For such a small country (only 4.5 mil) Norway has an amazing amount of food websites. A lot of Norwegian cuisine is still based on frozen, salted and dried foods (used for preservation since Viking times) but slowly more exotic foods are making an appearance in supermarkets (mango, pumpkin, pastry, mozzarella etc). Instead of these new imports over throwing Norwegian traditional food, a fusion revolution is starting in Norway where North meets the rest of the world. Keeping Norwegian produce in focus, foodies are beginning to experiment with the rustic flavours of Norway from new inspiration – (the other day we made reindeer kebabs!)
This post is full of the best Norwegian foodie sites. You can find everything from new fusions to traditional Norwegian food. The sites are all in Norwegian – but that shouldn’t stop you if you know the basics in the Norwegian language as they are easy to navigate. If you don’t know Norwegian, not to worry, you can check out our new web page How to Use Google Translate for Norwegian text.
Norwegian Information Offices for Food:
matprat.no – the Norwegian Information Office for Meat (Opplysningskontoret for kjøtt) is a site developed by the Norwegian meat industry. It has ‘brand-neutral’ information on meat and meat products. The office also provides information on nutrition and food preparation, the market and consumerism, as well as popular meat trends in Norway. The have different recipe sections includes a traditional food category which gives modern spin to old Norwegian favourites like kjøttkake, finnbiff and lapskaus (meatpatties, reindeer and stew).
egg.no – the Norwegian Office for Egg and White Meat (Opplysningskontoret for egg og hvitt kjøtt – OEH) works to increase awareness and consumption of eggs, chicken, turkey and processed products. They also promote ‘white lifestyles’ by focusing on the safety and healthy nutritional value of poultry products. The site includes recipes.
frukt.no – the Norwegian Information Office for Fruit and Vegetables (Opplysningskontoret for frukt og grønt) works to promote and increase the consumption of fruit, berries, vegetables and potatoes in Norway.
Being matglede (food-happy) is their central message and their challenge is to develop a high daily consumption of green food into the Norwegian culture. They have a very informative blog section Grønne Fakta (Green Facts) that post about the lastest in food nutritional and health value of a diet full of living food – I find it very positive and encouraging – it is a good section not just for Norwegians but anyone who is interested in a healthier food lifestyle.
brodogkorn.no – the Norwegian Information Office for Breads and Cereals (Opplysningskontoret for brød og korn) works to increase knowledge and interest in the use of grain and bread products in Norway. I find that Norwegian bread is very natural and robusk as Norwegians value thick, heavy, brown bread full of yummy seeds and grans. And as Norwegians love making their own bread, this site has a wonderful bread recipe section for all meals of the day- Brød og korn oppskrifter. Even just looking at the pictures you will feel healthier!
melk.no – the Norwegian Information Office for Dairy Products (Opplysningskontoret for Meieriprodukter) works to promote Norwegian milk and dairy products. There website talks about everything from nutrition, cooking, education, industry and business. They focus on increasing knowledge about milk and dairy products by both objective and academic information. They obviously promote the nutritional values of milk and dairy products but are also keen to advertise the fun and ‘yumminess’ of having milk and dairy is your diet – bring on the exotic milkshakes and cream puddings! The site has a large collection nutritional and food-professional articles, and hundreds of recipes. You can also see their recipes on web-TV: Melk.tv.
mat.no – The umbrella organisation for the five Norwegian food offices is the Norwegian Information Office for Agriculture (Opplysningskontorene i landbruket). Their goal is to promote matglede (food-happiness), knowledge and positive interest in Norwegian agricultural products. They also focus on increasing the consumption of Norwegian agricultural products. The organisation is indirectly funded by Norwegian farmers through public sales tax.
Mat.no is a very user-friendly site and includes a daily recipe calendar that highlights Norwegian produce.
Norwegian Food and Recipe Websites:
godfisk.no – Export Fish (Eksportutvalget for fisk AS – EFF) is a company that specialises in marketing Norwegian seafood internationally and is financed by the Norwegian Fishing Industry. They have two particular sections to note: My Cook Book (min kokebok) where you can gather your favourite recipes into a quick find e-book for yourself. However, you will need to Register using your First Name (Fornavn), Last Name (Etternavn) and email address (E-post). Then they will send you an email with Logg Inn details – a username (brukenavn) and password (passord) – remember to tick ‘remember me’ (Husk meg) when logging in. The second fun feature of this website is Godfisk.TV (good fish TV). If you choose Internasjonal Filmer (International Films) you can select programs in English to teach you how to cook fish the Norwegian way.
matogdrikke.no – This food and drink website was established and run by Chef Frank Baer until 2007. It was re-designed and became a food magazine site. The editors promote that the quality of Norwegian and Nordic is better than ever and pride themselves on seasonal recipes with fresh Norwegian produce and focus on the local specialities. The site has food and drink tips and complete dinner menus for casual dinners at home to celebration dinners. The pictures are very fresh and obviously show the new movement in Norwegian cuisine.
peppernet.no – Pepernet is a ‘fung-shi – feel the cooking energy flow through your veins’ kind of site. It talks about teaching you the basics of good cooking – how to cook a good steak, why you let a wine bottel rest, whats tastes go well together, etc. In has an academy (akedemiet) category to teach you about certain foods and how to work with them.
allergikokken.no – The Allergy Cook (as the name doesn’t suggest) is focused of food and recipes for those who have allergies. The have a good section on how to help children avoid developing allergies: Småbarn. Allergies in small children, addativs in foods, first foods, allergy-free food for birthday parties and creating standards for childcares to accomodate children with allergies.
Media Sites for Norwegian Food
dinmat.no – the Your Food website is a cooperation between five of the prominant newspapers in Norway: Aftenposten, Bergens Tidende, Adresseavisen, Fædrelandsvennen and Stavanger Aftenblad. The site has every type of recipe under the aurora sky. From fast food to five course gourmet dinners, dinmat puts the quick and the not-so-quick recipes from all their newspapers into one site. You can find instructive videos, recipes from celebrity chefs and your local Joe down the road – anyone can contribute to the site. They also help you find other foodies like you via discussions and ‘clubs’. They also link to blogs from other chefs on the “blogger” page. This site encourages participation and is very positive towards their readers.
aperitif.no – This site boasts about being the largest food and drink site for Norway. It is in direct competition with dinmat and is also a coorperation between their competing newspapers and portals: SOL, VG Nett, Eniro/Yellow Pages, Frisurf and Bokklubben Food. They have a large program of cooking videos and a very large category list of drinks and alcohol. Readers add recipes via the site forum.
Wenches Kjøkken – Wenche Andersen is one of Norway’s most popular TV chefs. She is often featured on the Art of Taste website (another media cooperation) but also has her own cooking show on the Norwegian station nextwork TV2. Wenches Kjøkken also has segments on the TV2 website and often has special guest chefs cooking up a storm with the seasons best. The series also presents local producers and their business.
If you know of any other Good Norwegian Food websites please feel free to share them with us in the comments section. Likewise, if you are looking for a particular Norwegian recipe just ask us below and we’ll find a link for you.