Traditional Swedish Cabbage Soup / Tradisjonell Skånsk Kålsuppe

A traditional recipe from Sweden’s southernmost landscape found in “Carl Butlers Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance) published by Cappelen in 1991

Traditional Swedish Cabbage Soup / Tradisjonell Skånsk Kålsuppe

Nordic cookbook history was written in 1974. That year a bunch of Swedish foodie friends published a cookbook that would become one of Scandinavia’s most popular, Carl Butler’s Cookbook. With folded corners, patches of pie dough, tomato sauce and French mustard and an unmistakable scent of herbal spices and garlic it can be found in hundreds of thousands of Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian homes. The book put for the first time coq au vin, moussaka and paté on our tables.

For all Scandinavians who like me love that cook book it took 17 years before we could hurry to the book shops to buy the continuance. It was simply called “Carl Butler’s Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance). This recipe is from that book – Ted

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Bean Soup Jókai Style / Bønnesuppe Jókai Style

A soup recipe found in “Flavours of Hungary Recipes”
a free E-book publiched by the Hungarian
Agricultural Marketing Centre in 2009Bean Soup Jókai Style / Bønnesuppe Jókai Style

Proper ingredients are necessary but not sufficient for full success. The Hungarian “art de la table” does not only cover the ingredients but also the method of preparation. The special flavours of the traditional Hungarian cuisine are produced by the combination of tasty ingredients of excellent quality with their specific mode of preparation.

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Potato Soup with Smoked Sausages / Potetsuppe med Røkte Pølser

A recipe for a hearty soup found in “Supper og Sauser” (Soups
and Sauces) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1980

Potato Soup with Smoked Sausages / Potetsuppe med Røkte Pølser

One can find different recipes for soups like this throughout Scandinavia. In the old days, soup was often the only thing one could afford to make so it was important that it was hearty. The smoked sausages could be exchanged with cheap cuts of meat or poultry. Or in hard times, be left out completely, leaving the potatoes to save the day.

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Lobster Soup «Moscovitt» with Black Caviar / Hummersuppe «Moscovitt» med Limfjordkaviar

A delicate soup recipe found in “God Mat fra Sjøen”
(Nice Food from the Sea) published by Gyldendal in 1984

Lobster Soup «Moscovitt» with Black Caviar / Hummersuppe «Moscovitt» med Limfjordkaviar

Contrary to most Western European shellfish soups this Russian style lobster soup is thick, filling and served with a couple of thin toasts (Toast Melba) with each serving it is hardly an appatizer but a a full meal.

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In context

Melba toast is a dry, crisp and thinly sliced toast, often served with soup and salad or topped with either melted cheese or pâté. It is Dame Nellie Melbanamed after Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of Australian opera singer Helen Porter Mitchell. Its name is thought to date from 1897, when the singer was very ill and it became a staple of her diet. The toast was created for her by chef and fan Auguste Escoffier, who also created the Peach Melba dessert for her. The hotel proprietor César Ritz supposedly named it in a conversation with Escoffier. 

Melba toast is made by lightly toasting slices of bread under a grill, on both sides. The resulting toast is then sliced laterally. The thin slices are then returned to the grill with the untoasted sides towards the heat source, resulting in toast half the normal thickness.Thus, it can be described as a twice-baked food (see rusk).

Melba toast is also available commercially, and was at one time given to infants who were teething as a hard food substance on which to chew.

In France, it is referred to as croûtes en dentelle.

Mexican Chicken Soup / Meksikansk Hønsesuppe

A quick soup recipe found in “Mat for Travle” (Food for Busy People) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1982Mexican Chicken Soup / Meksikansk Hønsesuppe

The RecipeReminiscing Soup Council strikes again

Ted
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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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Hungarian Bean Soup / Ungarsk Bønnesuppe

A quickly cooked dinner found in “Mat for Travle” (Food for
Busy People) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1982

Hungarian Bean Soup / Ungarsk Bønnesuppe

Hungarian bean soup is filling dinner and it is cooked in no time.

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Soup with Shrimp, Corn and Cheese / Suppe Med Reker, Mais og Ost

A recipe found in “Ost i Varme og Kalde Retter” (Cheese in Hot and Cold Dishs) published by Den Norske Bokklubb in 1988
Soup with Shrimp, Corn and Cheese / Suppe Med Reker, Mais og Ost

This is a heavy soup that can be served as a full meal
with butter and rolls.

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White Leek Bruet / Hvit Purre Bruet

A recipe from 1420 found on Inn At The CrossroadsWhite Leek Bruet / Hvit Purre Bruet

Chelsea at “Inn At The Crossroads” writes: The leeks and salt pork cook until they are so soft that they almost melt, leaving the slivered almonds to make a textural statement. Each bite transitions from the saltiness of the broth, to the soft flavors of the leeks and pork, then ends with a strong nutty, crunchy finish. I’ve made it as in the original, but if I were to make it again, I might include a sprig or two of herbs for some added nutrients and complexity. It would also be tasty paired with a nice toasted slice of dark rye bread.

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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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Crab Soup / Krabbesuppe

A luxurious soup recipe found in “Sunt og Godt”
(Healthy and Nice) published by Det Beste in 1988
Crab Soup / Krabbesuppe

This luxury soup is made with a minimal of effort and it is a pleasure to serve. The mild crab flavour gets a warmer undertone from the curry and basil. You can use lobster instead of crab if you want an even more exclusive soup.

It may be more exclusive, but it will not be more tasty, as lobster boiled in the traditional manner taste less than crabs
cooked the same way

Ted
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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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Albondigas – Mexican Soup / Meksikansk Suppe

A healthy soup recipe found in “Rethink School Lunch –
Cooking With California Food” an E-book published
by Center for Ecoliteracy

Albondigas – Mexican Soup / Meksikansk Suppe

This is a classic version of the popular Mexican soup. The meatballs provide protein, while rice adds whole grains to this healthful dish. If desired, you can use all beef instead of half beef and half pork.

If you would like to download
‘Rethink School Lunch – Cooking With California Food
click the title above

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Easy Thai Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk / Enkel Thai Kyllingsuppe med Kokosmelk

A spicy Thai soup recipe found on godt.no
Easy Thai Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk / Enkel Thai Kyllingsuppe med Kokosmelk

A lovely warming soup with lots of flavor that will make a family favourite at the first go. Make some extra, freeze it and you have a delicious quick dinner for a buzy day.

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Kishkiyya – Medieval Hangover Cures / Bakruskur fra Middelalderen

A Medieval hangover cure found on medievalists.net
Kishkiyya - Medieval Hangover Cures

Kishkiyya - Medieval Hangover Cures 2Feeling a little worse for wear after ringing in the New Year? Rolling out of bed with a banging headache and a mouth that’s dry as ash? Cringing as you scroll through Facebook and see photos of yourself dancing with a tie around your head at 2am?

Well, as you chug some water, and curse yourself for believing in your drinking and dancing prowess, here are a few hangover cures from days gone by, because people who partied like it was 1399 also needed a little help the morning after.

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