Well, I’ve not had much time to explore Swedish London, I work full time and that has its demands, but I sent some emails last night and did alot of googling before bed and I am quite excited about what I’ve found. Swedish shops, delis, pubs, restaurants, churches, a map of Swedish West London, Swedish people, on twitter and on facebook, and some Swedish food bloggers. Wow!
So, I’m all fired up and can’t wait to explore. Reading the others adventures is fantastic, but I want one of my own too.
In advance of my mini-journey, fellow blogger, Axel, and a Swedish one at that, wrote a digest on Swedish food for me. Brilliant. You should also read his blog AKIFOODWINE.
Swedish food is fairly diverse and is different from region to region. Along the coasts of Sweden a lot of fish is consumed and in the far north of Sweden a piece of moose or reindeer could end up on your plate. Swedish cuisine is mostly known abroad for meatballs which is traditionally served with boiled potatoes or mash together with cream sauce (basically a sauce made from beef stock and cream) and lingonberry jam (a tart jam made from lingonberries which are similar to cranberries). It’s a delicious dish which can be experienced abroad in for instance IKEA but that is unfortunately a far cry from the meatballs cooked by Swedish grandmothers.
A lot of Swedish food is based around the festive seasons. At Christmas the Swedes eat a lot of varying dishes like herring, meatballs and ham. This tradition is called “Christmas table” and it’s almost like a collection of tapas laid out on a table that the guests can mix and match. Lamb is a popular dish during Easter and lots of eggs are also consumed during this holiday. Another Swedish tradition is “kraftskiva” which takes place in August. During this tradition the Swedes often dress up in funny little hats and eat crayfish a long with lots of snaps. The Swedes like to get together to celebrate holidays with lots of food and drink – a piece of our heritage that is still very popular today.
Overall the holiday dinners are often accompanied with lots of snaps, aquavit or icecold vodka and of course singing and dancing – all in all it’s a lot of fun!
Thanks so much, Axel!
So, I’m off to investigate! Wish me luck and come back tomorrow to read all about it.