Bangin´ blinis

Blinis look surprisingly much like the Norwegian “lapp” or “svele”, but these buttery, elegant cousins take it to a whole ´nother level when topped with lovely Norwegian smoked salmon, salmon roe tasting of the ocean, velvety sour cream – freshened up by the sharpness of the red onion, the lemon and the dill! Accompanied by excellent Champagne, of course… It is the perfect dazzling, bite-size hors d´oeuvre to serve your guests as they arrive at your party. Or you can make them a bit bigger (and a little less risky) and serve on a plate with cutlery as an appetizer. Either way; delicious!

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Snow and sushi

The “crossing” from 2011 to 2012 was of course not done without a proper feast. A sushi workshop / feast among good friends to be exact. It was so delish that when 12 o´clock rolled around, we glanced at each other, raised our glasses, then continued eating!

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Scandinavian (mashed) potato flat bread – a two-for-one

Sorry for the somewhat weird title, potetkake doesn´t (I discovered) have a really good English translation. Lompe is another Norwegian name for this funny looking, traditional, yet scrumptious whatchamacallit. Since another Norwegian synonym probably doesn´t help you much, I am just gonna call it potetkake for the rest of the post, ok?

And I will do my best to explain to you what it is and I will present one very traditional way to use it, and one untraditional (at least in my region!). Both delicious!

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Salmon sashimi with ponzu dip

Of all the food I love, sushi is waaay up there on the love-list. Here is a beatifully simple way to make a melt-in-your-mouth salmon sashimi dish. The ponzu dip is so good that you´ll be tempted to drink the leftovers…

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Sumptuous ceviche

Ok. My absolute favorite this summer is the Latin American dish ceviche. Hands down. I suspect many different interpretations of ceviche will swim out of my kitchen this summer!

This one is quite basic, however a bit untraditional as I´ve used salmon rather than a white saltwater fish. The elegance of the “raw” fish, the tang of lime, the crispness of koriander and the slow, warm heat of the chili is perfect as a lunch snack in the shade – accompanied by ice-cold beer and some salty tortilla chips!

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Smoked salmon summer salad

Fresh, light, crisp and tasty salads belong to the lovely summer season. This takes 5 minutes to throw together, seriously! Perfect for picnics or on your terrasse on a warm summer day!

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Soy and ginger marinated salmon

Here we go: The first delicious AND healthy meal of the year, minimum effort is needed. 2011: bring it!

May I present to you, the lovely soy and ginger marinated salmon with rice noodles and fresh koriander (aka cilantro).

*Applause*

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