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It doesn’t get more Swedish than foraging in the woods for mushrooms and blueberries in the autumn.
As summer draws to an end and the leaves start to change colour on the trees, here in Sweden you will find the locals engaged in the most Swedish of activities – foraging for natures goodies in the woods! Whether they are picking blueberries that grow in abundance in the forests in the south or on the hunt for elusive chanterelle mushrooms you’ll never know, because Swedes are famously very secretive about their foraging spots!
What’s more enjoyable than foraging for mushrooms? Eating them of course! There are numerous ways to store this autumnal treat; pickle them; freeze them; dry them; but we think they are best eaten immediately. Fry them in butter and then simmer in cream with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of parsley and serve over toast – simple and delicious!
Turn your freshly picked mushrooms into a delicious topping for crusty fresh baked bread,
Create cosy activities in doors for your kids when the weather doesn’t allow you to be outside.
Who doesn’t love a cosy indoor activity when the wind is howling outside? Keep the kids entertained when the weather takes a turn and help them build a cosy den in the living room.
Pepparkakor, the Swedish version of gingerbread fills the shelves as Christmas approaches. Why not try your hand at baking your own?
Pepparkakor are simple to bake, perfect for getting the kids involved.
When all baking fun is over and the pepparkakor are ready to eat cuddle up in the den with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Let the children get stuck into the marshmallows and decorate the with chocolate sauce,
Similar to the English version rice pudding, Tomtegröt translates to Christmas porridge. A traditional part of the Christmas table Tomtegröt is a warm and comforting dish served in the lead up to Christmas.
Is there anything cosier than lighting a candle as the sun begins to set and the nights grow longer and colder? Atmospheric and cosy lighting are important aspects in the home during the long colder Scandinavian winter. Bring more hygge into your home this year with the help of candlelight,
Now we are sure you know all about the Swedish tradition of eating cinnamon buns, but you may not know that as Christmas approaches this sweet and comforting bun is replaced by something a little more unusual – the Swedish Lussekatt or saffron bun. Made in much the same way as cinnamon buns, the saffron bun is packed with festive flavour and garnished with raisins.
The countdown to Christmas starts on the first Sunday of December here in Sweden. It is common for a candle to be lit on the first of advent and subsequently a further three lit each Sunday leading up to the big day.
Photography: Angeliqa Daldorph, Elof Martinsson