When Terje was about four years old, he, his little brother, his mother and father, his uncle and aunt and two of his small cousins, were all stuffed into an old ford and drove the three hours to Kristiansand. They were to meet greataunt Anna and her husband Carl on the ship coming from America. Anna and Carl had lived in the US all their adult lives. Now they had retired and wanted to return to Norway, and the tiny little village of Moi where Terje was born and grew up. The trip to Kristiansands and the huge Amerikabåten, "America ship", and especially the sight of Carl´s American car being hoisted down from the ship, is one of Terje´s first vivid childhood memories.
Carl died a few years after coming back to Norway, but tante Anna was still alive when I became part of the Lindland family in 1978. I loved tante Anna, her villa overlooking Moi, all the books and old folk art furniture she had brought back from "over there", and most of all I loved the dinner parties she gave. What a pity I never asked her for any of her recipes!!!
It is New Year´s Eve today.Terje and I will have a party tonight and we have just put the huge turkey in the oven. Turkey is a new dish in Norway, but for the Lindland family it was introduced already around 1960, with tanta Anna returning home from America. Every family have their own family tales. One of the Lindland family tales is when tanta Anna wanted to buy her first turkey in Norway. A nephew drove her to Stavanger, the big city a couple of hours away. There she walked into a butcher´s shop, asking for a turkey. As tante Anna had brought the turkey tradition with her from the US, she had no Norwegian name for the bird, which is kalkun, so she simply asked for "a turkey". No one in the butcher´s shop had any idea what she was asking for, the nephew had no idea and tante Anna, a bit confused, continued to ask for a turkey. The butcher wanted to be helpful, and told tante Anne he knew a place where he was sure they could help her. He explained the way, tante Anna and the nephew followed the instructions, and ended up in a tay store!
The tale don´t tell if tante Anna got her turkey that day :-)
Over the hyears turkey became a beloved dish in the Lindland family, and lucky for us, my father in law asked tante Anna for the turkey stuffing recipe. Terje and I wrote down the recipe from father in law´s recipe book already the first hyear of our marriage, and now we use it every New Year´s Eve when we stuff our own turkey.
I simply can´t wait for tonight´s dinner :-)