Happy New Year

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Today’s menu:

Salmon toast

Filet of beef
Garlic sauce
Roasted potatoes
Salad

A traditional Swedish cake (made with whipped cream and strawberries)

At 12 we look at TV and see the traditional New Year’s toast from Skansen (an outdoor museum for folk history in Stockholm) and we toast in the new year with champagne. After that we have some fireworks and as the first thing we eat in the new year we have lobster (I guess that is just my family’s tradition).

Tomorrow we have an other tradition in my family to eat roast turkey 🙂 but I know that very few Swedes have that particular tradition.

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Last years bird 😉

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Christmas Eve – time to celebrate

In Sweden Christmas Eve is the day of celebration, today families and close friends gather to eat, watch Disney at three pm, eat, drink, unwrap gifts and eat some more;-)

Three o’clock is a magic time 🙂 then everyone (all ages) sit around the television for an hour to watch a medley of Disney clips (i.e. Snow White, Ferdinand, Robin Hood, Micky mouse, Cinderella etc.)

For dinner most people eat a buffet with pickled herring, egg, ham, many types of cold meat and salmon, meatballs, potato gratin with anchovies, salads etc (many of the dishes are the same as on Midsummer).

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!

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Fourth of Advent (Tomorrow) :-)

A day filled with Christmas spirit, and baking 😉
Today I’ve made gingerbread cookies and saffron buns (the type is called “lussekatt”, “lusse” comes from the Lucia celebration and “katt” is cat).
Lucia is celebrated the 13th of December and then a girl (usually with long hair) dresses up in a white dress (like a nightgown) with a red satin belt and on her head she has a crown with candles. (She is not alone, there’s a whole procession with people dressed in white and tinsel garlands, but only one Lucia, they sing and “bring light” to people). From this date and until Christmas saffron bread and gingerbread cookies are eaten (frequently).

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“Lussekatter”
1 cup melted butter
1 egg
50g yeast
2 cups full milk
0,5 tsp salt
1g saffron
1kg flour
Mix milk, butter and the yeast, add the egg and saffron. Work in the flour and add the salt after the dough has been worked for approximately ten minutes.
Prove it for about 30 minutes, cut the dough in 35-40 pieces make small rolls and form them in a curly S-like shape. Let them prove another 30 minutes. Put a raisin I each swirl and brush it with some lightly beaten egg. Bake in 437F approximately 5 minutes (until golden brown).

Enjoy with a glass of milk!!

Second of Advent

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Only two candles to go and then it is Christmas!!!! In Sweden Christmas eve is the big thing, then the families gather and give each other gifts and eat far too much… 🙂

Today, the second of advent, is the perfect day for candy making. Here is the recipe for a very Swedish Christmas treat called “knäck” (a bit like a chewy toffee with bits of almonds, you can skip the almonds).

1 cup full cream
1 cup syrup
1 cup sugar

Mix the ingredients in a pan and heat it on the stove. Make sure the mixture boils gently for about 30 min. to one hour, but do not stir too much (in that case the end result will be like a sugary fudge and not smooth toffee). Chop a handful of almonds (more/less depending on how much you want), or buy finely chopped almonds.
The toffee mixture is finished when you can form a small ball from it after you have poured a teaspoon in a glass filled with cold water.
Put the chopped almonds in the mixture and give it a gentle stir.
Fill small paper moulds (I use a spoon to fill), and let the candy cool down and set.

Enjoy!!

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