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Scrumpalicious Scandinavian pickled cucumbers

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preserving / recipe / vegetables

The art of preserving food may seem onerous to some people, but making pickles is not hard at all. Some pickles can be stored in the refrigerator instead of processing with a water bath are super easy to make. The downside is that they don’t last as long, but all the more reason to eat them sooner. One of the best pickling recipes I have tried recently is this recipe for Scandinavian style pickles – […]

Pecan pie

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Thanksgiving in Canada, and time for pie! I don’t make pie that often, mainly because if you make it, then you have to eat it (which is always a bummer right?). Pies (of any sort) can be too sweet – so this recipe is nice because it’s not overly sweet. It does use corn syrup, which I’m not the biggest fan of, but you could always substitute something such as maple syrup. Pecans are native […]

Eating gravlax

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Gravlax is classically eaten with hovmästarsås, the mustard-dill sauce. Like gravlax, there are many different versions of this sauce. It is classically made with Swedish-style mustard, although I have used mild Polish mustard mixed with honey. There are recipes with different ratios of oil, and sugar – it really is dependent on personal taste. INGREDIENTS: 3 tbsp Swedish-style mustard 2 tbsp white wine vinegar ¼ cup sunflower or canola oil 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill 1½ […]

Making gravlax – salt-and-sugar cured salmon

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Gravlax is a way of curing salmon which involves sugar-and-salt often infused with fresh dill or other aromatics and spices, such as juniper berries. Gravlax is not the same as cold-smoked salmon, its traditions lie in an age-old method of preserving salmon which involves burying it until it becomes fermented. The word gravlax has two components, grav and lax, the former relates to the Scandinavian word for “to dig“, the latter means salmon. Nowadays of […]

Norway Trip (iv) : Oslo – beyond the downtown core

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It is fun just to walk around the city, and it abounds with historic buildings, and fantastic architecture. Some don’t consider Oslo as cool as some of its neighbours, like Copenhagen. If you leave the core downtown, a short walk away (north-east)  is Grünerløkka, a historically working-class district. This area has more of a hipster vibe now, littered with eclectic vintage stores, galleries, and cafes. It also does not have the deluge of tourists found towards the […]

Norway Trip (iii) : Oslo – a walkable city

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Oslo is a small city of roughly 670,000 people, and there is a lot to do. The nice thing is that it is an extremely walkable city, made even better in the summer due to the length of the days – the sun was out until about 9.20pm, followed by twilight! The central point of the city is the railway station, from which the central boulevard, Karl Johans Gate, divides the city as it heads to […]

Norway Trip (ii) : Arriving in Oslo (the basics)

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Our flight to Oslo arrived *way* too early (6am), and as a result we had to wait around for a long time to get into our hotel room. Arriving at Oslo Airport (Oslo Lufthavn) was extremely smooth. The airport is 35 km from Oslo central (known as Oslo S), and so to get there from the airport, you can take the Flytoget, Norway’s only high-speed train. Tickets are NOK180, (≈C$30) for adults, and children 16 and […]