[Sca-cooks] lutefisk and Lefse

Susan Fox selene at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 11 07:13:29 PST 2010

I had an epiphany about this some years ago, when my honourable ex 
swapped chores with me to sit in line at the drive-through when Krispy 
Kreme Doughnuts opened in our part of the world.  He had to have them, 
even though I remained unimpressed.  They're just doughnuts, right?  Not 
really, it was more.

It was never about the lutefisk itself, or the haggis, or gefilte fish, 
or chitlins.  It was about the whole complex of family memory associated 
with the smell and taste.  The feel of sitting at grandmother's table.  
The Love.


Katherine Kretchmar wrote:
> At one of the closest restaraunts to my house, it is a holiday
> special.  It is posted on the outdoor sign when you can actually get
> it there because there are enough people who drive by that will make
> the stop to eat it then.  People really do eat it by choice.
> Not that I am one of them, but I live near lots.  Lefse is MUCH more
> popular.  And pickled herring.
> Katriona
> north of Minneapolis, MN in the modern world
> On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 1:58 AM, H Westerlund-Davis <yaini0625 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Lutefisk and Harkle (which is half rotted shark from Iceland) are all eaten as reminders of the "starving times." Why would they eat something like this. It's kind of why people would eat lamprey?
>> Aelina
>> _______________________________
>> From: Georgia Foster <jo_foster81 at hotmail.com>
>> To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
>> Sent: Tue, January 5, 2010 7:19:53 AM
>> Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] lutefisk and Lefse
>> The stepfather, being born and raised outside of Grand Forks, to immigrant parents, has a fondness for Lefse and Lutfisk (lutefisk).
>> http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/LutefiskHistory.htm offers "Today the fish is celebrated in ethnic and religious celebrations and is linked with hardship and courage."
>> My personal opinion is one would have to be in extreme 'hardship' in order to summon sufficient 'courage' to eat it, but eh ... each to their own.

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