Glad Midsommar!

Nubbe – ice cold spiced vodka

(Glad Midsommar = Happy Midsummer)

Midsummer Eve is a day of tradition, food and drink. In the old days it marked the summer solstice and was a pagan tradition. For more information see Anne’s post from this morning or this page here .

Last year we had a party with our friends, this year we had a calm and romantic dinner at home and then took a long walk in the centre of Gothenburg which was rather empty. For dinner we had all the traditional food: pickled herring, fresh potatoes with sourcream and chives, meatballs (vegetarian for me) and of course nubbe (ice cold aqvavit which is spiced vodka). For dessert we had fresh Swedish strawberries with whipped cream, just like all other swedes today :-) Glad Midsommar to you all!

A typical Midsummer plate

Fransk Löksill (pickled herring with red onion)

Matjessill (pickled herring)

Skånsk senapssill (pickled herring in mustard from Skåne)

Cooked eggs with majonnaise and cod roe.

3 different types of pickled herring, fresh potatoes, chives,
sourcream, meatballs, eggs with mayonnaise and cod roe.

Swedish strawberries with whipped cream.

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One Response to “Glad Midsommar!”

  1. Susan
    June 24th, 2005 20:04

    Wow, this brings back memories. I was only 3, 4, and 5 years old when we lived in Sweden, but I remember mid-summer being so special. It was light so late! Once we spent it at Skansen, and there was a huge bon-fire and people danced. I suppose I was too young for pickled herring! Glad Midsommar!

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