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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 » >>

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 » >>

Seven-Hour Pork: the ultimate slow food

Swedes living on the west coast of this lovely land have easy access to a great variety of fresh fish. Here on the east coast, we are not so lucky. The brackish waters of the Baltic offer up a more limited choice. Perhaps that explains the high consumption of meat in this part of the world. Not that I’m complaining; health-scares be damned. I love meat. Read more » >>

The Wonder of Chickens That Wander

Chicken is underrated. “It tastes like chicken,” people say to describe anything of little or no discernible taste. I heard someone on the tube just last week extoll the virtues of chicken on the basis that “it doesn’t taste too strong.” Where did it all go wrong, I ask, for one of the finest meats available? What gave chicken such a bad rap? Read more » >>

The Lamb Shank Redemption

So far, the summer has not been kind to us. It has been a lot of things; rain, lightning, thunder, howling winds, but not kind. I have been battling it, though; with salads, barbecues, glasses of rose wine and dinners under patio heaters and blankets. Last night, I gave up. The weather beat me. Read more » >>