1684 - The Waffle day!
Today we Swedes are celebrating the the national Waffle day. What an amazing day for a delicious waffle! We will treat you to a classic one with strawberry jam and vanilla ice cream!
The 25th of March began to be celebrated in the year of 1684, then in the memory of Virgin Mary. So, it is a Christian tradition to celebrate this day because it was on this date that the archangel Gabriel told Mary that she was pregnant with baby Jesus. The day is called ”Vårfrudagen” in Swedish and it is celebrated nine months before Christmas and the birth of Jesus. This day has given rise to what we Swedes often refer to as the Waffle day - ”Våffeldagen” (Vårfrudagen).
Waffles (this recipe makes about eight of them…)
3 1/2 dl wheat flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
4 dl milk
100 grams melted butter
Some vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream
- Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Pour in the milk and the melted butter that has been cooled down for a while.
- Put some butter in the pre-heated waffle iron.
- Pour in the waffle mix and wait until the waffle has gotten a nice color!
- Serve with ice cream and jam! Mums=)
Pasta Penne goes Big Mac!
Today, Meal of the Year takes pasta penne and turn a bunch of simple ingredients to a colorful and tasty dish! The idea behind this dish is to present it in a non conventional way, so you can almost ad any ingredient that you find nice and tasteful… Put the pasta penne on a row and then ad the ingredients that you wish. Then put another row of penne and top of with a final layer of ingredients.
1/2 red onion
Some cocktail tomatoes
Salt & Pepper
1754 - The year of the amazingly fine and almighty meatball
Shame on us! Meatballs is almost the most typical ”Swedish” dish there is and we have not given you guys a recipe yet…! So here it comes, and we promise you that this one is a really good one. You will not get disappointed, the waiting was worth it=)
The meatball was introduced in Sweden somewhere in the 18th century, probably after Karl XII’s return from the Ottoman empire in the good old days. The first documented recipe for meatballs is from 1754 in Kajsa Warg’s cookbook from the same year. They were probably without onion in them though since it first was used in meatball recipes in the beginning of the 20th century.
This is for about 3-4 persons
For the meatballs…
500 gram minced beef or minced meat
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp wheat flour
1/2 dl cream
salt & black pepper
For the mashed potatoes…
About 8 normally sized potatoes
1/2 dl milk
4 tbsp butter
salt, black pepper and grounded nutmeg
For the sauce…
2 dl cream
1/2 stock cube
3 tbsp water
salt & pepper
- Peel the potatoes and cut them in equally sized pieces. Boil them until they are really soft.
- Grate the onion on and then mix with the rest of the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl. Make balls of the minced meat in the size of about 2 tablespoons and then fry them in a pan with butter on medium heat. Do not fry them too hard, it is really good if they still are a bit soft and juicy in the middle!
- Pour the cream into the pan you have fried the meatballs in and let it cook with the stock, water, soy and the spices for a minute or so. Put some wheat flour in the sauce if you would like it to get thicker. Strain the sauce if you want it completely smooth.
- Pour the water out of the pot with potatoes and then put the butter, milk and spices in and start to mash it together. PersonallyI like it if the mashed potatoes still have some pieces in it, but it is up to you.
- Serve with lingonberries! Now you have a really Swedish dish to bite into! Smaklig måltid!
Peeling the potatoes…
Grating the onion!
Mixing the ingredients…
A tribute to the carrot
Tonight Meal of the Year makes a tribute to the carrot. Usually the carrot is orange in color but purple, red, white, and yellow varieties exist. The orange color comes from carotene, which turns into vitamin A in humans. A long lived myth is that you get better sight if you eat carrots. That is not entirely true if you already have good sight and the myth might come from that lack of A-vitamin may affect your sight negative. Now, let’s cook some carrot soup!
You need for 4 portions:
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch of turmeric
1 chicken stock cube
6 cups water to chicken stock cube
2,5 dl cream
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1. Peel and chop carrots, potatoes, garlic and the onion into quite small pieces.
2. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Fry the carrot, onion and potato. Add the ginger, garlic, cayenne and turmeric.
3. Add the stock cube and water. Simmer with the lid on for about 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
4. Blend the soup with a hand blender or food processor.
5. Squeeze in the juice from the lime. Add the cream and heat the soup without letting it boil and season with salt and pepper.