With a warm heart and sharp pen, the American blogger Nevada Berg shows the world just how exciting traditional Norwegian cooking can be.
Last year, Nevada Berg from Salt Lake City lived with her Norwegian husband in Rome, having earlier lived in London and Maputo. The couple decided they wanted to move once again. But this time, they went for a major life transition. They were about to move to the husband’s homeland, Norway.
And to a rather remote part of the country as well: Veggli, a tiny village with only 250 inhabitants, located in a mountainous part of Norway.
This was quite a change of scenery and peace for Nevada, who used to work within PR and marketing. She had a plan, however. By combining her interests for food, photography and writing, she set up a blog to celebrate and explore the cooking of her adopted home.
And the blog - named North Wild Kitchen - has become a huge success within just a few months.
At the end of September, she travelled to New York to bring home two awards from the prestigious gourmet, food, wine, and travel magazine SAVEUR. Berg won both Newcomer of the Year and Blog of the Year.
At her blog, Nevada describes her first meeting with Veggli and the small, family driven farm.
My love affair for this place started the moment we arrived. Beauty graces its raw exterior. The splendor of the landscape is overshadowing. Its imperfections adding to its charm. And who would have guessed that deep in the northern wild, lies one of nature’s culinary banquets. Seasonal, forgiving, abundant. Like a land flowing with milk and honey.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I learned how many exciting, local producers there are in this country, and that you can harvest berries and herbs directly from nature. Not to mention the great availability of exclusive meet from reindeer, moose and fish”, Nevada tells.
The re-created family recipes featured on the blog are all traditional and homey. Here you can learn how to make Norwegian specialties such as rømmegrøt (porridge), fårikål (lamb and cabbage), kantareller og geitost (chantarelles and goat cheese) and bløtkake med tyttebær (cream cake with cowberry).
A small text often follows the recipes. With genuine curiosity and a big heart they tell a story about the country´s food culture, a visit to a local food producer or of neighbours sharing both recipes and local produces.
“The blog seeks to reach foodies from all over the world, but I do hope to inspire some Norwegians as well”, the blogger says.
Next year, Nevada plans to offer courses where people can visit the farm and learn basic, Norwegian food techniques, as well as cooking traditional Norwegian courses.
All photos: North Wild Kitchen