Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The winner gets a pig.

It is tradition in Norway to eat rice porridge to lunch on Christmas eve. It is always served with smoked meats, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, butter and cold refreshing raspberry cordial to wash it down. But perhaps the most important thing is that there must be a blanched almond hidden inside the porridge. You guessed it; the winner of the almond gets the pig. Not a real pig of course, a marzipan pig! The pig can be handmade, but many buy them ready from the supermarket. On Friday it was my Aunt Åse who was the winner of the pig, lucky for us, everyone got a slice of the beast.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Enkel Eple Smuldrer

Apple crumble is one of my all time favourite desserts. It is so simple yet moorish. Top it off with some good quality vanilla ice cream or custard and you have a winner. 


Apple Mix
7 large green apples
1/2 cup caster sugar
1tsp cinnamon (ground)

Crumble Mix
1 cup plain flour
3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp cinnamon (ground)
2 tsp nutmeg (ground)
1 tsp cloves (ground)
2/3 cup butter (melted)


Apple Mix
1. Peel and core apples, then cut into rough 1-2cm cubes. Place apples in large saucepan and cover with water. Simmer covered with lid on high until apples are tender but not too soft (5 once water is simmering). Drain apples well and place in large bowl
2.Combine caster sugar and cinnamon (ensures even spread), then toss through the apples. 

Crumble Mix
1. Combine flour, brown sugar, rolled oats, coconut, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a large bowl until evenly mixed through.
2. Melt butter and add vanilla essence to butter, stir through.
3. Add butter mix to dry ingredients and mix well using a fork. Ensure all ingredients are moist and mixture has a crumbly texture. 

Place apple mix evenly in medium casserole dish. Spread crumble mix over top of apple. 
Bake at 180 degrees C for 30-40minutes, or until crumble topping is slightly browned.
Serve with vanilla icecream, cream, or custard.

Sweet Christmas Lights

A tree in the centre of Stavanger is filled with these heart shaped lights to Christmas. At night they look super sweet, especially now that the whole town is white and from a far you just see glowing red hearts among a sea of white.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Swan in Snow

Say WHAT? I thought swans swam in rivers. Clearly not in Norway. Here they play in the snow.


This is a recipe for an old Norwegian Christmas cookie known as sandkake. They are small almond pastry tartlets that can be filled with your choice of filling or eaten as they are. Cream and jam is our family favourite! My Aunt makes them every year with my grandmothers old moulds. They can be stored in a air tight container and pulled as a speedy treat when visitors drop in.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Christmas from Norway

© Espen Rørtveit

Norwegian Car Boats

Norway had a problem when cars were invented. In Norway are there many fjords. Cars can not drive on water. It was therefore necessary to invent some new technology to transport cars across fjords. So was the  car boat invented. It can carry trucks, buses, cars, motorcycles, pedestrians and it is super efficient. It has a huge troll mouth on both sides which open up, so you drive in on one side and out on the other. As each car drives on a cute little man with a grandpa golf hat goes around and sells tickets. Then all the passengers can go up to the lounge area and buy themselves the best cheese sausage with bacon ever. My advice is load on the dried onion and ketchup for a super taste sensation, then enjoy the view. Hip hurra for the car boat!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Black and White

I walked past the cutest dog when I was out doing some Christmas shopping today. He or she was so fluffy that the snow was getting caught deep in the fluff, when the snow melted the little thing would have looked like a soppy mop. It was nice to see a dog living in the right climate, arctic dogs should not live in Australia.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Favourtie Christmas Traditions

1. A Homemade Advent Calendar
In Australia, an advent calendar is a cardboard box bought from the shops, with a piece of plasticy bad quality chocolate for each day in December. In Norway advent calenders have a lot more heart. Often they are home made, and each day is a small present.

2. Dancing around the christmas tree!
Holding hands with all your friends and family and dancing around the Christmas tree in your finest clothes is such a cosy tradition and is so much fun. Why don't we do this in Australia!

3. Gingerbread House
It is such a satisfying feeling to make dough, bake walls, a roof and a chimney, then stick them together and decorate. Adding small details, like tiles on the roof, pavers made from liquorice and little gingerbread men inside are my favourite. It is tradition in Norway to smash it on New Years Eve.

4. Baking
Christmas is the perfect excuse to go mad in the kitchen. In Norway it's tradition to bake 7 different cakes at Christmas. Insane! My favourite things to bake at Christmas are fruit mince pies, kransekake dripped in chilli chocolate, pavlova, gingerbread and krumkake.

5. Gløgg
This is the Norwegain tradition of making a sweet, spiced cordial with nuts and rasins in it. It is heated, and can be mixed with red wine to make it even tastier. You must eat gingerbread when you drink gløgg.

6. Picnic on Port beach
When in Perth we take a trip to the beach on christmas day. Picnic basket is in hand and filled with champagne, strawberries, cheese and crackers. Life doesn't get much better.

7. Norwegain Rice Porridge
It is a common tradition in Norway to have rice porridge for lunch on Christmas eve. What makes it SO special however is that an almond is hidden in the porridge. The family member who finds the almond wins a marzipan pig. The leftovers are made into rice cream and served with red currant syrup, which is almost better than rice porridge itself.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Christmas is getting close, and here at Folkehøgskole we are definitely getting into the Christmas sprit. We have been watching an old Norwegian children's Christmas tv series every night called Amalie's Jul. It is very sweet and I have learnt some new Norwegian phrases such as "son er det med den saken" which means "thats the way it is". There is now a huge Christmas tree in the living area which we have covered in paper chains and woven hearts. We have been drinking glog and eating gingerbread. I took a trip to IKEA and make my first homemade advent calender, so we have had our fair share of Christmas candy. Jippi for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sexy Apple

This apple was just so beautiful, that when I saw it in the supermarket I had to buy it. It was love at first sight. No apple has ever made me feel this way before.