Winter is a difficult season for finding food. Still, it gives you a few advantages – things are easier to preserve, for instance. And if you work hard enough, you might just find enough for a hearty meal deep within the snowy woods.
In December 2014, we appeared in the Christmas issue of Bon Appétit, one of North Americas best known and respected food and lifestyle magazines, together with Halvor Digernes from Fuglen Oslo who served an aquavit toddy, Anders Braathen from Smalhans who prepared the menu and Tim Wendelboe's crew who served coffee in style.
After a long, hot summer, the woods are changing and preparing for autumn. The change can be felt in the air, which is now filled with the smells of berries, herbs and fungus. It is the time just before harvest, and the time when the cattle come back from summer dairy. It is the warmest month of the year, when the fish seek to the deepest part of the lakes to cool off. The dense forest is moist, hot and mystically dark – intensively yielding its last produce before the inset of autumn.