4 December 2010

The famous 'Fauske' Rice Porridge

It is well below freezing outside, in fact a quick check on the thermometer reveals a whopping minus 18 C. Outside the front window the fjord is steaming, great clouds of steam rising up off the water as the sea water is warmer than the air temperature. People are moving around getting the remaining presents for Xmas, then we come across this stall set up in the street selling all goods brought down from Finnmark.

Norwegian traditional sweaters with amazing design

Xmas gifts and toys

Finnmark is right up on the borders of Sweden, Russia and Finland),has set up his stall as he does every year. Selling ware the Lapps have made over the year. Wonderful warm shoes made from reindeer hide, silver fox hide jackets, hunting knives with reindeer horn handle. Felt slippers, wool jumpers hand knitted in the traditional lapp designs. A whole range of dolls, trolls, and toys - all handmade.

Looking for a home            
The temperature is still dropping as we wind up our Christmas shopping and head for home, and some good home made  'Fauske' rice porridge. Food like this seems to warm up the core of the body, it just hits the right spot and it tastes so good.

Herdis's Rice porridge, can not be beaten, only eaten.

Fauske Rice Porridge
250g rice
12dl milk
2dl water
Pinch salt
Knob of butter
Cinnamon and sugar
1 teaspoon of Vanilla sugar, 

Pour the water and milk in a pan and add the rice,add a teaspoon of vanilla sugar bring to the boil and allow it to simmer for 40mins or until the rice is soft and the mixture has thickened, (keep stirring all the time as it easily sticks to the bottom and burns)
This mixture is enough for 3 to 4 people depending on how much you eat of course.
When it is ready pour into dishes, add a good knob of butter in the centre and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Enjoy, it is filling, warming and delicious, and keeps the cold out for at least 8 hrs. Wash it down with a glass of Saft, (saft is like concentrate fruit juice which you mix with water). In the north it is traditional to take a little nap upon finishing your Fauske'Rice Porridge.
A wee splash of Aquavit always helps with the warming too.

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