• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Shrove Tuesday
Semla convert foists buns on expat friends
Abhinav Goel eats semlor "a lot", a friend ratted. Photo: Private

Semla convert foists buns on expat friends

Ann Törnkvist · 4 Mar 2014, 11:01

Published: 04 Mar 2014 11:01 GMT+01:00

On Tuesday, employees across Sweden are waiting for their managers to descend with huge cardboard boxes carrying the Shorve Tuesday, or fettisdag, speciality - the semla bun.

Just like with a properly gooey hamburger, the semla puts the neatest eater to the test: How do you get your mouth around the huge bun and the lashing of whipped cream spilling out on top? And how do you bite into it to make sure you get just the right amount of marzipan in your mouth without ending up with a nose covered in cream?

Last year, New Delhi-born Abhinav Goel was introduced to his first semla at work. It was love at first bite.

"l have a very sweet tooth basically and I really miss Indian dishes," he tells The Local. "But the semla has this marzipan and we have a similar dish in India that is made out of almonds."

Goel has since become a connoisseur and recommends Vetekatten or Gateau bakeries for a proper semla. The grocery store variety sometimes has no marzipan, which for Goel is a big no-no. Also, he thinks a proper semla bun should have a hint of cardamom, another key ingredient, as it happens, to much Indian cuisine. 

"I like the authentic ones, they're fresh and have a hint of cardamom," he explains. "I'm regularly having it these days, every alternate day."

That's not all, he regularly foists the semla bun on his friends, especially foreign-born ones who may not yet have tasted them.

"I promote it to everyone I know," he admits. " I just like it every time I eat it, it just melts in my mouth and I love it and I can have two or three in one go." 

But what of the calorie content?

Story continues below…

"Don't make me feel guilty," he responds. 

With Shrove Tuesday in full swing, semla season approaches its end. 

"That will be difficult for me when they take them off the shelves," Goel says. 

Ann Törnkvist (ann.tornkvist@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
British band Viola Beach killed in Stockholm bridge crash
The car plunged into a canal in Stockholm on Saturday morning. Photo: Viola Beach

British band Viola Beach killed in Stockholm bridge crash
2 minutes ago

Their car plunged through barriers and through a half-open bridge into the Södertälje canal.

Man held in Sweden for new asylum murder
As many as 25 policemen were called to the asylum centre in Ljusne. Photo: Pernilla Wahlman/TT

Man held in Sweden for new asylum murder
4 minutes ago

Most of those involved in the brawl were of Afghan origin.

Paris attacks band rock Stockholm in comeback gig
Eagles of Death Metal at Stockholm's Debaser. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Paris attacks band rock Stockholm in comeback gig
12 hours ago

"I take it as a very sacred duty," Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes said as band relaunched terror-hit European tour.

'I am the whistleblower': sacked Swedbank CEO
Michael Wolf claimed that he had himself reported the non-compliant transactions. Photo: Anders Ahlgren/SvD/TT

'I am the whistleblower': sacked Swedbank CEO
1 day ago

“I know which companies this concerns, and I made losses on them."

Karolinska head quits over scandal-hit surgeon
Professor Anders Hamsten. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Karolinska head quits over scandal-hit surgeon
1 day ago

Karolinska Institute "failed to see the warning signs" of fraud surrounding Paolo Macchiarini.

Sweden jails Bulgarians for begging ring
Beggars from Romania and Bulgaria have become a common sight on Sweden's streets. Photo:

Sweden jails Bulgarians for begging ring
1 day ago

Landmark case sees brothers jailed for human trafficking.

Azita Raji confirmed US envoy to Sweden
Azita Raji speaks at Barnard College in 2013. Photo: Barnard College

Azita Raji confirmed US envoy to Sweden
1 day ago

After eight months, Sweden will finally get a US ambassador.

Video
WATCH: Rare peek at Swedish wild lynx caught on camera
File photo of lynx. Photo: AP Photo/Sergiy Gaschak

WATCH: Rare peek at Swedish wild lynx caught on camera
2 days ago

You may never get this close to these shy Swedish wild cats again.

Sacked Swedish banker suspected of shady deals
Sacked Swedbank boss Michael Wolf. Photo: Pi Frisk/SvD/TT

Sacked Swedish banker suspected of shady deals
2 days ago

UPDATED: But Sweden's biggest bank's former CEO Michael Wolf says he is the victim of a "smear campaign".

Where to find your favourite features on The Local
Read about Swedish food every Friday. Photo: Camilla Degerman/Image Bank Sweden

Where to find your favourite features on The Local
2 days ago

Find out when you can get a guaranteed food, business, property or fix or get involved in the debates The Local's readers are talking about.

Sponsored Article
US taxes and FATCA: 'The time for hiding is over'
National
Can you spot the dildo in this photo?
Sponsored Article
Just landed? Here's the secret to finding work in Stockholm
Culture
Seven facts about the shy Swede behind the world's pop music
Travel
Why are people so happy in Malmö?
Blog updates

12 February

Editor’s blog, February 12th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Sweden’s most southern city, Malmo, hasn’t had the easiest start to the year, grabbing global…" READ »

 

9 February

Förr, förut, förrän, före and … innan! (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hejsan! A long time ago, I got this question: It would be a huge help if you could…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
How to set up shop in the 'Silicon Valley of Sweden'
National
Less than one percent of Swedish crimes linked to refugees
Sponsored Article
Luleå: 8 winter must-dos in Sweden's far north
Features
Single? Here are the ten Swedish words you have to learn
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Lindesberg, Örebro
Lifestyle
VIDEO: What's the fuss about Sweden's semla bun?
Sponsored Article
Swiss hospitality: The ladder to your international career
Culture
Ten fab Swedish hits for February
Sponsored Article
Ice magic at north Sweden island lodges
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: February 6th-7th
Travel
Stockholm's eight REAL no-go zones
Sponsored Article
Stockholm's secret ski resort: Kungsberget
Gallery
People-watching: February 3rd
Sponsored Article
Lofsdalen: The real Swedish wilderness
National
'How confronting the man who robbed me gave me closure'
Analysis & Opinion
DEBATE: Why are Swedes so obsessed with Nordic skiing?
Culture
See which Swedish museums are now opening up for free
Gallery
Property of the week: Insjön, Nacka
National
VIDEO: Tensions caught on camera inside Swedish asylum home
Gallery
People-Watching: January 29th - 31st
International
How will Sweden deport up to 80,000 failed asylum seekers?
Sport
When you gotta go... Swedish racing dog does poo and then takes gold
Sport
Guess who just got a HUGE pay rise?
Travel
WATCH: Five top tips for safe ice skating on Sweden's gorgeous lakes
Gallery
People-watching: January 27th
National
'Sweden could be at war within years'
3,482
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se