Tomorrow May 27th (the last a Sunday in May) is the day we celebrate all mothers here in Sweden 🇸🇪 Very often it is celebrated with flowers and a “fika” (coffee and cake, cinnamon rolls or cookies), and usually a nice lunch or dinner. The weather has been awesome for a couple of weeks now, so I guess many will have a nice BBQ. (By the way it’s been so warm and dry that there is a fire prohibition and the media are calling for water sanctions).
So, for tomorrow Happy Mother’s Day! 🌹
The fathers will be celebrated in November (the second Sunday, the 11th this year).
It’s amazing, every year around this time (or a bit earlier) the birds have their babies and the trees come to life. The sun is shining and the air is warm. I just love it! The best thing is looking forward to the summer. Unfortunately during summer we tend to have long (almost never ending) lists with things to do, so we forget to enjoy the season we’ve been waiting for…
Yea, you actually can make a delicious soup with nettles as the main ingredient. Just pick the top leaves (or when the plants are really small you can take more) about four cups and boil them quickly. Change water (approximately 3 cups) and add two vegetable stock cubes. Bring it to a boil and then mix it. Taste it to see if you need more salt.
I always poach a couple of eggs in the soup (one for each serving), and some like to add strips of chicken. Serve it with some sour cream and sprinkle bacon over.
Nature sure is beautiful in the early summer. Just look at this little mother and her children…
Late spring, early summer is a great time. Birds singing, temperature rising and people going to fairs and other outdoor activities 😊 and lots of flowers everywhere. Best time to visit Sweden!!
Two work weeks left and then SUMMER!!!! 🙂 I can’t wait…. So I made a rhubarb crumble pie today, served it with sweetened condensed milk and custard. It was pure pleasure on a plate 😉
I put some chia seeds in the crumble and that worked well with the oat flakes and vanilla sugar. (It look very brown because I almost always sprinkle cinnamon on top).
During late spring/ early summer (and I sometimes pick the tops later as well) one tasty soup ingredient is the nettle!
Got a message with a photo of nettle soup with bacon (apple smoked) and egg today.
Photo: Jörgen Larsson
I sometimes have poached eggs and creme fraiche with it, haven’t tried with bacon yet. But this made me really hungry. I think I’ll pick some nettles tomorrow, they are everywhere by now (even though May has been super rainy and actually quite cold, even for Sweden) 😉 between +9 C (48F) to +15 C (52F)
A simple nettle soup
Approximately 1 l (roughly 4 cups) of nettles (rinse and boil, drain and mix) add stock until you get the thickness you want. Season and put your chopped or poached eggs in (I usually poach my eggs in the soup) and serve with creme fraiche