Welcome to my blog, the Nordic Nibbler.
Hello there! Welcome to my blog, the Nordic Nibbler.
Here, I will be talking about my most favorite thing in the world – FOOD. And since I am a British transplant in Oslo, I will be talking about Norwegian food and in detail, about the food I love, the restaurants I eat in, my favorite supermarkets, what I love to cook and more.
I will also address the common misconceptions about Norwegian food and supermarkets – that both are bland and depressing. Well, it can partly be that. But I have a little secret, every single time I go out for a vacation in the United States with my family, there are times when I get to rest after a long day working on my home garage door repair in Tucson, and think about Norwegian food and how much I miss it. Oh yeah, when I go out of Norway, I always miss the fresh seafood, especially the salmon and big crabs that I love eating in Oslo.
Of course, Norway is known for its seafood. No Norwegian table is complete without seafood on it. In fact, Norwegians love it so much that they eat seafood several times a day, in different types of food preparation – smoked, fried, salted, poached, grilled, dried, cured and what have you. As a matter of fact, the most popular Norwegian dishes include the fiskesuppe or fish soup, Rokt laks or smoked salmon, gravlaks or salmon fillets and sild or pickled herring.
From morning, Norwegians dig in the breakfast of champions, with fish in different types and sauces and varied preparations eaten with eggs or caviar and paired with that well-known Norwegian flatbread called lefse. Include in a bit of cheese and your Norwegian breakfast is sorted. Of course, Norwegian breakfasts also feature cereals such as muesli and some sliced meat such as ham and salami.
Lunchtime is also all about seafood. Norwegians, like their fellow Scandinavians, are fond of open-faced sandwiches where they put in salmon, herring or fish filets. Some also add in some type of meat such as hotdogs, meatballs or liver pate.
Dinner also includes seafood or meat with potatoes and other types of vegetables.
But it must be noted that while Norwegians eat the so-called “coastal diet”, they also take in a lot of meat. Norwegians eat meat from reindeer, duck or goose. However, these are oftentimes served with fish and other Norwegian side dishes.
With this Nordic Nibbler blog, I hope you will learn to appreciate Norwegian food as much as I do. Of course, I will also be peppering this blog with my reviews of Michellin starred restaurants that serve the traditional Norwegian fare so that you all know where to go when you visit this beautiful country. Trust me, Norwegian food is the best when it comes to the freshness of seafood. This is of course one of the best reasons why I decided to stay in Norway and establish a family in this wonderful country.
Perhaps if one day you decide to come here for a visit, the food will also lure you in. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!
I have always been asked by friends and family what are the best Norwegian food that I have tried. Of course, each person who has lived in Norway and experienced what the country has to offer would have different answers to that question.
In this blog, I would like to share with you some of my top picks:
- Rokt Laks (Smoked Salmon)
Of all Norwegian favorites, this hands-down is the best for me. And I think the entire Norway agrees because rokt laks is a staple across the country. However, smoking salmon is not the only type of preparation for this type of fish. The Norwegians also dry cure it and come up with the gravlaks. Personally though, smoked salmon is definitely the best. I love having it for my breakfast, lunch and dinner and even have it as a snack in between.
- Kjottboller (Meatballs)
Of course, fish is not the only thing that is on the Norwegian menu. They also have meats and one of the best cuisines involving meat is the Kjottboller. This dish is prepared by flavoring beef balls with ginger and nutmeg and then frying it. The meatballs are then served with mashed potatoes that have been liberally doused with gravy or cream sauce.
- Farikal (Mutton stew)
Another one of my favorites is the farikal which is usually prepared during the winter. The dish is made by boiling mutton and cabbage in a large pot, flavored only with salt and peppercorns. The Farikal is best served with potatoes on the side.
Who doesn’t love Christmas? I especially await Christmas because it is the season for pinnekjott which is cured lamb cooked by steaming and topped by birch branches. It is usually served with sausages and even a side of potatoes.