All posts tagged: norwegian

An Unconventional Norwegian Christmas Dinner for Two

A traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner consists of surkål (sourkraut), kålrabistappe (rutabaga purée), and Ribbe (a side of pork, from the rib meat to the skin). The meat is slow roasted and the rind gradually cooks and crisps into a nice crunchy crackling. Living in Sweden, I couldn’t find this cut anywhere, so I went for a leg, hoping to get the same effect with the crackling. Since I was already going a different route, I decided to mix up the sides as well, and made Hasselback Rutabagas and rødkål (spiced red cabbage) instead of surkål. Pork Leg with Crackling Ingredients -1.5-2kg (3.3-4.4lbs) pork leg, including bone and skin -1 tablespoon whole cloves -salt and pepper Directions Score the rind, through the skin and into the fat, with a sharp knife into 1.5 cm (.6 inch) diamonds. Rub completely with salt and pepper, working it into the grooves. Put one clove into each intersection of grooves. Bake right away, or leave overnight in the fridge, tightly covered. Preheat the oven to 230C/450F. In your baking dish, …

Scandinavian Rice Porridge Three Ways

I slowly roll the porridge around my mouth, feeling carefully for the prized almond before biting down. Cautious bite after cautious bite, I wryly think that this is one way to force someone to eat slowly. Whoever finds the single blanched almond hidden in the porridge receives a reward of a marzipan pig. And I want it. Tor doesn’t even like marzipan all that much. I’m nearing the end of my bowl, and no almond presents itself. I really don’t want to take seconds, but am considering it when I notice a slight smile stealing onto Tor’s face. He holds up the almond, which, as it turns out, he found early on and had been squirreling away, silently and joyously observing my slow, vigilant eating. Christmas Porridge This recipe for Christmas Porridge should make enough to serve two for dinner, with enough leftovers for both the baked pudding and the rice cream. If you’re only making the porridge, it serves six. Ingredients 300g (3.5 dl or 1 1/2 cups) Grötris (porridge rice); substitute short or …

Norwegian Cardamom Buns

The scene outside the passenger window takes my breath away. The fjord sparkles under the midnight sun, and mountains rise up in rocky walls, with glacier melt cascading down in shiny rivulets. I lean in to the curve as the car sweeps around yet another peninsula, heading back towards the mainland. A cluster of houses populate the shore here, and I wonder what it’s like to live here, to have to plan for groceries. Yes, this is what comes to mind: if I lived here I would need a huge trailer to haul groceries once a month! Would the magical location make it worth it? Perhaps. Time for a snack. Sometimes the simplest things in life are some of the best. Road trips are one of our favorite pastimes when we visit Norway. There’s this cardamom raisin bun that you can find in grocery stores and gas stations; it’s pretty common. And in most places, it’s just a regular bun, but for some reason, the ones from the gas station are so delicious. Ingredients Directions …

The World’s Best Cupcakes

Blue sky expands in a dome above us. Puffy white cumulous laze about as if the day will last forever—as though night will never come to take them from their audience. Dad perches the video camera on his shoulder; all attention rests on me. My bike exists as an extension of me. Pink frills bounce, ratty sneakers pump, blond hair flies, nothing limits me. I am one with the universe. All powerful. Racer. The world’s best. Enter Daniel, zooming up behind me. Irked at his attempt to steal my spotlight, I holler: “Daniel! Don’t ride behind me!” He eases back, but only to give himself room to maneuver to my side. “Don’t ride beside me!” A quiet grin steals onto his face; the smirk widens as he quietly but quickly veers in front of me. “Don’t ride behind me! Don’t ride beside me! Don’t ride in front of me!” But my last words are drowned out by Daniel’s raucous chortles. A classic Norwegian cake, Kvæfjord Kake, lovingly referred to as “The World’s Best Cake” in English, …