“…and bitterness. And a wandering eye, and cucumbers in my head.
Don’t you remember?”
Yes kids. Today we’re gonna learn how to pickle our own cucumbers. “Why?” you might ask.. Well it’s so that when the war & famine breaks out, you’ll have some pickled cucumbers to suck on while you’re hiding in your basement, listening to the bombs fall over the city. The screams of fright and terror from your neighbors might seem disturbing, but you won’t mind, because:
You’ve got pickles! (yay)
I had a visitor from Australia this weekend, which not only meant that I had to be a good tour guide and show him the city where I live, but also (as any responsible host would have done) that I had to feed the bastard… (I’m just kidding of course: he was great guest, and he wasn’t born out-of-wedlock, which means that he couldn’t have been a bastard).
So, after being this hectic weekend, are you ready for the recipe?
If everyone on Earth should have the same consumption as an average citizen of Libya, we would need 1.8 planets to live on (if you compare to Norway the figure is 2.3, USA 5 Source: Globalis.no – 01.01.2012)
I’ll present you this recipe for libyan soup, but first some background information. (more…)
When they make Jim Beam, the distillers pour the Bourbon (which at this point is clear and has no colour) into empty, charred oak barrels and store them in what is called a rackhouse (which is something like a barn full of barrels).
Oven Roasted Trout & Chinese Style Fried Potatoes is like a sexy date between two cultures: the Norwegian & the Chinese. The chinese part, the Chinese style fried potatoes, is a recipe I picked up from a cookbook called “Xiang – Mat og Kultur fra Hunan” (Xiang – Food and Culture from Hunan), written by chinese chef & author Feng Xian Lin. As you might understand by deciphering the title of the book, it gives you some insight & knowledge, not only about Chinese cuisine, but also about the culture and traditions in Hunan.
Huevos Ranchero (farm-style eggs) is a classical Mexican late breakfast/lunch, which, after having spread to the West, now appears in a myriad of combinations. I try to stay away from the degenerate Western versions (where sugared canned beans often are allowed to flourish and stand out as the main ingredient in the dish) and present what I believe to be the original Huevos Ranchero.
A while back we were on a journey through Jordan. Don’t misunderstand now: I’m not trying to present myself as a member of the somewhat dubious club of footballers Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke, or Dane Bowers (from the gay ‘music’ group Another Level). I’m not trying to say that I have been to see a leading and profitable brand business with Nordic focus in oral hygiene, cleaning and painting tools, that with the help of knowledgeable staff, innovative products and extreme retail expertise are consumers ‘and retailers’ favorite. Oh no. That’s not what I am saying.
What I am trying to share is that I somewhat recently undertook a tour of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – an Arab country in the Middle East / West Asia that borders to Syria in the north, Iraq to the north-east, Israel in the west and Saudi Arabia in the south-east. (more…)
Hawaij – spice blend from Yemen – is a spice mixture that may be unusual for some palates. The following is a spice mix that came to Israel along with immigrants from Yemen, and it is widespread among yemenites in Israel. Although one in Israel can buy this spice mixture called Hawaij at any “shouk” (market), at more northern latitudes it will be hard to find – despite the fact that there excists shops offering a variety of spices. The closer you get to the Arctic Circle, the harder it seems to come around a well equipped spice shop. Therefore I choose to publish this recipe. (more…)
There’s still some summer left to enjoy and the school year has barely begun when the Jews are getting ready to celebrate Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year which is celebrated during September / October, depending on the Jewish calendar. (more…)