Biðos: Traditional Lappish Reindeer Soup

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When you’re on vacation in northern Norway (as I am right now), reindeer meat is an obvious must. It tastes like game and practically is: the animals eat grass during summer and a certain type of white lichen during winter, which they dig up from under the snow. The local stores even sell tiny packs of reindeer meat – salted, smoked and chopped, the perfect paleo snack! Flavors of the wild – of the mountain stretches and rivers, of wild herbs and berries, mushrooms and smoke from the shaman’s tent. 

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The core recipe of this dish is reindeer meat, brown sauce made off the bone broth, and root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, rutabaga …). This had some chopped leek and lingonberries for garnish. We had it at this cozy little mountain inn where they are particularly known for it, along with crowberry juice. 

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