When I was growing up, my godmother used to make a special dish of what we called 'klub' and it became one of my, and my family's, favourite meals.
This coveted klub came once a year at Christmas and with a small bowl for our family of 5, you had to get in there and eat as much as you could just to ensure a good filling before they vanished. A few years ago, my godmother passed on the making of this potato-ey goodness to her grown kids and their families thus putting an abrupt stop to our Christmas treat.
Fast forward a couple of years and I find myself living in Gabon researching our future new Scandinavian home. In my extensive research, I come across this article, bells start ringing, fireworks go off and I can't believe my luck.
Klub is Norwegian!
My favourite Christmas food (aside from toffee tarts) is practically my new home's national dish.
Another reason I love multicultural Canada!
I kept my eyes peeled for my beloved klub and one day came across a prepackaged grocery store variety. We were less than impressed so when I arrived home, my godmother graciously offered to teach my Mom & I how to make it. The recipe is not particularly complicated but there is definitely a method one must learn.
The version I'm familiar with is basically shredded potato and flour mixed together with a piece of ham in the centre and then simmered in ham juice for several hours. We serve it with butter, salt & pepper. (Sort of similar to a perogy but much more dense.)
It was just as delicious as I remembered it and maybe, just maybe, I'll attempt to make it on my own one rainy, Norwegian day.