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Scandinavian Feasts: Celebrating Traditions throughout the Year Paperback – February, 2001
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The book is not laid out traditionally with one section for beverages, one for appetizers, one for main dishes etc. That means if you are seeking inspiration for what dessert to bring to a gathering you need to have an idea of what you are looking for and consult the index.
If you are interested in learning more about the cooking in Scandinavia as part of their culture and celebrations this is a great resource. For each season there are several menus revolving around specific celebrations. Most of the menus include drinks, appetizers, main dishes, and dessert.
So far we have enjoyed every recipe we've made!
Here's my grandmother's recipe for Swedish meatballs, which is exactly like Beatrice Ojakangas's in this cookbook:
6 tablespoons of butter
1 small minced onion
2/3 cup of bread crumbs
1 cup of water
3/4 pound of ground veal
1/4 pound of ground pork
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon of ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
Saute the onion in one tablespoon of the butter until soft. In a very large mixing bowl, mix the onions, bread crumbs, and water. Let them stand a while. Add all the other ingredients, and beat them together until very smooth and fluffy, using an old-fashioned egg-beater for the exercise. (The book recommends an electric mixer.) Using two spoons that you've frozen in the snow (the book suggests using ice-cubes), shape the meat mixture into tiny meatballs (köttbullar) no bigger than kumquats. Use the remaining butter to fry the meatballs, shaking the pan constantly so that they brown evenly on all sides. Drain them and keep them warm on a platter. Use flour and good beef broth to make a gravy. Pour the gravy on the meatballs and serve hot, with Swedish mashed potatoes (potatismos) and lingonberries. Härlig!
And good Yule to one and all!
However, what this book could really use is a second index organized by category. Currently it's very difficult to locate a recipe unless you have a pretty good idea what it's called.
As a whole, this is an outstanding work all things considered. I would highly recommend it as a Scandinavian cookbook.
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This book has lots of great recipes and meal ideas. I haven't used any yet, but I definitely will soon.Published on August 30, 2013 by Merry H Lomeland
I bought it as a gift. My sister gave us a feast of wonderful food. A great time, we all want to go there.Published on April 2, 2013 by Eileen New
I received my book is the best amount of time. I enjoyed this book very very much. I plan on buying and reading many more books. Thank you so much.Published on January 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer