Risgrynsgröt—Swedish Christmas rice porridge

Risgrynsgröt—Swedish Christmas rice porridge

Even though Sweden wasn’t directly involved in the World Wars, the country still saw times of strict rations and restrictions on food. In newspapers from the Christmas of 1917, you can find suggestions for diluting sausages with cheaper ingredients and gathering...
Klenäter—Swedish deep-fried Christmas pastries

Klenäter—Swedish deep-fried Christmas pastries

Klenäter are Swedish deep-fried Christmas pastries. To be honest, they’ve never been part of my Christmas tradition. Maybe that is because they are from another time—my father recalls them being considered old-fashioned when he was a boy. The slightly dry...
Swedish curd cake from Småland

Swedish curd cake from Småland

As far as I know, Swedish curd cake comes in two versions. This one, from Småland in the south of Sweden, is the most widely known. The history of Swedish curd cake, or ostkaka Food historian Jan-Öjvind Swahn doesn’t have much to say on the topic of ostkaka,...
Saffron cake—not just for Saint Lucia’s day

Saffron cake—not just for Saint Lucia’s day

One of the favorite topics for rants in Sweden nowadays seems to be the Swedish postal system. Not without cause, but that kind of complaint is far from new. In 1918, a reader writes to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, complaining about thefts in the postal system. The...
Ris à la Malta—rice pudding with orange

Ris à la Malta—rice pudding with orange

Ris à la Malta turns out to be another dish with an “either this, either that”-origin. But before we get into that, the fact is that this dish conveniently solves a potential dilemma. If you’re making copious amounts of rice porridge for Christmas,...
Swedish Christmas toffees—knäck

Swedish Christmas toffees—knäck

Browsing through old cookbooks can be an amusing pastime. Giggling at how offal pudding is on the page next to sweet apple pudding. Pondering recommendations for how to cook badger properly. Nodding at a children’s cookbook’s instructions for making toffee...