My Norwegian (ahem) heritage

I thought I’d thrill myself today with a soup (or suppe) from a cookbook called The Lost Norwegian. I should have known when the recipe said to add a cup of barley that the results would confirm my long-held fears — kindled originally by my Norske Grandmother Ruby, who actually considered Kringlas (sp.?) a type of cookie  — that if you take the worst of English and German cooking, eliminate anything even vaguely resembling flavor, then you have Norwegian fare.

Oops, a friend just wrote that Norwegian “Lutefisk” has incredible flavor. May be, but any fish you have to hammer to death and soak in lye for a day is right up there on my list of wants. No wonder the Vikings took off looking for new homes.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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2 Responses to My Norwegian (ahem) heritage

  1. Linda Covey says:

    I’m so glad I’m Swedish!!

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