16 June 2012

A warm welcome to 'Traditional Norwegian food'

 Traditional food, good wholesome and for the most part healthy food and recipes from northern Norway.
Norway  the magical land of the Vikings, so rich in natural beauty it will astound you.  There can not be a better place on earth where the 4 seasons are shown with such intensity and so much vibrant colour,  Norway has the longest coastline in Europe twisting and turning in and out all of the Fjords and Islands, it stretches for somewhere in the region of 84,000km. Cruise ships from all over the world head for the Norwegian Fjords.  In the northern summertime you can catch the midnight sun, in the wintertime the Northern lights (Aurora Borrealis) will send you into a jaw dropping stare. The whole country is drenched in natural beauty, and i hope to bring a little of it to you here. 
Norwegian food is the reason you are here and i hope you find the food and recipes within these pages as delightful an experience as i have. I have to thank Herdis Skjerstad for helping me bring to you some of the wonderful flavours of  Traditional Norwegian Food

The beautiful island of Kjerringoy with the magnificent mountains of Steigen Tinnene in the background

A stunningly beautiful island by any measure

The rich colours of autumn came and went, the temperatures have plummeted to minus 10 now and the snow is piling up outside. We have entered winter. Narnia my son commented, winter as you see on picture postcards.
This is when the food warms up a notch, wonderful thick and healthy soups, spicy reindeer sausage and still the fabulously fresh and much appreciated fish. Cod, Halibut, Mackerel, Sea Trout and of course Bacalao (Klippfisk).

Reindeer relaxing by the side of the Fjord

You will find some of the all time great traditional recipes here, winter warming soups and stews, seasonal dishes for occasions and light summer lunches from finger food to traditional Norwegian open sandwiches (smorgasbord). Herdis who will be keeping me right with the recipes and ingredients, still dances every Thursday, has lived inside the Arctic Circle for the last 83 years and feeds me Cod liver oil before breakfast.
Believe me, she knows how to combine wild berries, moose, fish, or reindeer to make the most amazingly tasty and healthy food you have ever tasted, good solid traditional Norwegian food.



  1. Beautiful..It must be breath taking to see in person..

  2. Your pictures are amazing. Beautiful country!

  3. Hello from Ibiza , Spain !! My name ist Maria and love Norway . Its fantastic to have your blog about Norway. I spend my hollidays is Oslo.
    Have a nice day

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  6. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog! Please feel free to come back anytime. :)

    That church is gorgeous and I love the shot of the reindeer! What a beautiful place!

  7. Hi Skjerstad, how are you? Greetings from California! Your Norway is soooo beautiful. Where are you? Are you still writing? Hope to hear from you soon.

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  9. Norway? Lived there , done that. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I found out that some people think "Fat Bertha" is cute. Ok. So, everyone,s a critic, eh?. Personally? EVERY country is beautiful. But, what gets me, some people still have this romantic view that Norway is somehow something special because it,s sooooo Scandinavian(exotic) (perhaps even a little awsomely blonde) and therefor alittle better than everybody else? Hm? Live here, work here, experience racisim here, eat their food here(if you dare) pay your taxes here, and beg for summer here! You,ll soon be saying, " there,s no place like home!."