Gravlax – For Salmon lovers

Salmon is by far my favourite fish, and the more I have it, the less cooked I want it :-). In my books, there is nothing worse than an overcooked dry piece of salmon, then again, that is just my taste.

But my most favourite way to eat salmon, other than Sashimi/Sushi style, is to make it the Norwegian way!

Gravlax is so simple to make, super tasty, perfect snack, appetizer and the best part, it keeps for quite a while.

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Here is how I made mine today:

  • 1 1/2 lbs of salmon (you can ask them to remove the skin, will make it easier when slicing, but I prefer to make it with the skin on)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 2 tbs of black pepper
  • 1/8 cup of brandy or aquavit (used brandy today)
  • Bunch of fresh dill

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The best way to keep this easy and non messy is to grab a gallon ziploc bag, put in the salmon, sprinkle in the sugar, salt, black pepper and then add the brandy or aquavit. Then grab a handful of dill and place it on top. Close the bag carefully letting as much air out as possible and then give the bag a gentle massage to get it all mixed up.

Place on flat surface in fridge for 3 days, and everyday, give it a little love, slight massage and turn it over.

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Yes you need to be patient, but 3 days just fly by and then this fabulous treat is ready to eat! Serve it on its own, on crackers with some sour cream and a touch of caviar, or simply with Mustard sauce (you can find various recipes on the internet), we usually skip the mustard sauce :-).

Enjoy and hope you like it as much as I do ❤

 

The History behind the infamous “Flan”

I grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay in lovely South America! During my youth one of my favorite desserts was “Flan con Dulce de Leche” and to me it was one of our best traditional Uruguayan desserts.

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Surprise surprise when I found out that this wonderful treat is actually a traditional dessert for a lot of places!

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Some people call it  Creme Caramel, it is also similar to the Spanish Natilla or Custart Tarts (which I suspect is where ours came from).

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Now the Norwegians also have their own version which happens to be just like the one we make at home, they tend to make is usually for the Christmas holiday season and call it Karemellpudding!

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A lot of countries in north and Central America make a flan that is a lot heavier than what I am used to, more like a heavy custard. The one from home is nice and light and not too sweet and because its not too sweet, you can pair it perfectly with some Dulce de Leche or some lovely Chantilly Cream.

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Anyway, being that its Easter in hot and humid south Florida, I thought a light flan would be the perfect Easter Dessert.

All recipes are similar so follow any of the above links and enjoy!

A Night in Norway……

Last night the hubby and I attended a Norwegian Christmas Dinner event known as    Julebord! It was a night filled with great friends, lots of drinking, eating and dancing!

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We were greeted with lovely mugs of hot and steamy Glogg (Norwegian Mulled Wine) which was the perfect beginning to a great night.

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During dinner we had copious amounts of red and white wine, but the star of the night was the good ole Aquavit~ and the food of course.

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Has to be mentioned that at our table we did the traditional drinking Norsky song every time we had a shot of Aquavit – Og så svinger vi på seidelen igjen, hei skål!”

Check out this youtube video (no it wasn’t us we were a lot more in tune) to get the right understanding of this cheering fun moment. Click here!

The dinner spread had all the Norwegian Traditional dishes, below I listed and added pictures of as many as I can remember:

  • Shrimp Salad
  • Peel your own Shrimp
  • Smoked Salmon

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  • Mashed Rutabaga
  • Red Cabbage
  • Tyttebærsyltetøy (lingonberry jam)
  • Pickled Herring in Cream sauce
  • Sylterull (norwegian Pork Roll)

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to mention a few………and they were all delicious! Have to thank Willy Hansen from Willy’s Products for always providing the best of the best to all the Norwegian Events!

I tried visiting the dessert table and managed to fit a little spoon of Riskrem (Rice Cream) which is served with a delicious Raspberry Sauce but unfortunately that was all there was room for.

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We left this event with full happy belly’s, filled with Christmas Cheer. Skål!

Breakfast Surprise from my honey – Norwegian Style

Sunday morning, beautiful day, I drop my son off at a firefighting event and off I go to the dreaded grocery shopping!

When I get home, start putting stuff away and half way through the hubby orders me to go and sit down!  I get served a yummy Sunday Breakfast Norwegian style!

Norsky Waffles, Cloudberry Jam and Brown Cheese 🙂

Happy Happy Girl! Love my hubby ❤

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