[Sca-cooks] Fruit salad desert was Viking challenge

Saami Mom Yaini0625 at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 11 17:38:49 PST 2011

Hej Hej!
A favorite in our personal house and Viking household is Berry Fruit Salad/Soup served with or separately with rice pudding or rice cake.
Berry Fruit Salad- this is my Grandmother's recipe
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
3/4 cup fresh strawberries
3/4 cup fresh  blackberries
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
3/4 cup fresh currants or lingon or cranberries
2 tbsp dark berry jelly
1 tbsp orange juice
3 tbsp honey ( may not need to use if using fresh berries. I only have used it when using frozen fruit or spring time fruits)
Mix all ingredients together until creamy. If using frozen fruits they may appear more soupy then creamy. Let stand in refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Can be made the day ahead. 
Serve over ice cream, rice pudding or rice pancake
Now I do have my Grandmother's rice pudding recipe. It was and has continued to be a Christmas tradition in our family to have rice pudding with the hidden almond. I inherited her cookbooks and notes and remember gleefully looking for the rice pudding recipe and was happy to find the coveted recipe. So, you can imagine my surprise to read in the margins her hand written note, "buy Cozi Shack it taste as good."
Remember during the Viking Age refined sugar was an expensive commodity. Honey and fresh fruit was much more common to find. There is also archeological evidence of fresh fruit in miden piles. 
Bless Bless 
Aelina Vesterlundr 

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On Dec 11, 2011, at 1:16 AM, Dan Schneider <schneiderdan at ymail.com> wrote:

> Hej!
> I agree with Ana about the apples, honey and nuts, or what about barley flatbreads folded while warm over a mixture of blueberries lingon (you can use cranberries if you're in the States) and strawberries cooked down to a fairly thick jam? you wouldn't need to add honey or extra sugar, but an apple or two with the skins on would add extra pectin for thickening.
> I'm not so sure about the rhubarb, though; I've gotten the impression that rhubarb wasn't around in Scandinavia as early as the VA. Not sure about the Viking periphery, though.
> Dan
> --- On Sun, 12/11/11, Ana Valdés <agora158 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Apples filled with nuts and honey
>> were common in Scandinavia, Gotland,
>> Visby, in the Middle Ages. It's very easy to prepare and
>> low fat, only
>> tricky is the honey if you have many diabetics.
>> Another thing is rhubarb pie sweetened with lemon and
>> honey, again the
>> honey.
>> Or cakes dopped on mead.
>> Ana
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