Tortilla…roti…lefse, a flatbread by any other name would taste as great! Lefse is traditionally a potato based flatbread popular in Norway. A particular variation is the Møsbrøm Lefse that hails from the Salten region of Northern Norway. This flatbread is rolled out with a groovy rolling pin (it literally has grooves) and is eaten with sauce made of a Scandinavian brown whey cheese called Brunost. Oh Brunost, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Brunost (or Mesost in […]
I had a little crush on this Finnish word. I liked to let the word slowly roll off of my tongue and pretend that my fresh acquaintance with this single Finnish word, somehow won me some bona-fide Scandinavian credentials (We figured that looking up the translation in a foreign language for the words I Love You just did not cut it anymore these days.) So the two of us would be driving in the car and we would play a game of […]
“The time has come…to talk of many things” – The walrus and the carpenter And how about some stuffed cabbage for a conversation starter? As a rule, I am resolutely indifferent to coleslaw and a limp meh floats up to the surface at the idea of sauerkraut. Also, I am pretty sure I have some repressed memories of a very ugly incident involving cabbage soup diet. So at best, cabbage and I have a tentative but mostly peaceful relationship with […]
Holy Sweet Red Pepper Paste! I think we have a winner here…folks! We grabbed a bottle of Massa de Pimentão from our local Portuguese (and Brazilian) grocery store. Massa de Pimentão (sweet red pepper paste) is a Portuguese pantry staple. Though primarily used in dishes from the Alentejo region (south-central Portugal), this paste/condiment finds its way into a multitude of Portuguese dishes and is a mainstay of the cuisine. In it’s most basic version, it is a combination of red peppers, […]
If I were to have an epitaph someday, it should read “She tried.” I know this is all getting off to a morbid start…but wait, I am getting to the point. The point is my chronic inability to diet. I have had courtside seats to witnessing some of the truly awe-inspiring, supremely-motivating weight loss missions that my friends have undertaken. They have passed with resounding success, the kind that makes you want to thump your chest and pump your fist. […]
The Azorean version of the rather timid Caldo Verde from the Portugal mainland, means business…and how! The food from the volcanic islands of Azores, situated off the mainland, is that spunkier, more vivacious cousin of the family. The recipes typically call for chunky vegetables, lots of meat and a generous dash of paprika. Where do we sign up? The Azorean variation of the green broth packs a punch with an array of vegetables (traditionally potatoes, rutabagas, carrots and kale,) red […]
Cold winter night watching Ingmar Bergman’s “Winter Light” with best friend and a 2008 Luis Pato… Bergman asks about God and existence and we stare silently at our red wine…waiting for answers.
Nothing like drawing a lop-sided cinammon-ny heart on rice pudding to make it go from sweet to cloying…and yeah yeah, we are guilty as charged! Apparently even two self-professed too-cool-for-school girls like us, like to unleash our inner princesses now and then. Arroz Doce (sweet rice pudding) is a ubiquitous Portuguese dessert, finding its way on to every family’s table on every special occasion. Rice pudding, in itself, is a fairly pedestrian dessert, basic in its ingredients and easy in its […]