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.
One of the best things about Sweden is all the pastry-themed holidays. Today is Cinnamon bun day! When I asked why we have a cinnamon bun day, I was told – so they can sell more cinnamon buns. Brilliant! That’s all the reason I need.
We also have Luciadagen, with saffron buns (this lasts through Christmas).
Semlor… ahhhhh….. the Mardi Gras pastry. It’s meant to be eaten at Mardi Gras, but has now been pushed up to every Tuesday starting in January through Mardi Gras. Works for me. I don’t know what’s in it, except that it’s goodness and a king died by eating 16 of them. What a great death!
Waffle day is March 25. I am told this is a mis-translation of Var fru dagen (Our lady’s day) and that over the years it turned into the similar sounded Vafflordagen (waffle day). Whether this story is true or not, it’s a good excuse to eat waffles.
So don’t forget your cinnamon bun today! Remember, if it’s a holiday, it’s good for you!