Saturday, November 2, 2013
Kristiansund: Klippfisk, Bacalao, Harbor Mines, Nordlandet,
Kristiansund: Stay by the waterfront, and enjoy long evening walks without having to move the car. Fishing history, places to eat.
Even the sewer caps applaud the Klippfiske woman, here with a date of 1742. That was the date on which the town achieved township status, thanks to King Christian VI.
Kristiansund was heavily damaged in German bombardments 1940. The hunt was on for the fleeing Norwegian king and his government.
Dried cod, soaked, rinsed resoaked again and again, then stewed in tomatoes, onions, potatoes. Bacalao. The drying process was known to the Vikings. Then, about 300 years ago, it appears that Basque fisherman from the coasts of Spain and France operating off Newfoundland who added a salting technique, speeding the drying process? See http://arcticgrub.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/bacalao-norways-most-exotic-dish/ Spain and Portugal -- who exported/imported first? Look back to the 1600's. Here, dried cod is klippfisk, the site notes that the klip part means rocks. We found bacalao at the airport's restaurants and other fast food places..
Here, the sculptor of the fish seller is Tore Bjorn Skjolsvik -- 1992. Klippfisk is also called Clipfish.
Harbor view, Kristiansund. The Nordlandet Church is recent, 1912, but is on the site of an earlier church and holds its Bible dating from 1642. In 1964, a newer church, the modern Kirkelandet, became the main parish church.