11 December 2011

Bidos & Sami Láibi

My last post was a sweet treat, but the cold weather really does call for something warm and hearty, don't you think?

So, to contrast with the sweet (and cold!) sorbet I posted a few days ago, this reindeer stew with bread is the polar opposite. Very hearty and very warming and very fitting for the season. And very good as well. Now, reindeer meat is not something I have laying around very often (being the poor student I am, and thus being able to do nothing but sleep, study and watch The West Wing), so I don't get to eat it as often as I would have liked. But, lo and behold, a while ago, I got me some reindeer meat, via my parents, bless their walls, and I just couldn't resist making this soup. To go with it, a sweet and rather delicious bread. Even though I usually don't care much for sweet breads, this one here, smeared with a thin layer of butter, is really good alongside dinner. 

Both recipes come from the Sami cuisine. For those of you who don't know, the Sami are the indigenous people inhabiting Sápmi (parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia), though these days most live in Norway. Historically, the Sami were nomads, travelling around with large herds of reindeer (some still do), and the animal is essential for Sami cuisine. This soup, called bidos, is often served at weddings and other celebrations, and there are several variations; some are thicker than others, others have more vegetables etc. As for the bread, its name, sami láibi, simply translates as ''Sami bread'' and it's a very fuss-free, tasty bread. And don't worry - it's not only hearty, it's also filled with rye and other healthy delights. 

Let me tell you about this soup, though. It's a good soup. Mellow winter vegetables with tender reindeer meat – meltingly tender meat – served with a tasty stock with lots of flavour. Game has an unfair reputation of being complex to prepare, but this soup is a breeze – a simple mixture of chopped vegetables and meat. The same goes for the bread – it's not exactly brain surgery – and I promise you that the flavour and sweet aroma really makes it worth the kneading. Yup. Then all you need to do it dip the latter into the former, and you've got yourself a meal to warm you heart and soul. 

I'll be submitting the Sami Láibi to Yeastspotting

Bidos :: Sami Reindeer Soup
Recipe  adapted from matprat.no

1 kg. reindeer steak
1 litre water
½ yellow onion, chopped
4 potatoes, cubed
4 spring onions, chopped
2 carrots, in slices
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper

1.Slice the meat into large cubes. Cook the water, then add the meat. Let the meat cook, before adding the chopped onion and spring onions. Let simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Add the potatoes and carrots.

Let the stew simmer for about 20 minutes. The meat and vegetables should be tender. Flavour with salt and pepper. Serve with freshly chopped spring onions or chives.

Sami Láibi :: Sami Bread
Recipe by matoppskrift.no

2 dl. flour
4 dl. coarse wholemeal flour
4 dl. wholemeal flour
2 dl. coarse rye meal
50 g. fresh yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. syrup
2 tbsp. oil
1.5 litre tepid water
500 g. flour

1.In a small bowl, mix the yeast with the water and mix well. In a second bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, except the 500 g. flour, together. Add the syrup, oil and water. Knead the dough, add the 500 g. flour, and let rise until doubled.

2.Divide into four parts, place in buttered bread moulds and allow to rise until doubled. Preheat the oven to 180C.

3.Place in the lower rack of the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

8 comment (s):

M said...

mmmm! dette vil eg ha, NÅ! ^^

Anonymous said...

looks almost like Pot-au-feu but instead of reindeer steak it's beef ^^

Marion said...

M: Jaujau, du kan få om du kjem på besøk! :)

But the reindeer makes all the difference :-)

N said...

of course ;)

爸爸 said...

I'm usually not much into soups, but this one I really liked!

Marion said...

谢谢 Me neither, but I really loved the reindeer taste in this soup.

Sølepytt said...

Excellent soup for excellent people!

Marion said...

Excellent soup for excellent people indeed!

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