Jansson’s Temptation / Janssons Frestelse

A Swedish classic found in “Kulinarisk Pass” (Culinary Passport)
published by Tupperware in 1970

Jansson’s Temptation / Janssons Frestelse

No Swedish Christmas table without Jansson’s! According to insecure sources, the dish has got its name after the opera singer Pelle Janzon, who lived in the last half of the 19th century, and was fond of both good food and drinks. One of the dishes served after the final curtain was this potato and anchovy dish, with plenty of beer and aquavite.

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Chicken Stroganoff /Kylling Stroganoff

A stroganoff variation with chicken found in
“A Sampler of Modern Sour Cream Recipes”
published by the American Dairy Association in 1970

Chicken Stroganoff /Kylling Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff (Russian: бефстроганов befstróganov) is a Russian dish of sautéed pieces of beef or served in a sauce with smetana (sour cream). From its origins in mid-19th-century Russia, it has become popular around the world, with considerable variation from the original recipe such as this one.

Various explanations are given for the name, presumably derived from some member of the large and important Stroganov family, perhaps Alexander Grigorievich Stroganoff of Odessa or a diplomat, Count Pavel Stroganov.

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Troll Cream / Trollkrem

A recipe for a classic Norwegian dessert found on matprat.no
Troll Cream / Trollkrem

Troll cream is an almost magical dessert – that four simple ingredients can be transformed into such a fresh, sweet, airy and delicious dessert in just a few minutes is pure magic. You can make troll cream with other types of berries too, but troll cream made with cranberries will always be the original!

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Boxty – Traditional Irish Potato Cakes / Tradisjonelle Irske Potetkaker

A traditional Irish recipe found on irishcentral.com
Boxty – Traditional Irish Potato Cakes / Tradisjonelle Irske Potetkaker

Traditional Irish potato cakes, or boxty, are mostly associated with the north midlands of Ireland in Connacht and Ulster. The people of Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Fermanagh, Longford, Leitrim and Cavan are particularly big fans of this delicious and simple style of potatoes.

It is thought that boxty dates back to the days or the Irish famine, presumably to make the potatoes stretch further. There are a couple of different recipes, but all contain finely grated, raw potatoes served fried.

Over the last couple of years, as the Irish have become more interested in their own cuisine, the popularity of boxty has risen. It’s now quite normal to see boxty on a menu in a restaurant in Ireland, whereas a decade ago it would have still been considered a ‘peasant dish.’ However, boxty has always been popular as part of Irish home cooking as one traditional (if woefully out-dated) rhyme explains:

Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty in the pan,
If you can’t make boxty,
You’ll never get your man.

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Plum Compote / Plommekompott

A classic Norwegian late summer dessert found on frukt.noPlum Compot / Plommekompott

Plum compot is a delicious dessert that often wakes nostalgia in Norwegians. The compote has been a classic here in this country for more than a hundred years. Serve it lukewarm with a little whipped cream or 50/50 cream and milk.

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Almond Eyes / Mandeløyne

A recipe for dainty small cookies found in “Kaker til Kaffekosen”
(Cakes for the Coffee) published by Gyldendal in 1991

Almond Eyes / Mandeløyne

This dough is very good to work with, so the cookies
will not take as long as you might think.

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Eaton Mess

A traditional English dessert recipe found on goodtoknow.co.uk
Eaton Mess

Eton mess is a simple, delicious dessert, made with broken meringues, strawberries and cream. It gets it’s name as it is the dessert traditionally served at Eton College’s prize-giving picnic on June 4th. Ready in just 10 mins, this Eton mess recipe uses ready made meringues for speed but if you fancy a challenge you can make your own!

