age”.

During World War I, cider brandy was requisitioned for use in armaments due to its alcohol content. The appellation contrôlée regulations officially gave calvados a protected name in 1942.

After the war, many cider houses and distilleries were reconstructed, mainly in the Pays d’Auge. Many of the traditional farmhouse structures were replaced by modern agriculture with high output. The Calvados appellation system was revised in 1984 and 1996. Pommeau got its recognition in 1991; in 1997, an appellation for Domfront with 30% pears was created.

Cuttyhunk Swordfish Steak Tokay / Cuttyhunk Sverdfiskbiff Tokay

A sworfish recipe found in “Seafood ‘n Seaports –
a Cook’s Tour of Massachusetts”

Cuttyhunk Swordfish Steak Tokay / Cuttyhunk Sverdfisk Biff Tokay

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The Christmas Recipes – Part 3

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Cranberry & Port Gravy / Tyttebær & Portvinsaus
Cranberry & Port Gravy / Tyttebær & Portvinsaus

Vanilla Toffees / Vanilje Karameller
Vanilla Toffees / Vanilje Karameller

Blackcurrent Ham / Solbærskinke

A delicious ham recipe found in “Den Store Mini Kokeboken”
(The Big Mini Cook Book) published about 10 years ago
Blackcurrent Ham / Solbærskinke

The Big Mini Cook Book is a collection of 10 booklets bound as one book published by the Norwegian Meat Information Office. One could pick up these booklets at grocers for free about 10 yeas ago and they became very popular.

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Real Mint Sauce / Ekte Engelsk Myntesaus

A classic British recipe found on bbc.com/food/
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A thin savoury sauce made from chopped mint, vinegar and sugar, traditionally served in England as an accompaniment to roast lamb. Mint grows so freely that once you know the trick you never need buy mint sauce again.

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