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Gløgg: The King of Mulled Wine

If you don't know what gløgg is yet then you have really been missing out.  Many countries and cultures have their version of mulled wine (of which gløgg is one) - the Romans were the first to heat and spice their wine.  These days,  Scandinavians have got this recipe...

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Trilogy of Scandinavian Breads Part 3: Barley rolls

In part one and two I covered breads made with rye and whole wheat, so it's only appropriate that I include a bread made with barley in the final part of this series.  To switch it up a bit, I decided to make some rolls this time, or as we call them in Norway...

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VÅR – a Norwegian gourmet cider made for food pairing

VÅR – a Norwegian gourmet cider made for food pairing

In a country that's too cold to have grapevines grow successfully, Norwegians often choose beer and/or aquavit when looking for beverages to pair with foods. But what about non alcoholic beverages? Are there any worth mentioning? I personally love the specialty sodas...

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Aquavit – a national treasure

On Christmas Eve, Aquavit (or "akevitt" as we say in Norway) is consumed extensively throughout many households in Scandinavia, my own being no different. With a heavy meal such as smoked mutton, pork belly, sausage, meat patties, boiled potatoes, sauerkraut and...

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Cognac – a Norwegian drink?

Many of you may think that the only drinks originating from Norway is vodka (or bad moonshine) and aquavit (more about the latter later), but very few know the strong connection between Norway and Cognac. Obviously our climate is too cold for growing grapes, but a...

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