A Northern Gastronomic Smorgasbord
Potatoes, salmon in aniseed sauce, meatballs and traditional “smorgas” (a kind of open sandwich consisting of prawns, herring and cucumber), form the mainstay of the Swedish daily diet, usually served in buffet-style format. It would therefore be perfectly normal to be invited for a “fika”, or snack, at any hour of the day. But you can also order reindeer tartar or Kalix Lojrom caviar - the finest in the country – which is sourced in Bothnian Bay.
It is best served with a suggestion of red onion and sour cream, which only goes to show that with just a few local ingredients, it is quite possible to create innovative recipes. And when it comes to desserts, cinnamon buns or “snails” known locally as “kanelbulle”, are a popular afternoon snack. Variations on a theme are available with apple, honey or raisins, and since 1999, the recipe has even been honoured with National Cinnamon Bun Day, celebrated on October 4th. The best “kanelbulle” can be found at the richly flavoured Valhalla Bageriet bakery, in Stockholm.
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