As I write this, my eyes and mind are snow?-drifting off to the snowy scene outside my window. Yes it is March, I live in Spain and it is snowing. The last few months have been back to front, with unseasonably early warm weather and now unseasonably cold with snow. I can only hope that the precocious plants and trees are not going to suffer too much.
This winter scene also has me thinking of a relatively recent trip to Norway. Today’s recipe is from that trip……..
One March a couple of years ago I was invited to a cabin in Telemark, Norway. The cabin was situated in the mountains close to the town of Rjukan, famous for the hydroelectric plant that the Germans used in WWII for the extraction of heavy water. “Heroes of Telemark”, the most famous of several films, describes the area and the allied attempts to stop the production of heavy water. One of the most interesting evenings in the cabin was when an aged local told us the true story of the events there during the war. There were in fact four separate attacks on the hydroelectric plant. Interestingly, the attack that actually stopped production was performed by ten allied troops without a shot being fired. The majority of the film is dedicated to this last attack and there is considerably more lead flying. The true story is much more about survival against the elements and an entry into the plant via a route the Germans thought was impossible….. but I guess that doesn’t sell as well as bullets and blood!
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