Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Another Odd Fact...

Regarding Swedish America.

"Cokato, Minnesota is known as "the lutefisk capital of the world". Avoid this city at all costs." (Minnesota Facts joke)

Lutefisk. Salty fish jello. Swedish survival food (hey, dried cod keeps really well over a looong winter).

Truly, I do not love everything from Sweden, and this is one of those things. It is more of a rite of passage than a real food.

I will avoid Cokato, Minnesota, at all costs, or at least avoid lutefisk in any location!


Scorebored said...

I've never had lutefisk, but I'd be willing to try it. I have been known to eat all sorts of exotic foods, foods of the sort that make strong men swoon and weaker men vomit. Foods like vy-inny sausages and vinegar pie and souse...and even haggis.

A few years back, I was introduced to some very good sausage in a Spanish (not Mexican!) restaurant, a sausage called chorizo. I enjoyed it so much that I kept an eye out for it everywhere I went. Finally, in a grocery store, I saw a package of chorizo and grabbed it up with great joy. But something troubled me about it. Instead of the firm, kielbasa-like product I had enjoyed in the restaurant, this stuff looked like taco meat in a bag. I bought it anyway, took it home, and began preparing it. While cooking it, my nephew (who was visiting) came up and began sniffing the air, commenting on how good the chorizo smelled. And as he was admiring the aroma, I picked up the package and began reading the ingredients. The first two things on the list arrested my attention: pork salivary glands and pork thymus glands. I put the package down, finished cooking the chorizo, dished up a manly portion for my nephew...and made a boloney sandwich behind his trusting little back. I'll never touch that stuff again.

On the other side of the culinary world, I will state here and now that I detest beets with a rebel passion. The only way I've found to prepare beets that is acceptable is this: place several beets in a large pot, fill the pot with water, and turn the heat on high. Go to a horse pasture and find 10-12 "horse apples." Take the horse apples home and put into the pot with the beets. Cook until the beets are tender, then drain well. Throw the beets in the trashcan and eat the horse apples.

Bring on the lutefisk!

Laurel1861 said...

I, too, have eaten many an unusual bit of food. I also hate beets, which my father loves. They taste like dirt to me, so your recipe strikes me as very amusing and one I could possibly see as the only good way to fix beets.

Chorizo is everywhere here, and chorizo con huevos is mighty tasty, if you can get past the ingredients.

Odd "foods' I have eaten: water buffalo, alligator (deep fried), head cheese, emu jerky (tastes like fish) and kangaroo (which last always provokes animal lovers to moans of outrage, but hey, it was already dead, and it would have been rude to the hostess to refuse it). It was good, I hate to admit.

Now you know how those Norwegians are prone to take credit for so many Swedish inventions, well, here's THEIR history of lutefisk and a recipe, if you are so bold.


Bon appetit!