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Norwegians
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deadcarp    Posted 12-09-2003 at 17:54:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
In honor of norwegians everywhere and especially the ones i still owe money to, here's an aged helping of your favorite juletid treat -- all togedder now -- (annie nonamus:)

[Sung to the tune of 'O Tannunbaum]

Lutefisk... Oh Lutefisk... how fragrant your aroma
Oh Lutefisk... Oh Lutefisk... You put me in, a coma
You smell so strong... You look like glue
You taste yust like an overshoe
Put Lutefisk ... come Saturday
I tink I'll eat you anyway.

Lutefisk ... Oh Lutefisk ... I put you by the doorway
I vanted you to ripen up ... yust like dey do in Norway
A dog came by and sprinkled you ... I hit him vit an army shoe
Oh Lutefisk ... now I suppose
I'll eat you as I hold my nose.

Lutefisk ... Oh Lutefisk ... how well I do remember
On Christmas Eve how we'd receive ... our big treat of December
It vasn't turkey or fried ham ... it vasn't even pickled spam
My mudder knew dere vas no risk ...
In serving buttered lutefisk.

Lutefisk ... Oh Lutefisk ... now everyone discovers
Dat Lutefisk and lefse makes-Norwegians better lovers
Now all da vorld can have a ball ...
you're better dan dat Yeritol
Oh Lutefisk ... vit brennevin
You make me feel like Errol Flynn.

Lutefisk ... Oh lutefisk ... You have a special flavor
Lutefisk ... Oh lutefisk ... All good Norwegians savor.
That slimy slab we know so well ... Identified by ghastly smell
Lutefisk ... Oh lutefisk ... Our loyalty won't waver.

Lutefisk...Oh lutefisk...When my poor heart stops beating
The pearly gates will open wide, I'll see the angels eating
From steaming platters of the stuff, and there will always be enough
O piece of cod that I adore, O lutefisk forevermore!


(by Red Stangeland, last verse by Robert L. Lee)


Hal/WA    Posted 12-10-2003 at 22:43:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Loved it! I'm an old Norskie that has been fed lutefisk lots of times, but never could really appreciate it. It was one of the old country dishes that we usually had at home on Christmas Eve. Now lefse is a different story--we still make some every year and parcel it out to family members. And julekage. Since the big family dinners are always at my house now, I doubt that lutefisk will ever be served again, unless someone else brings it. Edible yes, good?????--an acquired taste that I never acquired.

As I understand it, lutefisk is cod, or similar fish that has been preserved by treating it with lye, which apparently was something the Scandinavians could get. Maybe it was easier to get than salt. Anyhow it sort of does preserve the fish. Lutefisk still smells very fishy, but does not seem to rot. I know, the old joke about: just how do you tell if the lutefisk has gone bad?

I have had lutefisk prepared different ways. If too much water is used, the lutefisk may very well turn to jelly and be just about inedible. I think the last time we had it, my Mom used the microwave and the lutefisk still had a little fish texture. I suppose that just like anything else, the quality of lutefisk varies with the quality of the original fish and how well it has been processed. I don't suppose there are all that many folks making lutefisk anymore.

I know some of my family members from the last generation liked lutefisk and considered it a real treat at Christmastime, but I doubt that anyone that is around now will really miss it. It is good fodder for jokes though!


TimV    Posted 12-09-2003 at 19:36:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, Deadcarp, that certainly got a chuckle out of me, and I'm not even NorVEEEgin. On the other hand, I know lots of Sven and Ole jokes..... The closest I've came to lutefisk is watching a piece Bill Geist did on Sunday Morning about it. I'm fond of Codfish Gravy, and I will eat darn near anything that's pickled, brined, jerked, or preserved, so I'd probably enjoy it, but it's kinda scarce in Noo Yawk (as are Norwegians, for that matter--probably a coincidence). Oh, well--guess I'll have to put Lutefisk on my list of things to try some day if I get the chance.


Ron,Ar    Posted 12-09-2003 at 18:32:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read this. Then I read it again! I read it three times and I gotta say thats the strangest thing I have seen in a while.
But ya know, it does kinda grow on ya don't it?
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Oh, Lutefish, Oh Lutefish, I wish I hadn't read this song:
Oh Lutefish oh Lutefish I'll be glad when this thread is gone!


Doc    Posted 12-10-2003 at 04:06:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow, I'm still trying to untie my tongue.


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