Twin Peaks Eats: The Norwegians Are Leaving!

In 2014, in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, I did a series of Peaks-themed posts. Back then, the idea of David Lynch and Mark Frost returning with a third season of the show was…well, unthinkable. But here twin we are!
Starting with the premiere of season 3 on Showtime on May 21st at 9 PM, every Sunday night I will serve up a treat inspired by seasons 1 and 2. But as I go on, who knows what delights await us in the upcoming weeks!

Meanwhile, we’re going to revisit a few of the original blog posts. This originally appeared on Dinner Is Served 1972 on June 3, 2014

In the Twin Peaks pilot, Ben Horne is courting a group of Norwegian businessmen over breakfast.

The Norwegians seemed to be buying what Ben was selling; but eventually some shit goes down (if you haven’t seen it, 1. you’re crazy. 2. you have to go watch the pilot to find out. I’m not telling.) and this happens:


“The Norwegians are leaving! The Norwegians are leaving!”

norwegiann2Yeah. The Norwegians left.

But let’s get back to that breakfast from the clip! Looks good. Flapjacks. Bacon. Eggs. Coffee.

So, pretty far off from the Norwegian breakfast, or Frokost (from wikipedia):

The basic Norwegian breakfast consists of milk or fruit juice, coffee (or more rarely tea), and open sandwiches with meat cuts, spreads, cheese or jam. Cereals such as corn flakes, muesli and oatmeal are also popular, particularly with children.

Eh. Boring. You know what’s more fun? KOLDTBORD, or the Norwegian version of the smorgasbord. I think it literally translates to “cold board.”

Continue reading for a looksie at some primo retro koldtbord spreads.


I love the red serving bowls.

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This has to be for Christmas. I spy a Jell-O mold!

Check out the Norwegian flag right next to the stacks of sliced bread.


I am 100% sure there is pickled herring involved.

So, lots of salads, cold meat, cold fish, and little open-faced sandwiches. Count me in!

And then there’s this:

OK, not koldtbord. There’s a giant elephant. And is that a loaf of bread shaped like a crocodile??? But I came across it and had to share.

I never knew that Sharon, Lois & Bram had a record called Smorgasbord. Damn, I don’t know the last time that I even thought of Sharon, Lois & Bram. But now I’m gonna have that skiminarinkydinkydink skiminarinkydo I love you song in my head all day.

After looking at all those fantastic koldtbord photos and now have a hankering to see some more Norwegian foods, please visit Ted over at RecipeReminiscing. The recipes are all vintage. The photography is all questionable. And most of the recipes are provided in both English AND Norwegian.

Check out this humdinger of a dish from Ted’s site:


approx. 300-400 g [0,7-0,9 pound] beef
4 egg yolks
4 tablespoons chopped pickled cucumber
4 tablespoons finely chopped raw onions
4 tablespoons capers
4 tablespoons chopped beetroot
4 slices of bread with butter
Remove the tendons and skins carefully from the meat and run it once through a meat grinder. Placed on top of the buttered bread slices and push it well down at the edges so that none of the bread is visible. Chop lightly with the dull edge of a knife in checkerboard pattern.
Place the sandwiches on a platter with onions, capers, cucumber and beets around. The egg yolks can be served in half an eggshell or put on the sandwiches in an onion ring. Serve with salt and pepper.

Yummy. But hey now! I think I’ve seen that dish before!!!

Looks rather like Dinner is Served’s Beef Lindstrom, no?

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2 Responses to Twin Peaks Eats: The Norwegians Are Leaving!

  1. I was obsessed with Sharon, Lois & Bram! And I cannot wait for the new Twin Peaks episodes!

  2. Monski says:

    Talk about a feast for the eyes!
    I especially dig the bread sleigh in the second pic, & the black & yellow cruet beside that steak tartare type dish.

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