The Best Dish of the Year

It’s been a long week of celebration and good food; too much good food. On  Christmas Eve we indulged in the traditional Swedish meal of Julbord (literally, Christmas table) and a few days later I knocked up a traditional English Christmas lunch of roast turkey, roast potatoes, sausages in bacon, gravy, bread and cranberry sauces, roasted veggies and a brandy-flamed Christmas pudding to finish. Read more »

Swedish Christmas Ham: not just for Christmas

The Christmas buffet is a staple of pretty much every household here in Sweden on Christmas Eve. The family gathers round and eats endless amounts of salmon, marinated herring, potatoes, meatballs, sausage, roasted ribs…you name it; returning to the buffet time after time. Read more »

New Year Comes Early – just for the decadence of it

On New Year’s Eve here in Sweden, most people settle down to a dinner of oven-roasted fillet of beef with potato gratin. It’s as predictable as the fireworks that follow at midnight. Read more »

Christmas Traditions and Child Labour: a joyous seasonal mix

Today was (is) Lucia day in Sweden. It’s a major event for everyone, but particularly for people with children. Essentially it is a re-working of a pagan winter festival to let in a little good light to the evil darkness of winter. In its modern form, it’s a time to beckon in the Christmas season, hear your children sing and watch them line up in white nightdresses with candles on their heads. Read more »

The Perfect Winter Warmer

Winter arrived with ferocity on Wednesday night. In the space of a day the snowfall came up to my knees outside of our house. It took Pia an hour to dig here way in to the house when she got back from work. And I was forced to spend the night in a hotel in Stockholm as all commuter traffic was suspended. Even in Sweden, when it hits that hard, they are unprepared. Read more »