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.

Suggestions:

  • 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 thoughts on “Salmon with a creamy herb sauce and a trip to Oslo.

  1. 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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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 know..here 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!

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  6. 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

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. *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!

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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!

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