Wild garlic soup
In the spring ramslök (wild garlic) can be found growing in forests in southern Sweden and elsewhere in Europe. Indeed there is plenty to pick now where I live, but you can also buy it on good food markets. It can be used to make a tasty pesto, delicious soups and can be used to flavour bread.
Ramslökssoppa (wild garlic soup) has become rather fashionable lately, although it has never been quite as popular as nässelsoppa (nettle soup) in Sweden, probably because it is much easier to find nettles. However, wild garlic is much nicer to pick so, if you have any wild garlic growing near you, it is worth picking some to make this delicious soup. More…
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Nässelsoppa (stinging nettle soup) is a popular spring dish which is normally served with a hard boiled egg and crème fraîche, but other accompaniments include crispy bacon and a poached egg, water cress and crouton and smoked salmon or smoked eel.
It must be made using young stinging nettle shoots, less than 30 cm (1 foot) tall, so it is best made in early spring. To make enough soup to serve four people you need about 150 g, a large bowl of lightly squashed nettles, as shown above. More…
Köttbullar (meatballs), despite not always enjoying the best of reputations, we think that when well made they are hard to beat. Of course, our recipe is the best and will ensure that your köttbullar really are Swedelicious!
To enjoy good köttbullar it is important that they are served with gräddsås (cream sauce), pressgurka (pressed cucumber), rårörda lingon (sweetened lingonberries) and potatismos (mashed potatoes). More…
Wild garlic pesto
Fish soup with wild garlic
Fisk soppa med ramslök
Fisk soppa med ramslök och morötter (fish soup with wild garlic and carrots) is a filling soup and so it makes a tasty and attractive main course for lunch.
The recipe is based on one I came across in Mannerströms Fisk, a book by Leif Mannerström, probably Sweden’s best known chef and surely one of Sweden’s oldest working chefs (he was born in 1940). He has run several restaurants, written many books and is currently a regular television judge on Sveriges mästerkock (Sweden’s Master Chef) and Sveriges yngsta mästerkock (Sweden’s Young Master Chef). Both programmes can be seen online on Sweden’s TV4 channel. More…
One of my favourite dishes at this time of year is rabarberpaj (rhubarb crumble) made with forced rhubarb and served with vaniljsås (vanilla sauce). Forced rhubarb is beautifully tender, has a lovely delicate tangy flavour and a nice pink or crimson colour, depending on the variety.
If possible, try to buy forced rhubarb from the Yorkshire Triangle, as it is simply the best commercially available. It is grown in special sheds, not greenhouses, and is picked by candlelight to reduce the amount of light to an absolute minimum, as photosynthesis would thicken and toughen the fibres of the stems which would result in a more acidic flavour. More…
Garlic-studded roast lamb
Roast lamb is popular in Sweden during the spring, especially for Påsk (Easter) and Valborg (May Day). Studding the lamb with garlic and scenting it with lemon and rosemary ensures that the meat smells and tastes absolutely fabulous. Be bold and roast the lamb so that it is rosa (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. Of course lamb with garlic, rosemary and lemon is fairly international, but I do recommend doing as most Swedes do and using a meat thermometer and searing the meat before roasting it. More…
Sourdough bread in 3 days
Surdegsbröd på 3 dagar
This is my favourite white sourdough recipe! Three days may seem a long time before you actually have anything to eat, but I think the wait is worth it!
Essentially the method is the same as the "one-day" method, but the dough is refrigerated a couple of times, which improves the flavour slightly and makes the dough easier to handle. I particularly recommend this method if:
• You want freshly baked bread on a day when you are busy most of the day,
• You want freshly baked sourdough bread for lunch,
• Your kitchen is too hot, so you are worried about your dough being over-proved,
• You have had difficulties getting consistent results with the "one-day" method.
The disadvantages of this method are that you need to find space for the dough in your fridge and, of course, you've got to plan ahead! 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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Kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) was our most popular recipe last year with köttbullar (meat balls) in second place and cholkladbollar (chocolate balls) in third place. For details of all our Top 20 Recipes click here.
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• 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),
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