It was the second day of our trip, and we had been on the road for a while. The hour was getting late, and people were in the mood for some rest and good food to fill us up after our trip to Trollholmsund. The original plan was that we were going to set up some lavvus for us to stay in for the night, but because of the weather forecast we ended up renting cabins instead, which ended up being a smart choice considering the fact that it started pouring down shortly after our arrival to Russenes camping in Olderfjord. Firstly, upon our arrival, we had to make the sleeping arrangements. Everyone split into groups of four, and then each group were given keys to our cabins for the night. The cabins were small and simple, yet quite charming in a way, with two rooms, one of which had a couch and a table, and the other, a four-man bedroom. We put our stuff in the cabins then it was time for us to make dinner.
We met up in the gathering hall/kitchen area and got to work. The kitchen was, not unlike our living quarters, small and a little cramped, so only a few people could help with the cutting and cooking at a time, meanwhile the rest had to help set the table.
For dinner, we were going to have a traditional Pollock fish soup. The recipe was Ellen`s, and was made up of Pollock (obviously), and different vegetables like onions, garlic, bell peppers, carrots, parsnips, celery and veggie stock. Other ingredients that we used were coconut milk, ginger and a little bit of chili to spice things up a little bit, and give the soup some more of a bite and kick so to speak.
Fish soup is very traditional, especially along the Norwegian coastline were fishing is a big part of everyday life, as it has been for so many centuries. Fishing has always been a massive part of Norwegian culture. The coastal fish soup usually is mostly made by using white fish like cod, halibut or Pollock to mention a few. If you travel farther into the mainland then the more common thing will be to use red fish, since there are plenty of them in the lakes and rivers of Norway.
Now for the most important part of all. How was the fish soup? Well, as the title may suggest, it was simply amazing. You could even call it a culinary masterpiece. It was really well balanced and rounded. The fish itself had a nice and pleasant consistency, and with a great taste. The chili added some flair, and gave the soup a satisfying twist. I do believe that pretty much everyone enjoyed it, and if this were a food review then there would simply be no other choice than giving it five out of five. When we were done with eating and cleaning, everyone headed back to the cabins and enjoyed the rest of the evening by socialising and playing some games before heading to bed.