• Sweden edition
 

Snuggling With the Enemy

My Fake Magazine of LIfe in Sweden – by Scott Ritcher, American publisher of a real magazine called K Composite

Archive for November, 2012

Scandalous

Friday, November 30th, 2012

 

Report abuse »

Pancakes and pea soup? Must be Thursday!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

A week ago, it was Thanksgiving in America. Here in Sweden it was just another Thursday.

But every Thursday in Sweden brings with it a tradition many times older than Thanksgiving. It’s even many times older than the United States. Thursday in Sweden means one thing: pancakes and pea soup.

Swedish pancakes are very thin, unlike American pancakes. They are more doughy than crêpes but thin enough to be folded. They’re served with whipped cream and fruit preserves; typically strawberry, raspberry, blueberry or cloudberry.

The pea soup that accompanies them is not necessarily green. It is sometimes made with yellow peas. The pea soup in Sweden almost always has pork or ham in it, so a lot of people like to season it with mustard. Because I’m vegetarian, I skip over the pea soup on Thursdays and go straight to a double serving of pancakes.

The tradition of eating pancakes and pea soup on Thursdays goes back hundreds of years to when Sweden was more heavily populated with Catholics. I’m talking like more than 500 years ago.

Back when the Catholics were running the show and they were fasting on Fridays, the day before required a big, hearty meal. A large serving of meaty pea soup topped with a heavy dessert of sweet pancakes and even sweeter toppings was just the trick to fill up those Swedish bellies for the long haul through to Saturday morning.

After the country’s modern borders with Denmark were drawn and the Protestant Reformation took hold, the Catholic religion was largely pushed outside the borders. Today, most religions would find Sweden to be a really hard place to find followers. However, the tradition of pancakes and pea soup has survived.

Most restaurants in Stockholm have pancakes and pea soup on the lunch menu every Thursday. This meal is also still served to members of the Swedish military each week. (What? Sweden has a military?) Yes, and the country also has a king. In fact, the official name of the country is “Kingdom of Sweden.” (Sure it is.)

This dietary tradition has even claimed a notable victim. In 1577, the 43-year-old King Erik XIV, a Lutheran (gasp!) died after eating a bowl of pea soup tainted with arsenic.

Personally, I haven’t tasted any poison in my Thursday meals, but I did just now get a kick out of using the word “tainted.” Sheesh, I’d want to die, too, if someone did that to my soup. Ew.

My co-worker Fredrik is seen photographing his Swedish pancakes while sporting a traditional Scandinavian fisherman’s sweater (popularized by Pippi Longstocking, so it is sometimes called by her name “Pippi-sweater”)

Report abuse »

"French" "Mustard"

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Iida is enjoying some “French” “mustard” on the way to see Spiritualized.

Report abuse »

I think I just got me some of that epilepsy

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

I saw a fantastic weeknight concert with Spiritualized tonight, but I think they just gave me some of that epilepsy.

Report abuse »

Whaddayamean we can't take mustard into the concert??

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Whaddayamean we can’t take mustard into the concert??

Report abuse »

Happy birthday, Bobby

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Robert Francis Kennedy was born on this day in 1925. He would be 87 today.

20121120-211443.jpg

I bought this vintage picture of him on eBay about ten years ago and it is one of the few things that traveled with me when I moved to Sweden in 2009.

Report abuse »

Comfy

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

My two favorite vacation shirts and Iida’s blue man-magnet hat.

Report abuse »

A few of my favorite things

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Some of my favorite things from all sides of the western world. Iida from Trollhättan, Bulleit from Lawrenceburg, Coca-Cola from Atlanta, triangular vintage picnic cups designed by Sigvard Bernadotte and international music collaboration in my beloved Stockholm.

Report abuse »

Magenta Toner Accident

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Magenta toner accident outside the Officemakers store in Gamla Stan, Stockholm.

Report abuse »

Garbage chute instructions

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

A handsome, vintage, framed note in the hallway of this apartment building provides pointers on how to properly use the garbage chute.

 

Report abuse »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Blog updates

25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

 

25 August

The Dollar Store (Blogweiser) »

"A dollar store in Sweden. Blog post: http://t.co/tNuuvcP1q0 #USD #greenbacks #sweden #sverige pic.twitter.com/RHFAYf7U1k — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) August 23, 2014 There’s a chain here in Sweden called The DollarStore. This name always stood out to me in a country where they don’t use dollars. I went there for the first time this weekend. They actually accepted greenbacks..." READ »

 
 
 
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

747
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
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:
http://psdmedia.se