Friday, December 17, 2010

Norway delights...

Overlooking the town of Skien

Delightful, everywhere we went.  The hospitality in Norway, at Gjøvik and Skien made us feel so welcome!  In the photo above (imagine this scene now covered in snow) you'll notice a tower; it's 300ft high and at Christmas time it has lateral stanchions covered in lights coming down in the shape of a tree and is lit up every night, glowing over the town of Skien.  If only we'd been there a little later to see it.

Skien was founded in 1110 and is one of the oldest towns in Norway.  It was originally the site of a monastery and is the birthplace of Henrik Ibsen, the playwright.

Following is the menu; my photo is not clear enough to read:

This menu has been specially made for the visit of the
Australian Fly tying ambassador
Mick Hall

~ Starter ~

Carpaccio de servo selvatico
Raw fillet of wild roe deer served with
Parmigiano Reggiano - roasted pine nuts and
dressed with vintage Balsamico and extra virgin
olive oil

~ Main course ~

Roasted steak of moose served with
wild forest mushrooms
roasted almond potatoes
seasonal vegetables
home made cranberry jam
Game sauce

~ Desert ~

Home made wild berry cheese cake

All raw ingredients used in our game menu are wild in origin and 
harvested by the Clarke family locally from 
the forest in Norway

Prior to leaving for overseas, we received an email from Barry and Agnes with the above menu attached.   What a beautiful idea; an invitation to their home with a menu already planned for our visit!  Check out the 'Raw fillet of wild roe deer served with Parmigiano Reggiano', etc.; that was sensational and the roast moose steak that followed was was amazing, so tender.  I was a Miss Piggy when the wild berry cheese cake was served and the only one to have a second helping!!  Unfortunately, jetlag caught up with me and I was a party-pooper at 10:30pm, leaving the others to party on.  It had been a huge day!

Roe deer fillet

Roasted Moose Steak


After a sound sleep, we arose bright and early for our trip to Oslo airport.  We climbed the stairs and were treated to a hearty breakfast to warm the cockles.  As with Ole's apartment in Gjøvik, the house was so comfortably warm; the morning sun was throwing beams through the trees and we were told that it was -7°C outside.  As I write, it is -12°C, wind 10 km/h, humidity 85% but it has been a lot colder.

A big thank you to Barry and Agnes for a memorable visit and thank you Ole, for showing us just a little of your beautiful country.

A thousand words will not
leave so deep an impression
as one deed.

Henrik Ibsen


P.S. My second 'Blogiversary' falls on the 19th December.  Thank you to those who have shown an interest in my humble blog!  I value your comments but more so your continued friendship.  Love to you all and Blessings for the coming Season..... and beyond!  

♫♥Love is all you need, love is all you need, love is all you need♥♫


steven said...

alaine - what a journey. the blog and your travels to norway!!! the wild meat dinner looks awesome!!! congratulations on your blogiversary. the banner at the top of your blog tells a thousand and one stories! steven

Steven Cain said...

There are fly tying ambassadors? What a swell gig that must be. And look at the food! That spread is divine! Parmigiano Reggiano no less!

Congratulations on your blogiversary.

...any word on the plum-eating cocky?

Derrick said...

Both the written menu and the actual food look marvellous, Alaine! And I'm glad to see the Hellmann's mayonnaise on the breakfast table! And I'm glad to know that you had no qualms tucking into the wild game. Congratulations for your Sunday anniversary and continued happy writing.

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven...thank you...the magic carpet ride (banner) looks so much more fun than plane travel!

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven Cain....yes, tying up little flies has taken him all over the world!

The plum-eating cocky....yes, we now call it PINK, as the crest has faded to a nice shade of pink...comes in every couple of days for a crust!

alaine@éclectique said...

Derrick....Hellman's mayo and I didn't even taste it! I got into the tube of salmon paste with a thin slice of cheese on top.

Blogiversary...thank you and thanks for being there!

maggie's garden said...

Happy Blogiversary! It's been a delight stopping here to visit throughout the year.
The pictures are wonderful...the food..well...for me...deer and moose meat...yucky. But I'm sure it was delicious!

alaine@éclectique said...

MG...thanks, Karen! The food was great but I must admit, the thought of it is yucky. It's a wonder I'm not vegetarian, I love deer, cows, sheep and even pigs are cute.

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on your second blogiversary. Wishing you many more. Always enjoy stopping by.

Thoughts in Progress

alaine@éclectique said...

Mason....thank you, I love when you do pop in and leave a few words!

ruthie said...

Alaine, your trip looks wonderful! That is the second time in as many days i have heard a mention of moose steak, i am intrigued. Sending blog birthday wished too, heres to many more. Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas x

alaine@éclectique said...

Ruthie...Warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas and fun in the New Year! x