Congratulations to Swedish Church
Inspired to bake something Swedelicious?
Congratulations to London's Swedish Church for yet another superb Julmarknad (Christmas Market). The market closes today at 5pm, so if you live in London you just about have time to pop along.
A highlight of the Christmas Market is the café which serves up mouthwatering open sandwiches and lots and lots wonderful cakes. The small selection above, clockwise from the top right, might well inspired you to bake some Swedelicious treats:
But which to bake? They are all so good, but my choice for November is kärleksmums!
This year's Julmarknad (Christmas Market) organised by London's Swedish Church opens at 11 am on Thursday 20th November. The market really is superb and is well worth visiting. It's the perfect place to get some Swedish food, Christmas decorations and stocking fillers. Admission is just £2 (under 12s free), but you might need your credit card as there is so much to buy.
|Thursday 20th November||11 - 8|
|Friday 21st November||Closed|
|Saturday 22nd November||11 - 8|
|Sunday 23rd November||12 - 5|
The Swedish Church is at 6 Harcourt Street, W1H 4AG. The nearest tube station is Bakerloo. More…
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Punschrullar (arrack rolls), also often called dammsugare (hoovers or vacuum cleaners), are one of my favourite fika snacks to enjoy with a cup of good coffee. The idea is simple: mix some leftover cake with cocoa, butter and sugar, wrap in coloured marzipan and dip the ends in melted chocolate.
In practice they can be tricky to make because they can easily end up misshapen! Nonetheless they are worth making because the flavour is so much better than from most shop-bought dammsugare. Check out our tips to ensure that they look as good as they taste. More…
"Frozen tuber" of reindeer
Tjälknöl is an ingenious way of cooking a large piece of reindeer (caribou). Tjälknöl is really two words: tjäle means ground frost and knöl means tuber, like a potato tuber.
The method was invented by the Sami people in the far north of Scandinavia. The Sami would bury a piece of reindeer in the snow to preserve it. When required, the meat would then be cooked very slowly from frozen on a charcoal fire, then soaked in a hot marinade and left to cool.
The result was an absolutely stunning piece of meat, quite dense, slightly salty and delicately flavoured. The meat is eaten cold in a very thin slices with rårörda lingon (raw stirred lingonberries), potatisgratäng (potato gratin) and, perhaps, some syltade svamp (pickled mushrooms).
You can make the dish with venison or beef, but I think it is worth making with reindeer if you get the chance. More…
Distinctive features of Swedish food
Swedish food has a growing reputation across the world. For instance, Jamie Oliver described Swedish food as "Big, bold, brave and definitely up there with the best in the world". But what makes Swedish food distinctive? Check-out our guide…
We are gradually producing an encyclopedia of Swedish food which we are calling a Swedishfoodpedia. It has got articles on lots of unusual Swedish food including:
Check out our latest article on bilberry drinks in which we put three popular Swedish brands head-to-head in a blind test.
Who was Helena?
We get thousands of Swedes visiting SwedishFood.com. Of course, it is nice to see that Swedes are curious to find out what's happening, but we would also like your help! We are currently finalising a recipe for Helenabakelser (Helena tartlets), but who was Helena? We now know that they were NOT named after Saint Helena of Skövde, but how did they get their name? Who was Helena? Any help would be much appreciated! Please click here if you know.
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Swedish Restaurant of the Year
The Salt Bar in Macclesfield is one of the UK's newest Swedish restaurants, but we think it is the best and deserves the title: The Swedish Restaurant of the Year. Sadly we've got no champagne to give away, but we hope that the team at The Salt Bar will be pleased anyway!
We think The Salt Bar offers good value Swedish food and top-notch service in a lively friendly setting. A midweek 2-course dinner is £12.95 and you can even add a glass of wine for just £1.95. No wonder it is always so busy. It has also tempted a lot of people to try Swedish food for the first time and we like that. More…
We are also very impressed by Bygga Bo, a new child-friendly Swedish café and shop in Walthamstow in east London. Finally, the young team at Scandikitchen, just off Oxford Street in London, also deserve a special mention as they continue to put smiles on faces with good service, tasty open sandwiches and delicious cakes. Read our reviews of other Swedish restaurants in the UK by clicking here.
The ultimate Swedish dish
Try our recipe for Sweden's most famous dish: köttbullar (meatballs) with pressgurka (pressed cucumber), rårörda lingon (lingonberry sauce) and potatismos (mashed potatoes). I've tried köttbullar in lots of places and I really think this is the best recipe! More…
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