Food is an important ingredients when blogging about Norway and the Nordic countries; our traditions, culture and habits. I’ve tried my best to share about what and how we eat, but it’s not always easy to know what interesting, difference or even special compare to others around the world.

Diane catching a codFortunately, I’m married to an American whom I met on the net and she came to live with me 10 years ago. We have a lot in common – the affection for food is one of them. We love to plan – buy the ingredients (or even catch it like in the pic to the left) – prepare and make it in our own kitchen. That’s half of the fun if you ask me – but then again I’m a Norwegian and I hate fast-food.

It has been a joyful challenge to share and mix our food traditions and I’ve learned or been much more aware of what is typical Scandinavian food during these years. Seeing it through her eyes has enriches my culinary adventures and now I’ve got the chance to share it in the nutshell. DianeCA was challenged by Zhu with a ‘Things I Love/Hate about Food in my country’ -meme.

Let me reveal some from Diane’s post as an appetizer:
The cuisine is pretty basic and easy to prepare. There are of course some things I am not too crazy about, like liver, or something called ‘blood-pudding’ believe me it’s not a dessert.
Another food which is Norwegian and I love is Brunost, or brown goat cheese. This cheese is unlike any other kind of goat cheese I have tasted, it is not strong like Chévre, it’s usually mild and sweet.
Lastly what I like best about eating here is HOW we eat. We sit together. One does not eat standing and does not leave the table before the others are finished, also at work, at school, and in day-care.

You really should click and read Diane’s post and please leave a comment to show how much you appreciate her efforts to reveal Norwegian food -traditions and -culture!

The “Feel Good” Contest:
I’m very glad Diane was challenged on that meme. Even more; since Zhu shortly after throws another challenge, I could not resist taking the opportunity – while at it:
To participate, blog about your biggest achievement and don’t be shy to brag: after all, this is the “feel good” contest! Link back to this post and don’t forget to let me know about it by leaving a comment.

I could of course post about my working career, my travels as well as all the followers on my blog, my Twitter or connection at LinkedIn, Flickr or Facebook. However I take it you’ve guessed already; It has to be the happiness of having Diane in my life. Not only is she a wonderful wife, a great Mom and appreciated co-worker, a talented blogger, but she also enriches my life, have opened my eyes in many aspects and helped me learned a lot about myself as well as Norway and the Nordic countries.

So Zhu, here is my contribution – this is what makes me ‘Fell Good’! – You might like to play too and win something very special :-)


  1. I read Diane’s post about Norway’s food. Very interesting indeed.

    I already knew that Diane is your greatest achievement. My hubby is mine.

    Have a terrific day Renny. Big hug to you and Diane. :)

  2. My dear, I would love to hear what you like and what you don’t about American food. Now there is an interesting post for you.

    An interesting challenge Maribeth, especially due to what Bill Miller is mentioning in his comment below. I’ll see what I can do though :-)

  3. It just dawned on me, Renny, that I soon will be in the same situation as Diane was in coming to live with you there in Norway…except that for me it will be the Netherlands. Astrid and I both met on our photoblog, which I just realized was through the Net! OMG! And once we met in real life, that was all she wrote. I bet we have a lot more in common than we realize! :) How fun when we can all meet in real life…friends through the Net. And we will share GOOD FOOD! “God and [hu]man at table are sat down!”

  4. This was a nice meme.
    I am sure the fish Diane fished must be very tasted on the BBQ!!!
    In a few time we will do perhaps this meme with the cruisers about South French food!

  5. It is difficult to think of a food that I really do not like if it is prepared well. American food is a hodge podge of styles borrowed from the many ethnic groups that populate this country that it is hard to identify what is uniquely American. Basically I like everything.

  6. Baby, you’re the best :-) What more can I say!

  7. Thank you so much for playing!

    I love Diane’s post. She really introduced me to Norwegian food. I had a small idea of what is what about, from your blog, but she really showcased the best of it. These little sandwiches… the fish… yummy!

