Viking Flatbread with Thor Nogson (His Mum’s Recipe)

Viking Flatbread Recipe

Flour, butter, salt, sultanas, honey and an egg.

Flour, butter, salt, sultanas, honey and an egg.

Vikings ate a really tasty and good for you flatbread.
Thor Nogson’s mum made the best flatbread in the world:
here is her recipe. It’ll take an hour or so to make.
She used to bake it on a large stone in the middle of the fire
but you can put it on a baking sheet and cook it in the oven.

Thor Nogson likes his flatbread with honey and sultanas but you could use sugar and raisins or currants or you could make it savoury by adding cheese . You can be as creative as you like! Then eat it like a Viking!

 

Ingredients:

250g (9 ooz) plain wholemeal flour (you can use white but don’t cook it for quite so long),

1 beaten egg,

185g (6.5 oz) butter,

a pinch of salt,

a handful of sultanas.

A spoonful of honey. (you can be really creative and try other fruit, like blackberries, raspberries, currants, nuts, anything really, give it a go)

Put the flour and salt in a mixing bowl, make a well in the middle and add the beaten egg

A beaten egg

A beaten egg

Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to the flour and egg

 

 

A handful of sultanas

A handful of sultanas

Add the Honey and sultanas or whatever fruit you’ve decided on

 

 

Squish them all together

Squish them all together

 

Get your hands in and squish it all together.

 

 

Roll it into a ball then let it rest for half an hour (you can rest too after all that squishing)

With flour on your rolling pin, roll the dough out flat

With flour on your rolling pin, roll the dough out flat

Now, roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it’s thin (put flour on your board and rolling pin or it’ll stick)

 

 

 

 

Fold the dough in half ...

Fold the dough in half …

Fold the dough in half, then half again.

 

 

 

Roll it out once more and repeat. Then squish it into a ball and leave it to rest covered with a tea towel for about 15 minutes

Flatten it out then roll it into a round about as thick as your finger.

Flatten it out then roll it into a round about as thick as your finger.

Roll the dough into a round shape and as thick as your finger.
put the dough on a huge hot stone in the middle of the fire … or put it on a baking sheet and bake it in a pre-heated oven at 220 degrees centigrade (Gas mark 7/425 degrees Fahrenheit) for 25 to 30 minutes.

 

 

 

Pop your oven gloves on and take the bread out of the oven when it is golden brown.

Pop your oven gloves on and take the bread out of the oven when it is golden brown.

When it is golden brown take it out of the oven, let it cool a little then eat it like a viking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

... and then eat!

… and then eat it like a Viking!

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Why Noggin the Nog?

Noggin the Nog enthrals the average British family

Noggin the Nog enthrals the average British family

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog were first shown on British television in 1959. It was made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. They also made Pogle’s Wood, Ivor the Engine, Bagpuss, the Clangers and loads of others: the stuff that many childhoods were made of. The films were made in less frenetic times. The stories were beautifully crafted and the characters carefully drawn … but the films were also quite, quite mad! Vikings who appear to come from Surbiton, who are constantly stopping for tea and toast, who will go on any adventure at the drop of a hat. And what adventures! Travelling to the other ends of the earth to meet a possible bride. Travelling to the Hot Water Valley to do battle with an Ice Dragon that is ruining the farmer’s crops. There was a Goon-ish silliness about the tales. It was these qualities that attracted us to the Sagas and made us want to create a piece of theatre that would do justice to the marvellous nonsense of Firmin and Postgate.

Queen Grunhilde the Lazy One and her maid, Ignora!

Queen Grunhilde the Lazy One and her maid, Ignora!

The stories feel utterly modern though laced with the sensibilities of gentler times. When we came to make the play we referenced the Goons, Monty Python and cartoons that adorned our telly screens … Tom and Jerry, Road Runner and even Scooby Doo and Danger Mouse. The resulting piece of theatre is Pythonesque in its clever silliness, Goon-ish in its character driven narrative, cartoonish in its “feel” and Firmin and Postgate-ish in its attitudes.

“The Nogs are a charmingly mild-mannered bunch of Vikings. They sound a bit like Terry Jones, they look a bit like him too. Except for Noggin. Noggin the Nog, their young leader, is handsome in a Viking sort of way. From my seat in the audience I was almost picked to marry him. But Noggin decided on the Princess of the Nooks instead. They bonded over cocoa and hot buttered toast.
Buttered toast is very important to the Nogs. There’s no threat so desperate, be it storm-lashed seas or marauding dragons, that they can’t stop to make toast round the sine qua non of Viking icoNOGraphy: a glowing camp fire.
The first ever stage production of Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate’s much loved television series retains the homespun, low-tech aesthetic of the original without looking in any way amateurish.
While much of the low-key humour derives from the sort of knowledge of the series which belongs to the older members of the audience, there’s still plenty of fun for the younger ones. It’s a close call as to who enjoys it more, the children or their grandparents.
An expertly acted, beautifully realised stage play with the warm charm of a bedtime story.”

Amanda Kriek’s ★★★★ review for The Independent

I have reprinted this because it sort of bears out what I was getting at.

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The Sagas of Noggin the Nog play is a fairly gentle madcap dash with live music, created on an old and charming harmonium, high-tech projection of Peter Firmin’s original drawings, beautiful puppets both small and, in the case of the dragon, blooming big, some clever theatrical tricks and a cast of Vikings that always appear to get through to the end of the play despite much giddy recklessness and a terribly English absurdity en route.

Nostalgia is often levelled at the play and, of course, the play is based on a 1959 stop motion film, so there is a nostalgic feel to the piece but it is also very much a modern play. It does the play a dis-service to think of it as purely nostalgic. The play is truly cross-generational (I hate that phrase, it sort of puts the play into a pigeon hole that is so big you could get a Giant Bustard in it) … it has been performed to people from babes in arms to much more elderly people (87 years old I seem to remember in one audience). And is enjoyed by all … everyone says that, I know but it really is true of Noggin the Nog. The play is sort of “panto-esque” (not my phrase) but only in the sense that it has a baddy, a few songs, is funny and has a sort of Dame in Queen Grunhilde … but it differs in that it does not have one section for children, dirty smutty innuendos for adults and an inapposite modern pop song for the fairy tale character to “get down” to … the stories and the way we portray them are genuinely accessible and can be understood and often laughed at by all.

So … come and see it.

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