norwegian fish gratin

Norwegian Fish Gratin

Norwegian fish gratin is kind of our weird take on mac and cheese. Originally potatoes were used, but sometime after macaroni was introduced to Norwegians in the early 1900’s, we switched over.

Another weird thing is the use of curry powder, which isn’t always used but it’s not uncommon in some Norwegian fish dishes. I learned this recipe from my father who always uses a lot of curry powder.

This makes for a pretty bizarre combination of ingredients, a kinda fusion of Norwegian, Italian and Indian cuisine, but ever since I was a kid this has been one of my favorite dishes. Fish gratin is actually so common here in Norway that every grocery store has at least 2 or 3 different variants of it in the frozen produce isle, right next to the frozen pizzas and such. Many of them are not bad at all, but needless they don’t come close to a good home made one.

spiced whisky pumpkin pie

Spiced Whisky Pumpkin Pie

The Pumpkin season is well underway, and with Halloween over and done with, you can usually get some good deals on pumpkin. Pumpkins have a huge yield and are very versatile so I usually stock up and make a whole lot of pies among other things.

Whisky can, of course, be enjoyed year round, but for me, it tastes especially nice on cold autumn nights, so I thought it’d  be a good idea to combine the two.

For the sweet shortcrust pastry in this recipe, I used the recipe on Jamie Oliver’s site. I’ve used this many times before, and I have yet to find a better one. It’s really easy once you get the hang of it, just remember to work lightly and don’t overwork the pastry. This recipe will make enough pastry for two pies.