Swedish Food Guide for Some Restricted Cases

So it has come to this. Looks like I should not eat the best Sweden can offer—namely, meat (especially game) and seafood (especially herring). Well, what can I eat in Sweden then?

Not surprisingly there are still many good and tasty things for me. Let’s see…

Chicken. At least in Stockholm any decent supermarket offers warm grilled chicken—full, half or just legs. And each supermarket offers its own brand of chicken sausages to grill.

Dairy products. Beside my favourite cheese and filmjölk varieties there are still many nice and crazy things, like youghurt-quark or drinkable quark (or ordinary cottage cheese that goes well with blueberry-raspberry jam).

Bread and pastry. Sweden has much better bread variety than Germany—that means more different kinds of bread, especially hard bread (if you’re German feel free to stay offended anyway or go discuss beer with Czechs). I also like västerbottenostpaj—a pie with Västerbotten cheese. And semlor. And various Swedish cakes. I should note that Swedes like to use cinnamon and whipped cream in various dishes and rare Swedish cake has no whipped cream. When I was staying at an hotel in Örnsköldsvik (or simply Ö-vik for locals) it has a large bowl of whipped cream among other things for breakfast. And I guess if I simply sprinkle some cinnamon onto a lump of whipped cream it will make Swedish Minimal Cake (I’d like it for sure). And of course marzipan pigs in season.

Crisps(chips). You have it under both names and they are extremely tasty. And when Swedes get bored with potatoes they can make any root into chips, including the ones I’ve never eaten in other form. Here in Germany I bought a packet of chips only once and it was Svenska LantChips of course.

Snacks in general. They usually occupy half of my bag when I return from Sweden (the rest is mostly drinks and other stuff). Wonderful nut mixes, dried fruit and berries, various confectionery things. And of course all supermarkets (beside lidl-iest of them) have naturgodis section where one can mix various sorts of these (think of loose candy stand but with dried strawberries, roasted almonds, peanuts in chocolate and such). And loose candy stands with at least dozen varieties are really everywhere.

Fruits and berries. Paradoxically I can buy vendetta oranges in Sweden but I’ve not seen them here in Germany—Sweden must be closer to Italy then (BTW I still blame lu_zero for not recognizing short name for Sicilian blood oranges despite pretending to know a lot about citruses). There’s wider selection of fruit than in Germany. And there’s much much better selection of berries. You have traditional raspberries, blueberries, black and red currants, RIMs, strawberries and also Nordic berries—Swedish blueberries (they are smaller and have more intense taste), lingon, cranberries and cloudberries. In Norrland in season you can get even more. On my arrival in December I bought some cherries in supermarket—they were available both fresh and frozen (and it’s hard to buy even frozen cherries in Germany outside season). And I like cherries, especially sour ones (BTW I blame lu_zero for being a competition).

Drinks. Sweden has the best water in the world and one can enjoy drinking tap water there (unlike tolerating tap water in Germany and doing it at your own risk in Ukraine). And that’s why a lot of drinks are sold as concentrates that you have to dilute yourself in proportion 1:3 or 1:6. And because it’s Sweden you have good selection of drinks based on berry juice. I especially like blueberry-cranberry and blueberry-raspberry drinks and of course lingon. Carbonated soft drinks are the best in the world too (and if word Trocadero doesn’t tell you anything you’re reading a wrong blog) but I wrote about it many times.

And of course julskinka. I’m Ukrainian after all.

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