Fermented herring party 🐟 / “Surströmmingsfest”

  Yes it is true, it is a Swedish tradition to eat fermented herring… Sounds weird but it is good (a very special taste though). Most are put off by the smell when the can is opened, however it smells worse than it tastes. 

The “surströmming” (fermented herring) party is always in the early fall/autumn. And from what I’ve heard it all started a long time ago with a barrel of herring not being salted enough. That barrel started to ferment while being stored, and since people were poor they couldn’t just throw it out, they ate it. And those who liked it started to produce it every year when they fished the herring. And still the year’s new “surströmming” comes in August. I have also heard that fewer seem to eat the delicacy, but I can’t understand why… Also I saw on YouTube a clip with some Americans trying this fish, and their reaction was hilarious to say the least…. I guess it’s an acquired taste 😊👍 and for most it’s also an opportunity to drink a bit / or lot…..

To the “surströmming” you eat boiled potatoes, raw chopped onions, flat bread (the type I baked in a previous post this summer) with butter. Some like a bit of sour cream on as well (I think that’s just weird though).

If you ever have the chance, try it!

“Smågodis” 🍬 candy 🍬

Candy, sweets, bon-bons…. (As a Swedish saying goes “kärt barn har många namn”) a dear child has many names.

  
There are many different brands, but one of the most common/popular candy types is the type of candy you pick and mix as you prefer. It’s called smågodis (small candy) and can be found in every grocery store. There are all kinds of candy, chocolates, licorice, fruity, sour, salty etc.

According to Wikipedia Swedes eat the most “pick and mix- candy” in the world (18kg/person = 39,7 lbs/person and year…). Most is sold on Maundy Thursday, and probably eaten on Easter eve… 😉

Black currant jelly

 
One of the first jars of black currant jelly for this year. 😊👍 This will be soooo good with steak this winter!

Let berries boil about 20 minutes with a little bit of water (approximately 5 cups black currants and 1/2 cup water), then drain the juice from the berries. Bring the juice to a boil with sugar (depending on how sweet you want it approximately 1 cup sugar for one cup juice, I sometimes take a little bit less), 1/2 to 1 minute. You might also need to add something extra to make the jelly get its form (if the berries are picked very early in the season you might not need it) it differs a bit from product to product so read the instructions. I sometimes use pectin or jelly sugar.