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Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge!

Norwegian Rice Porridge or Risegrynsgrot as it’s called in Norwegian has been one of my favorite comfort foods for such a long time! It’s warm, sweet and delicious!

The real tradition is around rice porridge is actually Christmas! In Norway you leave warm rice porridge for Santa instead of cookies! We always have it for lunch on Christmas Eve and then make extra to leave for Santa. When making the porridge for Christmas my mom would lure in a pealed almond and the person that found the almond while eating the porridge, would win a special treat! I don’t really know where this tradition comes from, but I just know it’s really fun! Even now that I am an adult, me and my brothers always get all riled up about who is going to find the hidden almond!Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comI don’t know which came first, Christmas or Saturday lunch, but when I was younger we used to make it for lunch on Saturdays as a special treat, both at home and at my grandma’s house. I used to love this and will definitely bring the tradition on when I have kids one day!

I crave it from time to time especially if it’s a little chilly outside. The other day we had a cold fog day here in San Francisco so I decided to make some and why not share it with you guys! It’s super easy to make!

What you need for 2-3 portions:

  • 2 dl or 3/4 cup of Sushi Rice. Yes you read that right, sushi rice (short grain). I use this one because it’s organic and taste pretty good!
  • 4 dl or 1 and 3/4 cups of water
  • 1 liter or 4 cups of Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Sugar, Cinnamon and Butter on top

Preheat the oven to 325-350 degrees Fahrenheit (150 Celcius).

Measure up the rice and add it to a large pan. Then add the water and bring it to a broil. You’ll need a lid for the pan at some point, so get that ready. Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge RisengrynsgrotNorwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge Risengrynsgrot I just found this measuring cup and it’s great for converting back and forth from dl to cups to oz! It has an angle to it’s easy to pour and still see how much you need. No more squatting down, bending your head in all different directions. Yea, you know what I am talking about! Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comNorwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comNorwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comWhen the water is almost gone, measure up the milk and add it to the pot. Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comNorwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comNorwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comStir continuously and bring the mixture to a boil. Be very careful so the milk does not burn. Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comMeasure up Vanilla Extract and add it to the pot. I found these measuring spoons about a year ago and love them! Easy to clean and easy to measure. They come in a string so I just have them hanging above my stove for easy access! Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comNorwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comNorwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comOnce the Milk starts to boil, put a lid on it and put the entire pan in the oven! Let it sit in the oven for 45 minutes. You can check it halfway if you want and it should look something like this. Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comOnce it’s done, it should should have a thick and creamy consistency like this. Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comThe porridge is now ready to be served! You can eat porridge both from a plate or a bowl depending on preferences. In Norway, people on the west coast eat it from a plate, while people from the east coast eat it from a bowl! Weird right? Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comNorwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.comOnce you have decided on your plate, add cinnamon, sugar and a dash of butter on top! Enjoy! :) Oh and in case you were wondering, I am from Bergen on the west coast so I eat it from a plate! Norwegian Recipes: Rice Porridge or Risengrynsgrot by repolished.com

Until Next Time, Hadet På Badet!

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A Norwegian review of PLÄJ, San Francisco

Last weekend I got invited to go along with a bunch of Norwegians, Swedes and even Americans to test the new hot scandinavian restaurant in San Francisco, PLÄJ. I heard some rumors about the place, but I didn’t really know what to expect, other than something scandinavian.

The restaurant itself describes PLÄJ like this:

“Introducing PLÄJ, a new innovative concept from Swedish born Owner/Chef Roberth Sundell where California fare and Scandinavian flavors become one. PLÄJ is a celebration of local and seasonal ingredients inspired by the rustic flavors and simple elegance of Scandinavian cusine. PLÄJ embodies the soul of Scandinavia,the place to share the experience of new flavors, great wine, Scandinavian beer, and cocktails.”

The restaurant is not to big, but just the right size with a cozy ambiance. We got one of the bigger tables all the way in the back center, given that we were around 10 people. The menu offered numerous delicious temptations included fun facts about the different countries in Scandinavia. I eventually took an executive decision and went for the swedish meatballs, which were amazing! I have eaten my share of meatballs in my life, and I have got to say, these ones were way up there.

The restaurant really embraced the Scandinavian theme with a tall blond waitress (stereotype much?), and our check was delivered in a Swedish/English pocket dictionary, which added a cool touch. I can imagine that all the “Swedish/Norwegian/Danish” Americans who live in San Francisco are going to go crazy about this place. One thing is for sure, I will be back!:)

After a delicious meal, some nice Wine, great conversations we were all pretty content!:)

You can check out the menu here:  PLÄJ Dinner menu

Enjoy!:) I know I did!

Dinner at Plaj, And I dont know why my Iphone decided to put devil eyes on everybody, but hey it gives you an idea of the nice dinner we had:)

Linn Skjei Bjørnsen took a lot better pictures that night:)

Linn Skjei Bjørnsen took a lot better pictures that night:)