Food from Sweden
April 19, 2004 3:42 PM   Subscribe

Food From Sweden.
posted by hama7 (24 comments total)
Pretty site. What IS the ratio of designers to general population in that country? first post!
posted by leotrotsky at 4:02 PM on April 19, 2004

I love pickled herring.

I doubly love it in sour cream.
posted by pieoverdone at 4:13 PM on April 19, 2004

Surströmming? I'll pass. fermented != rotton, but it's hard to tell that from that smell.
posted by leotrotsky at 4:36 PM on April 19, 2004

Heres another Scandanavian Place I have ordered from that is good Nordic House. Prices are cheap and much of the food is homemade and ships from the west coast (oregon?). The Swedish Meatballs rock.

Anyone know where to buy salt Cod over the Internet? I think it is illegal to catch Cod now as of the early 1990s after the collapse. But it may still be bought and sold in other countries? Love to find some, the FPP links to a site but its 404.
posted by stbalbach at 4:38 PM on April 19, 2004

Can anyone explain this product?
posted by stbalbach at 4:44 PM on April 19, 2004

stbalbach: The answer to your question lies in the sentence "Product of Norway"! :)
posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:47 PM on April 19, 2004

stbalbach: By the way, I think you can order salt cod from Norwill Gourmet. Info here.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:57 PM on April 19, 2004

Smörgåstårta. My future-mother-in-law made this a few weeks ago - based on trout. It's so very wrong: Take a "light" food like fish, and wrap it in a hearty stack of bread and mayo.
posted by Jimbob at 5:00 PM on April 19, 2004

To even things out... :)

Food From Denmark.
Food From Iceland.
Food From Norway.
Food From Finland.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 5:11 PM on April 19, 2004

Hmmm, is that västerbottenost on the front page? Yum.
posted by Zurishaddai at 5:12 PM on April 19, 2004

One word: Lutfisk.
posted by spazzm at 6:45 PM on April 19, 2004

Three words: Ikea Swedish Meatballs.
Eat your heart out, Rocco's Mom.

And, I know it's Norwegian (and so does Freakazoid!), but I always mix up Lutfisk and Narwahl.
posted by wendell at 7:23 PM on April 19, 2004

another word: lefse

( I know they have it in Sweden too, is it called something different? )

Personally, I recommend it with butter and wild rice - although maybe that's a bit starch heavy, butter and brown sugar is good too

Has anyone else watched Scandinavian Cooking on PBS?
It's a great show, he really likes to show off that portable table / cooking surface, doesn't he? They spend 5 minutes every show just setting that thing up.

and for dessert: krumkake!
(note, correct pronunciation has 3 or 4 syllables, not 2)
posted by milovoo at 10:50 PM on April 19, 2004

spazzm, that recipe omitted the most important step in preparing and eating lutfisk; get drunk as hell.
posted by stavrogin at 11:18 PM on April 19, 2004

There are many fine things about Sweden, but, in general, the cuisine is not up there at the top of the list. I don't think it's too unfair a generalisation to say that the Swedes 'eat to live' rather than 'live to eat'.

Another word: åkerbärssylt: a jam made from the arctic raspberry, which has an unique, intensely delicious flavour.
posted by misteraitch at 12:09 AM on April 20, 2004

Scandinavian cooking - boiled and salted (if not buried or pickled). Out the window.

Scandinavian baking - bliss, sunshine, angels in the architecture. I'll take two, please.
posted by kahboom at 9:55 AM on April 20, 2004

kahboom - as a Norwegian, I can tell you that you have that exactly right!

And stbalbach - what's the problem with fishballs?? They're just like meatballs - ground fish shaped into balls. Bland but cheap and definitely a staple.

I used to get my Scandinavian food fix from IKEA, but I've just found a Swedish food store in my neighborhood. Thank god for sylteagurker, tyttebær, jarlsberg, knekkebrød and melkesjokolade!
posted by widdershins at 12:47 PM on April 20, 2004

And I can find brunost 'round here too!
posted by kahboom at 7:46 PM on April 20, 2004

widdershins - fishballs are ok but what is "coal gravy"?
posted by stbalbach at 8:04 PM on April 20, 2004

Thank god for...melkesjokolade!

Can you really not get milk chocolate anywhere other than a Swedish food store??? Ye gods! Where d'ya live? (or does it have to be Marabou, or Fazer or something?)
posted by bifter at 2:30 AM on April 21, 2004

leotrotsky, you haven't lived until you've had a surströmmingsklämma.
posted by dabitch at 9:27 AM on April 21, 2004

That sounds pretty good actually!
posted by bifter at 10:04 AM on April 21, 2004

It is! Pick the can that has the shape of an american football about to explode, and open it under water (that's my trick anyway). If you live in an apartment block, it's good form to warn the neighbors with a written note, which is often taken as an invite to join in the fun making it a surströmming block-party.
posted by dabitch at 10:44 AM on April 21, 2004

Ah, I've travelled to Sweden lots, and am known for culinary adventurousness but never been offered it before. :-( I'll have to get my mate to bring me a can next time he visits. Is it legal to import it within the EU do you think?

Funny place for food Sweden. Last time I went I was hauled off by customs at the airport and accused of being a yoghurt smuggler. They took my luggage apart, grilled me for hours - the works! Had to let me go in the end though. Suckers.
posted by bifter at 12:47 PM on April 21, 2004

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