Salmon with a creamy herb sauce and a trip to Oslo.

I thought I was in love with Helsinki, but Oslo swept me off my feet! Norway is breathtaking and Oslo is as stunning. I still feel in harmony with the Norwegian culture and living and can’t stop enjoying salmon. An easy and quick way to serve it…with créme fraîche, chopped dill and mint, lemon juice and a touch of honey.

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Adapted from a recipe found in Mat & Vin – Norges største matmagasin.


  • Don’t bake salmon too long, or it will be dry. When the flesh is white when coked, it is overcooked. It still needs to be pink.
  • Use individual baking dishes and bake each person’s portion in its own dish…serve directly from oven to table.
  • Serve the salmon with some steamed or oven baked courgettes.
  • I love dill with salmon, but try coriander(cilantro) or chervil, instead of dill.
  • Use sour cream, or cream or thick cream if you can’t find créme fraîche.

This first encounter with Norway made me realize once again how beautiful our world is and how different the continents and cultures are and just how exciting those differences are. I found Oslo beautiful, different and exciting.

The ocean forms a big part of everyday life with ferries coming and going, fresh fish and seafood sold from the boats, shopping centers overlooking the ocean and eateries to pick and choose from on the quai. Lovely architectures hide among the now bare trees, parks with benches and people eating lunch and abundant bird life.. Walking, skiing, cross country skiing… the ski slopes are just on the edge of town, people are equipped with skis in the metro and buses – part of everyday life. So much I can say and express, but sometimes it is better to enjoy without words and discover for oneself…

My next stop…Grønland!!

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27 responses

  1. Kay Guest

    I have been in love with Norway since the Winter Olympics were held there in 1994. Maybe one day I will be able to see it myself. In the meantime, thanks for letting me see these beautiful photos! (I must admit I was interested in Norway just from reading books by Roald Dahl.) Oh! And thanks for the recipe for salmon… that looks very nice indeed. Kay Guest

    17/03/2010 at 18:30

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  3. Oh I love the sound of this recipe, and your photos are fantastic as well. I’d love to visit that part of the world.

    17/03/2010 at 19:28

  4. Thanks for the lovely recipe Ronell. I am going to make it this week. I must admit that I didn’t know what ‘Créme fraîche’ was and went on the internet and found this chef who showed how one can make it at home (I guess in France it is easy to get, right?)
    See the following site for home made Créme fraîche:

    The pictures of Oslo are gréat!

    17/03/2010 at 19:29

  5. Your sketches and pictures are beautiful! I’m adding Oslo to my list!

    17/03/2010 at 22:08

  6. Mmmmm, this salmon dish looks absolutely delicious and exquisite. I’m a salmon eater, take for sure I’ll try this recipe.
    Really nice pics of Norway.

    17/03/2010 at 22:51

  7. Anh

    Such a beautiful city and an equally lovely recipe.

    17/03/2010 at 23:43

  8. sue

    My son’s father’s family was from Norway, and I was immersed in the Norwegian culture which is a really rich one. Norway is a beautiful place, and the people are wonderful people. I really enjoyed visiting through you, vicariously!

    18/03/2010 at 00:11

  9. I thought of you so many times wondering what you would bring back for us..(me:) ) w/ your eye for beauty..

    You make me want to visit..You it looks like Spring compared to there!

    The Canadian Geese flew back yesterday and today..My mini boys are swinging in their swings:)

    C’est beau la vie !

    You photos are “superbes!”J’adore la fille avec les mouettes.. le canoë.. suspendu..
    les bancs.. le blanc:)

    Les autos? Pas des Smart Cars????

    Welcome back…I missed you~
    Your salmon is perfection..Love the recipe card as always!

    18/03/2010 at 01:08

  10. I so enjoyed the glimpses of your trip to Oslo. Looks like a wonderful place that I must add to my list to see.

    The salmon looks delish!

    xo ~ Dana

    18/03/2010 at 04:37

  11. i enjoyed the trip with u withour visa to oslo, such a beautiful place,,thanks for sharing dear,,take care n keep smiling…

    18/03/2010 at 08:26

  12. I haven’t been to any of the Scandinavian countries, and I feel I’m missing out. The salmon looks delicious. Cooking and serving individual portions is such a nice way of making a meal look special. However, this one looks fabulous without any help. Great recipe, thanks.

    18/03/2010 at 08:42

  13. Love this recipe!! I will def make it soon

    18/03/2010 at 10:03

  14. Your photos makes me long for Norway even though I’ve never even been there! Salmon looks exquisite too.

    18/03/2010 at 13:14

  15. A lovely salmon dish!!

    I just made salmon too!

    Your pictures of Oslo look so good,…lovely too!

    18/03/2010 at 18:34

  16. The salmon looks delicios and so do your vacation pictures. It looks like you enjoyed you trip.


    19/03/2010 at 02:52

  17. Thank you for taking us along on your trip to Oslo. The photographs are gorgeous.

    19/03/2010 at 17:10

  18. Beautiful pictures, when you live in CA, hard to believe some places are still snowed in. I haven’t seen those tiny cars in France, who makes them?….and the salmon is simple but yet delicate, flavorful and looks so unctuous! hmmm

    19/03/2010 at 18:23

  19. Ronell, I recently discovered your wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing your life through art, travel, and those interesting recipes. And your art studio is so inspiring! The photos of Oslo and Helsinki are amazing and both cities are at the top of my travel wish list. I can’t wait to prepare the salmon this week.

    20/03/2010 at 01:38

  20. Christian

    Coming from Norway and having grown up on this stuff, I can only wholeheartedly recommend this recipe. Always fun to see foreigners’ photos of your boring, ol’ home town. You make it lively and fresh through your un-bored eyes.

    20/03/2010 at 13:20

  21. *Thank everybody!
    * Kay, you’re right…I forgot about Raoul Dahl!
    *And thanks for the link to the creme fraiche Ingrid… alot of people enjoyed it!
    *Those tiny cars? silvia , I have no clue.. just think they are too cute!
    * Thanks Cristian…I’m content to hear your apporval of my experiencing your beautiful country!

    20/03/2010 at 18:20

  22. I love salmon and your dish looks delicious. I just came over from your other blog to see the photos of Norway. It looks wonderful (and very different from Stockholm where I have visited) ;-) Thanks for sharing.

    20/03/2010 at 22:14

  23. PG

    I loved Norway when I went 7 years ago. We took a trip through the fjords. Hard to believe that people actually live surrounded by such beauty.

    Your salmon recipe looks good. I’m about to start making salmon for dinner tonight.

    21/03/2010 at 23:55

  24. Ronell……just wanted to let you know….my husband bought me a dill plant on Friday (I have a mint plant) and I made the creme fraiche two hours ago….so I will make this delicious salmon creme dish in two days (Wednesday evening) because I have to wait 48 hours for the creme fraiche to be ready! Can’t wait to taste it! Ixx

    22/03/2010 at 20:58

  25. Great pics and narrative — I’ve only been to Stavanger for business and liked the little time I had in the town to wander around — would love to go back and see Oslo and other parts of Norway.

    23/03/2010 at 10:51

  26. That salmon recipe is right up my alley! (except I may change from creme fraiche to labneh!)
    My aunt who has lived in Denmark for the past fifty years was telling me about Norway and how beautiful it is! I would love to visit the homeland of Edward Munch some day!

    30/03/2010 at 03:58

  27. god, i sooo want to go there! despite all the snow ;-)
    i have a distant aunt living there so i have every excuse!

    04/04/2010 at 00:29


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