We did not go hungry – not with Scandinavian hosts whose dinner parties move gracefully from course to course over many hours. Sometimes, it is necessary for the guests to take breaks between courses to sing or dance, and it is not unusual for guests to bring along their musical instruments.
Don’t be fooled thinking the dessert course is the end of the meal. The final course is the passing of chocolate candies and fruit, followed by the early morning taxi call since no one drives if they’ve had even one glass of wine over the course of the entire evening.
pastries in Aalborg, Denmark were tempting
but our hostess presented something even more desirable, this concoction of strawberries, almond cake and cream
In Norway, friends from the town we lived in prepared this late night feast
and we settled right in again as if four years had never passed
In Hamar, old friends started the evening with champagne
a gorgeous dinner table
and a grand parade of shellfish and cold salads
Elizabeth demonstrates the deconstruction of a crab
then assembles the fresh berry dessert while the musicians entertained on the deck
A day later in the mountains, our friend Eva showed us where to find rare and delicious cloudberries
and because eating pure gold wasn’t exquisite enough for our palates, we added fresh blueberries, too!