Fastelavn is celebrated the Sunday before Ash Wednesday and evolved from the Roman Catholic tradition of celebrating the days before Lent. Often referred to as the Nordic Halloween, children will dress up in costumes and gather treats for the fastelavn feast. Although we don’t see as much of this tradition in Norway, it’s still practiced […]
As a Norwegian, I’m a huge fan of bread, and love experimenting with different dough recipes. Although bread recipes are often similar, I love seeing how other cultures have different spins on their versions. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up soon, I made a bunch of different Irish inspired recipes the other day while I […]
Krumkaker – cone shaped, waffle-like cookies with a pretty pattern – are very classic and popular in Norwegian cuisine, particularly around Christmas time. I would venture to say they’re the most well known and made pastry besides lefse, and a true symbol of the holidays. Recipes for krumkaker can be found in the oldest Nordic […]
I’m always experimenting with different recipes for cardamom buns, because well… I’m sorta obsessed with them.  I can’t think of anything equivalent in the baking world in any other country that is so simple, versatile and satisfying. If it were up to me, I’d eat them every day, but since I still want to fit […]
Being Norwegian, I’ll take any opportunity to cook with potatoes, as you cannot call yourself a proper Scandinavian without professing your love for this glorious vegetable in every way possible. In one of my favorite books, “The Starch Solution,” Dr. John McDougall explains that potatoes actually are a complete food, and you can easily meet […]
In the plant-based culinary world, we work with five food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and healthy fats (nuts and seeds, avocados, olives, and others). As with animal-based dishes, more often than not, it’s the “accoutrements” and sauces we add to these foods that will make or break a successful wine pairing. And despite […]