Parfaitement parfait!

This is one of the easiest desserts to create, nevertheless delicious! You cannot fail. Hence the name “parfait” (i.e., “perfect”). The “parfait” is a frozen dessert. It contains fat, sugar and alcohol, so it is not necessary to stir while freezing to avoid the formation of ice crystals as for regular ice cream. The parfait…

Spicy memories

Gingerbread biscuits are probably the most popular Christmas cookies in Norway. They are called “pepperkaker”, i.e. pepper biscuits, although many recipes do not include pepper but rather other spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cloves. From very young age, kids help baking “pepperkaker”. They make figures out of the dough using gingerbread shapes and decorate…

Jelly fish!

Among one of the most odd things you can experience in Norway is “lutefisk”, a traditional dish during the Christmas season, in November and December. Lutefisk is made of dried white fish, usually cod in Norway. The dry fish is first soaked in cold water for five to six days, with the water changed daily….

Going bananas

When I was a kid, we had no TV at home. Nobody had. My grand-parents bought one at the time of the first moon landing. First they got a TV. Then a man walked on the moon. He was the first man on the moon. I started dreaming to travel to the moon. All other…

Exorcism

I have a horrible memory about sausages with lentils. The most hated dish in French school canteens! Too fat sausages drowning in a disgusting grey porridge. And yet, one day, I bought  “Anna Marie Morr” sausages from Karl at the farmers’ market and decided to give sausages with lentils a new try… I discovered an excellent…

Coeff 103

Rising sea is time to fish, high water is time to swim, low water is time to collect shells. In Brittany, where I was born, tides give rhythm to life. In many homes, the tide table is as important as the calendar. For each calendar day, the tide table provides times for low and high…

All-around

Quiche, tarte or pie? No matter the name, it is good! Camembert, ham or leak? No matter the filling, it is good! At home or on a week-end tent trip? No matter the place, it is good! Pie is round and all-around! And easy to bake! And pie can be reheated for a fast meal…

Plum, plum, plum!

The Norwegian summer can sometimes feel capriciously cold and humid. However, thanks to a slow growing season and light summer nights, gardens give us amazingly delicious apples and plums. While the well-known traditional Tarte Tartin suits perfectly the acid and aromatic apples (I earlier shared a very good recipe), plums are waiting to be turned…

Harvest time

Late summer in Norway – or is it already autumn? – is a beautiful time. As the days turn shorter and colder, the air gets crisp and bright. It is time for harvesting. The woods abound with mushrooms and berries. It is time for looking after the “forest gold”, chanterelles, and other delicious species, first…

Capriciously small

La boudeuse, the sulky oyster, bears its name well: it seems that it has stubbornly refused to grow. Behind a small shell with rounded shapes, it hides a plump, generous and savoury flesh. La boudeuse is the perfect oyster for baking. I love oysters. I grew up in a village in Brittany situated between two…

Sommersprell

Whether you are in Brittany or Norway, the mackerel is the fish of the summer! The mackerel is a migratory fish that lives in cold waters in summer before returning to warmer waters in autumn. Its elongate body makes it an excellent swimmer. It is so beautiful with its blue-green back, zebra of black stripes! It is…

Waiting for blueberries…

I have always loved picking berries. When I was a kid, I rather spent the evening picking blackcurrants and gooseberries in the garden than watching TV. Mom encouraged me: “Your little fingers are so agile. You harvest without damaging the berries.” I did not need much encouragement though. What a pleasure to taste berries while…