    I think you have every right to be proud of your work, and your network. But having Diane in your life is something special, I can see that. Quite an achievement, considering your are both from different cultures, different backgrounds I assume, and that she crossed the ocean to start a new life… As someone in a cross-cultural relationship, I can see it’s not always easy, especially at first, but the reward is amazing!

  8. I added a link to your post in my post: you are entry #1 for the contest!

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  10. What can I say Renny but I think I’ve so much to learn from your marriage with Diane, most importantly I think you have embraced & love her engaged intellectually as well which is commendable :D

  11. What a lovely post about Diane, Renny. I think you two are blest and it is richly deserved for both of you.

    I, too, hate fast food. I never buy unless one of my younger grandchildren is staying and then for a treat, we may go to McDonald’s for breakfast, but only once. The rest of the time we eat at home.

    I’m a great believer of the family sitting down together. We always did when I was a child and I made sure we did before my girls left home to lead their own lives. Like you, we never left the table until all were finished and then excused ourselves politely. We didn’t just get up and walk off.

    Sadly that’s missing in today’s world with a lot of families…and it shows.

    Take care…

  12. Salam : I’m Soooo happy to see people like you in my Contact List. Wowww what an amazing work you have done here & every where in your communities. What can i say more… you are such a Mind blowing person. this is not a word play i really mean it. Keep in touch. With love from Pakistan.

  13. Salam : I’m Soooo happy to see people like you in my Contact List. Wowww what an amazing work you have done here & every where in your communities. What can i say more… you are such a Mind blowing person. this is not a word play i really mean it. Keep in touch. With love from Pakistan.
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  14. I said both you and Diane are awesome. Going to read her post now :)

  15. It seems like you have it “both ways” – so congratulations to both of you!

    PS That Cod looked good enough to eat…

  16. Awesome!! It’s always intresting to hear about the what and how regarding food! :) Awesome post!

  17. diane’s post was terrific and i have always enjoyed the posts about local foods. if i ever get to norway i look forward to trying some new things. :)

  18. how nice, and sweet! :) I’ll just smile and go exercise… hehe

  19. I love food … not a big fan of fish, though, as you know.

  20. What an interesting way to meet your partner.

    I adore food all food, I seriously think I missed my calling in life by not being a pastry chef. I could talk about ingrediants, flavour combinations and all sorts all day
    Now I must go and get some breakfast.

  21. I hate fast food, too. LOVE that picture of the good catch!
    Brunost sounds yummy. I hope to try it someday. :-)

  22. :) I agree with her food taste. Almost everything is good… a chosen few, I say Nei Takk!

  23. lovely post Renny… and romantic too :)
    so wonderful that your and Diane have such terrific marriage :)
    that’s a great catch Diane!!!!

  24. Cute picture, catching the fish. Not a fish person myself; but hubby and daughter both love fish. I eat something else when they’re preparing it. Don’t really even like the smell of it.

    Totally agree with not liking fast food. We eat it far less than most people I know. I do like a hamburger and fries, but meal time is always our time. We always set the table, be it outside or in. We always chat, visit about each others day. We’re not fast up from the table and often sit several hours.

    Too many people have forgotten that meal time is a time for family to share, to be together. I’ve even seen families out at nice restaurants and one is plugged in to their Ipod or some such ridiculousness. I would not permit a child of mine to do that instead of conversing with table mates.

    swing back, the suitcase is always on the move, who knows where it travel next.

  25. awww… so sweet of you!
    It’s rare for men to praise their wives… rarer in the East. :)

  26. it is a nice post with have a nice topic.keep it up…

  27. I’m pleased to know your great achievement.
    You are a lucky man!

  28. Quite an achievement, considering your are both from different cultures, different backgrounds I assume, and that she crossed the ocean to start a new life… rapidshare file search

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