Jansson’s temptation – Janssons frestelse

This creamy potato and fish gratin is called Janssons frestelse in Swedish, which means Jansson’s temptation (apostrophes don't exist in Sweden). The origin of the dish is not entirely clear as there are are a couple of theories. One is that it was named for a food-loving opera singer from the early 1900s, called Mr Janzon (his … Continue reading Jansson’s temptation – Janssons frestelse

Arrack rolls or vacuum cleaners – Punschrullar eller dammsugare

Punschrullar (arrack rolls) are also known as dammsugare (vacuum cleaners). They are made from left over cake and so would be very economic if it wasn't for the fact that the other ingredients are not cheap! They are known as punschrullar because they are flavoured with Swedish punsch, sometimes called Sweden's national drink. Punsch, which … Continue reading Arrack rolls or vacuum cleaners – Punschrullar eller dammsugare

Saint Lucia – Sankta Lucia

Luciadagen (Lucia's Day) is one of my favourite days for being in Sweden. The day is greatly loved by Swedes (and visitors who stumble across Lucia celebrations are just besotted by their charm). If you are planning to visit Sweden in the run up to Christmas, try and arrange your visit to coincide with Luciadagen. What is it … Continue reading Saint Lucia – Sankta Lucia