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White, white snow of Home

“The old home town looks the same, as I step down from the train, and there to meet me is my mama and my papa. Down the road I look, and there comes Mary, hair of gold and lips like cherries. It’s good to touch the white, white snow of home….”

Inspired of the Johnny Cash lyrics I will tell you about my trip this weekend to visit my family in Porsgrunn, 150 Km south of Oslo. Earlier I have told you a lot about my childhood and how much I love the old town in winter time. We have more snow than we’ve had for decades, so the town looked literally just the same as in the good old days.

In the picture you see the small suburb where I grew up. No wonder I am used to coping with the snow and the wild nature. I’ve climbed that hill many times and also hanged out on the branches of the trees on the top often as a child. When I saw this scenery again, I realised why my mother worried about me all the time! That was my world back then, my challenges and my way of experiencing life, and right now I am very grateful for the person this has made me into. I was feeling free like a bird as I climbed the hills and the trees, or skating on the little lake or even more; when I was cross country skiing or ski jumping. Other than the wild nature, the surrounding was safe and sound. Everyone knew everyone. If we where hungry or needed a band aid for a scraped knee, we just had to visit the nearest house to get comport and help.

I didn’t go by train, but by car though, and I just had to capture some of the winter landscape on my way as you can see. It was a relaxing trip as I felt the stress and daily pressure lifted off my shoulders as I got closer and closer to the destination to meet my kin. Through this I also am able to share more of my winter wonder land and hope you find it nice too!

The occasion for my trip home was a yearly family gathering when we eat the old traditional dish of rakfisk or “fermented fish”. That is one of the most Norwegian foods I can ever think of. Its roots come from the days before refrigeration, when fresh fish needed to be preserved for months ahead. Either you love rakfisk or you hate it, and I can tell you my mouth is watering just by thinking of it. Some of the most important part of the dinner is the Norwegian liquor: “aquavit” and beer to drink with it :-) I’ve linked some more information about this delicacy from Oslo foodie at the bottom of this post.

Here you see the garnitures and how it looks on the service dish. I wander if Crocodile Dundee would have said: “it taste like shit, but you can live on it”? LOL!

You eat a lot both because it tastes good and also since the company are so good and the atmosphere is so delightful. Here you see my sister and me and how we cope with wanting more and more and more. Be aware of that all the pics are taken with my Nokia Mobile phone and please click to enlarge.

More information about my home town Porsgrunn and details about rakfisk at Oslo foodie.

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  1. Hi Renny, I love this post, it’s so nice to read your story. Actually I have one rakfisk in the freezer, it’s probably time to take it out because now you make me crave some! I have never used eggs as an accompaniment but I think it’s a great idea and will try it. Looking great on the bike :).

  2. Thank you so much for your visit to my site and your wonderfully supportive words. I am working through some difficult things right now. The writings come during those times. Thank you again for your kind words.

    I took some time to read thru your blog, this is such an interesting site, that I have saved it into my favorite places. Thank you for the feeling of taking these adventures with you.

    Peace and happiness to you,


  3. nice photos and I am wondering which Nokia model you are using to take these nice photos. And I havent tried rakfisk yet but I dunno if i will like it since I also had an encounter with the dear lutefisk last jul and i hated it.

  4. Hei Renny!
    So you are from the ceramic capital of Norway! I just had a glimpse of Porsgrunn on the way home from the West Coast. Too bad I was not able to go to some museums and wonderful sights when we were passing through.

    I love Rakfisk! Some of my norwegian friends wonder why,,, maybe because I am used to eating all sorts of fish dishes.

    Charles,,, too bad you didn’t like lutefisk. I think it is really good and it is one of my favorites.

  5. probably because it wasnt cook well since my boss actually failed in cooking the lutefisk. i will try another go i guess

  6. Lisa (oslofoodie): To have a filet in the freezer is great. I’ve actually eaten rakfisk at St.Hans and it is a great summer dish as well!
    y_ashes: You’re welcome and worth it (visit her blog!) – Peace and happiness to you too!
    Chas: I have a Nokia 6680. Try rakfisk but don’t cook it or bend it like a banana LoL!
    Al: Yes Porsgrunn is a nice town (or at least it is mine:-). You can find more pics for Porsgrunn here: http://www.porsgrunn.folkebibl.no/cgi-bin/websok-bilde . I’m glad you are adusted to the Norwegian food tradition too. You seams to be a woman who can take the best out of both ours and you’re culture.

  7. Let me first say that your pictures are amazingly good for a cell phone camera! I am wondering why I need an expensive dSLR camera…?

    I have to confess I know almost nothing about your country and it is interesting to discover Norway through the eyes of a local!
    Your blog is very informative !
    Keep blogging !

  8. darn i must go back to oslo for rakfish…. I did have the chance to eat this you know…
    maybe my mouth was too engrossed at eating too much dessert at Pascal..

    Did not visit Telemark area….. shame

  9. hey, thanks for dropping by my hideaway.

    nice pix, you’re lucky to have grown up in such wonderful place. keep blogging, be back to read more.

  10. Jeff: You know it’s nice to hear that you say my country is nice:-)
    Sidney: Thanks for you’re compliments and you know I know to discover you’re country through you’re eyes too (very recomanded to others!)
    Sha: Tell me when you are coming back – we could eat some rakfisk together! and then go to my home town if you like:-)
    Chas: Thanks again. You know you’re one of my best blogfriend!
    Analyse: Welcome back to my blog. I promisse to keep on blogging thanks to encouragements like yourse:-)

  11. :) just dropping by again.

    u have a cool camera and you capture the moments
    i mean i like the genuine smile

  12. God dag renny!

    thanks for dropping by and for the comment :)

    schönes wochenende (happy weekend)!

  13. Hallo Renny! Gratulerer! You won the guessing game in my blog. For the blog makeover just send me details on my email address post@likebanana.com . Like what colour you want and also some images and text to be used on your blog header and all. And dont forget also to send me ur blog’s password and username so I can begin working on it. And for the blogspotlight I also need a small description about your blog! Mvh Charles

  14. LadyWhiteSpirit: Thanks for you’re visit and be sure; you are welcome any time!
    Chris: Yes, come and play in the snow if you like!
    Racky: Thanks the same! And yes: we’ve had a wonderful weekend in Sweeden. Look for my next post!
    Chas: I’m so exited – the best win I have ever had! You’ll have the information as soon as I can manage and I will be looking forward to the blog makeover!

  15. what a complete opposite to the place where i spent my childhood. well, not completely different coz i spent reasonable amount of time on treetops, only under the scorching heat of the tropical sun.

    nice pics!

  16. Well, that Rakfisk sure does look exactly the same as the one we’ve tasted and we did like it very much!

    We’ve Norwegian friends that lives in Dröbak and they’ve served us Rakfisk at two occasions.

    Even though Rakfisk is fermented, it’s still very nice, no terrible smell like the fermented herring (surströmming) we have as a tradition in the northern Sweden.

    That’s a completely different fermenting!

    *doing funny faces*

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