Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lutefisk: A Tutorial


Stephanie
asked me to blog what we eat on a daily basis in Norway. Since Christmas is up soon, I'll show you what we eat this time of year - for tradition. Lutefisk is the highlight of the season, and something I look forward to all year. It's true!

The taste is neutral, in consistence it reminds me of glass noodles - with a fish taste. Eating shivering fish with a lye smell can be..challenging. Which is understandable. My Danish brother in-law still struggles after 20 years in this family

I just had a great first meal of the season, and my colleague Huibert filmed it. To show you how we eat it. The secret is the accessories...


The fish is on the plate, along with mashed Peas and mashed Rutabaga. I'm adding:
Boiled almond potatoes
Bacon (yes, bring it on)
Syrup
Brown whey cheese
Mustard

Drink: Beer and Aquavit!

10 comments:

badlandsquilts said...

Hmm...perhaps that would help the taste? I've only seen it served with melted butter. Just a nasty smell tho.

Arctic Mum said...

The variations are endless, but melted butter is new to me. In Sweden they put the fish in warm milk (!) I know that Norwegians in the US uses potato cake. My father is a puritan: only potatoes, mashed peas and bacon.

Donyale said...

I would have felt much better if it was Flæskesteg med svær,Brunede Kartofler and Rødkål.....heh heh. Skol! (Where is your beer and schnapps?)

Handmade in Gibraltar said...

It looks really interesting, I've never heard of it before.
Louise x

farnell doodles said...

Your way of life is really interesting
loving the blog

Stephanie said...

Hah -- I love it! Thank you Mali! You make lutefisk look good!

So curious about the brown whey cheese. What is that?

Ans about that lovely necklace you're wearing ...

denise said...

There is a rich Norwegian history in Wisconsin and this time of year we see MANY signs near rural little churches about their Lutefisk dinners. I've smelled and tasted only once, and while I am an adventurous eater I'd need a lot of Aquavit to do much more than a bite. ;P

Arctic Mum said...

Stephanie - the brown cheese is sweet, almost like caramel, and rich. Check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunost

The neclace is my favourite, a big silver pig (!) from designer Bjorg http://www.bjorgjewellery.com/2010/

Always when I need something to add to black trousers and a cardigan, I go for my pig.

Denise - yes, lots and lots of Aquavit is required...

Francesca said...

Now I'm curious to try it!

Anonymous said...

Yes, all kinds of things show up here in Wisconsin this time of year...it's a very old-world state. Maybe even more old-world than the old-world in ways, since it was all about preserving that moment in time when they immigrated? In my area we have very strong Polish, Belgian and Dutch traditions--polka, kermiss, they are even having an authentic windmill built in the Netherlands and shipped to a small town in my area. Oh, I could go on and on....

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