Kale with smoked sausage!


So today I will show you how to make (as some say) the national dish of The Netherlands. It?s called kale (also known as kail, cow cabbage of tree cabbage) with smoked sausage.

This is what kale looks like.

The funny thing is that the Dutch people don?t eat it in the summer! They only eat it in the wintertimes. Sometimes even 4 or 5 times a week!

Let?s cut the cattle and start with the recipe.


  • 1 kg potatoes

  • Salt

  • Peper

  • 500 grams sliced kale

  • 1 smoked sausage

  • 100 grams of diced bacon

  • 20 grams of butter

  • 150 ml warm milk

Cookingtime: Its about an hour

How do you do it?

  1. You need a big cooking pan and you have to poor a layer of water in there of about 4 cm. Make sure he water cooks before you follow the next step.

  2. Peel the potatoes and add them to the water. When the potatoes cook, you have to add some salt and add the smoked sausage and the kale.

  3. Turn down the temperature of the stove and cook the potatoes and kale in about 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Check if the potatoes are well-cooked and while you do that you have to bake the diced bacon in a pan without butter.

  5. After this you have to filter the potatoes, kale and smoked sausage so that there is no water in it anymore.

  6. Stirr the potatoes, kale, milk and butter together to make it creamy.

  7. Scoop the diced bacons through the kale, and your finished!

In holland it is traditionally served with the smoked sausage next to it. In the middle of the kale you make a small hole to put gravy in there.


ENJOY the meal!

- Nina





Traditional Norwegian: SHEEP HEAD! (Smalahove)

Smalahove, or sheep head, is a very traditional course in Norway. It`s not as usual to eat it know as it was before, when the Norwegians didn`t have so much foodto choose from.

yeah.. potatoes saved the Norwegians. I love potatoes.

Smalahove is usual for Sundaysdinner, before Christmas (the last Sheephead has to be eaten the last Sunday before Christmas, weird I know!). This is still a tradition, but I believe it`s more traditional in the western part of Norway.

Personally, I have tasted Smalahove one time in my life. I don`t remember how i thought it tasted, but it did NOT look good!

Wanna see a picture? I`m warning you, t`s nasty!


So let`s cut the nasty stuff and go right to the recipe!

Ingredients: 2 pieces smalahove (sheephead)

Cookingtime: depends on howmuch time you`ve got, approxomatly 2-5 hours.

How do you do it?

1. Smalahove can either pull in water or steamed on a rack or pins such as lamb.

2. Should it be done the traditional way, the steaming should last4-5 hours, but recent patterns suggest that the steamingtime 2 to 2 / 2 hours is enough to get a good result. It is important not to use too high heat. High temperatures kill many flavors.

3. Smalahove normally served with boiled potatoes, power from the draw and rutabaga drain. But it can also be served with green peas and bacon fat. The traditional sausages from Voss in Norwayalso has a natural place in the sheep's head meal.

How do you really eat the Sheeps head?!
1. The usual procedure is to start at the ear. There are a lot of fat, and then apply it to get it out while it's hot. The same applies to the eye.

2. You start at the front part of the head and work yourself backwards between its teeth in the upper and lower jaw. So, breakthe jaw andyou can easily reach the eye. (YUMMY)

3.The eyeslitcarefully and you scrape out the eyeapple.What thenis left isthe eye muscle.Many counts as the best part of thesheephead. Many also consider the tounge as the best part of the sheep.


4. ENJOY, and continiueeating around the poor sheep`s head.

Good luck trying out the Smalahove, or good luck getting the images of a boiledsheep`s head off your mind...

This is me jumping in Vestlandet (The Western part of Norway, where Smalahove is much used)!

- Synne







Let me introduce myself!


My name is Nina and as Synne has already told you that I'm the Dutch girl. I'm 16 and I live in small city called Delft. Right now two Norwegian girls are living in my house (Synne and Iris)and so far it has been great.

It so fun to let them try new food! I learned that in Norway they eat very healthy food compared toThe Netherlands. For example,it's not normal to eat candy's and other sweet things during the week. So they only eat candy on Saturdays. Also, in The Netherlands it's normal to eat white bread. That not how it is in Norway. They only eat white bread on special occasions or sometimes in the weekend.

Anyway, I hope you will enjoy our blog! Stay with us, I'm going to post a traditional Dutch recipe soon!

A small foretaste of my recipe!

- Nina




Norwegian girl blogging from Holland!

Hey, Synne here.

We`re two girls, named Synne and Nina.I am Synne, 16 year old from Norway, and Nina is from the Netherlands. This week, me and the rest ofmy studyclass from Norway is in The Netherlands for a exchangeprogram.It`s very exciting, andso fun to see all the differences between The Netherlands and Norway!

This is me in the beautiful Norway!

In this blog, we will post traditional (and untraditional) recipes from both Norway and The Netherlands.

Right now, I`m working on a recipe from the Westen part of Norway, called Smalahove. Basicly, it`s a cooked sheep head. Yummy!

Nina is introducing herself very soon, so stay tuned!

- Synne




Les mer i arkivet April 2011