On May 17th the Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll, declaring that Norway was finally an independent nation. Traditionally, Norweigians don their best springwear or tradtional dress, and decorate streets with bunting and flags. As well as being a celebration of everything Norway, the 17th of is also the day students in the last year of secondary school celebrate the end of 13 years long years of schooling with parades and processions and brightly decorated clothing and cars covered in adolescent scrawl.
If you thought the fjords, Ole Gunnar SolskjÃƒÂ¦r and black metal were all Norway had to offer, I am pleased to tell you that you are sadly mistaken. Aside from being a country of incredible natural beauty and a regular contributor to the Eurovision song conest, Norway boasts a proud culinary tradition in which seafood, and in particular, the familiar cod is give pride of place in the annual celebration of independence. To help you kick off your Nasjonaldagen celebreations, Mitch Tonks, the fish-fancyer and resturanteur, brings you his recipes for creamed Norwegian cod with garlic on sourdough bread and Roasted Norwegian cod with Pepperonata and Basil. Elsewhere, food blogger and author of ScandiliciousSigne Johansen shows us how to share our food with her recipe for crispy Norwegian cod cheeks with a dill, anchovy & pickled cucumber salsa, perfect for those looking to stuff themselves silly till RagnarÃƒÂ¶k. Happy Grunnlovsdagen!