Norwegian Travels

Heidal is a beautiful conservation village at 600metres in the Norwegian parish of Gudbrandsdalen, Oppland. Heidal Hotel is an exquisitely crafted wooden roadside inn, in the River Sjoa valley. Having been unloved for a wee while, it has been bought by a local farmer who is busy restoring it to its former glory. Not only is it a lovely spot to stay, but he also makes his own delicious sausages from moose, wild reindeer and lamb, that he serves in the…

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Slow Food Salone del Gusto & Terra Madre

When Carlo Petrini first took part in a protest campaign against McDonald’s fast food chain in the 80’s I wonder if he realised then he would be leading a global grass roots movement that ‘envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.  Slow Food involves over a million activists, chefs, experts, youth, farmers, fishers and academics in over 160 countries.’ The biennial…

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Wild wolves in Dalsland and wild crustaceans on M/S Donalda

Just returned from a Swedish Christmas where Santa is Tomte, reindeers deposed by goats, and ham the centrepiece rather than turkey. Naturally every country has its own traditions – indeed what better than a thriving food culture to show the health of a Nation? After family celebrations we headed north a little where it was a cool crisp white minus 10 degrees. The panoramic views from the locks at Trollhattan, my husband’s native heath, were breathtaking and paths deserted. The fishing…

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