Is this Sweden's best summer dessert?
Marinerade jordgubbar med fläderblomsparfait
Marinerade jordgubbar med fläderblomsparfait (marinated strawberries with elderflower parfait) is one of my favourite Swedish desserts. It is very summery and so elegant that it is fit to grace any occasion, whether it be a very special dinner or just part of a relaxing lunch with friends. Even better is the fact that it is easy to make and although it needs preparing a few hours in advance it is simple to serve. Take me to the recipe >>>
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Swedish cake of the month
With superb British cherries beginning to ripen now, try our recipe for körsbärschokladtårta (chocolate and cherry cake). It is a wonderful chocolaty cake given extra interest by juicy ripe cherries. Superb with some extra cherries on the side. Take me to the recipe >>>
Cherry ice cream
Now is an ideal time to make some wonderful cherry ice cream. I happen to have some cherry orchards near me owned by @EnglishCherry, so I always buy my cherries from them because I know they are really good and cheaper than supermarket cherries. Wherever you live, please do try and support local producers, rather than buying cherries that have been flown half way round the world. Why not give our cherry ice cream recipe a try? It's really rather good!
I am not sure why red currants bushes are quite so popular in Sweden, other than the fact that they seem to grow very well, but it seems as if every Swedish garden has a few red currant bushes. (I took the photo above in Dalarna, in central Sweden near the border with Norway.)
Red currants can be used as a garnish for lots of dishes such as with pannkakstårta (pancake torte), or used to make rödvinbärskaka (red currant cake), rödvinbärsgele (red currant jelly) or a delicious rödvinbärssaft (red currant cordial/syrup).
Rödvinbärssaft is very easy to make and keeps well for several weeks. It was actually our most popular recipe last summer, even though it is one of our easiest recipes! Take me to the recipe >>>
Fresh cherries are coming to a peak now, so why not make some delicious cherry compote? It is so easy to make and is much fruitier than most shop bought compotes. I just love it on porridge or with yoghurt and so I find I can't make enough of it! Take me to the recipe >>>
French bean salad with horseradish
Fransk bönsallad med pepparrot
The French beans in my garden are thriving with the hot weather accompanied by heavy rain. During the hot weather, I prefer to use them to make a salad. Swedes tend to eat more raw vegetables in salads than we do in the UK, although for this salad I blanch the beans for two minutes in boiling water. The dressing is made with horseradish mustard which gives the salad a bit of kick without being overpowering. Read more...
Roast lamb with thyme and red wine sauce
Lammstek med timjan-rödvinsås
In the UK there is some superb new season lamb around now, perfect for making two of my favourite lamb dishes. Lammstek med timjan-rödvinsås (roasted lamb with thyme and red wine sauce) is based on a traditional recipe from Östergötland, a large province in southern Sweden. Small joints of lamb are flavoured with thyme, rosemary, lemon zest and garlic and then slowly roasted at a low temperature.
Garnish with thyme flowers
At this time of year I like to garnish the lamb with tiny thyme flowers which look pretty and bring out the flavour of the lamb, but small sprigs of thyme or rosemary can be used if you've not got any thyme in flower. Take me to the recipe >>>
Lamb stew with a creamy dill sauce
Dillkött (lamb stew with a creamy dill sauce) is one of my favourite Swedish meat dishes. The sweet and sour combination is simply wonderful and the dill penetrates the whole dish bringing out the best of the lamb. (The dish is also often made with veal - both are superb.) Take me to the recipe >>>
Lots of strawberry recipes
For lots of wonderful Swedelicious strawberry recipes click here.
Bilberry Baby reviewed
Bilberry Baby is an animated eBook designed for children and available on the iBookstore for iPads.
As bilberries play such a prominent role in Swedish cuisine I thought that some of our readers, especially those with children or grandchildren, might be interested to find out more about it.
The book is written and illustrated by Amanda Rodham and has been animated by her daughter Chloe.
The book is for young girlie girls, but many parents and grandparents will enjoy reading the book to their daughters or granddaughters.
The 36 page book includes factual information for children about moorland berries, heathers and insects as well as some activities. To read the full review click here.
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Top Ten Recipes in June
Strawberry recipes bag the top two places in our Top Ten for June with homemade snaps creeping in at number 10. To view the Top Ten Recipes for June click here.
Rårörda röda vinbär
Rårörda röda vinbär is hard to translate but my preferred translation is stirred redcurrants because essentially that is you do: add sugar and stir. Rårörda röda vinbär goes well with:
- fried fish,
- meat dishes in place of redcurrant jelly,
- other fruit, especially melon.
It really is the simplest dish to make and keeps in a fridge for about a week or it can be frozen. Take me to the recipe >>>
With redcurrants now in season why not make a couple of redcurrant smoothies? They are easy to make and are particularly good as part of a leisurely breakfast. Read more >>>
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Bygga Bo in London's East End
Bygga bo means building a home. Bygga Bo is also the name of a new Swedish café which is popular with Yummy Mummies in Walthamstow in the East End of London. If that seems full of contradictions, it is good to see that the café is a success and that it is becoming increasingly popular. Read our review >>>
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