Mother’s day

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).

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Moose hunt

Beautiful weather this year! Perfect for the hunters, but probably a bit too warm for the meat to hang.

Since “good luck” wishes are considered unlucky I wish you all a “shitty” hunt 😁

Swedish meatballs

The most famous of all Swedish dishes is probably meatballs and potatoes (boiled or mashed) with a cream sauce and lingonberry jam. Every IKEA serve it as standard food. But homemade is the best!!! Especially if it is made from moose😉


IKEA’s meatballs 👍

There is no standard recipe, everyone has their own way of making meatballs, but the most common ingredients are:

Minced meat (beef), chopped onions, breadcrumbs (half a cup or so, some also add half a cup of full cream), an egg to bind it together, salt and pepper. Mix it and form small balls, fry them in butter and put them in a bowl. Pour half a cup of water into the frying pan (don’t clean it), add a cup of full cream, a few drops of soy sauce and let it simmer for a while. Taste it and add salt/pepper. Put the meatballs in the sauce to warm them up. Serve with boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam.

Jansson’s temptation 🎄

“Janssons frestelse” Jansson’s temptation is a very common dish on any buffet and especially during Christmas. The history behind the dish is said to be the Swedish opera singer Per Adolf “Pelle” Janzon (1844-1889) who had invited people home but realized that he only had potatoes, onions, Swedish anchovies and cream to give them. 

To make a Jansson’s you slice one or two onions grate about eight to twelve potatoes and you need one can of Swedish anchovies (which actually aren’t anchovies at all, they aren’t so salty and have a different brine *). Breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup milk and 3/4 cup cream and some butter. Put everything layered in a tin (pota, onion, anchovies…. end with a potato layer. Sprinkle some breadcrumbs over the top.

Mix the cream and milk, pour the liquid over (save 1/2 cup for later), put thin slices of butter on top. Preheat the oven to 437F (225C), and bake it approximately 30 minutes, pour the last of the liquid on and bake it for another 20-30 minutes.

* A good brand is: Abba I’ve read that when they export it they call it “anchovy style sprats fillets”.

Enjoy! 👍

First of Advent 2015

Time flies sometimes…. This is one of those times, waiting for Christmas. The season starts off small with decorated stores and windows, but from this weekend and onwards it goes fast, too fast 😊

Every town has put up lights and Christmas trees, by Sunday ready to turn the lights on. And so am I!!

  

Normally these electric advent candleholders have seven lights, but now they can be found with any number of lights. The first was made in Sweden 1934, and year 1937 about 3000 were sold, 1938 about 6000 (according to Wikipedia), and except form the Second World War years I think more and more have been sold. Now you can find them in almost every Swedish home, and in many other countries as well 😊

I’ve also read that the seven lights originally comes from the Jewish Menorah. 

The perfect cheese pie side for the crayfish/crawfish party

As I’ve mentioned before, mid August means crayfish/crawfish season in Sweden. And last year about that time I wrote how to prepare the star of those parties (the crayfish/crawfish). Now it’s time for one very common side dish the “Västerbotten” cheese pie. It can be done with any type of strong hard cheese, but here Västerbotten is preferred. 🎉

Make a pie crust (not sweetened) and bake it (if you make very small pies you can take a shortcut by using puff paste).

Grate the cheese (approx. 1 + 1/3 cup) mix it with 6 eggs, 1+1/2 cup milk, 1 cup full cream (the milk and cream should be brought Tova boil and then put the cheese in and at the end the eggs) and season it with pepper and maybe some salt.

Bake the pie 45 minutes in 302 F

I also like to fry some leek and sprinkle over or put in the pie or sprinkle chives on top.

Other great sides are mushroom pies, salads, cold sour cream sauces and garlic bread.

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!