Forest’s Secret Stew


Dive into the heart of Nordic culinary adventures with our Nordic-Inspired “Surprise” Forest’s Secret Stew. This whimsical concoction marries unexpected ingredients with traditional Nordic cooking techniques, embodying the spirit of a true cooking disaster turned delectable. Each spoonful is a testament to the joy of cooking, even when things don’t go as planned. Perfect for daring cooks and adventurous eaters alike!

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 2 hours
  • Resting time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Serving: 4


  • 500g reindeer meat, cubed (substitute: venison or beef)
  • 2 large potatoes, whimsically chopped
  • 1 can of pickled herring, drained and chopped
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup of lingonberry jam
  • 2 tbsp of aquavit
  • 1 tsp of ground allspice
  • 1 handful of wild dill, finely chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, sear the reindeer meat over high heat until browned on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add the potatoes and cook until they start to soften. Stir in the pickled herring, mixing well.
  3. Return the meat to the pot, add beef broth, lingonberry jam, aquavit, and ground allspice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours, or until the meat is tender.
  4. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Stir in the wild dill just before serving.


This recipe embraces the Nordic tradition of using what’s available, turning unexpected pairings into delightful flavors. Feel free to substitute ingredients based on availability. The aquavit and lingonberry jam are key to adding that quintessential Nordic flavor, but creativity is encouraged!

Nutritional Information (per serving, by USDA guidelines):

  • Calories: 600 kcal
  • Protein: 45g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Sugar: 15g

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