I didn’t expect to like Swedish food so much, considering how simple it is compared to Chinese or French cooking. Though I should have realized, there are very few foods I dislike, and variety is (insert cliche here). I see Swedish food as being simple but made with good ingredients, whereas Chinese food uses a lot of smoke and mirrors to disguise and change foods that might have been less appetizing otherwise (i.e. tripe, for one example). Swedes’ food habits also mirror the way they live – their menus are seasonal, and menus change as the seasons (and food availability) change.
Part of my grocery store misadventure included only being able to find split yellow peas instead of yellow peas, and not really knowing what cut of pork to buy. I planned to make Yellow Pea Soup, or Artsoppa, a traditional Swedish meal served on Thursdays, followed by pancakes, and served with warm punsch (an alcoholic sweet drink). The recipe called for salt pork, which I wasn’t sure I would find. I looked up an alternate cut of meat I could use by searching recipes on the internet, and quickly wrote down “ham hocks” on my grocery list just in case. Couldn’t find salt pork in the grocery store like I anticipated, so bought ham hocks instead.
Came home, and rechecked the other recipe… Only to find that I was supposed to buy “SALT ham hocks”. Doh! Well, I tried making the soup the ingredients I had on hand anyway.
The ingredients – very simple!
15 minutes from completion, before adding spices… Not looking very promising, hmm…. Rather runny.
After cooling, I separated the meat from the fat, to put back into the soup. Yikes! Don’t want that stuff floating around my arteries and ending up around my midsection!
Served with grainy brown mustard on the side. No pancakes or punsch unfortunately. Soup wasn’t as good as Per’s mom’s soup, but not bad for a first trial.
I put half of the soup into the freezer for one of those inevitable busy days. So easy, cheap, and filling! Plus, you could justify having pancakes with whipped cream and jam if you make it 🙂
By the way, here’s one of two jars of herring I smuggled into Canada 🙂 So yummy! Again, very simple, and full of good-for-you omega-3’s. I should have tried smuggling more, though my luggage was already at 39 kg not including my carry on. Makes a fantastic quick and easy meal.