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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Chickens Soup with Dumplings / Hønsesuppe med Melboller

A traditional Norwegian soup recipe found on matprat.no
Chickens Soup with Dumplings / Hønsesuppe med Melboller

Traditionally soups like this were made with hens, not chicken. Clear soup like this is lean food, still  filling and satisfying. In addition, it is very reasonably priced food. Just remember that hen meat need a relatively long cooking time.

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Fried Mackerel with Sour Cream Sauce / Stekt Makrell med Rømmesaus

A classic Norwegian fish recipe found on matprat.no
Fried Mackerel with Sour Cream Sauce / Stekt Makrell med Rømmesaus

This is a serving method that has been used in the eastern part of Norway for time immemorial. One can of course cook the whole fish, but here it is chosen to use fillets. Slightly simpler considering that the super delicious sauce traditionally steals a lot of attention on the plate both from fish, cucumber salad and lemon.

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Citrus Flavor Creme Catalane / Creme Catalane med Smak av Sitrus

A contemporary take on a traditional Spanish
dessert recipe found on meny.no

Citrus Flavor Creme Catalane / Creme Catalane med Smak av Sitrus

Crema catalana is a traditional Spanish dessert made from milk, egg yolks and sugar. It is considered by some to be the forerunner of crème brûlée. The crema catalana on the pictures is sevred with a citrus salad.

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Pea Soup from Western Norway / Ertesuppe fra Stryn

A traditional Norwegian soup recipe found on matoppskrift.no
Pea Soup from Western Norway / Ertesuppe fra Stryn

This pea soup that originates from Stryn was widely served during harvesting and threshing back in the old days. All vegetables that was available was generally used, as well as the meat or flesh that could be used. The beef, mutton or pork was usually smoked, dried or salted. It was standard to serve the soup with flatbread and always with boiled potatoes. The flatbread was usually dipped in the broth during the meal.

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Apple Waffles With Ice Cream And Raspberries / Eplevafler Med Is Og Bringebær

A classic Scndinavian waffle recipe found on aperitif.no
Apple Waffles With Ice Cream And Raspberries / Eplevafler Med Is Og Bringebær

Waffle Day on 25 March is a Swedish invention, and why it is celebrated rests on a misunderstanding. The day is the same as “Vårfruedag” – the day Virgin Mary learns that she is with child. “Vårfruedag” turned over time into “Vaffeldag” (Waffle Day) in Sweden but also here in Norway, it was customary to celebrate “Vårfruedag” with cakes.

Although we feel an ownership to waffles here in Scandinavia, similar cakes are eaten most places in the world. They can be round or square, thick or thin – the heart-shaped waffles is however typical of Scandinavia. The first electric waffle iron was designed by General Electric and entered the market in 1911.

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Bacon Pancakes / Fleskepannekaker

A classic Norwegian dinner recipe found in “Gode Gamle Oppskrifter” (Good Old Recipes) published by Gyldendal in 1991
Bacon Pancakes / Fleskepannekaker

The childhood dream in the old days for many Norwegian children was to eat bacon pancakes as often as they wanted, and as many as possible. But pancakes takes time to cook, and there were usually several people round the table, so the cakes had often dispensed equally between the them.

One hardly ever hear of people eating bacon pancakes  any more. That’s a pity really, because it is a delicious dish, particularly served with lingonberry jam as suggested in the recipe – Ted

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Bee Stings / Bistikk

A traditional Norwegian cake recipe found in “Gjærbakst”
(Yeast Baking) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1979

Bee Stings / Bistikk

Please don’t ask me how a cake can end up with a name like Bee Sting. I can’t imagine anyone finding anything remotely positive with getting a bee sting yet the cake is absolutely delicious. It’s a strange world is all I can say – Ted 😉

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Empire Biscuits / Empir Kjeks

A classic Scottish biscuit recipe found on allrecipes.com
Empire Biscuits / Empir Kjeks

This shortbread cookie is a traditional Scottish recipe. These are round cookies sandwiched with jam and topped off with a delicious icing and a cherry.

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Beef Stew With Potatoes From Southern Sweden / Skånsk Kalops Med Potatis

A classic Swedish dinner recipe found on receptfavoriter.se
Beef Stew With Potatoes From Southern Sweden / Skånsk Kalops Med Potatis

Classic Swedish beef stew flavored with allspice. Here with carrots but they can be excluded. Most taste and real flavour is obtained with meat on the bone. Regular stew meat will do as well but then you may need to add stock cube for more flavour.

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Wholesome Irish Soda Bread / Sunt Irsk Sodabrød

A traditional Irish bread recipe found on irishcentral.comWholesome Irish Soda Bread / Sunt Irsk Sodabrød

For many, Irish soda bread is simply the taste of home but the Irish staple recipe is also an international favorite.

The recipe was first introduced to Ireland during the 1840s. A traditional product of a poor country, soda bread was made with only the most basic of ingredients: flour, baking soda (instead of yeast), soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt.

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