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Lutefisk Lovers?

For those of you who want to relive the misery of the Holiday Season, or are just really, really masochistic. The Sidney Roundup reports that the First Lutheran Church will be holding their 76th annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner at the Fellowship Hall in Williston on Saturday Feb. 28. Tickets are available at the church office Monday through Friday for $15. Serving will be from 11am to 6pm, or until nobody can stand to look at more lutefisk. There will be a delivery service until 3pm and take-out service is available from 11 am to 5:30pm. Call the Church to arrange for take-out. Preferably way out.

lutefiskYes, I’m afraid it’s true. Norwegians eat toxic fish jello. Dave The Fox has the traditional lutefisk recipe for anyone who doesn’t want to be seen eating the disgusting stuff in public:

“To make lutefisk, catch yourself a cod. Take out the bones, skin it, salt it, and hang it out to dry for several weeks until it hardens and smells like a dumpster. Then, bring it inside and soak it in lye for several days.”

Yes, that’s lye. That’s the stuff that is used as drain cleaner and for killing weeds in your garden. After the fish soaks in lye for several days, you can tell it’s ready when it is about the consistency of phlegm. And the First Lutheran Church has been subjecting their congregation to this for 76 years! There is an old Norwegian saying that half the people who immigrated to America from Norway did so to get away from lutefisk. The other half came here to extoll the virtues of the vile stuff.

So, if you feel that you have had your fill of nutritious food this month, or your children have just been particularly annoying, or you just feel that life’s no longer worth living, load up the family station wagon and head over to Williston on Feb. 28 for all-you-can-eat fish phlegm. I’d call ahead though, this one is sure to fill up fast.copy-of-irrigation1

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2 Responses

  1. Luckily, no one in their right mind would eat tofu either. I’ll explore the Hades origin theory. And, don’t get me started on vegans.

  2. Tofu is made with lye too. I wonder how many vegans know that.

    I wonder how in the hades people figured that process out in the first place.

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