It's a pancake (but use water instead of milk, and some say not as many eggs, in the batter) with bits of salted pork belly fried in the fat from the pork. Served with lingonberry jam.

The name comes from charcoal since you make it over an open fire.


Nettle soup

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.

Gooseberry compoteĀ 

4 cups water, 2-3 cups gooseberries, 4-8 tbsp sugar (depending on how sweet you want it) let it boil until the berries are all soft and mash them a little. Add 3 tbsp potato starch mixed with a little cold water (or more depending on which texture you’re after), bring it to a boil and let it simmer a minute or two. Let it cool a little and serve it (I like it quite cold with some cream and milk over), a perfect reminder of summer šŸ˜Š

Probably tastes great with some vanilla ice cream as well !

Week 7, 8 and 9

Every year Swedish schools close for a week (either 7,8 or 9 depending on where in the country) so that the kids/teens can have a winter sports holiday (or just sleep and relax) šŸ˜Š

In the south spring might have come by this time, but for the rest of the country there should be plenty of opportunities for skiing and/or skating! Many go abroad for some sun though. ā˜€ļø