SMULTRONSTÄLLEN – LUSTFYLLT

I mentioned the expression ‘smultronställen’ here for the first time and it must be one of the most beautiful words I know. Directly translated it would be ‘places for wild strawberries’ but it’s used in the meaning of places where you can find calmness and stillness. Places you cherish and carry with you in your…

STINGING NETTLE PESTO + HOW TO PICK AND PREPARE NETTLES

So, how do you pick and prepare stinging nettles to transform them from those stinging plants you spent your whole childhood avoiding to green, super healthy and tasty food? It’s honestly not that hard. Firstly, you will need something to pick them in. I used a 5L plastic bag but it would probably be better if…

TAG ALONG – VISINGSÖ and SMULTRONSTÄLLEN

Last week I spent four amazing days on Visingsö at my parents house. I grew up on this small island in the south of Sweden – here there are around 700 people living all year around, it’s 14 kilometers long and mostly known for the nature, old castles and their horse carriages that take you around the whole…

SWEDISH KLADDKAKA

So it’s finally Easter. To me Easter symbolize the beginning of spring after too many long and dark winter months. I can’t say me and my family really celebrate Easter – we give the kids Easter-eggs filled with candy, we eat sill and lamb-roast dinner but really nothing more. But still, we all get together at…

SHROVE TUESDAY – THE SWEDISH SEMLOR

So, today its once again one strange Swedish tradition to celebrate; Shrove Tuesday! Or as we swedes call it; Fettisdagen. For some of you this day is actually known for eating pancakes, or as the “international pancake day”. But here in Sweden (and in most scandinavian countries, we eat a semla instead). This wonderful cream…

5 STRANGE SWEDISH PHENOMENA

So today I decided that I wanted to share some of those strange Swedish behaviors/phenomenas that makes us Swedes just Swedes. The funny thing is that I didn’t even thought that much about how we are until I started an international university with people constantly reminding me about all those strange behaviors that we have….