Thought I'd share some recipes with you but it's rather difficult because I do not always measure things. Like my pizza recipe, with my dough I can give you almost calculations and then you have to try it out yourself til you find the right mix...but hey, I'm all for sharing so let's start with this little beauty...sorry I don't have photos for everything but you'll survive. This salad recipe I first got from another American expat and I've since played around with it and put my own little twists on it. (like adding chicken breasts to it) This is one of the few salads my children will eat and they LOVE it.
Chinese Chicken and Noodle Salad (my own name for this salad)
You'll need the following:
1 large head of Napa Cabbage (or as they call in Norway- Kinakål)
6 green onions chopped (or as they call in Norway- Vårløk)
Mix these two things in a bowl and set aside.
In a frying pan melt 1/4 c Butter or margarine and lightly toast 1/2c sesame seeds, 1/2c slivered almonds (I usually buy whole almonds and just chop them up- cheaper here in Scandinavia) and 2packages of chicken flavored Rammen Noodles (also called Mr. Lee Noodles here in Norway- you can buy the cheaper store brand noodles also- just make sure it's chicken flavored) Lightly toast these things and then add to your cabbage and onions.. mix well.
In a frying pan lightly fry up two chicken breasts and when they are done, chop them in bite size pieces and add to salad.
In another bowl mix dressing which consists of the following:
1/4c + 1tbsp veg oil. (I use raps oil here in Norway- the real recipe calls for 1tbsp of sesame oil- but if you can't find that just use the same oil)
1/4c rice wine vinegar (again it's not so easy to find this vinegar so in Norway I use the "klar eddik")
1tbsp soya sauce
1/8c white sugar.
Mix well and pour over salad and blend well. Serve with a good bread and you have a yummy tasty meal!!!
My Pizza dough:
This is the approximates...
both of these up in the bowl
1pkg of dry yeast (mix this with one little glass of luke warm water)
I pour in maybe half a kilo of flour on top of the salt and sugar and add the yeast (blended out in the water) and 3-4tbsp of olive oil.
Then I add about 8dl of semi cool water- not ice cold but not warm either..
I also adore garlic...so I add garlic powder to my pizza dough...I just sprinkle it on....maybe 1tbsp??
Mix this really well and add flour until your dough loosens from the bowl...about midway I usually dump the whole thing on the counter and start kneading it...I LOVE to knead bread...feels SO good...hahahaha...then I put it back in the bowl when I get it just so it won't stick on my hands while kneading and I put my plastic lid on top of my bowl and let it sit on the counter for....hmmm..everything from 30 minutes to 2 hours...I've got a french bread recipe which is quite similar and they put the dough in the fridge overnight...so if I have a really busy night I use 30 minutes to let it rise and if I have plenty of time I might let it sit for a couple hours...play around with this...you're gonna get something but it might not be as fluffy as you want...so it depends if you are doing a thin crust of thick...
After I roll out the dough I brush it with more oil and sometimes I sprinkle garlic salt around on it but since I put the garlic powder in the dough I didn't do this last time. Then you add your sauce and toppings and I always put cheese on last with bacon on top so the bacon crisps while cooking...not very healthy but you can always exchange regular bacon for canadian bacon and it will be a LITTLE healthier ;-))
Then we have the best chocolate cake recipe I've tasted and every Norwegian who has tried it falls in love with:
Cracker Barrel Coca Cola Double Fudge Cake:
1c coca cola
1/2 c margarine
3tbsp cocoa (I use baking kakao in Norway)
bring these things to a small boil- mixing well the whole time then pour over the dry ingredients which are:
1/2 tsp salt
1tsp baking soda (natron in Norwegian)
1tsp vanilla (I use liquid vanilla essence here..if you can get the real stuff use that)
Mix all well
Add 2 eggs and 1/2c buttermilk (kulturmelk in Norwegian- prefferably room temp both the eggs and buttermilk)
Pour into a butter and floured rectangle pan (langpanne as they call it in Norway)
bake at 350F or approximately 180C for 20-25 minutes- use the toothpick or a knife to stick in and see if it comes up clean.
Let cool and make icing:
1/4lb (or 114grams) margarine
6tbsp cream or whole milk (I sometimes have to add a little bit more cream but if I do I add it as I'm mixing this mixture into my powdered sugar...just see how the consistency looks)
cook up these things together just until the margarine melts..then add to 1lb (a whole box- 450grams melis in Norwegian) powdered sugar.
Mix well and if need be add more cream to get consistency you want...then ice your cake...serve with vanilla ice cream or a cold glass of milk....