Friday, February 8, 2008

Red Soup for a Red Week. Lent

Lent has seven weeks and the rainbow has seven colours. I have given each week of Lent a different colour, starting this first week with red. I lit a red candle on my special season table, I plant tomato seeds, I buy some red tulips and I make some red food. I am not a vegetarian and don't give up meat totally for these weeks, but I challenge myself to let as many days as possible be vegetarian days.
I am fascinated by the red colour. Do you know that red was for a long time one of the most difficult colours to make. The old Meso - Americans found out that the blood from the female cochineal beetle together with alun made a beautiful red colour. I read about colours in Victoria Finlay's Colours. Travels through the Painbox and I am mesmerized.

Red Vegetable Soup / Tomato Soup
Dice a red onion and braise in the best extra virgin olive oil together with two stalks of cellery. Add three chopped carrots, then four plum tomatoes cut into boatshaped pieces. Cover the vegetablas with just enough water. Add salt and pepper and dried bouillon. Let boil for 20 minutes. Add a glass of white wine if you prefere (I don't do that during Lent)
Eat with bread and butter.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Salted pork on Fat Tuesday

I've been away for a couple of days, so though Lent has started I still haven't posted about our Fat Tuesday tradition, salted pork, potatoes and mashed rutabaga. Since we were away on Tuesday we had this dish on Sunday. Enjoy the photos. Lent recipes will soon come.......

Monday, February 4, 2008

Herring Salad on Blue Monday

It is Blue Monday and Terje and I have just finished a late supper. We will both be travelling for a couple of days, so we have had Dagmar's Austrian herring salad one day early.
Herring Salad
Make a cream of:
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tablsp mustard
olive oil
3 tblsp majonaise
3 tbsp craime fraiche
Dice and mix in the cream:
4 hardboiled eggs
1 apple
4 spiced herrings
4 potatoes
Make a salad a few hours before you eat, to make it more juicy

I baked four grain whole wheat bread, and we had a feast.
More about Lent tradition over in the House in the Woods.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Fastelavn søndag - Sunday before Lent

In our livingroom I have an old table. I have had some empty baskets there for a few weeks, but now it is filled with masks from Venica. And my Lent book is there. As Lent unfolds the decorations on the table will change, and the pages will be turned in the book. The pages shown today are about "fastelavn søndag", some lines from the Bible where Jesus tells about his coing death and his rise, photos of fastelavnsris, traditions about this day and the recipe and a photo of "fastelavnsboller". In my blogs, some days here, other days in The House in the Woods, the Blue Garden or the Blue Bookshelf, I will take you along my walk through Lent. How I celebrate, how I walk in prayers, how I slow down, how I want to live these seven weeks before Easter. I have always "collected" traditions, and would love to hear more about how you live these seven weeks, how you prepare for Easter.
Fastelavnsboller eaten on Sunday before Lent, on Fastelavn Sunday is an old tradition. These last days before Lent and fasting is for alot of food, for food extravaganza. Tuesday I have a special dinner recipe for you, today I will share with you my recipe for the rolls, or buns (I am never sure what you call this sweet pastry in English) The recipe is from my book, "40 dager - fra karneval til oppstandelse"

150 gr butter
5 dl milk or water (i prefere water)
50 gr fresh yeast
a little salt
1 dl sugar
12-13 dl white flour

Melt the butter, add water and warm till lukewarm. Add salt and just a little sugar to the yeast to let the yeast melt. Add water/butter and stir well. Add the rest of the sugar and almost all of the flour. Knead this you get a smooth dough, add more flour if necessary.
Let the dough rest and rise to double size.
Knead, cut into 25 small pieces and make rolls
Bake at 230C for 10-15 minutes.

Whipe some cream, cut the sweet rools in two and add cream. Sprinkle with dusting sugar.
Do you want to have a look into my book? May be it is of interest to you even if the writing is in Norwegian.
Take a look here:

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