When the American food magazine Saveur announced the winner of the food blog of 2016 it was with great surprise, as the shiny title went to a brand new blog, North Wild Kitchen. Nevada Berg blogs about traditional Norwegian food from her rural mountain farm in Numedal, Norway.
Utah born Nevada’s wanderlust was the reason why she met her Norwegian husband. After living in several European cities over a 10 year period he finally managed to persuade her to move to his native country. Nevada describes her first impression of Norway on her blog;
‘My love affair for this place started the moment we arrived. Beauty graces its raw exterior. The splendor of the landscape is overshadowing. Its imperfections adding to its charm. And who would have guessed that deep in the northern wild, lies one of nature’s culinary banquets. Seasonal, forgiving, abundant. Like a land flowing with milk and honey.’
After a career in PR and marketing but with a passion for food Nevada dives into the culinary landscape of Norway. With enthusiasm she learns traditional recipes and methods. She discovers seasonal and local produce. She harvest, preserves, cooks and experiments. And it’s perhaps the latter which has made her blog stand out from the crowd.
She’s not only a skilful writer and a decent food photographer (all photos in this post is © North Wild Kitchen), Nevada is also passionate about food and clearly smitten by what Norway has to offer.
Adding a ‘Nevada Berg twist’ to traditional recipes and sharing it on North Wild Kitchen has proven a success. Avid foodie followers enjoys her blog with recipes such as sour cream ice cream and ‘krumkaker’ (traditional Scandinavian cookies) filled with whipped espresso cream.
And only a few months after starting the blog, Nevada goes on to win ‘the food blog of the year’ in the Saveur Blog Awards in New York.
The Saveur is a gourmet, food, wine, and travel magazine that specializes in essays about various world cuisines, with 9 issues a year.
This is what the Saveur said: “Nevada Berg was born in Utah, but her current home—and object of culinary fascination—is Norway. At North Wild Kitchen, which launched just this past November, she explores and celebrates the ingredients and cooking of her adopted home. Her photos, stories, and diligence in re-creating family recipes is nothing short of transporting—and has us seriously hungry for some røkt ørret (that’s smoked trout, in case you were wondering).”
‘Russedessert’, a traditional berry based pudding.
A classic Norwegian apple cake
Freshly harvested chanterelles, with a goat cheese sauce.
Fans who follow her cooking and life on the farm can also soon be able to visit Norway! From next year Nevada is planning to offer some very special food experience packages and cooking courses. Participants will be able to learn how to make traditional Norwegian dishes while experiencing the wild of Norway. From foraging and fishing to baking and curing as well as smoking and butchering.
We have definitely added North Wild Kitchen to our Bloglove – and we suggest you’d check it out too!