Thursday, February 2, 2012

What's For Dinner Mom?

  As many of you already know, my long lost children are coming to visit me this summer. It will be their first trip across the ocean from the land of fast food and restaurant chains, to Norway the land of fish and more fish.  We do however eat reindeer, and goat cheese as well as other assorted goodies foreign to the delicate palates of most American nationals. Supermarkets are often replaced by fishing boats or the hunters’ rifle, fast food by mothers’ speedy hands and restaurants by home cooking. 

These children of mine are terrified of coming over here and trying something new. They have been talking to each other over the phone and saying things like. “You do know that Mom is going to make us eat sheep head, pig brains, rotten fish and goat cheese, don’t you?” They still have not been told about crispy fish eyeballs, fish liver, fish eggs, fish-balls, smoked reindeer heart, seagull eggs or blood pudding. 

The truth is that my cooking is not so different than most Americans. At least I think so, although sometimes my seasoning might be a bit Viking flavored. “What’s for dinner---” will be a small series of posts inviting you into my kitchen. The meals are sometimes healthy, sometimes not... They are always tasty and cheaper than eating out, although my wayward American son would convince me otherwise. My children here in Norway have moved out, but they still call me up and ask “What’s for dinner Mom?” I haven’t scared them away from the dinner table yet. It will be interesting to see if I can get the other two to even sit down.

---Are you afraid to taste new things? Has fast food and eating out replaced a good home cooked meal because it is cheaper and more convenient? Have TV dinner children turned into Microwave addicts?---

Here is what’s for dinner today: American comfort all the way! 

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole w/Frankfurters and a Caesar Salad


Stephanie V said...

Now that meal doesn't look foreign at all. Home-cooked is always better to me than fast food. And what could be better than a menu of fish and more fish?

Looking forward to being introduced to some new ideas.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

That looks delicious. I'd sample some for sure.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

After living in several foreign countries, there's not much I won't try.

Martine said...

They should look forward to it! I miss your cooking, it's always delicious!

Also, goat cheese is great, they just need to try it ^^

Susan Roebuck said...

That looks delicious! The Portuguese eat odd things too, like sheep's stomach and every conceivable mix of innards! Look forward to your recipes :-)

McKenzie McCann said...

Mm, I love trying new foods. Goat cheese is my favorite. Never had reindeer. What does it taste like?

I'm glad your kids are coming to visit. That's wonderful. ^-^

Jeremy Bates said...

ohh, a wonderful mom you are! your blog touched my heart

Laura Josephsen said...

Aww! I hope you have a wonderful time with your children.

I can be leery of trying new things--I used to be more adventurous, I think. ;)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahahaha your food looks delicious. Enjoy your time with your children. :-)

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Siv Maria:

My wife & I cook all our food at home. I often cook and bake myself. We eat both traditional Swedish dishes, plus American food and I cook Italian I learned from Mamma from time to time.

Last time I ate out, I got sick. There is little food culture in the area of Sweden that I live in. I don't think there's a decent restaurant in town to be honest.

I can make better myself.

Take care,