The DivaGals love to experience different cultures. When we saw the lineup at NORTH, the Nordic Food Festival, hosted by Honest Cooking magazine, we jumped (fork and knife in hand!) at the chance to sample cuisine from several different Nordic locales.
After a lively opening party where we got a taste of what we were in store for, TV DivaGal and pal Wendy pulled up a chair at “A Faroese Fairy Tale, presented by Solea Faroe Islands.” The tiny isle, nestled between Iceland and Norway, embraces its heritage through cooking, mainly seafood dishes that are inspired by their Viking roots.
Openhouse had been transformed with long black banquet tables and sleek table settings for our multi-course meal, the brainchild of chefs Leif S├╕rensen and Ruben Maarbjerg Busk.
After opening with a glass of peer cider, we started with a selection of appetizers which include salted cod skin and fried seaweed, scallops with turnip and pears, slivered potatoes with pickled onions and langoustines dusted with seaweed. Chef S├╕rensen explained that some of their local ingredients hadn’t made it to the U.S. in time, so he had to improvise on a few dishes. Trust us, his dining detours were delicious.
Then it was on to the main course ΓÇô or shall I say six? We traveled the gamut of Faroe cuisine: cod dressed with baby sprouts; scallops in a delicious sauce; seared salmon dressed with shaved fennel with and lamb paired with seaweed. Even after all these courses, we still felt light on our feet. Along the way we enjoyed several red and white wines along with great conversation with our new Faroese friends.
We finished off the night with a rhubarb dessert, classic in Nordic cooking, and we were sent home with a bottle of BASAL 7 aqua, straight from the island. That night, we began planning our trip across the seas to get more of this fairy tale cuisine.
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