May Meals

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It isn’t weekend without Koen’s fresh-baked sourdough bread

Every weekend Koen makes two loaves of sourdough bread. It’s a weekend treat that I look forward to and I love experimenting with different toppings! The best part of baking bread is that we can slice the loaves, freeze them, and then toast them throughout the week.

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Fika with Hannah and Chris

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Princess Cake at Vete Katten

You can’t come to Sweden and not make time for fika! In case you’re new to my blog and have missed previous fika posts, fika is the Swedish term for a coffee break. But it’s more than just drinking coffee – you need people and sweets! It can be with friends, family, or colleagues. A fika a day is the Swedish way 🙂

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Stockholm: Knut

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Ready for our dinner at Knut!

If you look up the most mysig, or ‘cozy’, restaurants in Stockholm, Knut will be on the list. Koen and I have passed Knut a lot and it’s always full of patrons, warm lighting, and delicious looking food! So with Hannah and Chris visiting, we had a reason to make a reservation.

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Stockholm: Södermalm with Hannah and Chris

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Hannah and Chris on the electric scooters

One of my favorite areas of Stockholm to explore is Södermalm. It has a relaxed, creative vibe with a lot of nice cafes, restaurants, and shopping. Södermalm is one of the southern islands, so we have to choose a 45 minute walk or 20 minute tram ride – or so I thought! When Chris suggested electric scooters I thought he was kidding, but quickly realized we were going to try a new mode of transportation!

 

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April Meals

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Cured egg yolks

It’s that time again – highlights from the kitchen of Lisa & Koen for April 2019 🙂

First up: cured egg yolks. When we were in Copenhagen, we had a salad that was topped with grated cured egg yolk rather than a hard cheese like Parmesan. Koen took the lead on this project and discovered it’s not so difficult. You just need a mixture of salt and sugar and some time. The best part is that you can freeze the result and use when needed!

 

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Easter Weekend in Stockholm

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Cherry blossoms in bloom in the KungstrĂ€dgĂ„rden, or King’s Garden

 

Our first Easter not only in Stockholm, but also just the two of us! We celebrated by having a lazy weekend with a lot of delicious food and enjoying the beautiful weather with walks in the city.

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Malmö

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Malmö

 

My first week at my new job, I headed to the south of Sweden for my onboarding – in Malmö! Malmö is the largest city in the southern SkĂ„ne County and the third largest in Sweden. It’s so far south that it’s actually just a 30 minute train ride to Copenhagen!

I wish I could share more about the city, but as I was there for work, I didn’t have much of a chance to explore. I did make sure to head downtown to try the falafel at The Orient House of Falafel! If you want to read more about falafel and Malmö, you should read the Vice article: Falafel Is More Than Just Fast Food for Swedes in Malmö. But you can’t visit the city without eating at least one falafel! Koen and I both agree that this is the best falafel we’ve tried!

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March Meals

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Raggmunk with bacon and lingon berries

 

First up, the Swedish dish raggmunk, or potato pancake. The raggmunk are prepared by making a pancake batter of wheat flour, milk and egg, into which shredded raw potatoes are added then they’re fried in butter. We opted for the traditional serving combination of bacon and lingon berries.

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Stockholm: Fabrique

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Cinnamon buns

Living in Stockholm, we are so lucky to have so many delicious bakeries within walking distance! One of my favorites is Fabrique – a local chain of traditional wood-fired bakeries. You will find locations throughout Stockholm and it’s so hard to resist the sweet, fresh-baked buns!

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Stockholms Aeter & Essencefabrik

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Stockholms Aeter & Essencefabrik

One of the most exciting parts about moving to a new city is discovering the shops and restaurants! I was so happy to find Stockholms Aeter & Essencefabrik, a family owned and run spice shop specializing in everything that has to do with seasoning: spices, spice mixes, essential oils, essences for baking – you name it! Opened in 1889, you can’t help but feel like you’ve walked into history!

From their website:

Much has changed in Stockholm since then, but the environment and the interior of the “Spice Shop” have been fully preserved. The assortment of spices has been constantly evolving. We now have about 300 different spices, of which about 60 are mixtures. The Essence factory is Sweden’s oldest company in the industry and has remained a family business that is today run by the fourth generation.

You can buy the spices by weight and now my kitchen is full of tiny spice bags!

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