inbetween a bad old dream or ditto swedish potato dish, I think, maybe it´s best to have something to eat first.
Then, the unavoidable horror picture.tx_cronopio
just posted on the topic of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_Captain
so, to counter the vast and dangerous influence from the overheated South or even Far East (what with exotic spices like ginger and marsala) here´s A Classic from the Far North for you.
Unfortunately, unless you are a native Scandinavian living a Viking Land, this will have to include going to a world-famous swedish interior decoration company to buy a tin or more for the approx. value of 20 Kronas at their foods department, where you can also have tasteless hot dog or try this dish readymade and frozen for more moneys, if not inclined to cooking yourself as a hot hobby. I´d say, have someone do it for you!:
This is a simple (if I can do it, anyone can) Cucina Povera dish.
Foreign kids love it. Such as the French, who do need Food Education.
It costs almost nothing but it does take up quite a bit of your precious time:
approx. 1h 40 min.
1. Do not boil those potatoes! At all.
(If you insist on doing so, all they´ll do, is turn black on you)
2. Add no spices, not even sugar, salt or pepper!
(The wiki article that says to do this, is for unrefined barbarians, only)
what you will have to buy, steal or borrow to feed 2 very hungry or 4 medium fed-up p. is:
10 small or 7-8 big or medium sized potatoes
2-4 onions, depending on size and shape; (normal, yellow ones are perfect)
A 500 ml bottle of liquid cream
1 tin of "Skarpsill" (Sprattus sprattus),
(formerly known as "Anchovis" in Viking Land, spiced a very swedish way; both sweet and salty)
Put the oven on 180°C (or up to 200°C just to heat it up) in good time since this takes forever and a day, though the longer it takes, the better it gets.
potatoes into chips (Strippus strappus)
Cut onions into thin slices
Spread one layer of chips (Strippus strappus) in a form
(no butter or oil needed, but possible by all means, if your BMI really says, you are way too thin)
Spread one layer of onion slices on top of those Strippus strappus
Spread one layer of anchovis/skarpsill slices (the spratti are the only spices in a classic versio)
Repeat (= one more layer of potatoes, onions & slippery little fishies)
1 last layer of potato chips (Strippus strappus) on top
Grill Dry Phase One
approx. 40 min. at 180°C:
Shove the form into the oven for 20 min.
Take it out to have a good, close look at it and turn it around in case your oven is small, old and for magical reasons, heats things one-sidedly, mostly
Shove the form back into the oven for another 20 min.
Does it all now look slightly grilled already?
Smell kinda funny?
(if not, grill a while more, til it bristles audibly)
Proceed to Grill With Liquid Phase Two,
approx. Ih at 180°C:
Spread A Little = 1/3 of liquid cream allover the stuff and shove it back into oven for 20 min.
Repeat as above! (Turn around, if necessary, to grill both neck and bum evenly)
(if you try to shorten the process in any way, for instance by pouring out all that liquid cream at once, you destroy the whole idea of nekkid temptation itself in swedish chulture and will be duly punished and pogromed by a tasteless dish, somewhat, but not quite long enough; later)
After 40 min.;
Spread the fish sauce overall as sole spice
Spread the rest of the liquid cream overall
Grill for another last approx. 20 min.
til those Strippus strappus chips look well tanned yet short of skin cancer on top
Serve with fresh salad, tomatoes, cucumber and most importantly:
cold beer or fresh milk
(the latter, if you are of the scandinavian conviction only and do not suffer from an acute lactose allergy)
Should you not eat it all at once, it´s even better late at night or next day after a party with much swedish snaps and/or vodka
The condescending tone is a vital part of swedish chulture, too, as has not often enough been discussed in international forums
Swedes will tell you how to use milk on the package:
"milk tastes good in coffee, with hot chocolate, you can even put it into your tea or have cereals with cold or hot milk products" etc.
always with illustrations for those many immigrants with a learning impairment, such as myself, for instance
(see Lou Reed´s doctorate explanation of his personal Fear of Sweden on my user´s info.
Reed´s speech is spot on, so to speak)
It finally has to be said:
I am a stern enemy of the idea of breadcrumbs anywhere near this dish.
Obviously, a dangerous, foreign influence (to be as widely ignored as possible).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Povel_Ramel