Guests were expected for dinner.
To make the cabin and the cabin garden ready is part of the fun.
I weeded and bought a few summer plants to give the flower bed some more colours.
I picked a bouquet of white anemones. They grow wild around the cabin, the most beautiful spring sign, even from my early childhood.
But what to serve?
The kitchen here is simple. No oven, only two old gass burners. For years I have dreamed of a pizza oven outdoors, but this is still way down on Terje´s list of cabin things to do......
Marta and I went shopping, and Marta had the idea.
"What about shrimps? I love shrimps, and for me it is the best cabin food I can imagine!"
Perfect idea, Marta.
The only preparations needed is to fill the biggest bowl in the cabin with the shrimps.
And to set the table.
How to eat shrimps the Norwegian way:
put a slice of bread on your plate
take a handful of shrimps
peel them and make a mountain of peeled shrimps on your bread
squeeze a slice of lemon on top
and continue to repeat
Some time ago our dear friends Jane and Lanny from California took part in a shrimp party with friends of us in Trondheim. Afterwards Lanny described the "peeling and eating the shrimps" in a very enjoyable travel letter.
I have not asked Lanny permission to use his words, but take the chance, and will write him a letter asking for forgiveness :-) :
On the table were a pitcher with juice (lemon and lychee I was told)
and a bottle of sparkling water. We had plates with a knife and fork
in front of each of us. In between each of the two people seated next
to each other was a large bowl. A pile of paper napkins was in the
center of the table. Within a few minutes of us sitting and pouring
juice, a large bowl, about 1 gallon, of shrimp was served. The shrimp
was cooked but cold. The head and shells were on, so we had to peel
the shrimp to get at the meat, thus the empty bowls between us and the
napkins. Four different kinds of mayonnaise, some margarine, lemon
slices, iceberg lettuce and bread were also put in front of us. We
all grabbed some shrimp and started peeling. I watched my tablemates
to see what they did and followed suit. Very quickly I realized that
there is an art to shrimp peeling that I did not have…I got very messy
very quickly. Shrimp was put on bread with a squirt of mayo, it was
eaten plain, it was smeared with margarine and then mayo, it was
wrapped in lettuce and drizzled with lemon. My table consumed four bowls-full of shrimp over the course of the
next 90 minutes. Our hosts’ daughter and her boyfriend had the role
of waiters. They brought large plastic buckets by in which we emptied
our bowls of shells and heads. While we peeled and ate, we talked
Welcome to Norway.
To The House in the Woods and/or our cabin Rastarbo.
If you come in summer I´ll serve you shrimps the one and only correct way - the Norwegian way.