Drinking coffee. I got to thinking about that after mention of dandelion wine, sugar cookies, and sandbakkels following my post about Grandmother Gina. I noticed in Clara’s Homestead (page 6) that Gina’s mother, Maria Thorsen Estensen, is credited with supervising the coffee making for the young people’s meetings at the Evangelical Lutheran Church (lower) in Pigeon Falls. Her coffee was probably much like the “Norwegian Egg Coffee” recipe posted in the current Viking magazine published by Sons of Norway (February 2011, page 11). Here’s the recipe, in case you’re interested in trying a family-size pot (in contrast to Maria’s church-size!):
- Ingredients: 10 cups boiling water, 1 cup plus 1/4 cup cold water, 1/2 cup coffee grounds, 1 egg.
- Directions: In a kettle, bring 10 cups of water to a boil on the stovetop. Combine coffee grounds, egg and 1/4 cup cold water in a bowl. Add egg/coffee mixture to the boiled water. Boil 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of cold water. (This will settle the coffee grounds to the bottom of the kettle.) Serve hot.
This blue enamel model reminds me of old coffee pots I used to see as a youngster. So, what’s your experience with coffee-drinking growing up in the Borreson family? My parents Garven and Cora drank it regularly as we kids were growing up, but I don’t recall that we were offered any – well, maybe as a joke with the expectation we’d refuse it or taste it and turn up our nose! When coming home from college – and years later, I remember my parents keeping an aluminum pot of coffee on the stove thoughout the day, warming it up again (and again) whenever another cup was desired. When we asked Dad if he wanted a cup, we’d hear his favorite line, “Just a squirt” (or “skvet”), and we’d pour him a full cup, of course. Always black. For myself, the setting of our family reunion this summer was the place where I became a coffee drinker: Luther College. Oh, the things we learn in school!
So, what about you? What was your coffee-drinking experience growing up in the Borreson family? Do you have any memories of coffee from your own home or family events? When did you become a coffee drinker -or didn’t you?