We kept our study of Norway simple these last two weeks. We read our books from the library and finished our notebook pages. However, we didn’t spend much time online looking up interesting information and videos. Mostly we just listened to the Norwegian folk song on our Wee Sing CD and the national anthem.
Sami felt designs – In my craft book they call these Lapland felt squares, but the term “Lap” comes from a racial slur on the Sami people. So I think that we will avoid the use of that term. The Sami are reindeer herders from the far north portions of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Their beautiful embroidered clothing patterns are what we tried to mimic in our craft project.
You could also try your hand at Rosemaling, or Norwegian rose painting.
For our Norwegian recipe, we chose a dessert since Norwegian meals are quite similar to Swedish meals that we tried before I started this blog. This recipe was also quite simple for the children to help prepare. They were able to do most steps on their own with minimal supervision. Their favorite part was mashing the berries through the sieve.
Red Fruit Pudding
2 lbs assorted berries (we used 1 lb fresh sliced strawberries and 1 cup each frozen blueberries and blackberries)
3 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
In a medium sized pot slowly heat the berries, water, and sugar over medium heat. Cook for five to ten minutes until the berries are soft.
Strain and press through a fine mesh sieve. Reserve all the liquid in a large bowl, and discard the pulp and seeds. Unless of course your eight year old offers to eat the pulp and by all means let him. All that fiber is good for him.
In a small bowl whisk together the tapioca starch and about one cup of the reserved liquid.
Return all of the liquids to the pot and whisk them together. Bring the pudding to a boil and reduce to simmer for five minutes.
Chill for several hours before serving. Enjoy!