Oatmeal pancakes are the traditional food served for Old Norse New Year in Iceland. Celebrated on the Third Thursday in April, it marks the end of winter and the beginning of summer. One last breakfast crafted from leftover oat porridge to mark the transition from heavier foods into the light time of year.
During the winter while I’m craving heavy comfort foods, it’s hard to find a healthy dish with the power to satisfy when it’s 20 below outside. There’s something that’s just inherently comforting about Danish braised red cabbage with warm spices. Rødkål is a traditional Scandinavian Christmas dish, but to me, it just tastes like warmth. It’s served … Read more
Sandbakkels are a traditional Norwegian holiday cookie made with a crumbly dough that resembles “sand,” thus the name. They’re also called sandbakelse or sandkaker, similarly translating to sand cookies. Sometimes tiny bit of almond flour in these cookies helps create just the right sandy texture, other times a tiny bit of almond extract is added … Read more
Christmas cookies are a big part of traditional holiday celebrations in Norway. Historically, butter an expensive treat that was sold off the farm to pay the bills. During the holidays, rural families kept butter at home for a variety of traditional Norwegian Christmas cookies. As the custom goes, each family would make 7 types of … Read more
Warmly spiced Norwegian Pepperkakker has been a scandanavian christmas tradition for hundreds of years, and it still plays an important role in holiday celebrations. This distinctive gingerbread cookie is formed into a variety of shapes, including gingerbread people and full Pepperkakker houses.