Spruce shoot syrup

Time for some fun in the forest For almost a year I have jealously looked at my friend Tina’s jar of spruce shoot syrup in their kitchen window and I swear – it’s teasing me on purpose. But that has come to an end now that it’s finally the big spruce shoots season! Spruce shoots is not only stunningly beautiful and soft like tiny guinea pigs. They also contain vitamin C and if you ask those who see the forest as their private garden you will find out... Read More

Traditional Swedish rye bread

Payback for those Sunday evenings on the bike When I was little, I did what many other young boys in need of a first extra income did – I handed out leaflets. Fortunately, my patch was a central area of Sala which mainly consisted of villas. The good thing with these was that you could have your bag across your shoulder and, without stopping, fill their letter boxes, which were strategically placed near the pavement. It was like a scene taken from Paper Boy and at times, I... Read More

Rhubarb lemonade

It just ain’t summer without it Swedish rhubarb season marks the start of our summer and it’s the first thing we can harvest when the snow is finally gone. To understand exactly how much we love our rhubarb have a look at this Google Trends-chart. It’s like we think of nothing but rhubarb from the middle of May until the beginning of June. My father-in-law and his best friend, Chief aka The Chief, did some serious harvesting a couple of days ago and first thing... Read More

Never throw away a banana again

I wish someone had told me this years ago We always have bananas at home. Is it not to have as a snack, complement to a quick breakfast or to mash into a cake we make tons of smoothies. But no matter how many we eat, almost every week there is at least one that hides in the shadows and don’t show up until it’s covered in brown spots. The sight of those spots awakens the memories of when I was a kid and my grandmother offered me fruit. On the farm where my grandparents... Read More

Mini cheesecake with raspberries

Hooray for simple desserts that are anything but simple in taste! This recipe was supposed to be posted in advance of Walpurgis Day (the day when 30.000 students in Uppsala parties like it was the end of days while the rest of us reminisce the good old days and have the first BBQ for the season), but because there were racks of lamb to marinate, ganaches to make and a mouthwatering collection of dryckjom (beverages) there was no time to sit down at the computer and scribble... Read More

Apple beignets

Beignets, apple fritters, whatever you might call them – they’re wicked in any language How can I even begin to describe these little precious gems of friedness? Think of a small ball-shaped donut that you can eat lot’s of. Of course, the beignets origins from France and are probably what later evolved into donuts but the reason I love to bake them is that they’re fail-safe and you can vary the fillings depending on season and mood. But how did they find... Read More