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Traditional Norwegian “Lapskaus” with Brussels Sprouts / Suppelapskaus med Rosenkål

A recipe for a traditional Norwegian dinner soup found in  “Supper og Sauser” (Soups and Sauces) published by
Hjemmets Kokebokklubb i 1980
Traditional Norwegian “Lapskaus” with Brussels Sprouts / Suppelapskaus med Rosenkål

Lapskaus is a traditional Norwegian warm dinner dish made of (originally cheap) fried or cooked meat (usually beef or pork), potatoes and various vegetables and spices. The ingredients are cut into cubes, tasted with salt and pepper and boiled to a soup or stew. The dish usually contains vegetables such as carrots, rutabaga and onion and is usually served with flat bread or other types of bread. Lapskaus probably comes from the English word lobscouse; Lob’s course (of lob  and course) meaning that the course have crossed the North Sea at one point in time.

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Traditional Norwegian Smoked Lamb with Onion Sauce / Røkt Lammekjøtt med Løksaus

A traditional Norwegian dinner recipe found on  bygdekvinnelaget.no
Traditional Norwegian Smoked Lamb with Onion Sauce / Røkt Lammekjøtt med Løksaus

Smoking is an old cooking and preserving method for meat and fish. Smoked foods get a distinctive smoked flavor that many people like. While smoking was previously used as a preservation method in the old days, the preservative effect is limited, so smoking is currently used mainly to give taste and aroma to the food here in Norway.

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Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Pine Nuts / Eggerøre med Røkt Laks, Spinat og Pinjekjerner

A classic Norwegian summer dish found on prior.no
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Pine Nuts / Eggerøre med Røkt Laks, Spinat og Pinjekjerner

Salmon and scrambled eggs are classic Norwegian summer food. I have had variations of this dish at more Norwegian outdoor restaurants than I can remember and usually the food has been as expected; Tasteful and delicious.

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Traditional Norwegian Castle Roast / Slottsstek

A recipe for a classic Norwegian Sunday dinner found in
“Cappelens Kokebok” (Cappelen’s cook Book) published in 1995

Traditional Norwegian Castle Roast / Slottsstek

Castle Roast is also called Manor House Roast – a nice old Norwegian recipe. The roast is served hot with sauce, boiled potatoes, vegetables
and cranberry jam or rowanberry jelly. A tasty spicy roast
when you want to do some extra out of a Sunday dinner.

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Traditional Norwegian Thin Bread / Tynnbrød

A traditional Norwegian pan fried bread recipe found in
“Den Store Bakeboken” (The Big Baking Book)
published by Schibstedt in 1978

Traditional Norwegian Thin Bread / Tynnbrød

Here is an old recipe for thin bread that was common before people got stoves in theirhomes. Since it calls for baking in a frying pan, the recipe is of course also well suitable for camping cooking. The frying pan works just as well on the campfire as it does on the stovetop at home – Ted

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Good Old Fashioned Norwegian Wort Cake / God Gammeldags Vørterkake

A traditional Norwegian baking recipe found on kiwi.no
Good Old Fashioned Norwegian Wort Cake / God Gammeldags Vørterkake

The sediments from beer brewing was the start of the oldest
Norwegian sweet yeast baking. We have eaten  wort cakes
for over 300 years in Norway.

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Norwegian wort beer is a non-alcoholic drink made from water, malt and hops and added carbonic acid. In principle, wort beer is beer that has not been through fermentation. In Norway, wort beer is typically dark, roughly looking like Guinness. Wort beer is brewed by Ringnes, Hansa and Aass today.

Wort beer contains some minerals, malt sugar and some b vitamins. Maltese sugar provides fast energy, and the beer is therefore good as a sport drink. The beer is dark, sweet and with a little taste of hops.

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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Devon Scones / Scones fra Devon

A traditional baking recipe from Devon found on essentiallyengland.com
Devon Scones / Scones fra Devon

A Heavenly Treat for Tea Time!

Devon scones and jam must be one of the most wonderful things
to have with a traditional afternoon tea! They’re on the menu at
every teashops and even British Airways serve them on their flights.

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