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A Scandinavian dinner (lutefisk, Akvavit and so much more!)

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A Scandinavian dinner (lutefisk, Akvavit and so much more!)

katydid | Jan 5, 2003 11:41 AM

Last night I had the pleasure to attend a traditional Scandinavian dinner, and I simply must share the details...

The night began by reading 'The meaning of Uff Da' (which includes: trying to dance the polka to rock and roll music and many more) and a few Ole and Lena jokes

Akvavit (very strong traditional drink)
Glogg (delicious sweet mulled wine with almonds and raisins)

Appetizers

Smoked herring w/ hard-boiled eggs on wasa-like crackers
shrimp dip
pickeled herring
pickeled beets
Tilsit (a traditional cheese)
Norwegian farmer's cheese

Chilled Fruit Soup (compote-like, with apricots, oranges, prunes, etc.)

boiled potatoes
potato pork sausage w/ lingon berries
nutmeg-spiced meatballs
(the amazing) baked lutefisk (cod preserved and dried with lye-yes, the poison- boiled to rinse out the lye and then served as any fish can be. It smells and tastes fine--but the texture is like slightly gelatinous rubber)
baked brown cabbage
cream cabbage with nutmeg
lefse (potato tortill-like bread) with butter and sugar

Cream mustard sauce and Horseradishy red mustard sauce to put on everything

Rice pudding with (wow!) nutmeg
Swedish tea ring
(Ole and Lena fortune cookies, too!)

The night came to a close with more Ole and Lena jokes and the singing of 'O Lutefisk' to the tune of 'O Christmas Tree'.

I would love to know if anyone else has had the privlage of enjoying lutefisk or any other Scandinavian delights!!

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