August is kräftskivor (crayfish party) time in Sweden. Until 1994 it was forbidden to fish for crayfish until the first Wednesday in August, whereupon everyone celebrated the 'crayfish première' by throwing a big party! These days most crayfish are imported and the law has been abolished, but many Swedes still wait until after the first Wednesday in August before holding a crayfish party. The parties are great fun with lots of drinking songs, silly hats and paper lanterns. More…
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Bilberries (wild blueberries)
Blåbär (bilberries/wild blueberries) are now plentiful and at their best. This year's crop is especially juicy following lots of rain over northern Europe, so if you live in an area where they grow it is worth making the effort to pick some!
Blåbärsglass (bilberry ice cream) is one of my favourites. It is easy to make and can be made with fresh or frozen bilberries (although the flavour and colour is not nearly as good if it is made with cultivated blueberries). It is shown above garnished with a mandelflarn (almond tuile), which are easy to make and can be moulded into attractive shapes if desired. For more ice cream recipes click here.
Traditionally one of the most popular ways in Sweden of preserving the goodness of bilberries was to turn them into saft (cordial/syrup). A glass of blåbärssaft is especially popular in winter to ward off colds.
In Sweden bilberries are also served with meat dishs such as hjortfilé med blåbärsås (venison with bilberry sauce) as shown above. It is a fantastic combination and can be made using a loin of venison, steaks, medallions or, my favourite, using a French trimmed rack of venison. More…
Baked cod with browned butter
Ugnsbakad torsk med brynt smör
Cod is so often served with brown butter and freshly grated horseradish in Sweden that most fishmongers sell fresh horseradish. Usually the cod is gently poached in a flavoured stock, but this version is slightly easier to cook, especially for a large group. For a real treat, serve the cod with some beetroot wedges tossed in balsamic vinegar and olive oil and then roast them until they are tender, but still with a little bite. More…
Lamb with dill sauce
New season lamb is now in the shops so it is a good time to try our recipe for dillkött (literally, dillmeat). The recipe was created by a certain Casja Warg in the 18th century and has a delicate balance of sweet and sour that is very Swedish. At this time of year I would make it with lamb, but veal can also be used. More…
Cold poached salmon
Kall inkokt lax
Kall inkokt lax (cold poached salmon) is a summer classic in Sweden. A hot spiced marinade is poured over the fish which is then cooked for a short time and then left to cool slowly until cold. It is normally served with new potatoes tossed in finely chopped dill. More…
If you are treating yourself to some lovely salmon or lobster then it is worth spending ten minutes making a bowl of delicious mayonnaise. Sure, good shop-bought mayo is fine most of the time, but because it has to be pasteurised, it'll never match the creamy delicacy of homemade mayonnaise. And don't worry, it isn't difficult, although it does need a little patience. More…
Steak on a plank
Swedes nearly always serve plankstek with pommes duchesse, bearnaise sauce, grilled or stuffed tomatoes and asparagus or French beans wrapped in bacon. Why not give it a try? More…
Boiled wax beans
Wax beans are often for sale during the summer at farmers’ markets in Sweden and are well worth buying if you get the opportunity. They look like French beans except they are pale yellow in colour. They get their name from their waxy texture and appearance.
Vaxbönor have been popular in Sweden for nearly 100 years, leading Jenny Åkerström to include three recipes for vaxbönor in her 1948 edition of her famous cookery book, Prinsessornas Nya Kokbok. Of her three recipes, my favourite is the simplest: simply boil the beans in lightly salted water until just tender. More…
Jams and compotes
Sylt, marmelad och kompotter
Now is the jam making season in Sweden! Often Swedes add spices when making jam, such as star anise, juniper berries, vanilla, cinnamon or liquorice. Checkout a selection of recipes and some jam making tips by clicking here.
White sourdough bread
Try our delicious white sourdough bread recipe! It produces consistently good bread and, if you have never baked any sourdough before, there are lots of photos to help you ensure that even your first loaf will look beautiful and taste fantastic! More…
Now is the time of year to get pickling! One of my favourites is inlagda rödbetor (pickled beetroot). The beets are normally lightly spiced with white peppercorns and cloves, but other spices can be added such as star anise or cinnamon can be used as well. More…
Seeded rye bread
Rågbröd med frön
Rågbröd (rye bread) is very popular in Sweden. When thinly sliced it is perfect with cheese or topped with salmon or prawns. This version uses sunflower seeds and golden linseed as well as cracked rye and wheat to give it a fabulous nutty texture. It’s a really tasty loaf to be enjoyed slowly! Don’t worry it is not dry, it keeps well and it has a fabulous dark crust. More…
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Våra mest populära recept!
Our calendar for 2016 includes details of all the röda dagar (red days or public holidays) in 2016. We wish all our readers a successful and enjoyable 2016. 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 have 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!
I am are gradually producing a Swedishfoodpedia. Essentially this is a series of articles about food related events in Sweden and Swedish ingredients, especially those that might not be familiar to most readers. I have already assembled articles on many topics including:
• cloudberries (wonderful golden berries that grow in the north of Sweden),
• fika (a "proper" Swedish coffee break),
• lingon (lingonberries, an essential accompaniment to many Swedish dishes),
• surströmming (stinky fermented herring),
• Västerbottensost (the king of Swedish cheeses),
Many other articles are in the pipeline, but if there is anything you would like to know more about please let me know. To read existing articles click here.
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