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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