Friday, September 24, 2010

One Down, Nordic To Go!


Serious posing for a serious competition. The kids just think mom's weird. Could someone please take the time to straighten that painting in the background?

Hey Foodies, just a quick note to let you know I made it through the first round of Project Food Blog! Dee-deet-de-de! (that was a triumphant trumpet.) I was so very excited to see that little trophy next to my name and do you know who I have to thank? You of course! So thank you to those of you who voted and supported me through this first round. Now, stay with me as we travel north into the next challenge. 

I have something brewing...something Nordic in nature. Yes. I said Nordic. I don't think I've talked much about my Norwegian and Danish heritage, actually, not at all. I tend to focus mostly on my Italian heritage simply because I've had more exposure to it than the Viking vittles on my mother's side.

That is why I'm delving into my roots full speed ahead! The next challenge is to make a classic dish from another culture. I spent hours yesterday sorting through different classic dishes of many different countries and then it dawned on me. Why not explore my Danish roots? (and I'm not talking about the dish-water blond roots that I am rockin' on top of my head right now). Since I've never made anything Nordic in nature, I am quite enthusiastic about it. Intimidated, but enthusiastic.

If I were Iron Chef Danish...not the pastry, silly.

Just so you know, according to Yahoo Education, this is what Nordic means. I found it informative in so many ways.

Nor·dic (nôrdk) KEY

-Of, relating to, or characteristic of Scandinavia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.

-Of or relating to a human physical type exemplified by the tall, narrow-headed, light-skinned, blond-haired peoples of Scandinavia. Not in scientific use. (bold and italicised is my addition)

So please think of me (and my narrow head) tomorrow, as I wade through new flavors and proteins (ehmm, think organ meat) and experiment with new cooking techniques. I will don my best Swedish Chef attitude and hopefully knock out some Danish delish! -Danish, Swedish, Norwegian...I know, I'm clumping countries.

Stay tuned...

Love ya, Foodies!
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