Tag Archives: dessert


Maybe this is why America has an obesity problem?

“But I eat salad for every meal!”

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Sugar coma

Sometimes going to a Swedish cafe can be very dangerous.


#9 Semla, Skarsgård and Melodifestivalen

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!

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y8rgc6sw

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Original site – https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/9-semla-skarsgard-and-melodifestivalen/

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One step removed celebrity recipes

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.

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Sweden – a leader in space exploration

Sweden knows what’s important when it comes to space.

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It should be against the law….

….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?


Blood Pudding

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.


Happy Mardi Gras

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.


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