Join me in making Scandinavian charcuterie, smoking meats, mead making and other nibbles.
We're providing a well researched cultural spring board for folks in the Houston area. You could discover and craft a variety of Nordic and Scandinavian dishes.
Skál i botn!
A piece of me...
Both my parents’ ancestry is Scandinavian, but our families moved to America centuries ago. My dad’s Skarðaborg family were Íslendingar. They emigrated to Eastern Yorkshire from Iceland by way of Orkney and became the Skarburghs, Scarths, and Scarboroughs. They were the senior native Norse family landholders, later for the Clan Sinclair, in Orkney. My mom’s family were Orkneyjar, and emigrated to England from the direct line of the Jarls of Orkney. Both sides were Norwegian and my grandfathers' names are written in the great Sagas and after. Both sides were related to Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish kings, jarls, and warrior-poets.
After finding the documents recording my family ancestry and genealogy, I also found a cultural responsibility to re-instill pieces of this culture into my own family.
But before all of this in 2004 I graduated from the best Japanese culinary school in The U.S. as Class Captain, and in 2010 traveled to Japan with my master to work in his family's restaurant. Using my experiences in travel, living, and culinary education abroad I was able to bring a number of these things home.
My formal Japanese culinary education gave me the background and skills to continue my pursuit of both Washoku and Nordic cuisines. I like the excitement of trial and error bearing good fruit, so to speak. I love making new converts to new discoveries in food… especially when those techniques or dishes may be centuries old.
Skills I have, and can share with you
- Scandinavian style fish and meat curing
- Basic charcuterie and head cheeses
- Basic Scandinavian style meat and fish smoking
- Pate making
- Skyr making
- Mead making
- Schnapps infusions
- Seafood pickling
- Vegetable canning
- Japanese “shari” prep and traditional “sushizu” mixology
- Japanese style fish and shellfish prep and presentation
- Proper “neta case” and sushi bar setup
- Simmered, Steamed, Grilled & Deep Fried Japanese dishes
- Formal “Kaiseki” dish techniques
- Traditional and fusion rolled sushi
- Traditional Osaka box, and pressed sushi
- Nigiri and Temari-zushi Kansai and Edomae Styles
- Traditional and fusion appetizers
- Traditional “chinmi” and sauce making
- Skilled “togishi” and minor knife edge repair
- Health Department issues, concerns, and proper food handling practices