Saturday, December 22, 2007

5 minutes break and a cup of coffee

The baker is multitasking -
pork liver paté in the oven, bread rolls rising on the oven top and the krumkake iron is warming up.

A couple of hours later -
the pork liver patés to the right, the bread rolls in the middle and krumkakes to the left.

My mother always made paté for Christmas and I have done it now for more than 20 years.
I used to make enormous amounts and give it to friends and family, but not anymore.
I am giving my recipe instead, on request, but I don't think anyone has taken to making the paté themselves....
Making these huge amounts took so much time and energy, so I nearly lost the urge to make the paté at all.
One Christmas without the paté convinced me to keep on making it for this household only and share the recipe instead :-)

It is very convenient to have bread rolls in the freezer for Christmas. Can be reheated in the oven in the matter of minutes.

Krumkake is a very traditional Norwegian Christmas cookie, made with a special iron.
They are rolled when they are still super hot. I have a traditional wooden cone to use for the rolling, but have developed a good technique with a wooden pin. They store better when they are not cone shaped.

The coffee mug is empty now and it is time to go clean the kitchen after the baking.
My pre-Christmas activities in the kitchen are done for this year.

DD2 and DH are sharing the cleaning of the floors between them later. The house is tidy, the presents are wrapped and the decorating will be tomorrow.

Christmas can come!


  1. God jul Hanne - jeg har ikke kommet fullt så langt som du har, men det er jo fortsatt i morgen igjen!! Ha en trivelig julehelg - gleder meg til fortsatt kontakt i 2008.

  2. Mmmmm it looks yummy shame your soooo far away or I might have popped in to have a taste.
    Wishing you and your family a merry and safe Christmas.

  3. I love pate, but have yet to get around to making it myself, maybe someday. :) Happy Christmas!

  4. That looks like wonderful baked goods, and your kitchen seems just right for a session of holiday baking. Thanks for sharing the pic!

  5. De beste juleønsker for deg og familine, - bedringtanker til den som trenger det hos deg. Takker for følget i bloggverden dette året og ser fram til følget i året som kommer.

    Happy Holiday to you and your family with get-well among the whishes, - looking forward to visit your blog in 2008!

  6. God Jul! Her er det meste gjort også, unntatt pynting av treet. Og så må jeg av gårde og kjøpe sko til Catta (datter) i dag hvis ikke hun vil bruke noen av mine..

  7. Hei Hanne.
    Ønsker deg og dine en riktig god jul!! (Mmmmm - kan lukte julekakene dine helt hit :o) Håper vi sees mer i 2008!! klem

  8. Ser ut som du har tingene under kontroll :o) Gledelig jul, Hanne!

  9. I'm curios about Krumkakes....We have nothing similar here in Italy....they seems to be very good!
    Merry Christmas Hanne!!!

  10. My family is Norwegian and we used to have a krumkake iron - maybe my sister still has it. It is a lot of work to make those, but they are so good! Tomorrow I am going to make lefse - it is our favorite holiday tradition! Do you make lefse too? We just LOVE it! My Dad's name was Sverre, which is very unusual for the States - in fact, we have never heard of anyone else with that name. When my sister went to Norway on a trip, she said they came across a few young men with the name. Is it a very common or favorite name?

  11. My mom used to make krumkake. She had an iron that sat on the stove burner. I have no idea what happened to it. I couldn't use it now with the glass top stove so I guess it doesn't matter. Oh, I loved those delicious cookies!

  12. Hi Hanne,
    Your kitchen looks lovely with all the goodies. I could almost smell them. I hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.

  13. Riktig God Jul til alle dere fra oss her i Trønderhovedstaden. takk for alle julehilsener

  14. Anonymous4:36 pm

    Dear Hanne,
    Have a very Merry Christmas in family, my friend !

    Heartfully, with a biiig (((HUG))) and smiles !

  15. Ahhh.........I can smell the delicious aroma coming from your kitchen.

    Have a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones.

  16. Ciao, ti auguro un Natale sereno e pieno di gioia......un abbraccio Cri

  17. Hello Hanne,

    I enjoy very much reading your blog - it is one of three which I read every day. The pate looks and sounds delicious and I would love to have the recipe if you have the time to email me,

    Thank you and Happy New Year!


  18. Oh my, how I would love a cup of coffee and a couple Krumkake about now. I haven't made any for Christmas the past few years. But there is no law that says they can't be made in January!! My iron is an old fashioned kind that is heated directly on a burner.


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