Norwegian cuisine – Chinese apples and rice

Now, I don’t really now if this should be classified as Norwegian cuisine, but as I’ve never had it anywhere else, I’ll be so bold as to at least add it to the recipes from my kitchen, making it at least slightly Norwegian…

This is a simple dessert made from rice, oranges, and whipped cream. The unjust title is due to the Norwegian name for orange (appelsin /a:pelsi:n/ that is with a back vowel /a/) which is borrowed from Dutch, which has again just translated from French ‘Pomme de Sine’, which means ‘Apple from China’. The Norwegian name for this dish is ‘appelsinris’ (orange rice), and thus: Chinese apples and rice.

This is what you make for dessert when you have leftover rice from dinner (or make extra rice when you want this for dessert). And it’s dead simple. Peel and dice the orange, whip cream (add a bit of sugar to weigh up for the healthy dinner) and mix it together with rice. I would say even portions of rice and cream, but that depends on how you like it. Sugar also depends on your sweet-tooth. I add about one teaspoon pr decilitre (about two teaspoons pr cup). Serve cold. Enjoy πŸ™‚

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9 thoughts on “Norwegian cuisine – Chinese apples and rice

  1. Ah, how interesting – orange is also apelsin in Russian :).

    But my Dutch friend and I have this general theory about how a lot of words in Russian and Dutch are similar somehow!

    Love the idea and that it’s not too sweet.

    • As it is a loanword that has entered both languages at the same time I would imagine it to be quite similar in most European languages. I know very little about the influence of Germanic languages on Russian, though, and even less about linguistic relations between Dutch and Russian. I assume most influence must have come from German, but there could be trading between the two countries that could have affected the borrowing of words.
      You should try out the dessert anyhow πŸ™‚

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