A Swedish classic found in “Kulinarisk Pass” (Culinary Passport)
published by Tupperware in 1970
No Swedish Christmas table without Jansson’s! According to insecure sources, the dish has got its name after the opera singer Pelle Janzon, who lived in the last half of the 19th century, and was fond of both good food and drinks. One of the dishes served after the final curtain was this potato and anchovy dish, with plenty of beer and aquavite.
A traditional recipe from Sweden’s southernmost landscape found in “Carl Butlers Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance) published by Cappelen in 1991
Nordic cookbook history was written in 1974. That year a bunch of Swedish foodie friends published a cookbook that would become one of Scandinavia’s most popular, Carl Butler’s Cookbook. With folded corners, patches of pie dough, tomato sauce and French mustard and an unmistakable scent of herbal spices and garlic it can be found in hundreds of thousands of Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian homes. The book put for the first time coq au vin, moussaka and paté on our tables.
For all Scandinavians who like me love that cook book it took 17 years before we could hurry to the book shops to buy the continuance. It was simply called “Carl Butler’s Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance). This recipe is from that book – Ted
A quick dinner recipe found in “God Mat på en Halv Timme” (Nice Food in Half an Hour) published by Alt om Mat in 1974
Smoked pork is delicious and often used summer food in Scandinavia. This little recipe has been simplified, but it is undoubtedly an advantage if the meat can stay a while in the “marinade” to pick up flavour.
A simple fish dish found in “God Mat På en Halv Timme” (Nice Food in Half an Hour) published by Allt Om Mat in 1974
For this dish the golden rule is: The simpler the better. But then for a Swede the combination of pike, cream and tomato puree is unusually obvious.
Pike is copious both in Norwegian, Finish and Swedish lakes and it is a very popular fish both in Sweden and Finland. It is hardly ever eaten here in Norway though. Strange really, though it is rather ugly to look at it is absolutely delicious with its firm white meat – Ted
A classic Swedis cookie recipe found in “Cappelens Kokebok” (Cappelen’s Cook Book) published in 1995
Karin was the Swedish artist Carl Larsson’s wife. The recipe is assigned to this cookbook by Karin’s and Carls’s grandson. Today, the syrup cookies are baked every Christmas in Larsson’s home Sundborn in Dalarna. The cakes should be quite tough. You keep the toughness by storing the cakes in plastic bags together with a piece of bread.
Potash (potassium carbonate) can be purchased at the pharmacies, but can be substituted with baking powder or baking soda.
A traditional Swedish vegetable soup recipe found on godmat.org
It is so nice when the first beets are harvested and you can eat them lightly cooked with a dollop of butter. When they have lost their news value it’s time for soup. This recipe is traditional, but if you want to add an extra spark, serve it with freshly grated horseradish, this lovely gastronomic booster.
A classic Swedish recipe found in “Kulinarisk Pass” (Culinary Passport) published by Tupperware in 1970
Herring is one of the very best food sources for vitamin D. Our bodies make this vitamin in sunlight, but in Nordic climate, it’s easy not to get enough. There seems to be more to vitamin D than strong teeth and bones. It’s now thought that vitamin D deficiency might be a factor in many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
Herring is loaded with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids help prevent heart disease and keep the brain functioning properly. They also seem to be effective in reducing inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and arthritis.
Classic Swedish beef stew flavored with allspice. Here with carrots but they can be excluded. Most taste and real flavour is obtained with meat on the bone. Regular stew meat will do as well but then you may need to add stock cube for more flavour.
A classic Swedish dish found in “Cattelins Kokebok” (Cattelin’s Cook Book) published in 1978
This classic dish is from old Hotel Rydberg in Stockholm. A nice party dish when one is willing to go for beef fillet, because beef fillet is needed in this case. But one does not have to use the very finest fillets, since the meat should be cut into pieces.