Saturday, June 24, 2006
Swedish strawberries - completely mandatory for Midsummer
Most of the world might not be aware, but Midsummer is possibly the most sacred holiday in Sweden. The stores are open pretty much all year round - Christmas Day, New Year's, Easter - but for Midsummer? Forget it. (Well, except for our exceptional Ica grocery store - that stays open.) Most Swedes celebrate Midsummer very traditionally - preferrably outdoors, preferrably in the archipelago, always with lots of friends, good food and plenty to drink.
We had a party. The food was excellent, although not very traditional. I'm not a big fan of "sill" - cured herring - so I skipped that. I made several side dishes. Tesse brought marinated meat for the grill, Dagmar brought halloumi vegetable skewers (not pictured) , Anna baked amazing baguettes and we all ate until we nearly burst. I also didn't get pictures of my raitziki sauce, my fab bbq sauce (but that will warrant a post of its own, soon!) nor Danne's great tapenade on toast, but it was all delicious. I'll give recipes for some of this stuff during the week, promise!
Summer blush, slowroasted tomatoes and peppers with garlic and basil
Crostini with broad beans, goat's cheese and mint
Mini omelettes with spinach and feta cheese (From Pille.)
Marinated new potatoes
Mixed salad with mango
Anna's amazing baguettes
Mini Pavlovas with strawberries, cream and strawberry sauce
Dagmar's exceptional chocolate truffle cake with walnut crust and a raspberry sauce