Every year on April 30th Swedes celebrate the fact that summer is just around the corner by lighting massive bonfires in the name of an 8th-century German abbess, St. Walpurga, or Valborg in Swedish.
Most of the fires are organised by local municipalities with very large crowds, as most Swedes turn-out to watch the bonfires being lit. Much nicer are the smaller fires found in small hamlets and villages next to the water.
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NEW Garlic-studded roast lamb
The spring is the perfect time to enjoy some lovely lamb. Try our vitlöcksspäckad lammstek (garlic-studded roast lamb), scented with lemon and rosemary. It can be roasted in the oven or on the barbecue.
Be bold and roast the lamb so that it is pink in the centre - then the lamb will taste so much better and it will also remain moist if you have any leftovers to serve cold.
For a wonderful double dose of garlic, serve the lamb with ramslökspesto (wild garlic pesto). Absolutely swedelicious!
Get ready for summer!
Now is the perfect time to make some snaps ready for a Midsummer celebrations or a crayfish party. It is really easy to make and tastes every bit as good as many of the commercial versions. And it is a lot cheaper! It keeps well and actually improves with age, so snaps made now will be perfect by the summer! More…
Wild garlic soup
Now is the perfect time for making ramslökssoppa (wild garlic soup). Our recipe is quick and easy, but produces a wonderfully flavoured soup which is garnished with wild garlic cream and some wild garlic pesto, all in under 30 minutes.
Wild garlic grows in woodland areas and looks a bit like Lily of the Valley. It is less pungent than cultivated garlic and only the leaves are used. The best time for picking wild garlic in the UK is from mid April until the end of May. It is better if it is picked before it comes into flower as the leaves are a bit sweeter when they are younger.
Although wild garlic is sometimes hard to find the experience of going for a walk to pick some on a lovely spring day is really enjoyable, especially if you are as lucky as I was and able to watch a lot of wildlife at the same time. About a third of a carrier bag full is ample for a nice jar of wild garlic pesto and soup for 4-6 people. 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…
During 2014, our first full year of operation, we had hundreds of thousands of visitors spread across 182 countries, which is amazing as there are only 196 countries in total! Inevitably, köttbullar (meatballs) bagged the number spot with the most clicks! To see the full list click here.
Top 50 Classic Recipes
We have also compiled a list of what we consider to be our Top 50 Classic Recipes. No two people are likely to agree completely on what should be included, but we hope you will approve of most of our choices!
Dates in red are röddagar (bank holidays) in Sweden.
Thursday 30th April: Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis Eve)
Friday 1st May: Första maj (May Day)
Sunday 14th May: Kristi himmelsförds dag (Ascension Day)
Sunday 24th May: Pingstdagen (Whitsunday)
Sunday 31st May: Mors dag (Mother's Day in Sweden)
For an abbreviated 2015 calendar, detailing all the röddagar in Sweden click here. Warning: it might make you jealous.
Plants for Swedish food lovers
Spring has arrived in style! The lawns have had their first trim, the daffodils are in flower and the cherry trees are in blossom. My camellias (Camellia x williamsii 'Anticipation') look particularly magnificent in the sunshine with their glossy leathery leaves and large showy flowers. They are quite big shrubs, but if you have the space they are worth growing because they look simply grand, when most other plants are still waking up from their winter slumbers.
There is another good reason for growing camellias: they encourage me to get out into the garden to tidy things up and to start sowing. Now is the time to start because I like to grow some fruit, salad, herbs and a few veggies.
If you like gardening it is worth trying to find some room for a few plants that have a special place in Swedish food but are hard to find in your local supermarket. Check out our ideas here.
Incidentally, I am are gradually producing a Swedishfoodpedia and have already assembled lots of articles on Swedish food including entries about:
Please take a look!
Swedish restaurants in the UK
Checkout our guide to Swedish restaurants, cafés and bars in the UK >>>
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