Maybe this is why America has an obesity problem?
“But I eat salad for every meal!”
Sometimes going to a Swedish cafe can be very dangerous.
Shaena, from Canada, gives tips on finding a job in Sweden and minimizing the winter blues by watching Melodifestivalen. We also discuss the greatest pastry ever made – the semla!
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A family member posted a recipe today for a Pinapple pie. The recipe was listed as being “Johnny Cash’s Mother’s Recipe.”
Why would this make the pie any better? As far as I know, Johnny Cash’s mother was not a famous cook. Also, Johnny Cash did not always look the picture of great health or “fun” eating. Just saying.
….to call this “cake.” This is a Swedish “sandwich cake (smörgåstårta).” Sometimes served at gatherings.
When I first came here, I learned the Swedish word for cake (“tårta”) very quickly, as you do. Thus, when I was offered something that sounded like, “bork bork tårta,” I said, “Yes, please – a big slice!”
To which I was served something with eggs and cocktail shrimp. When you are expecting frosting and sugar, I can tell you this is a huge disappointment.
I suspect they do this on purpose to irritate foreigners. The Swedes know good and well this shouldn’t be called “cake.” Never again will I fall for this ruse!
Now, where’s this ostkaka I keep hearing about? That’s cheesecake, right?
My oldest son had his 10th birthday this week. I told him he could have anything he wanted for dinner, so he chose – Blood Pudding.
Blood Pudding? You know, an American kid would have chosen an Oreo pie covered in ice cream. Blood pudding?
In my 14 years in Sweden, I had managed to avoid blood pudding. But it was my son’s birthday wish, so yes, I ate the blood pudding.
Verdict – … interesting.
Today is Mardi Gras! In Sweden, that means you have to eat one of these – a semla. Believe me, it’s totally equal to partying in New Orleans in terms of how full and exhausted you feel after finishing one. But it’s so worth it.
From visitsweden.com – “Semla is a doughy ball of sin, oozing a slathericious almond and cardamom paste with lashings and lashings of vanilla-whipped cream atop.”
I’ll trade that for plastic beads and hurricane drinks any day.