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Tekake Norway’s Coffee Cake

Norwegian ‘tekake’…such a simple and satisfying cake, really no Norwegian food blog should be without a recipe for it…Tekake literally translates to “tea cake” but can be considered Norway’s coffee cake. I remember buying this cake at bakeries as a special treat as for some reason it wasn’t something my mom made at home. I remember the cake being doughy (it is made with yeast not baking powder), but had this deliciously crunchy, sweet, and cinnamon-scented topping that made me swoon.

Bacalao: Where Norway Meets Portugal

Bacalao is a Spanish term for dried, salted cod but also refers to a flavorful, slightly spicy stew with tomatoes, roast peppers, potatoes, and olives…Before I continue, I want to make clear that I do not eat fish anymore…So with this blog post, I’m giving you the ultimate bacalao: with all the familiar flavors, added nutrient-rich ingredients (chickpeas are rich in fiber, fish have none) that are less costly for both your wallet and the environment—and I really promise you won’t miss the fish.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Cake

I think one of my fondest childhood memories was to walk into our garden and behind the stabbur (storage outhouse) with a cup of sugar where a wild bunch of rhubarbs grew. I would dip a rhubarb stalk into the sugar, and marvel at the tartness of the rhubarb being mellowed out by the granular sugar. While not sounding like a gourmet experience, to my child’s heart it was. It was a sure sign that summer was here and that there were a lot of other things to look forward to – among others bowls of fresh strawberries, which we also grew in our garden.


Welcome to Arctic Grub!

This is my site of recipes, travel tips, and stories about the cuisine, history, and culture of Norway, my home country.

New York is where I call home now, but my Norwegian roots are strong and Arctic Grub is where I share my love for ‘Norge’.

Explore the blog, try out a new recipe or two, and leave me a comment to let me know how it goes. 

With love,


Norwegian Food

I write about classic Norwegian food, but I recreate traditional recipes and turn them all plant-based. None of the taste, experience, or uniqueness of Norwegian cuisine is lost, and in many cases, the dishes are improved!

Having grown up with a masterful cook as a mother and being a trained chef has its advantages—dive in to discover the flavors of the fjords!

Scandinavian Drinks

Norway has so much to offer on the drink scene: From being leaders in the craft beer industry to artisan aquavit producers, to the history of Norwegian families present in the Cognac region of France, there is a lot to explore and tell here.

Join me!

Culture & History

The main reason I started this blog over seven years ago, was my hunger for learning more about the history and culture behind the Norwegian dishes I was making and had eaten over the years. I am equally passionate about sharing stories as I am about providing you with recipes. Why? Food is representative of people and learning the ‘why’ behind your meal may enrich your experience and connection to the food even further.


Dreaming of traveling to Norway to see the fjords, the midnight sun, and the northern lights? In this section, I give you insider tips and recommendations beyond the usual touristy suggestions you find everywhere. Norway is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer, you just need to know where to go and what to do. If you want authentic information from someone who keeps a tab on what’s happening in Norway today, check back here regularly!


A Collection of Recipes from Arctic Grub is a special selection of over 60 of my favorite classic, Norwegian recipes. If you love Norwegian and Scandinavian food and culture, this book is for you!

From smoked "lox" to kransekakestenger, traditional whole grain breads, krumkaker, creamy marzipan cakes, and "meatballs", it's all inside this special collection.