Friday, August 06, 2010

The Norwegian Kitchen, Smoking Salmon and a Potato Beet and Cherry Salad

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Majestic landscapes and climatic contrasts not only offer a breathtaking experience for visitors to the country, but they are also the quintessence of the ingredients from which the culinary traditions of Norway are derived from. With a long and diverse coastline, Norway provides ample waters for wild and farm-raised fish, while the slow ripening process of fruit and vegetables during the mild but sun filled Nordic summer provides berries, pears, apples and other fruit and vegetables with a delicious and extraordinary flavor and aroma. Sheep, cows and livestock grazing on the rich, succulent pastures acquire a distinctive robust flavor.

The recipe I present here is not a traditional Norwegian recipe. It is however inspired by my travels through the country, by Norway’s magnificent landscape, by the flavorful produce available and by the wonderful Norwegian people I had the pleasure of meeting and making friends with.

I am delighted to be presenting this recipe over at Juls’ blog Juls’ Kitchen. Juls has a wonderful energy and I met her for the first time at the Food Blogger Connect 2010 this June. It’s hard not to be taken in by her great enthusiasm and contagious laugh. Shortly before the FBC she had contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing a guest post – the topic was summer vacations and food. We were in the middle of planning our summer vacation to Norway (read part one and part two) and I was going to see my all time favorite Norwegian 80s band a-ha in July (again!) and as it seems to be turning into the Year of Norway for me I was fairly clear on what I would be guest posting about.

Come join me over at Juls’ place as I share the quintessence of the Norwegian kitchen, smoke some salmon at home and make a salad inspired by my incredible journey to Norway. 

Hope you all have a great weekend. Relax and spend time with the family. Next week we’ll be getting back into some recipes for your sweet tooth. Make sure you come over and take a peek.


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17 comments :

  1. Beautifully written Meeta ... off to Jul's wonderful blog!

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  2. Thats a great post Meeta. Going to visit Jul's kitchen. :)

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  3. This is some "Salmon" I would love to try!! Thank You :)

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  4. aaah, Juls is great, isn't she? Off to her blog to check out yor post now! Love your descriptions of Norway but want to see more pics of the indigenous fauna (particularly the bipedal kind!) ;-)

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  5. A gorgeous dish! That kind of food is very appealing. I'm heading over to Jul's blog...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. I haven't experimented a lot with Norwegian cuisine but I'm feeling very inspired by your post! I recently received a copy of Falling Cloudberries (which features some great Finnish recipes) and I think this part of the world is def one I need to explore more. Plus, I love smoked salmon :)

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  7. Dear Meeta, this dish looks beautiful.full of ingredientes I love: fish, beetroot, potatoes..I'll check Juls blog

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  8. I love the look of that salad - so many beautiful colors!

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  9. What an interesting combo, Meeta. Sound delicious :).

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  10. Hi Meeta! Loved reading about your Norwegian adventure! I love all things Scandinavian but I have only been to Finland so hopefully I can one day visit Norway as well and see all the wonderful things you've shown in your gorgeous photos! This salad looks delicious and I think captures the essence of the Norway you describe! :)

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  11. The colours are just wonderful. So fresh and light. Bursting with flavour. Heading off to check out your friends blog. Just stumbled on yours and am glad i did. I will be returning....

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  12. I am already thinking of visiting Norway for my next vacation. Off to Jul's blog now.

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  13. Love the colour contrasts in your photo - jumping over to Juls blog to read the rest of the post.

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