ERIC JOHANSSON. That’s one of my nephews. He’s got the most common names in Sweden.
Here is something quite different, something very common for breakfast; it’s called FIL. This milk product is similar to buttermilk. It has been my breakfast every morning. I add cinnamon and honey to ward off colds.
Maybe this weekend I’ll have something different to eat for breakfast. It’s getting somewhat boring.
Something very Swedish is this bread pictured below. I dare to say this is the most popular bread. They are called hardtacks. It’s like a big, flat whole-grain cookie.
Var så god! This used to be three words and that’s the way I wrote it. I just found out it has been made to one word: Varsågod! That’s what you say when you offer something to someone. It’s so much more courteous and pleasant than what I’m used to hearing in the States: Here you go! I’ve lived in the USA 25 years and I still react to that. This Varsågod could translate like, Will you have some, please!
Would you like to have some hardtacks with creamed cheese made with shrimp? It goes well with a plate-full of “fil” with honey and cinnamon.
Or would you rather have plate of Mary’s Peruvian Potatoes á la Huanca?
We had a visitor yesterday—the mother of my nephew with the most common name, my sister Ingrid.
She is working on some gloves made with a technique from the fifteenth century. It’s not knitting and it’s not crocheting. It’s a sewing technique. Very interesting.
Since this blog seems to be devoted to food, let’s look at the delicacy May is serving up. You might recall we had this dish for Dad’s birthday party.
On a plate with lettuce, potatoes and eggs, here comes the delicious cheese sauce, with lots of spice to it. “Pica rico,” you say in Spanish. That means that it’s deliciously spicy hot.
Top it off with some onions with lemon, salt and olive oil, and it’s perfect.
I might as well go on with another Peruvian dish that can make your mouth water. “Es para chuparse los dedos,” they say in Peru, something like wanting to lick your fingers. This is also based on potatoes. Of course, potatoes originally come from Peru.
These are stuffed potatoes. You mash the potatoes and make it like a dough. You grab a hand-full, fill it with a meat sauce, and shape it in your hand.
Then comes the frying. The less in a pot, the better.
Here are the ready stuffed potatoes, waiting to be enjoyed with the toppings.
Agneta and Ola, my sister and brother-in-law, enjoyed this dish together with us. That was last Saturday,
In the afternoon I was invited these very typical Swedish sandwiches. That’s the way they do them here.
Have you survived this culinary extravaganza? This is all I have for now. It’s late, very late. I’ve spent most part of the day working on my sermon for tomorrow. It will be a PowerPoint presentation on Renewed Pentecost, featuring my friend Absalom’s art. I’ll tell you about it next week. I’m traveling to Lund to visit my friends Carlos and Anita Olsson. We will be busy working on some projects.
So, see you again next week!