Eric Dregni's great-grandfather Ellef fled Norway in 1893 when it was the poorest country in Europe. More than one hundred years later, his great-grandson traveled back to find that-mostly due to oil and natural gas discoveries-it is now the richest.
The circumstances of his return were serendipitous, as the notice that Dregni won a Fulbright Fellowship to go there arrived the same week as the knowledge that his wife Katy was pregnant. Braving a birth abroad and benefiting from a remarkably generous health care system, the Dregnis' family came full circle when their son Eilif was born in Norway.
In this cross-cultural memoir, Dregni tells the hair-raising, hilarious, and sometimes poignant stories of his family's yearlong Norwegian experiment. Dregni's Scandinavian roots do little to prepare him and his family for the year in Trondheim eating herring cakes, obeying the conformist Janteloven (Jante's law), and enduring the mørketid (dark time).
Read more about the author and his new book here.
I am providing the Norwegian snacks for this event.
I am mulling over the following menu: Saetre Gjende cookies; Kornmo Crackers and Tine Snofrisk spreadable goat cream cheese and delicious Lena's lefse with the usual butter and cinnamon sugar.
I think I may also make 'pinwheels' by laying a Norwegian style (Frybe) wiener on a 1/4 sheet of Lena's Lefse then using a squirt of both Idun brand polse (hotdog) mustard and Idun ketchup and a sprinkle of fried onions and rolling the hotdog up in the lefse. I will put in toothpicks and slice each one into 5 or 6 sections.