Charcuterie · Fish · Norway · Travels

Ragnar’s Norwegian Fishcakes: Ragnars Fiskekaker

Here’s a recipe for tasty Norwegian fishcakes. These are a specialty of my friend’s father, Ragnar. He makes the forcemeat, and Hilde’s mom Vivi fries them off. I gave Vivi a break, and was fry cook for the day. In this recipe they are fried in butter, but the mousseline forcemeat is very versatile, and… Continue reading Ragnar’s Norwegian Fishcakes: Ragnars Fiskekaker

Norway · Travels

Let’s raise a glass to Norway and World of Beer. Skål!

My last night in Norway was a blustery one to say the least. The windows of Hilde’s sister’s house in Os were pelted with torrential rains, and the wind howled, as I packed my little carry on and purse for my next adventure. I always get a bit anxious when I’m about to shove off… Continue reading Let’s raise a glass to Norway and World of Beer. Skål!

Norway · Travels

Grimstad and Kvamskogen: Little House in the Big Woods

It’s a pretty special thing how people take me into their homes, and into their lives. I’m really just a food-mad foreign girl who carts tart pans and thermometers halfway across Earth, and yet people never cease to amaze me with their open hearts and eagerness to share. Grimstad: Randi and her family brought me… Continue reading Grimstad and Kvamskogen: Little House in the Big Woods

Allergy Friendly · Yeasted Breads

Spelt bread, Cinnamon wreath, and Apple braid: Speltbrød, Klippekrans, Epleflette

We had a lazy Sunday! We were meant to clean the construction dust from Hilde’s little brother, Ola’s, house. When we arrived, it wasn’t ready for our bucket and mops, so we happily retired to making bread, watching Midsomer Murders, taking naps, and drinking buckets of tea. I made two loaves of a very plain… Continue reading Spelt bread, Cinnamon wreath, and Apple braid: Speltbrød, Klippekrans, Epleflette

Hunting Fishing & Foraging · Norway

The North Sea’s Bounty: Fishing up a Storm

We went fishing today! Hilde’s father set the nets yesterday, and after a breakfast of tea, cottage cheese and strawberries, and bread and brown cheese (brunost),  we set out to pull them in. I’m the wimpiest Alaskan alive, and Hilde saw me well outfitted. I was wearing stretch pants, wool long underwear, a tank top,… Continue reading The North Sea’s Bounty: Fishing up a Storm

Fish · Norway · Soup and Stew

Uncle Ola’s Fisk Stew: Onkel Olas Fiskegryte

We ate this tasty stew today. It might be simple, but it is very worthy of a try. Hilde’s mom started the stew, and her father put the finishing touches to it. I learned later, while washing the cars outside, that it’s Uncle Ola’s recipe. Note to self: washing cars in 2˚C, while wearing a… Continue reading Uncle Ola’s Fisk Stew: Onkel Olas Fiskegryte

Hunting Fishing & Foraging · Norway · Restaurant Review

Møkstrafjorden Seaweed and Bekkjarvik Gjestiveri

On our evening walk, we came to a little cove in the fjord around the island called Møkstrafjorden. It was absolutely gorgeous, and so I rushed down to the water where I saw a wide array of beautiful seaweed. I was squealing like a little kid. I counted over five varieties. Hilde had no idea… Continue reading Møkstrafjorden Seaweed and Bekkjarvik Gjestiveri