Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Questions and answers!


I thought I'd do what so many other bloggers do, and have a little Q and A session. So, anything you want to know about me, or about Swedish food, perhaps? Post your questions in the comments, and I'll do a post with the answers!


Debbie said...

Have most people in Sweden eaten a taco? And if so did it have the Taco Bell-style pre-fabricated shell?

I love tacos of most persuasions.

John K said...

Hey Anne, what type of cuisine, that you enjoy, would you say is not very easy to find in restaurants in Stockholm? John K.

Cecilia said...

What's your favorite traditional Swedish food? Do you think you could post more Swedish recipes? It's so hard to find Swedish recipes on the internet that are in English!

Unknown said...

So I am a little obsessed with the ligonberry jelly at Ikea, since Ikea is Swedish I might be stereotyping but do you use this a lot and what is your favorite dish to use it in?

Michele said...

Hi, Anne,

Is there a traditional New Years meal in Sweden?

Three-Cookies said...

Why is there no KFC, or restaurants selling fried chicken?

What is your favourite non-Swedish food?

What is your favourite cookie?

sammijean said...

So, this may be a little naive, but is English a well-spoken language in Sweden? I have noticed that when you post images of markets, there are signs that have English written... or is this because it's taking place in a larger city? My only reasoning behind this question is because my husband and I would truely love to go to Sweden, but my fear is not knowing the official language. How embarassing!

Also, after reading your entire blog (yes, I did - ha!) and noticing late last year there was a sort of "blogging by mail" event going on, would you ever want to start one of those yourself - in high hopes to getting some of the food that you would not traditionally get elsewhere?

Meri said...

Fun idea!

1. To what extent is Swedish food vegetarian-friendly?

2. What's your approach to cooking/baking for your boy? (who looks very cute, if I may add) Is he interested in food and kitchen stuff?

Maisa said...

Following your blog I know that you love food and work in politics. What is on your agenda when it comes to Swedish and/or EU food politics?

Annekids said...

Last summer we were on holidays in Sweden. Beautiful country, lovely people! We ate a lot of Hallakaka bread(maybe I wrote it completely wrong, I hope you understand what I mean). Here in Holland I would like to bake it too, but I can't find the recipe. I hope you can help me, I would appreciate it!
Great site btw, I'm going to make 'your' caramel-cornflake cookies with the kids, must be fun (and easy!)

Gaviota said...

Hej Anne,
I was wondering if you knew where to order Dala horse cookie cutters from? I saw some cookie moulds on e-bay but they are being discontinued.


I coincide with other people here in that I would love to see more traditional Swedish recipes posted!

Anonymous said...

I just love your blog, Anne, and read it every day. I enjoy your recipes and comments very much. Titus is so adorable and kissable!

I grew up with Swedish/American cooking. My 1st generation grandmother always used clove along with cinnamon in apple pie and sweet rolls, and added clove to "stewed chicken," because her Mor did. I think her Mor might have been from Skane. Is this typical of Swedish cooking?

I emailed you last year about lefse, which you were not familiar with. Some research has revealed that this is originally Norwegian, but many Swedes here in the US have adopted it for holidays because it is so delicious. Eileen

Lisa Covington said...

I saw this segment on the today show that claimed swedish people eat a kind of hot dog dipped in cornmeal fried for new years, is that true? I've been to sweden many times and have never heard of it.

Anonymous said...

First of all--thank you for having such a wonderful blog; love it!

My questions--when you travel in Sweden where are your favorite places to go (outside of Stockholm of course)? And-do you tend to like more outdoor activities (camping, skiing, hiking and such) or indoor activities (museums, theatre, etc)?

I too would love more traditional Swedish recipes and ones using lingonberries (as we grow these in the Pacific NW, US)

Thanks & Happy New Year (soon)!

Dory said...

What are your all time favorite Swedish cookies? :)

Three-Cookies said...

Q&A session has probably closed but I have another question. Why aren't there many Swedish restaurants in Sweden selling authentic Swedish meals? Its the same in Norway

Anne said...

Three Cookies - there are many, but they're often not very upscale. And it's very common to serve traditional - and rather heavy - swedish meals for lunch. Few people choose Swedish when they go out to eat since it's also often what they cook at home, and I suppose they - and I - want something that we wouldn't normally cook :)

Three-Cookies said...

Thanks, I totally agree with you. In my home country I would not want to go out and eat local cuisine. However there are many restaurants selling local cuisine. Same in many other countries - its easy to find fish n chips or pies in UK, burgers in US, chilli crab in Singapore, sushi in Japan...However finding a restaurant in the centre selling meatballs, pytt i panna or kåldolmar is bit difficult.

Anne said...

Yeah, I see what you mean :) It's probably partly because all those foods are so very readily available at the supermarket - you'll find at least five varieties of pyttipanna and ten meatballs in every store.

Three-Cookies said...

Yes definitely those items are readily available frozen but I am still not convinced, sorry!!! Again to use other examples:
- Singapore: food is cheap so its almost cheaper to eat out, and Singaporeans are addicted to their food
- UK: difficult to find frozen fish n chips but pies can be found
- Japan: sushi etc has to be fresh and Jap's love their cuisine
- India: most restaurants sell curry, probably because Indians prefer to eat curry and nothing else, even when they are travelling abroad:)

Would you say that while Swedes love their food (of course) they are more exposed and open to international cuisines? Compared to other nationalities Swedes do travel abroad a lot.

Anne said...

True, many Swedes do travel and love international food. Swedish food is looked upon as a bit everyday or even boring - something you or your mom makes, the restaurants don't make it as good anyway.

There's also an important factor: eating out is expensive here! It's much cheaper to cook at home. It's mostly due to the labour costs - people in the restaurant business do get paid reasonably for their job and don't rely on tips.

But still, Swedish food is quite prominent, you can certainly find all of it if you look. (Or choose to go at lunchtime, when it's everywhere!)